Andrew Owoeye, an alumnus of the University of Jos, is less than five years at the Bar. He speaks on his career, first day in court, fond memory, among others. AKEEM NAFIU met him
Andrew Owoeye, an associate partner at Adegboruwa & Company, was called to the Bar on November 14, 2014. Owoeye went to Federal Government College, Jos, for his Secondary Education and had his LL.B at UNIJOS. He shared his experience in the legal profession with New Telegraph this way:
“My name is Andrew Owoeye. I had my Primary School in Jos at Mafeng Private School, while my Secondary Education was at Federal Government College, Jos, where I graduated in 2006. I got admission to study Law at the University of Jos in 2007. In 2013, I was admitted to the Nigerian Law School, (Augustine Nnamani Campus) Enugu. I was called to the Nigerian Bar on November 14, 2014. I am currently practicing at Adegboruwa and Co.”
While I was growing up, I found out that I was someone who will not keep quiet and let a fellow human being like me be bullied, intimidated or terrorized. I always stood for people even when I knew I might get into trouble for it. At that point, I knew that I had to pursue this dream of advocacy. I could remember after my secondary school and I filled law on my JAMB form, my father was so perplexed and tried to discourage me. This was because he somehow hate lawyers and my response then was it’s either law or nothing. Praise be to the Almighty God that I realized my dream and I am very happy about it.
First day in court
My first day in court was a very funny one. I was before Justice Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos. In the court room, you don’t address female judges as Ma. You either address them as my lord or Sir. This is because in the legal profession the female gender does not exist. Unfortunately for me, it was my first time appearing in court alone and I was a new wig. You could see it on my face and in the sound of my voice that I was very nervous. While I was addressing the judge and I kept using the word “Yes Ma”, my seniors and colleagues in the court room were just laughing and this made me even more nervous because I knew I was doing something wrong. I got my confidence back at the point a very senior member of the Bar tapped me and told me to calm down.
I will always remember the day I was in court to ague an oral application against a senior member of the Bar. After my submissions, I wanted to get an interim injunction for my client pending when we can argue the interlocutory injunction, the learned counsel on the other side was left with nothing to say to the judge. In his ruling on my request, the judge said, “after listening to the brilliant submissions of Mr. Owoeye, I am inclined to grant his application”. At that point, I was so excited and I can never forget that day.
My pupilage has been wonderful. Learning under Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has been a great experience. He has exposed me to every aspect of law within a short space of time. He is the kind of principal that I recommend any young and aspiring lawyer should have.
The judiciary of my dream is the judiciary where a litigant can get justice as fast as possible because justice delay is justice denied. I also envision a judiciary devoid of corruption in which litigants will have confidence.
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