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CAL NEWPORT’S SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU

CAL NEWPORT"S SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU
CAL NEWPORT’S SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU

‘Working right trumps finding the right work’

Cal Newport, in ‘So good they can’t ignore you’.

Thank you so much Cal Newport. Thank you!

I remember my reaction when I read the first line from the book – “‘Follow your passion’ is dangerous advice”. I could not believe what I had t read.

I totally loved Cal Newport’s writing style – lucid and factual. He is also very engaging. First, he summarises the content of a chapter at the end of the chapter. Then, in the subsequent chapter, he explains how the conclusions of the previous chapter flow into the issue being talked about in the present chapter. His team did a fantastic job. I was impressed and I feel like I was actually having a conversation with the author with each page I turned.

As a young professional, people ask you where you see yourself in, say, five years and what contribution you would like to make to your field. I am speaking from my experience – I always panicked at these questions because I realised at the beginning of my career that my theoretical education is at parallel with what actually obtains in practice. For me, I was focused on ‘re-learning’ in my first work year. So when people inquired about some five-year plan, they almost always drew a blank because I felt like I was still developing skills and the knowledge I needed to answer that question. Along the line, I tried to come up with plans because it seemed like the question was inevitable. Everywhere I turned to I was slapped with the ‘passion fever’. I began to question whether I really knew what I was doing because I had no illusions about having a passion. How do you not have a passion?! Continue reading “CAL NEWPORT’S SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU”

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#DEARASPIRANTSTOTHEBAR, NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL (NLS) EXTERNSHIP PROGRAMME; NUGGETS FOR SUCCESS.

By Tobi Michael Babalola*

Tobi Michael Babalola
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Hello, to those currently at the Nigerian Law School. I’m sharing with you my experience during the NLS two months externship and how you can make excellent use of the opportunity to gain practical knowledge for your Bar Examinations and in the long run your legal career.

The Externship programme is a part of the Nigerian Law School curriculum to add practical experience to what is taught within the four walls of your NLS classroom. The programme is divided into two invaluable learning experiences to wit; the court room externship, which comes first followed immediately  by the chamber/law firm externship. At the end of this programme, NLS students are made to undergo a portfolio assessment to examine them on what they have learnt during the programme. This is also a prerequisite for being called to the Nigerian Bar.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

I believe the under listed steps have been taken and you’ve all received your placements:

-Fill the placement forms for both court and chamber attachments.  N. B: The system of choosing your preferred local government  and state is intentionally made flexible for your convenience.

-Submit the forms

-Get your placement notifications from NLS

-COMPLAINTS? inform your NLS campus Externship coordinator or Group mentor,  as the case may be based on the information given by your campus coordinator or Directors.

-Listen to the instructions given and obey.  (Many, but important, especially to avoid hiccups during your portfolio assessment).

For example – Making copies of work done during the programme; submitting a signed and up-to-date log book; filled assessment form accompanied by a letter & a copy of your attendance list to be in a sealed envelope from your chamber. Confirm if a court assessment is also required.

-Avoid rumors (listening to and spreading rumors). Get your instructions directly from the authorities which will be communicated to your various group heads or the Chairman Students Representative Council, as the case may be.

MYTHS ABOUT NLS EXTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

Below, are some stories you hear about the Externship placements. Though not myths in all cases but in most cases. My colleagues may have shared some of these with you, bear in mind that this is subjective and wisdom is profitable to direct.

  • I have to get into one of these top chambers, so that I can be retained after law school. True, but not every time. If this is your reason for going to that top chamber, why not have a better perspective like learning the work culture of this firm that makes them top,  gaining relevant skills because for all you know a better opportunity awaits you after law school and these skills will come in handy.

 

  • Some judges and chambers are prepared to work you out. Really!!!? You just have to manage your time properly. No knowledge is a waste.  Remember, “Knowledge empowers”.

 

  • I should get a stipend of 5 million Naira from my chambers after the externship programme. Don’t think it! Don’t say it! Not all law firms pay that stipend. As you said, it’s just a stipend. Max 100,000 Naira.

 

  • I can write jargon in my log book, nobody is gonna read it. Hmm hmm, you’re on the wrong track Bruv! It may have worked for your predecessors but your portfolio assessment may not be detailed like theirs. There’s a saying that: Taiwo and Kehinde (twins) were born on the same day but have different destinies.

