Legal Practitioner, Member of Nigerian Union of Journalists [NUJ], and Member, Nigerian Bar Association [NBA], Prince Rotimi Ogunleye was born into the Ogunleye family of Ikorodu on the 21st of October, 1959. As a direct son of Ogunleye, he belongs to the Okuyiga branch of Petu Royal Family which in itself is a branch of Rademo Ruling House of Ikorodu.
He started his elementary school at Methodist Primary School, Ekotedo, Ibadan and attended Methodist High School, Ibadan [1972 – 1976], after which he left for the Federal School of Arts & Science, Ondo [1977 – 1979].
Thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Ife [now Obafemi Awolowo University] Ile Ife [1979 – 1983]; Nigerian Institute of Journalism [NIJ] Ogba, Ikeja ; Centre for Foreign Journalists [CFJ] Virginia U.S.A ; Lagos State University, Ojo [1994-1998], and Nigerian Law School Bwari, Abuja [1999-2000].
Ogunleye worked briefly at Union Trading Company [UTC] in 1976 before he went for his Advanced Level Studies at the Federal School of Arts and Science. After the completion of the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] Programme in Plateau State where he served as English Language & Literature in English Teacher, he worked as Supplement Editor, The Contractor, a monthly magazine on the industrial and the construction sectors between 1987 and Aug.31, 1989, after which he became Deputy Editor, International Marketing Times. He later worked as Senior Staff Writer/Production Editor Resolute Magazine; Staff Writer, Timesweek; Acting Associate Editor, Poise Associate Editor, Poise Magazine; Business Editor, Sunday Times, and Property Editor, Daily Times [December 1995 – February 14, 1996]. He was also Business Editor, Daily Times and the Editor of the Business Times and later as Member, Editorial Board after which he worked as Counsel at Oludare Adaramewa & Co. [July 1, 2001- Dec. 31 2001]. From January 2002, he worked as Principal Counsel in the law firm of Rotimi Ogunleye & Associates until his present appointment.
His foray into politics started in 1979 as a Member of the Youth Wing, Unity Party of Nigeria [UPN], and later as Member, Social Democratic Party [SDP] Ward F2 Somolu Local Government, Lagos State; Member, Alliance for Democracy [AD] Ward A1 Ikorodu Local Government, Lagos State; Member, Forum of AD Lawyers [ADLAW] in Lagos State, and as Secretary, Panel on AD Intra– Party Crisis in Lagos Island 2002. He was also a two-time aspirant to the Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency 1 on the platform of AD in 2003, and APC platform in 2015; Member, AD Screening Committee, State Level, for Chairmanship Election in Lagos State 2003; Legal Adviser and Member of the Executive of AD in Ikorodu Local Government 2004 – 2006, and Member, Investigation Panel on the Crisis in Surulere Local Government Council 2005. He served as Member, AD Programmes Committee in Lagos State, and specifically served as Secretary of the Sub-Committee on Physical Planning 2013, Member, Action Congress [AC] which metamorphosed in 2006 to Action Congress of Nigeria [CAN].
Mr. Ogunleye also served as Member of Lagos State Civil Service Commission; Member, Lagos State Agriculture Development Authority [LSADA], and Member, Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board [2011 & 2012].
With his wealth of experience garnered over the years, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye was called on board Governor Ambode’s train of continuity with improvement on October 2015 as Hon. Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives.
Mr. Rotimi is widely travelled as he attended different courses and workshops in Nigeria and abroad. He participates in different social activities such as: Member, Methodist Church Ita-Elewa, Ikorodu, past Assistant General Secretary, Young Men Christian Association [YMCA] in the African Bethel Church Ikorodu; Legal Adviser to the Ikorodu Archdeaconry of the African Church; Legal Adviser, African Bethel Church, Ikorodu. He was Member and Legal Adviser, Council of Lagos West Missionary Diocese 2014 to date, People’s Warden [Head of the Laity] African Bethel Church Ikorodu among several others
He is a recipient of several honors/awards which include: International Award for Outstanding Economic writing, leading to a professional training at the Centre for Foreign Journalists, Reston, Virgina, USA in 1991, Winner of Nigeria Media Merit Award [NMMA] Business Reporter of the Year 1991, Winner of Daily Times of Nigeria Plc’s Chairman’s Award for Best Feature Story in Daily Times, and series of Awards in the Daily Times Group.