G.S. Sowemimo

George Sodeinde Sowemimo was the Chief Justice of Nigeria from 1983-85, and judge for 32 years. Born in 1920, Sowmemimo grew up in the north, from Zaria to Kano where he attended Holy Trinity…

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by Bassano, whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1920

Amodu Tijani’s Case

  Amodu Tijani’s case against the secretary to the government of Southern Nigeria was the watershed legal event in 1921 by which the ownership of Lagos lands was decided in favour of…

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Ethics of the Legal Profession

Eko Akete 1924 By Editor, Adekambi Indispensible part in the Administration of justice The legal education in recent years has attracted a lot of attention locally. This fact is evident from the…

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Members of the Women Lawyers Interest Group with award winner, Folake Solanke (ssecond from right). Source: ibanet.org

Folake Solanke

Folake Solanke is a lawyer and women activist, who in 1981 became the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Folake was born in March 1932 in Abeokuta where she, among other intrigues, witnessed…

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Alex Taylor E.J.

Alex Taylor was a Lagos lawyer, cheered in his lifetime as the “cork of the Nigerian Bar”. Alex Taylor was born 13 April 1876 and had his elementary education at Port Novo, proceeding to Lagos…

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Obadiah Hutchinson Williams

Obadiah Hutchinson Williams was the founder of the Illiterates Office, which was the forerunner of the Nigerian modern judiciary. He was born in Oyo in 1860 and was educated at the in Abeokuta….

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Hezekiah Oladapo Davies

Hezekiah Oladapo Davies was a leading Nigerian nationalist, born in Lagos on 5 April 1905 to “Spiritual Moses”, who was one of the founders of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church. Hezekiah was…

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Palace of Ladapo Ademola II, the Alake of Abeokuta (1951)

Dipomu system

Dipomu, in Yoruba language, Di opo mu, meaning ‘catch hold of the post’. Ancient judicial practise in southwest Nigeria in which an offender or anyone who was in trouble sought sanctuary in…

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Senior staff of the Federal Legal Department on steps of the Law Courts building, Lagos, Nigeria.Photo by: Elisofon, Eliot

Judiciary

Judiciary makes the third arm of the Nigerian government, the other two being executive, and the legislature. The law, including the ones being made by the legislative arm is interpreted and…

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Oyinkan Abayomi

Oyinkan Abayomi

Oyinkan Abayomi was a feminist and prominent member of educated elite in colonial Nigeria. Born in Lagos on 6 March 1897 to Kitoyi Ajasa, who became a High Court Judge of Lagos, Oyinkan was an…

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