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ARUNDHATI ROY’S THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS

“Change is one thing, acceptance is another.”

The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things

I have reviewed my goal of reading the man booker’s prize winners to one book every quarter. The first book for this year is Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things”. I am writing this review with a  bit of shame because it is coming two quarters late. As always, there will be no spoilers.

I am not a fan of the arrangement of the plot of the book. I say this because it defied chronology. At first, it is difficult to appreciate the sequence of events because the reader is lost trying to figure out whether the event occurred in the past or in the present. However, this pays off in the end because I think the story is a tragedy. Honestly, everything went downhill pretty quickly but because the author narrates the resolution of the plot somewhere in the middle – there is neither suspense nor climax. What you get at the end is some kind of relief that in the midst of the tragedies, there were at least some good moments. Secondly, the author switches the point of view of the narration from the third person to narrating through Rahel – one of the main characters. If this was not intentional, I think it turned out great nonetheless. This switch in the point of view of the narration does little harm to the already-convoluted sequence of events. Continue reading “ARUNDHATI ROY’S THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS”

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘GIVE YOURSELF AN EXTRA PUSH ONCE IN A WHILE’

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

Name: Grace Olanrewaju Gureje

Campus: Enugu Campus (First Class); Justice Olujide Shomolu’s Prize for the Overall best Student in Civil litigation; Sir Lionel Brett K.B.E Prize for the Overall Best Student in Criminal Litigation; Babatunde Abiodun Ibironke, SAN Prize for the Overall Best Student in Criminal Litigation; National Association of Women Judges’ Prize for the Best Overall Female Student of the Year; Mrs Oluwatoyin Doherty’s Prize for the Best Female Student in Criminal Litigation; Hon. Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar G.C.O.N prize for the Best Female Student in Civil Litigation; Chief J.K. Gadzama O.F.R., M.F.R., SAN Prize for the Best Female Student in Criminal and Civil litigation; Nigerian Bar Association Prize for the Best Overall Female Student; Sir Adetokunbo Ademola K.B.E., G.C.O.N. prize for the Best Student of the Year; Dr. Taslim Elias Prize for the Best student of the Year; Justice Atanda Fatai-Williams G.C.O.N prize for the Best Student of the Year; Hon Justice Silvanus Ayere Ajuyah O.F.R prize for the most Promising Graduating Student of the Year; Boinime Jackson Lott prize for the Best Female Student of the Year; Director General’s Prize for First Class Student; and the Council of Legal Education star prize

University Attended: University of Lagos (1st Class Honors; Best Graduating Student, Class of 2016)

About: Grace Gureje is a young lawyer with great hopes for the future. She is an alumna of the University of Lagos where she graduated top of her class with a first class grade. She was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 13th of December, 2017 where she bagged fifteen prizes. She firmly believes that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. She can be reached at gurejegrace@gmail.com.

GRACE GUREJE
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MY BAR FINALS TESTIMONY

First of all, I admit that all glory belongs to God and Him alone for the successful outing at the Nigerian Law School. God is number one in my life and since I began this journey of faith to the Heavenly City, I have not looked back. Before resuming at the NLS, I had heard various stories of what studying at the law school entailed. I knew my own strength wouldn’t cut it. My graduation from the University with a first class grade testifies to this truth. Therefore, I decided to seek God’s face before lectures started and I received several commands and promises too! While I cannot say I kept to my own side of the bargain, God was faithful in fulfilling His promises to me.

My law school journey started on the 4th of November 2016 and on the 21st of October 2017, it was a wrap. I checked my posting on the 4th of November 2017 and realized I was posted to ‘Enugu’. I was not surprised as I sincerely wanted to go to Enugu, not to mention that I selected ‘Enugu’ as my preferred option in the four slots of the online application form. I had had enough of Lagos and I wanted to experience somewhere different, so I felt Enugu was the ideal place for me.

