About Me!

Tobi Adebowale is a resourceful and driven lawyer working with the Energy & Natural Resources practice group of Banwo&Ighodalo where he advises on diverse oil and gas transactions including acquisition and divestment of assets, development and construction of petroleum refineries, investment in the various segments of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and Nigeria’s budding mining industry.

Prior to joining Banwo & Ighodalo, Tobi worked as an Associate with foremost commercial law firm, George Etomi & Partners where he advised on different aspects of Nigeria’s electricity value chain, investment in gaming, financing infrastructure, acquisition of content distribution licences and the launch of digital payments platforms.

As a lawyer, Tobi delights in using a combination of his knowledge of the law, industry insight and negotiation skills to bring about the best obtainable results for clients.

In 2015, Tobi started a law blog, Lawyard, which has grown to become one of Nigeria’s most popular legal information websites. He has also contributed research papers on Aviation, Health Litigation, and Water Resources to national and global journals including the International Law Office, Getting the Deal Through, and the World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) journals respectively.

Tobi has worked with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law and the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) on amendment of laws governing Nigeria’s business climate. He provided support to the Technical Committee on Conference Planning for the 2018 Annual General Conference of the NBA where he coordinated two sessions on Indigenous Operatorship of Oil and Gas Assets, and Disruptive Technology in Legal Education and Practice. He is also a member of the Continuing Legal Education & Mentorship committee of NBA Lagos Branch.

In his spare time, Tobi writes essays and poetry on law, politics and social relations.


How I Know I am Smitten

This is how I know I am smitten

I roll your name on my tongue at dawn

A force of habit that yields a soothing

Like gingered mint in the wake of rain

This is how I know I am smitten

I hear the tickling echoes of your name

At the cracking of my knuckles at noon

Such sweetness in short busts of pain

This is how I know I am smitten

My feet map my way to my bed at dusk

Where a million memories of you stand

Like sentries accepting of no intruders

This is how I know I am smitten

I find re-entry points at every marked exit

And think of us playing musical chairs

Like teens thrilled by surrounding inadequacies.

Tobi Adebowale

March 21, 2019