HOW I FELT AFTER I WAS CALLED TO THE NIGERIAN BAR
On Tuesday, 6th December 2022, Iwas called to the Nigerian Bar by the Body of Benchers, the body with the highest distinction in the legal profession in Nigeria saddled with the responsibility of formally calling to the Bar persons seeking to be legal practitioners in Nigeria, as provided for by Section 3 of the Legal Practitioners Act (1962).
In the most ideal case, the person seeking to be called to the Nigerian Bar must have successfully passed the Bar Final Examinations which were set by the Nigerian Law School. The Nigerian Law School is the gatekeeper of the legal profession. The school upholds the standards and integrity of the Bar. I successfully passed the Bar Final examinations, and I was attested “fit and proper” by the Nigerian Law School to be admitted by the Body of Benchers to the Nigerian Bar.
The Call to Bar ceremony was graced by many eminent personalities in the legal profession. The event was chaired by the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Chief Wole Olanipekun, CFR, SAN. The Vice-Chairman of the Body of Benchers is Hon. Justice Mary U. Peter-Odili, CFR.
At the Call to Bar ceremony, I and many other new wigs were admonished on the ways and means of succeeding in the legal profession in Nigeria. We were tasked by the Chairman of the Body of Benchers to aim for the best as practitioners in Nigeria and to prepare to soar like the eagle. The Chairman assured news wigs of the rewarding nature of the legal profession. He added that the profession remains very entertaining, illuminating, fulfilling, energizing and most exciting. To this wise, he advised new wigs to display our learnings through robust and forensic submissions, both formally and orally, while in the presentation and ventilation of our client’s causes.
The Call to Bar ceremony was weighty and apposite, and it culminated when the Chairman of the event politely asked successful aspirants to the Bar to put on their wigs—a significant act that symbolized the transformation of successful aspirants to the Bar to learned counsels at the Bar.
I came away from the event feeling fulfilled. I had now been called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Written by Doyinsola Olagunju, Esq.
The TLF Family congratulates our Learned Friend and contributor, Doyin, on his Call to the Nigerian Bar.