Five days later, I already arrived at the Augustine Nnamani Campus in Enugu. I settled down quickly and lectures started in the third week. No sooner had lectures started than I realized that I was in for a lifetime experience. There seemed to be no end to the knowledge were supposed to receive ‘for the purpose of Bar Part II’.I dozed off in class many times. There were times I read till my back ached and I had to use my pillow for support. I played too and read books that had nothing to do with my studies at the NLS. In fact, I made many new friends – fantastic ones. In all, I had a wonderful time at the Enugu campus of the Nigerian Law School. It couldn’t have been better. Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘GIVE YOURSELF AN EXTRA PUSH ONCE IN A WHILE’”

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, “BE YOURSELF; BUT BE THE BEST OF YOURSELF”

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

Name: Viola Chimdinma Echebima

Campus: Lagos Campus; The Stephenson Harwood Prize for the Best Graduating Student; Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; Chief Richard Akinjide C.F.R. SAN 2nd Prize in Civil Litigation; Chief T.O.S. Benson CFR SAN 3rd Prize for the Best Student of the Year.

University Attended: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1st Class Honors; Best Graduating Student, Class of 2016)

About: Viola is an astute lawyer currently serving with the esteemed Banwo and Ighodalo Law Firm. In the formative years of her career, she is interested in self-development and growth. She can be reached at violaechebima@gmail.com .

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HER STORY

Dear Aspirant to the Bar,

From the outset, I must say that there is no one way to success. Nothing is cast in stone. There are diverse ways through which you too can attain this feat without necessarily adopting my patterns and systems. Nevertheless, I will share some key principles which I humbly think if you apply, you too might just be sharing your own success story next year. I will make efforts to interplay my personal experience as I outline the principles.

Enjoy the read:

  • Begin with the End in Mind

This simply means hit the ground running from day one. It entails projection and goal setting sought to be achieved at the end of your 10 months stay at the law school. Trust me, August is not far from you! It will come, it will surely come. In fact, I cannot assure you that the management of the law school will stick to the academic calendar this year. In my time, the Bar exams were moved 2 weeks forward. Yes, I mean forward and trust me they expect you to be ready to sit for the bar exams. No apologies, no explanations!

Beginning with the end in mind will keep you focused. As Jesus Christ told us to fix our gaze on Him, you will have your eyes fixed on the prize. When you are focused, you are able to disengage activities that are no means to your end goal. A reader is probably asking: is she saying I should not engage in other activities? No! In fact, as much as it lies within you try and engage in other extra curricular activities provided you are able to manage your time effectively.

  • Find a pattern that works for you and stick to it!

Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, “BE YOURSELF; BUT BE THE BEST OF YOURSELF””

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, “NEVER BE TOO SHY OR TOO SMART TO REACH OUT FOR HELP OR GIVE HELP”

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

Name: Vivian Ezepue Chinenye

Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; Second Best Overall Student of the Year Prize; Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, CFR, SAN Prize for the Second Best Student in Professional Ethics; and Sir Darnley Alexander’s Prize for the Best Student in Property Law Practice.

University Attended: University of Lagos (Second Class Upper); Best graduating student in Company Law.

About: Vivian is a lawyer with an entrepreneurial spirit. She is quite passionate about businesses and investments. She enjoys reading, travel and fine dining and can be reached at ezepuevi@gmail.com.

Vivian Ezepue in her Wig and Gown
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The essence of writing my thoughts as I reflect on my law school year, is to provide encouragement for someone who might hopefully connect with my story and to ultimately give God the glory.

I am a Christian girl and my faith defines me. This should give you a heads up about the content of my story since you will see me relate every thread of event to the goodness of God. I got into law school hopeful and like most of my mates, I was determined to finish with a first class. I remember that I had read up most of the articles I found online relating to the Nigerian law school (major shout out to Ekaete Hunter and KacheeTee). I was waiting, eager and could not wait for the session to finally start. I eventually resumed at the Law school on some Monday in November 2016.

Challenges and Lessons

My very first challenge was whether to form notes or not. The classes were really long (averaging about 7-9 hours daily) and the only spare time per say was weekends. Naturally, forming notes while reading is not my style but since I was determined to make it in law school and since most people advised me to, I set about this laborious task. Needless to say, I was frustrated. I prayed and sought more counsel. This time, my elder sister (Ogonna) and Ayodele Kadiri advised me to leverage on my strengths and quit forming notes if it was not working. That was very encouraging advice. It still did not allay all my fears that I might be missing something. One day, I discussed it with my friend and then roommate, Moyo Adekile (beauty and brains) and she shared with me how she divided all the pages of her note books into halves (top to bottom). While the larger half was for class notes, the smaller half was for jottings from personal study and research. (I had absolutely no problems with writing in classes, no matter how long the notes or classes were. That had been my style since undergrad. It was the note forming that was drudgery to me). Voila! I could now actually have a comprehensive note in one book by combining my class notes with jottings, without necessarily having to form new notes in a new book! To me, that was the strongest nut being cracked right there. I thanked her for it and set about my business. All the while being grateful to God.

