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#MYBARFINALSTESTIMONY 2018

#DearAspiranttotheBar,

 

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Last year, after the MCQ App was launched, we worked together to present the stories of the over two dozen first classes and prize winners. This year we will also be sharing the stories of the first class students and prize winners. Be excited.

I buy into the founders of the MCQ APP vision to change the law school narrative. Indeed, preparation is a bigger part of the law school narrative than fear could ever be.

We hope to build your confidence and reinforce your conviction, story after story. We hope that you read the testimonies of your predecessors and remain inspired. We hope that these stories help you fix your eyes on the goal.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your predecessors with your questions and inquiries.

We are also happy to answer your questions from here on.

We wish you the best.

Regards,

Ekaete Hunter.

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CAB 9

Read the earlier parts here.

 Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord?

Acts 13:10 NLT

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She dragged herself away from the TV. She had to put a stop to the binge-watching she has been doing for the past few days. She pouted while talking to her reflection on her phone screen.

‘Deji does not keep me company any more.’

Her phone’s LED blinked. One of her cousins, they were a pair of twin, had sent her a message on Whatsapp.

Aunty mi, so we heard you are on maternity leave.’

 She heaved a tire sigh. She could feel the heaviness in her heart. Her cousins, Solange and Beyonce (the names made her cringe, she really did not know what her sister-in-law was thinking) were not bad company but she really wanted to spend time with her Deji and nobody else. She replied the chat.

Yeah. Gotta let the baby rest and all.’

Beyonce replied instantly.

You wouldn’t mind if we stopped by?’

What do they mean ‘stopped by’? It meant they would be there for at least a week!

‘Aunty, we just finished exams o. It would be nice to help you with the heavy lifting. *wink* *wink*’

 She flung her phone to the sofa.

We have a two week-break.’

She picked up her phone again. She said it already, didn’t she?

She clenched her teeth as she typed.

You know you are welcome here anytime.’

She pulled herself up from the chair. Beyonce and Solange – the thought of their names alone could induce a miscarriage. Her ankles hurt badly. She paused to examine her feet. Right, except her belly wasn’t transparent. She sucked in her cheeks. It was time to take a walk. Continue reading “CAB 9”

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‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS A CLEAN SLATE, WRITE YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME ON IT’

#MyBarFinalsTestimony Extra is also brought to you by the MCQ APP in conjunction with Ekaete Hunter. 

Name: Aboyeji, Faith Oyetola

Campus: Abuja Campus (First Class Upper Division), Dr. Nabo Graham-Douglas Prize for the Second Overall Best Student in Corporate Law Practice, Director General’s Prize for First Class Students

University: University of Ilorin (First Class); Best Graduating Student Faculty of Law

About: ‘Tola is a young legal practitioner in her early twenties. She currently works as an NYSC Associate at Babalakin & Co. ‘Tola is quite enthusiastic about intellectual property rights. She loves God and humanity and can be reached at purposefultola@gmail.com.

FAITH ABOYEJI
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I am Faith Oyetola ABOYEJI. I had my vocational training at the Abuja Campus of the Nigerian Law School in 2017 and was called to the Bar in December, 2017.  I am the first in a family of four and a native of Pamo-Isin in Kwara State.

For me, the first fear I had to deal with when going to the law school was being far away from home. I was born in Ilorin and had all my formal education there; so law school was the only educational pursuit that ever took me out of my family base. I remember crying on my first night in law school.

When you first get to law school, there is the tendency to be anxious. I heard a lot of funny stories about how difficult going through law school was and passing the bar exams. But I am not the type to give in to fear easily, especially those related to academic pursuits and luckily for me, my roommate in the law school is someone like that too. So, there was no atmosphere of fear around me. The one fear I had in law school was the fear of finishing with a second class upper, because of the grading system. But each time I reminded myself that an A in law school is just 70%, I get relieved, knowing that it won’t be impossible for me to score at least 70% in each of the five courses. The fear of Bar Final is the beginning of failure in the Nigerian Law School. The truth is there is nothing to be afraid of. The Bar Final is just another examination.

SOURCE: 'TOLA ABOYEJI
SOURCE: ‘TOLA ABOYEJI

Continue reading “‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS A CLEAN SLATE, WRITE YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME ON IT’”

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‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO DETERMINE TO GET THAT GRADE THAT YOU DESIRE’

#MyBarFinalsTestimony is brought to you by the MCQ APP in conjunction with Ekaete Hunter. 

Name: Onimiya, Faith Ezomime

Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students, Chief Ernest Shonekan’s Prize for the Third Overall Best Student in Property Law Practice

University: University of Lagos, Second Class Upper Division

About: Faith Onimiya is a lawyer interested in intellectual property and  a writer passionate about health, real estate and human welfare. You can reach her on faith@onimiya.com.

Faith Onimiya in wig and gown
SOURCE: FAITH ONIMIYA

Psalm 29:11 AMP – The LORD will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace

My bar finals started from my last semester in the university — July 2016 — when I had to pick a campus to go to for the law school programme. I had always wanted to go to Abuja to experience life away from Lagos and even my parents were aware of my decision. However while completing my law school application, I got a strong, inexplicable urge to stay in Lagos. I could not figure out what or why but I was suddenly convinced that I could not go to Abuja.

