By Christy Anyanwu
dr. Olukayode Abraham Ajulo is the Principal Partner of Kayode Ajulo & Co, Castle of Law Chambers. Aside being a lawyer, he’s a unionist, lecturer, administrator, orator, writer and rights activist.
Vocal to the core, he was national secretary of Labor Party in Nigeria. He’s also the Founder/Chairman of Egalitarian Mission, Africa, a non-governmental and non-profit making organization, which seeks to promote the rule of law, social and economic equality in Africa.
Ajulo recently spoke with Sunday Sun about his favourites.
Beans and fried plantains. As students in UNIJOS, once we were given our pocket money, including school fees, most of us visited Cotonou to buy attire. Cheap clothes are available across the border, so we used all our money to buy clothes and shoes. Getting to school, the only food that could sustain us the whole day was beans. It turned out to be my favorite even till date. Beans is the only food that satisfies me. Even now that all is well, I spice it with fried plantains. As a student then, beans was more like our saving grace and for that reason, it’s still my number one.
My favourite colour is orange. It defines me, as I like anything vibrant and dynamic. You know there’s life in orange. Unfortunately, it’s something you may not wear all the time but when it comes to fashion, I love red so much. I don’t know why. There must be red in my dressing. Even a portion of my office is painted red. Some think as a lawyer, I’m supposed to be sober with colours. Yes, but some of us want to be rebellious and with modesty.
Favorite holiday spot
Till date, I like United Kingdom especially the Cardiff area. It used to be a coal city; it’s such a nice place and the only place I can adopt as my favorite spot.
It’s the Yoruba bible. My parents are book dealers; my father started with CMS Bookshop and my mother owns a chain of bookshops. I remember she used to tell me about Yoruba bible that if I wanted to read the bible I shouldn’t read it, as she believes English bible is easier to read but the Yoruba bible inspires me. She also told me that the Yoruba bible was translated from Jewish language. It inspires me more than anything else in this world.
All my adult life, I have been driving Mercedes Benz and my favorite is G-Wagon. It’s solid, compact, classy and durable.
Every phase of life you have a leader. In my office, I have a wall opposite my table which I dubbed Wall of Heroes. The portraits on the wall are those of my favourite leaders, so I can’t say I have a favourite. There are about 12 of them on the wall and my mother is among. Others are the likes of Obafemi Awolowo, Kayode Esho, Barack Obama, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Oranmiyan, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Benjamin Adekunle. These are people who inspire me one way or the other.
I like hymns. I’m an Anglican and the hymns we sing in church are very good. Many people don’t know that when you listen to music and follow the lyrics, it’s the best.