Ezinne Rose Okereke’s love for psychological thrillers made her contemplate learning Psychology over Legislation. However her mum’s foresight helped her navigate her profession path. The Enugu State College of Science and Know-how (ESUT) alumnus shares her regulation story with ROBERT EGBE.
My title is Ezinne Rose Okereke. I’m from Abor in Udi Native Authorities Space (LGA). I’m presently into non-public observe.
My dad is late, died and was buried within the 12 months 2000. My mom is Rev. Chika Okereke, Head Steerage Counsellor at Authorities Technical Faculty (GTC) Enugu. We’re three: two women and a boy. I’m the second baby and the primary daughter.
Secondary faculty was superb
I attended VON Nursery and Main Faculty. I additionally attended Windfall Excessive Faculty each in Enugu. Secondary faculty.
Life was fairly memorable, it was an all-girls faculty, and we had an incredible principal who taught us find out how to be a complete woman, all the way down to how we had been to take a seat at school, (Laughs).
One among such situations occurred throughout her class classes each Friday the place she took us on Morals and Ideas of being a properly groomed Woman (tagged Principal’s contact).
Throughout her lectures, we sat on plastic stools. She made certain that we sat on these stools with our backs straight and our toes firmly closed collectively on the ground.
In as a lot as we appeared ahead to her instructing and potential studying of latest songs, we dreaded the lengthy hours of getting to take a seat nonetheless and poised. Effectively, it’s paying off now.
Getting a level was irritating
I attended Enugu State College of Science and Know-how (ESUT) and graduated within the 12 months 2016. Fact have to be advised, getting a level in ESUT was irritating.
The regulation college was a bit higher. It operated like a distinct establishment, all the time organised and accessible. Then I attended the Nigerian Legislation Faculty, Agbani Campus 2017/2018 set and graduated in 2018.
The three uncles who had been a giant a part of my rising up days had been attorneys. They’re Prof. Agu Gabriel Agu, Amechi Okoye Esq and Peter Eze Esq.
I by no means actually accompanied any of them to courtroom however I typically frequented their agency and I craved to be like them particularly Prof. Gabriel Agu (my mum’s elder brother).
Mum saved me from error
My uncle, Prof. Agu, was my main inspiration; we name him Agunaecheibe and that completely outlined my paths. Agunaecheibe, a titled title, implies that the bearer is an Ounces….It really means a “Lion that guards/protects its type”.
I wished to develop as much as be a sound advocate like him. At a degree although, as a result of I loved studying novels, my thoughts began to tilt in direction of dumping Legislation and learning Psychology. Fortunately, my mother saved me from making that error.
Profitable an award at varsity
I received an award at college; it was a type of appreciation for being daring in actions again then. Legislation college students who discovered me worthy conferred the award on me, on our final award evening in 2016.
I felt actually good. Again then in class, if you happen to’re referred to as to choose an award and an enormous crowd didn’t accompany you to choose it up, you’ll really feel unhealthy. Effectively, I obtained my award with a crowd cheering me to and on the stage.
Legislation Faculty schedule was powerful
I resumed second semester in regulation faculty late (January 2018) as a result of I obtained my admission late (similar month) and it wasn’t humorous.
I had a lot of backlog to undergo; it was God’s grace that noticed me by. No time for recreation in any respect! We had lectures from 9am-3pm. Then mop up class for the backlog from 5pm-7pm then Studying group round 9pm. The schedule was one thing else for me.
Celebrating Name to Bar
My uncles confirmed up huge time by way of monetary assist. There was no grand occasion. I wanted to avoid wasting my cash for one thing else.
For a procuring spree…..I simply should look fly/good on this career of mine. (Laughs). My Mother and youthful sister solely confirmed up on the Worldwide Convention Centre (ICC) Abuja, with me. Afterwards my mates in Abuja did a small get-together for me.
First solo look was horrifying
I used to be nervous. I appeared solo similar 12 months I began observe to take a ruling. You may hear the fright in my voice as I introduced myself.
Most memorable day in courtroom
Oh! I’ve two. Within the first look, my uncle, Prof. Agu, launched me as a brand new wig to Justice Onourah’s courtroom of Enugu State Excessive Courtroom.
Then the day I appeared for a matter and moved a movement with steerage from my senior, whom I appeared with.
Sure o! I had a movement to maneuver and an additional affidavit. I moved the movement with out together with the existence of the additional affidavit….my God! I used to be embarrassed. It was the Choose who referred to as my consideration to it. Effectively, it will get higher by the day.
Marrying a lawyer?
Sure! It might be nice acquire to be with somebody who speaks similar language as you. You each can by no means run out of matters for dialogue.
What I might change about regulation observe
I might change the way in which The Nigerian Police Drive insult/harass attorneys who go to them on behalf of their shoppers. I might elevate a correct normal for authorized practitioners and the authorized observe. I had a bitter expertise with the Nigerian Police Drive someday in July, 2020.
My shoppers had been held for a visitors offence which resulted in a scuffle with a policeman on responsibility. I received there to attempt settling the problem peacefully.
Upon listening to that I used to be a lawyer, their angle in direction of me modified. They went behind my again to inform my consumer to let me go that my presence was prolonging their matter.
They didn’t cease there, after the entire rigmarole that lasted for 5 hours, the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) noticed that I used to be nonetheless adamant on what must be finished. He advised me plainly that I ought to discover cash for them to launch my shoppers.
I was so shocked that I needed to report the encounter. The Nigeria Police Drive has no respect for younger attorneys they usually deal with them like trash.
I plead with the present management of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation and the incoming management to do one thing about this. The Nigeria Police Drive ought to respect attorneys irrespective of their stage of expertise or publicity. Sufficient is sufficient.
I look as much as Prof. Agu and Mr Eze Esq. They’ve totally different types of observe that I like.
SAN, Professor or Choose?
Powerful one! I might go for turning into a Choose, I like the way in which Justice C.C. Ani (of the Enugu State Excessive Courtroom) handles her courtroom, that and plenty of extra varieties my determination.
I might like to develop into probably the greatest mental property attorneys on this planet.