Justice John Afolabi Fabiyi from Kogi State was born on the 25th of November 1945.
He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in 1969, and was called to bar after having attended the Nigerian law school in 1970.
Prior to entering public service in 1975, he spent 5 years as a legal practitioner with Noel Gery & Co. Kano.
Immediately after his stint in private practice, he joined Kwara State Judiciary serving as magistrate, chief registrar, and High Court judge. He served as chairman of the Election petition tribunal, Anambra State (1994 to 1998).
He was appointed as a justice of the Court of Appeal in 1998, and subsequently rose to presiding judge of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan (2006 to 2009), after which he was appointed as justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2009.
In recognition of his service to the judiciary, he was awarded Commander of Order of the Niger (CON) in 2009, Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).
He has attended many conferences nationally and internationally.
He is married with children, and enjoys reading and gardening.