Lesson: Leverage on your strengths, Share your challenges and frustrations with others.

Vivian Ezepue Chinenye
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Next was the hostel challenge. I consider myself to be a focused person but I know that I am not entirely immune to distractions. That was exactly what I was going to have deal with by living with 5 other people in a relatively average sized room. We started out with three people in my room and by the week we were to go home for the Christmas break, we had doubled the number. Once again, God came to the rescue. All I kept saying was that there was no way I was going to return to that room after Christmas. I called my sister to let her know I was coming over to her house for the break and interestingly, she told me was not at home. She was on some work engagement and had to be lodged in a hotel for the period. She also invited me to come. That was how I ended up staying with my sister for about 3 months. I was living the life. The hotel was quite close to law school (just around Eko Hotel & Suites). So, I was basically enjoying myself, eating from buffets, enjoying free Wi-Fi, room service, sleeping on a giant-sized bed and just lounging (lol!). Of course, she was going to leave there at some point but I knew God had a plan for me. Along the line, I was elected the deputy leader of my group (my friend, the former deputy had resigned) and the responsibility came with the Executive hostel (for free!). I moved in the same week that my sister had to leave the hotel. Talk about God’s timing! Once again, I was living the life of having only one roommate with the air conditioning and other benefits. All the while being grateful to God.

Lesson: Trust God with ALL your needs.

Next was externship. I got posted to one of the Lagos State High Court Divisions. I would recommend my NLS readers to undertake the externship programme (particularly court) with some seriousness. I did and it really helped. The logbook filling and the practical knowledge I acquired were useful in my personal study. For firm, I was posted to the law firm where I had done prior undergraduate internship. I was just as surprised as I bet you are. Anyway, it was amazing because I made new friends (colleagues and seniors) and most especially, the firm gave me space to study. To be honest, externship was majorly revision as I had read through most of my school work during the session.

Lesson: Pay attention to court proceedings. Make sure to ensure that the law firm you are posted to understand that you need some space to study. Engage them with your school work also.

Last but not the least was the period just before the exams. I was ill for about 2 weeks before the exams. It was terrifying. I cried. I almost lost faith. For those two weeks, I didn’t read bleep. This goes to show that it’s best to be prepared way before time so that even when such challenges come up, you are better prepared to navigate them. Thankfully, God used Efe, a friend of mine (now lecturer at the NLS) to help me weather that storm. He used to read to me and we would talk through some of the courses. This really helped to comfort me during that trying period and thankfully, I recovered and was able to continue studying.

Lesson: We all need to be there for others in their low moments. Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, “NEVER BE TOO SHY OR TOO SMART TO REACH OUT FOR HELP OR GIVE HELP””

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘A SUPPORT SYSTEM IS VERY IMPORTANT”.

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Name: Okesola Aishat Ololade

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

University: University of Lagos (First Class), Best Graduating Student, Faculty of Law

About:I love reading, travelling and writing. I am particularly interested in Taxation, Aviation and Islamic finance. I can be reached at aishahokesola@gmail.com.

Aisha Okesola in her wig and gown
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MY LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

I remember when the Law school posting was out and I saw Yenagoa, I was shocked as it wasn’t one of my options. I checked in the midnight and couldn’t sleep again. Alas, Allah had better plans for me! Looking back now, being posted to Yenagoa was awesome; I met amazing people and I got better as a person.

On the whole, the Law School experience was bitter-sweet. There were times I got overwhelmed by the workload and resorted to crying. I fell sick twice during the session. In all, Allah was very merciful to me.

For me, it was First class or First class. Having made a First class in the university, there was the subtle pressure to repeat the feat. Although there is no single formula to excel in the Law School, God’s favour, dedication and hard work are constant factors.

Most importantly, God first. Never let go of your spiritual routine as, ultimately, our fate is decided by God. For the purpose of exams, not all topics are important; so ask God to guide your reading. Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘A SUPPORT SYSTEM IS VERY IMPORTANT”.”