Louis Mbanefo

Louis Mbanefo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Notary Public of Nigeria is also a performing musician. He had his first piano lesson at the age of six from a local church organist in Onitsha. As a student at Marlborough College in England, he participated regularly in music competitions and won various prizes in the piano and cello categories. He studied African History for a year at the University of Ibadan in 1963, where he also won first prize for Piano in the Inter-Nigerian Universities music competition. Following this he moved to study at Queens’ College Cambridge, here he continued to combine his studies in law with his musical education. He is a Founding Member and Trustee of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON). From 1983 to 2001 he was the chairman of the Artistes Committee of MUSON, in charge of concerts. He performed at MUSON over 100 times over a period of 18 years. He was the Vice-Chairman of MUSON for eight years and in October 1995 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors of MUSON. He served as chairman for 6 years before being made a patron of the Society. In December 2013 he was again appointed Vice-Chairman of MUSON, a position he continues to hold. Louis Mbanefo was called to the Nigerian Bar over 40 years ago and was appointed a Notary Public of Nigeria in February 1978. After working for ten years in a joint partnership he set up a personal firm – Louis Mbanefo & Co. in 1984. Four years later in May 1988 he was conferred the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. (SAN) He is the president of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association and represents Africa on the Executive Council of the International Law Association, the first African ever to be elected onto the prestigious Council in it’s 115 year history.