Nigerian Law School Graduation News – Tola Adenle

November 27, 2014

Nigeria, Society/Living

Becoming a lawyer in Nigeria is a two-tiered educational system. A student goes to a university and gets a first degree in Law and it’s then off to a couple of centers in the country where he/she spends a year at a Nigerian Law School for professional training.

It’s unlike the US system in which a student gets a first degree in any field – Science, the Arts, and even Medicine. The graduand then heads to a Law degree (Juris Doctor) at a university for four years. Finally, the qualified lawyer must pass a Bar examination in whichever state he/she wants to practice although some states do have reciprocal benefits that allow a registered lawyer from one state to practice without taking the state’s Bar Exam.

And unlike Nigeria (Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN), Britain (Queen’s Counsel, QC) and, perhaps some Commonwealth countries where politically- or socially-awarded honors guarantee high remunerations and/or Supreme Court access, lawyers write their own tickets – for the most part – through their achievement of excellence in their practices.

It is generally known that those who received the SAN honors much earlier were generally well-regarded and well-known as great lawyers in the profession. Today, that is generally no more as the SAN ranks get filled by mostly political appointees although the enhanced opportunity to charge exorbitant rates remain. It’s the opinion of many Nigerians, including this blogger who has publicly expressed such opinion in a newspaper essay that the honor is anachronistic and should be scrapped. Let all lawyers hit the books, do their homework, go to court and prove themselves.

Nigeria’s SAN replaced the QC after independence in 1960.

It’s 2015 graduation time at the Nigerian Law School at Abuja, Nigeria at which one of the newly-minted barristers, Fọlaṣayọ Bakare, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fatai Bakare of Ọṣun State, passed with flying colors.

As on such occasions, the parents were on hand from their U.K. base to share the joy of the day with their daughter.

Here are two photographs to mark the occasion.


Fọlaṣayọ steps out of the ceremonies, ready to do what lawyers do best – I mean nothing beyond strut their stuff!

Here’s wishing the young lady all the best in her professional career.

Bakare 2

Mr. & Mrs. Bakare pose with their little girl who has announced in a big way she’s not “little” any more.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014. 9:50 a.m. [GMT]

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8 Comments on “Nigerian Law School Graduation News – Tola Adenle”

  1. Fatai Bakare Says:

    Dear Antie Folakemi,

    Thank you for your sincere advice and love.

    It was her own volition to go home and be called to the Nigerian Bar. We the parents just supported her ideas.

    Nigeria is full of opportunities although I agree things could be very difficult for many. I pray she is lucky to jam it and settle down in earnest so that she does not become frustrated.

    May God see everyone of us through to our goals. Thank you once more.



    • emotanglobal Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      Thanks for this. I’m sure Folakemi will catch it.

      We all wish your daughter the best of luck in her chosen path.




  2. wsj2day Says:

    Congratulations young lady, now don’t take the next plane to London, stay and become legend!

    Liked by 1 person


    • emotanglobal Says:

      Dear WSJ,

      Thanks for this. I’ll pass your message to the parents for forwarding to the young lady. In fact, I’m sure the father must probably have caught a glance in ever-frenetic-paced Nigeria.

      Yeah, I hope she should stay, too, but that country is so desolate from the un-armed robbers whose corruption has made exiles of so many Nigerians that it would not be realistic for one who understands the situation to wish kids to stay when opportunities are shut against most kids whose parents do not belong to Nigeria, Inc.

      My regards,

      Liked by 1 person


      • Fatai Bakare Says:

        Thank you WSJ for the fatherly advice to my daughter. In fact, it is her wish to practice in Nigeria if she gets a good job. It was her wish to go and be called to the Bar at home. We just support her wish and we pray to God to always guide her right. Thank you very much and God bless.


      • emotanglobal Says:

        Dear Fatai,

        Thanks for this.

        I’m sure WSJ will read this; like you, he visits the blog daily and checks everything out.

        Congrats, once again. Rgds,


    • folakemiodoaje Says:

      My congratulations to Folasayo as well; wish her all the best.

      Of course it would be best to stay in Nigeria and secure a job, be part of the change but the reality is unless Folasayo has ‘connections’, she is on the next flight to the UK where her parents are to start all over or if lucky, a few steps back until she gets on the road – sad but that is the reality.

      Liked by 1 person


      • emotanglobal Says:

        Thanks, Dear Fola.

        I agree with you and so would most who know how Nigeria works these days and the situation in the country. The young lady would be best served to follow her parents to the U.K. where she could, if she wanted it, take a graduate degree in Law and get used to the system before she starts practice.

        Nigeria’s best and brightest are mostly outside the country these days, sadly, and even many who are being recruited into professional positions are from the ranks of those educated abroad and have sound working experience. Sadly, the words of a close family friend who hosted my family to dinner when we decided to return to the States in 1988 under the suffocating reign of Nigeria’s self-styled “evil genius” – Babangida. Biodun had said, and I’m quoting him verbatim as far as memory permits: ” Depo ati Tola, ṣe ẹ mọ pe awọn ọmọ ti gbogbo awọn ti o njade nisiyi l’o ma ka’we gidi ti nwọn ma wa pada ṣe iṣẹ ọga …” – Just a softened idea for my non-Yoruba visitors: The children of those emigrating now will, in future, be well-educated and will return to get the best jobs. I’ve seen his words come true in many instances – although the who-you-know-factor is still very present; none of my kids has decided to return.

        What a blight on that country that keeps on pushing towards never attaining nationhood!

        My rgds,

        Liked by 1 person

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