Bola Akinterinwa obtained his degrees with distinction. He received a double promotion in the International Law Class at the University of Paris 2 and obtained his PhD degree with 'Special Commendations,' from the University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne.
An Embassy Translator at the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris, in 1984, and a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Maryland Foreign Policy Process in 1989, he has, since 1985, been a Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, where he has, at various times, received three special Letters of Commendation from the Management of the Institute for his scholarship and patriotic activities. He is currently the Director-General of the Institute.
Former Editorial Page Editor of, and a Monday/Sunday Columnist (Vie Internationale) with, ThisDay Newspapers since 1996, he was Member of the Editorial Board, from 1989 to 1994, and Editor, from 1994 to 1999, of the Nigerian Journal of International Affairs. He is author of several chapters in books and articles in learned and reputable journals of international affairs. He has also authored and edited several books.