By Theophilus Femi Alawonde
It was all joy for the staff and students of the University of Ibadan, as ten graduates from the institution’s Faculty of Law swept twenty-eight of the total thirty-eight prizes that were awarded at the 2020 Call to Bar ceremony of the Nigerian Law School which held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
Olalere Yusuf Asamu, who had earlier graduated as the Best Male Student from the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan in the 2017/18 session, was called to bar as the most decorated of the Law School Class of 2020, graduating as the Overall Best Student and sweeping twelve awards in all, while Adebayo Deborah IbukunOluwa graduated as the Overall Best Female Student, sweeping four prizes in total. Other University of Ibadan students who bagged awards in various subjects include Ayeku Adeyemi Kehinde, Madu Kelechi Chris-Angelo and Udeh Kosisochukwu Chukwunonso who won two prizes apiece, and Anyaeji Ohizoba Theodora, Adebayo Temilade Jumoke, Adewole Enifeoluwa Philip, Banjo Afolasade Omobowale and Ojini Ese Isioma won one prize each. It is notable that University of Ibadan did not only produce winners of twenty -eight of the thirty-eight prizes awarded in total, but also produced three of the five first-class graduates of the Law School Class of 2020: Olalere Yusuf Asamu, Adebayo Deborah IbukunOluwa and Madu Kelechi Chris-Angelo.
The Ibadan-trained lawyers bagged prizes in or as: Property Law Practice, Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Corporate Law Practice, Professional Ethics and Skills, the Overall Best Male Student of the Year, Best Female Student in Civil Litigation, Best Female Student in Civil and Criminal Litigation, Best Student of the Year (1st Prize), Overall Best Male Student, Most Promising Student, Prize for 1st-Class Students and the Council of Legal Education Star Prize.
Reacting to the joyful news, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, in a statement, said “The University of Ibadan community is highly pleased with the outstanding performance of her law graduates who won 28 out of the 38 prizes at the Bar Final Examinations of January 2020, as approved by the Council of Legal Education, Bwari, Abuja. The information was published by the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma, SAN.
We received the news with much joy in our hearts, coming barely two weeks after our great University was ranked the best in West Africa, number 7 in Africa and among the top 500 universities in the world. We will continue to post superior performance in the years ahead. We congratulate our students, knowing full well that in the words of our University Anthem, this is “Greatness won with honest toil”.
We acknowledge with gratitude the persistence, hardwork, innovation and perseverance of the members of the Faculty. The University Management will continue to support you as we appreciate that Law is one of our flagship programmes.”