 

MY LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCE Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTSTOTHEBAR, NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL (NLS) EXTERNSHIP PROGRAMME; NUGGETS FOR SUCCESS.”

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ISSUES ARISING OUT OF S. 102 OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT AND S. 29 OF COMPANIES REGULATIONS.

By Tope Akinyode*

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SECTION 102 (1) OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT (CAMA), CAP. C20, LAWS OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA (LFN), 2004 (“Section 102”) provides:

“102 (1) A company having a share capital, whether or not the shares have been converted into stock, may in general meeting and not otherwise, increase its share capital by new shares of such amount as it thinks expedient.” [Emphasis mine]

In relation to and for a better appreciation of the foregoing, SECTION 233(6) CAMA states that:

A company may, by its articles, provide that any matter not required by the articles or by this Act to be passed by a special resolution, shall be passed by an ordinary resolution.  

However, PARAGRAPH 29 OF THE COMPANIES REGULATIONS (“Paragraph 29”) also provides for the steps that are required of a company in order to increase its authorized capital. It states inter alia:

“Requirements for filing of notice of increase in authorized share capital shall include the following –

  1. Special resolution for increase in share capital signed by a director and secretary or two directors
  2. Updated annual return
  3. Updated section 553 where applicable
  4. Evidence of payment of FRC annual dues
  5. Payment of fees

If the two legislations highlighted above i.e, the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and Companies Regulations (the “Regulations”) had adhered strictly to the same requirements for a Company to increase its share capital, this legal opinion would have been needless and would have amounted to a futile search for a thing which is not lost. In Nigeria’s corporate and companies’ firmament, the increase in shares of a running concern is common place. Hence, companies have had cause to worry over the appropriate procedure to adopt.

Read the full essay here.

 

*Tope Akinyode is a Legal Practitioner with areas cutting across “due dilligence”, debt recovery, and litigation. He also advises on Entertainment Law and Labour matters regularly. He can be reached at topeakinyode2@gmail.com.

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ACCESS TO BOOKS

The Access to Books project is a community development initiative founded by Gamaliel Olayiwola Fasuyi* as his personal CDS project during his service year as a member of the Nigerian Youth Service Corps. In this article and the attached report, he talks about the process leading up to the actualisation of the project’s goals which is equipping the libraries of some of the government schools in his state.

In January 2017, I was posted to Edo State for my mandatory National Youth Service. To be honest, I wasn’t particularly happy about it as I anticipated staying put in Lagos or at least getting Ibadan. My Camp experience at Okada (Ovia North-east) left much to be desired due to the appalling living conditions of the hostels. Two things stood out in my three weeks in orientation – I was chosen as the Deputy Hall President, who was entrusted with the post of the line guard of the hall, and I was also privileged to join the elite OBS Crew in camp, there I met really wonderful people.

It has always been my wish to be part of a voluntary community project and NYSC CDS was a perfect scheme to kick start this journey. While performing my duties as a line guard, I was opportune to engage and chat with the school kids nearby on issues concerning quality of teaching, access to books and hope to further their education. It was at this point I had an idea of the kind of project I will love to embark on. I do believe that the benefits of reading cannot be overemphasized. Continue reading “ACCESS TO BOOKS”

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THE NATIONAL TAX DEBATE 4.0: SPECIAL EDITION

Stay updated. Read on the first three editions of the National Tax Debate here.

However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin.Take it and pay the tax for both of us.

This year, the theme of the National Tax Debate, which held between March 12 to 14, 2017, was – ‘Enhancing Taxpayers’ awareness through Student Tax Clubs.’  With the full fledged support of the Joint Tax Board at it 137th meeting tagged ‘Collaboration amongst Tax Authorities; Its impact on revenue generation and service delivery to Taxpayers’, the Tax Club sought to add the voices of the leaders of tomorrow to the taxpayers’ awareness enhancement conversation.  Every geopolitical zone was represented by a tertiary institution – Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Benin, University of Nigeria, University of Maiduguri, Lagos State University, Babcock University, Usman Dan Fodio University and University of Abuja.

Continue reading “THE NATIONAL TAX DEBATE 4.0: SPECIAL EDITION”