The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is the non-profit, umbrella professional association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria and a member of all statutory bodies that regulate the Nigerian Bar and Bench.

The NBA is Nigeria’s foremost and oldest professional membership organisation and Africa's most influential network of legal practitioners, with over 120,000 lawyers on its roll in 125 active branches across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. It is organised into three practise Sections, eleven Fora, and two Institutes, all supported by one National Secretariat.

The NBA is engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria. It has an observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, and a working partnership with many national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations concerned with human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria and across the world.

The NBA offers a unique National platform that is not available to any other Civil or professional organization in Nigeria.

The NBA renews its leadership every two years when it elects a new President and other officials. The tenure of elected officials of the NBA runs for two years and is non-renewable.

President Olumide A. Akpata

For the NBA to rank among the foremost Bar Associations in the world


To use the law as an instrument for social change in Nigeria


Promoting the Rule of Law

Core Value
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Courage
  • Professionalism


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  • NBA promotes and protects principles of the Rule of Law and respect for Fundamental Human Rights.
  • NBA promotes probono services to the indigents of the society.
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  • Promote and protect the principles of the Rule of Law and respect for Human Rights

  • Promote and advance quality and functional Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, Advocacy and Progressive Jurisprudence

  • Maintenance of the highest standards of professional conduct, etiquette and discipline among lawyers.

  • Maintenance and defence of the integrity and independence of the Bar and the Judiciary.

  • Promote networking opportunities among the members of the Association, International Organisations, as well as associations from other countries.

  • Promote the welfare, security, economic, and professional advancement of Legal Practitioners in Nigeria.

  • Create and maintain an Endowment fund for the proper observance and discharge of any of these aims.

  • Promote and support law reform initiatives

  • Promote timely and affordable access to Justice

Management Team



National Bar Association


General Secretary

National Bar Association


1st Vice President

National Bar Association

Secretariat Team



    1. Head, Admin and Finance

      Salamatu Sidi,Esq

    2. Head, Legal Department

      Grace Igyo, Esq

    3. Head, Membership and Bar Service

      Ayodeji Oni, Esq

    4. Head, Programs

      Oti Edah, Esq

Our Constitution

A full member of the Association shall be any person duly enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a legal practitioner and registered with a Branch of the Association.

  • Notwithstanding the provision of Section 4(a)(i), any member who fails or neglects to pay the prescribed Annual Practicing Fees before the end of March in each year shall, for as long as he/she remains in default, have no right: