My name is Ola-Olorun Oluwanimilo and I am a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. How did I get here? Of course it was a journey that took years, prayers and the kind of resilience that only God gives. Whilst it might be impossible to detail every bit of the journey, here’s an exclusive look at some of the most important parts of it.
I started my academic life in the typical south western Nigeria way. I was enrolled at New Creation Nursery and Primary school, Ado- Ekiti. There I was, until 2006 when I gained entry into the prestigious Federal Government Girls College, Efon- Alaaye, Ekiti. I spent the typical six years at FGGC, Efon- Alaaye at which point, I was ready for University education. If you were expecting to read that I got my University education in Ekiti state, permit me to shock you. I did not.
Barrister Oluwanimilo and mother, Titi Iyabode Ola-Olorun.
I gained admission to study law at Obafemi Awolowo University in 2012 and for reasons known to every Nigerian, I didn’t get to resume until 2013. After five years of Great Ife’s rigor coupled with Ife Law’s austerity, I bagged my L.LB degree in 2018. I was admitted into the Nigerian Law School a year later which was perhaps, what you could call the pinnacle of my legal training. It was tough just like I expected it to be. However, with the much needed doggedness, I wrote my final exams in January 2020 and I passed!
I was called to the largest Bar in Africa on September 15, 2020 to cap off what has been an amazing journey. Truth is, I haven’t always wanted to be a lawyer. It was something I had always been undecided about since I was a child. However, God made my mum a vessel of some sort to clear out my confusion and doubt. She stood as a flint sparking every path as I walked it and here I am today. To the glory of God, I am a lawyer privileged to literally set the bar for my upcoming lawyer siblings whilst hoping to uplift a community of others in every way possible.
Here I am today giving all thanks to God for helping me as well as giving me the opportunity to achieve this great feat.
EDITOR’s note: Barrister Oluwanimilo’s mother is a Judge.