All I can say is “woah”. On Nigeria twitter, the expression is “omo”. I am not sure I can translate that into English.
I like to give a background before I do a book review. I cannot say that this is the exact time I started following Mrs. Okonjo on Instagram, but I believe it coincided with the time I became deliberate about my social media feed. When I realised that I was spending a lot of time on social media, I decided to make my feed as educating and informative as possible. I started following women who are vocal about their success and their journey. I did not, however, realise how much of a superstar she is until 2020 (and 2021). In 2019/2020, I decided to take my financial education more seriously. I started following more accounts that spoke about financial decisions and investments. On one of those platforms, the focus at the time was real estate and that was when the founder of the initiative – Tomie Balogun – read an excerpt from “Real Women Invest in Real Estate”. You can watch that here.
Anyway, fast forward to the first few weeks in 2021. I was attending a conference where she was a speaker. I heard her speak a little more about her background and her journey, and I know that I had made the right choice in getting the book. I started the book sometime in February and completed a few days ago. And all I can say is “wow”.
I actually did not plan to read this book in the first quarter of 2021. I have a list of the books I should have read in the first quarter – and it did not include this book. I would be honest and say that I started listening to Sarah Jakes Robert because of her father. I remember those days when I used to listen to his sermons on Sunday mornings on Inspiration FM 92.3, a radio station in Lagos. I started following her on Instagram when I found out who she was- interestingly, I do not follow her dad. But I find her teachings (or preaching) very enlightening.
So, back to “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life”. I remember seeing her write something about getting pregnant at 14 or so on Instagram. I glossed over it, until I saw her put up a post again about it a couple of weeks ago. I was suddenly curious and I wanted to know what happened. In the course of my digging, I found this book and I decided to satisfy my curiosity. So I began to read.
Campus: Abuja Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; Second Best Graduating Student, Corporate Law Practice
University: University of Ibadan, Second Class Upper Division
About: I am a young aspiring lawyer interested in Corporate Law Practice.
‘With the benefit of hindsight, if you had to talk to yourself when you were resuming at the Nigerian Law School last year, what would you have told yourself?’
In response to the above question, Eniife says:
Read as much as you can. Be as dedicated to the course as possible. Study wide and deep. Have a detailed understanding of the concepts. Get a firm hold of your Case Law and Statutes but understand the concepts more. Try as much as possible not to have a favorite course. Make use of past questions as they help you understand the mode of asking and answering questions. Law school is both a marathon and a sprint. You need to move as fast as possible and as far as possible. It is not impossible to excel soo decide everyday to take steps towards excelling. Make great friends while on campus too and if possible, join study groups.
Campus: Abuja Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students.
University: University of Ibadan, First Class Honours, Award for the Best Student in Environmental Law
About: I am Blessing Ogo-Oluwa Adeagbo, I graduated with first class honours from both the University of Ibadan and the Nigerian Law School. I love God and I love people. I am an advocate of knowledge and I strongly believe that the first step to freedom in every situation is knowledge. I love reading and singing. My email address is email@example.com.
In response to our question, ‘With the benefit of hindsight, if you had to talk to yourself when you were resuming at the Nigerian Law School last year, what would you have told yourself?’, Blessing says:
I would have told myself to be calm and not to entertain fear. I discovered at the Nigerian Law School that what causes failure is principally fear. All the times I had challenges while studying, it was because I was afraid. As soon as I made up my mind to banish fear, studying became easier. I began to understand what I was reading faster. Also, I would have told myself that I was not in competition with anyone but myself. The way people responded to questions and analyzed issues in class when we first resumed almost made me doubt my own level of intelligence. Thank God I was able to come around early enough, I assured myself that all that mattered was that I was putting in all my best, what would test my knowledge was not people’s responses in class but the Bar Finals. Well, I graduated as one of the first twenty in my set, that showed me that I am not dump after all. Comparison undermines one’s ability.
Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class) Director General’s Prize for attaining First Class; Sir Lionel Brett K.B.E. Prize for the Best Student in Criminal Litigation; Mrs. Oluwatoyin Doherty’s Prize for the Best Female Student in Criminal Litigation; 7th Overall Best Student, 2018/2019 Session
University: University of Uyo (Second Class Upper)
I resumed Law School with the determination to give it my best shot. My underlying statement was that I had only one opportunity to make an impression in Law School and so I will do my best. Before resuming in November 2018, I found Ekaete Hunter’s blog and so I was already familiar with stories of people who made a First Class from Law School, including those that were exceptional to the point of winning awards and emerging as overall best. I named myself “A fan of the Red Scroll” and got set to have my own experience.
I had always desired to be in Lagos Campus and so when I got posted to Lagos Campus, my joy knew no bounds. I resumed immediately and prayed extensively to receive instructions from God to guide my life in school. These were my guiding principles:
1. Always put God First. 2. Set goals and keep your eyes on the goal 3. Read Consistently 4. Never Complain
The first principle wasn’t a hard thing to do because God is my life. Law School did not make me relent in Service to God as I served as the Vice President of CLASFON in Lagos Campus. My goals were written down in my heart, my journal and on all my class notes. I built a habit of not complaining and so I ensured that I wasn’t found among circles were people complained about Law School. However, I had to discipline myself to follow through the third principle.