Born in the city of Kaduna on 27th November, 1962, Godwin Odumu Obla did his primary school education in Kaduna. In 1973, he proceeded to the Saint Francis’ Col-lege Otukpo. By the time he left St. Francis College in 1978 with his West Africa Certificate Examination (WASC) O’ Level grades, Obla’s skills at school debating competitions had convinced him that he would make a good lawyer.
After secondary education, he proceeded to Federal School of Arts and Science, Sokoto where he got the req-uisite Higher Secondary Examination (HSC) grades in 1980 and gained admission into the Faculty of Law in University of Lagos to read his dream course. Obla’s altruistic quantities came to fore when he con-tested and won election into the Students Union in 1981 as Secretary General, becoming the first from the North-ern Nigeria extraction ever to hold such a position at the university of Lagos. During his studentship at the Faculty of Law, he was awarded the Federal Government Merit award for academic excellence and therefore entitled to the Federal Government Scholarship. His venture into student unionism did not affect his academic pursuit as he would go on and graduate with a Bachelor of Law LL.B (Second Class Upper Honours degree in 1983.
Armed with his Law degree, he then proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Bar in 1984; After the compulsory National Youth Service Corps at the Legal Department of Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Abuja, Obla set-up his own law firm, Obla & Co, Solicitors in Kano.
Chief Obla is an active member of Nigerian Bar Asso-ciation and International Bar Association. In 1997, he became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitra-tors, London (CIArb), a leading professional membership organization that advances the interests of alternative dispute practitioners worldwide. And in 1998, the Asso-ciation of Fellows and Legal Scholars at the Centre for International Legal Studies, Salzburg Austria made him an honorary member.
Politically, Obla has a sound track record. He served as Chairman, Otukpo Local Government Council for two terms. His tenures were characterized by improved pub-lic roads network, an enabling environment for business-es to thrive and peaceful co-existence of communities in the area. He also served the Benue State Government as Commissioner for Science and Technology before his retirement form active politics in 2007. Upon his return to his law practice, Obla’s legal career has grown from strength to strength as he has been one of the leading counsels for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) where he served as Special Prosecutor for some high profile cases.
In September 2013, Obla’s contribution to the legal profession was recognised when he was conferred with the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
With his elevation to the rank of SAN, he became the first Idoma person to be called to the Inner Bar.