Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu was born in 1956.
He started his primary education at Government School, Owo. He proceeded to Aquinas College, Akure, Loyola Colege, Ibadan and Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, for his secondary school education and Higher School Certificate, respectively.
Aketi, as he is fondly called, attended the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ile Ife, Osun State, where he obtained his LLB degree in 1977 and the B.L from the Nigerian Law School in 1978.
He was also elected Vice President of the Students’ Union, University Of Ife, for the 1975-1976 academic session.
60-year-old Akeredolu was the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008.
He was also the Attorney General of Ondo State from 1997–1999.
Akeredolu was elevated then to the pretigious role of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He also served as Chairman of the Legal Aid Council from 2005–2006.
He was a member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies between 2008 and 2010; a member of Council of Legal Education; a member of Council, International Bar Association and Pan African Lawyers Union during the same period.
The Governor-elect currently serves as the NBA representative in the National Judicial Council.
A devout Christian, he is the Chancellor of the Anglican Church, Owo Diocese.
He is married to Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and they have four children.