Dr. ‘Tunde Bakare was born into a family steeped in very rich Islamic heritage on November 11, 1954 in Abeokuta (Ogun State, Nigeria). He became born again on September 24, 1974 after a unique encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. He studied law at the University of Lagos between 1977 and 1980. He was called to the Bar in 1981 and following his NYSC, he practiced law with Gani Fawehinmi Chambers, Rotimi Williams & Co and Burke & Co, Solicitors. He established his own law firm Tunde Bakare & Co (El-Shaddai Chambers) in October 1984. In May 1988, at the peak of his legal career he was called into ministry and he pioneered the 1st Model parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Subsequently he founded The Latter Rain Assembly (End-Time Church) on April 1, 1989 and is currently the Serving Overseer of the church.
He presides over Global Apostolic Impact Network (GAIN) – a network of churches, ministries and kingdom businesses committed to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. Dr. Bakare is also the President of Latter Rain Ministries, Inc. (Church Development Center) in Atlanta, GA, USA, a ministry committed to restoring today’s church to the scriptural pattern. In recognition of his years of exploits and global impact in ministry, he was honoured with a Doctor of Ministry degree by the Indiana Christian University at the instance of his spiritual father and mentor, Dr. Lester Sumrall in 1996.
As part of his endeavour to give back to humanity, he established The Family Heritage Foundation that gives scholarship to less privileged students from all walks of life within and outside the country.
In 2007, he established the International Centre for Reconstruction and Development (ICRD); a knowledge industry/think-tank devoted to re-engineering the social, economic and political landscape of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.
Dr. ‘Tunde Bakare is the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG); a coalition of pro-democracy groups and individuals with a clear mandate to promote political knowledge and participation of the Nigerian citizens through strategic activities. After decades of speaking truth to power and standing on the side of the oppressed, Dr. Bakare has extended the frontiers of his political involvement in a bid to Save Nigeria, to Change Nigeria and to Make Nigeria Great again.
Dr. ‘Tunde Bakare was General Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in Nigeria’s 2011 Presidential Elections on the platform of The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
He is happily married to ‘Layide Bakare and they are blessed with five wonderful children.