Fast forward to starting law school in Lagos. The hardest weeks for me were the first few weeks in November. It was a struggle to get through each day alone without any of my closest friends. I recall breaking down into tears during the second week of lectures from being overwhelmed. Spending a year in Lagos campus was the most stressful phase I have ever had to pass through. I was physically, mentally and emotionally tired all through the year. I became a sub-group leader during classes and that meant I was responsible for one pre-class task every week. It was frustrating having that responsibility on my shoulders week after week but I made very supportive friends in my group who helped me deliver. I attended all classes except one Friday class during my stay at the Nigerian law school. I knew I had to learn as much as I could from the lecturers because there was hardly enough time to go over everything and assimilate the information. I listened well in class and made notes to help me concentrate as much as I could.

FAITH ONIMIYA
SOURCE: FAITH ONIMIYA

With regards to my routine, I made sure I paced myself in learning everything. It is important to remember to have fun and relax during the year. I tried to learn as much as I could but I knew my strengths and I stuck with them. I would read until I was tired, sleep and then go back to reading. I made use of e-notes for most of my readings and stuck to the outlines in the handbooks. I chose to begin practicing questions at the end of the externship period when I had just done my first reading through most of the courses. My roommate Funbi helped me read and practice questions towards the end of the session and stay positive no matter how I felt. I joined an awesome law school fellowship called the ‘Harvesters Tea Group’ and I was able to keep my faith and hope in God.

 

Getting a first class for me is a testimony of God’s faithfulness. I kept praying to God to give me a testimony for all my troubles during the year and that was exactly what I got. I had written my result in faith according to God’s instructions on one of my textbooks about two months before the exam and I had shared it with members of my fellowship.

Every single exam for me was a testimony filled with grace unimaginable. Continue reading “‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO DETERMINE TO GET THAT GRADE THAT YOU DESIRE’”

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘I FOUND MY OWN RHYTHM, MY OWN STRUCTURE, WHAT TRULY WORKED FOR ME’

#MyBarFinalsTestimony is brought to you by the MCQ APP in conjunction with Ekaete Hunter. 

Name: Tijani, Zainab Ololade

Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students.

University: Obafemi Awolowo University, Second Class Upper Division

About: Lolade Tijani  is a banking and finance associate with experience in tax advisory services. She enjoys running, travelling the world and meeting new people. She can be reached via loladetijani@gmail.com.

Tijani Zainab in her wig and gown
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MY LAW SCHOOL STORY

My law school story is one of grace. I have no other explanation for my success except that I had a higher power evidently working in my favour. Let’s try to start at the beginning.

My name is Lolade Tijani, I graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University in December 2016, and my graduation was not very happy despite the fact that I was graduating with a CGPA of 4.3 out of 5. I was sad because on my graduation day, my classmates were attending classes in law school, while I had not yet applied for the law school year.

In April 2016, I finished with my long essay, and I was so elated to finally be done with college a year later than my colleagues no less.  Afterwards, I spent my free time doing internships and preparing for law school, little did I know that things would not go as planned at all.

In August 2016, my university finally released the list of Law School applicants, and I, without worry checked for my name, but to my imminent surprise, it was not there. I spent the night trying to understand the omission and its effect on my life, I could not sleep.

Apparently, two of my results had not been uploaded to my school portal in time and as such, it seemed I was not eligible to go to Law School. I immediately left Lagos and travelled down to Ile-Ife, Osun State, where I stayed for over a month trying to rectify the situation. I cried spontaneously often during these times thinking to myself “I don’t deserve this! I worked so hard!”. Finally, when I was able to apply to go to Law School in December, Law School broke the news that the campuses were filled and we would have to wait till the next year.

All hope was lost, I felt dejected. As I write about this period of my life, an overwhelming feeling engulfs me because I felt trapped in this particular moment that went on for very long.

Tijani Lolade
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Miraculously, I was posted to the Nigerian Law School Lagos Campus, my only choice. I had missed 7 weeks of lectures and I was being told scary stories from various colleagues already in the system. I remember my first class was Criminal litigation on Monday and we were being taught ‘Court Martials’, and I thought to myself ‘I am finished, how will I ever catch up in order to understand the way these kids were answering questions thrown to them’. I was terrified that Mr. Kanu would ask me to turn on my microphone to answer a question and I would disgrace my entire generation, luckily that did not happen.

After leaving that class clueless and hurt, I made a decision I was going to read up on all the topics I missed, I gave myself a deadline and prepared to work. This was no easy feat as I still had to answer tasks before going to class the next day and read the topic we were about to treat in class that day. So, what I did was to read the one topic I had missed at midnight (12am) and then go to sleep and wake up the next day and brush through the new topic to be treated before going to class.

Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘I FOUND MY OWN RHYTHM, MY OWN STRUCTURE, WHAT TRULY WORKED FOR ME’”

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘DON’T PANIC’

Tade Gbajumo in her wig and gown
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#MyBarFinalsTestimony is brought to you by the MCQ APP in conjunction with Ekaete Hunter. 

Name: Gbajumo, Oyetade Zuliath

Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students.

University: University, of Lagos, Second Class Upper Division

About:Oyetade Gbajumo was a student of the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School (Lagos campus). She graduated with a Second Class Upper from the University of Lagos and a First Class from the Nigerian law school. She is very passionate about people and spends her free time with friends and family. She can be reached via tadegbajumo@gmail.com

 

My experience in law school was definitely a memorable one.The mantra was that law school was a “jealous girlfriend” and extremely stressful so I got in determined to give my all. I had my perfectly crafted timetable and routine all planned out. I promised myself to be more dedicated than I was in the university and to study daily. It didn’t exactly work out as planned, I was always so exhausted after classes and group meetings and struggled to go over my class notes. I became so overwhelmed and started to panic especially because people seemed to answer questions that I didn’t even understand and I wondered how and when they got to study. I had to pull myself together and focus on me. I stopped thinking about how people seemed to do it but on how I could do it and do it well. Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘DON’T PANIC’”