The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, Mr. SUPO SHASORE, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), hosted a garden party, on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at his Ikoyi, Lagos, residence, in honour of Justice BODE RHODES-VIVOUR on his recent elevation to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Justice Rhodes-Vivour is the son of Justice and Mrs. ROBERT WILLIAM AKINWUNMI RHODES-VIVOUR of blessed memory. Rhodes-Vivour, The Elder, was a pre-Independence Chief Magistrate in-charge of Akure, Ibadan, Warri and Sapele, in the then Western Region of Nigeria. When Mid-West State (now, Edo and Delta States) was created in 1963, the Chief Magistrate was elevated a judge in the new state’s judiciary. He retired in 1970.
The second indigenous judge (in Nigeria) was, Justice STEPHEN BANKOLE RHODES, the maternal grand-uncle of the new Justice of the Supreme Court. The first was the late Justice (Sir) OLUMIYIWA JIBOWU who later became Chief Justice of Western Nigeria. And, the late Justice (Sir) ADETOKUNBO ADEMOLA, who later became the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, was the third.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who was called to the Bar in 1975, joined the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in 1976 and rose to become the Director of Public Prosecutions, in 1991. In February 1994, he was appointed a Judge of the Lagos State Judiciary. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in April, 2005. In 2008, he was seconded to the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. At the end of his tour of duty, he returned to the Court of Appeal … he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court on Thursday, September 16, 2010.
Justice Rhodes-Vivour and his wife, ADEDOYIN RHODES-VIVOUR, nee AKANDE, a lawyer, have three children; ROTIMI, also a lawyer, TOLULOPE, a mechanical engineer, and BODE Jnr., a Law student.
Here are some of the personalities at the garden party.
Photographs by the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of PHOTONEWS: SUNMI SMART-COLE