JOE-KYARI GADZAMA, SAN, A TRAILBLAZER WHO SHOULD BE IMITATED BY THE NBA – HON. JUSTICE O. A ADENIYI AT THE 7TH EDITION OF THE ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND MENTORING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG LAWYERS OF J-K GADZAMA LLP
According to Hon. Justice O. A. Adeniyi, “Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN is in active competition with the NBA as a body for the provision of legal services and the NBA should learn from the Learned Silk”. Flowing from this quote, the prestigious J-K Gadzama LLP held the 7th edition of its Annual Hon. Justice Chukwudifu Oputa JSC (Rtd) Professional Training and Mentoring Program for Young Lawyers on Saturday, 4 June 2022. The hybrid event with the theme, “Emerging Areas of Law: The Role of Young Lawyers” witnessed the attendance of young lawyers from different states across the country.
As you may be aware, the Mentoring Program has been a long standing tradition of the law firm, and is in accord with the Principal Partner’s mandate of alleviating the plight and bridging the knowledge gap of young lawyers in the legal profession in Nigeria.
As a result of his passion for the welfare and growth of young lawyers, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, the principal partner of J-K Gadzama LLP, who despite his tight schedule, was present at the Mentoring Program to chip in his bit of advice to the young lawyers before embarking on a journey same morning. While giving his opening remarks, he urged the young lawyers present to pick a mentor and carve out a niche for their legal practice by specializing in two or three aspects of legal practice. Mr. Mela Audu Nunghe, SAN, Mr. Ganny Ajape, Mr. Steve Abar, Mr. Gotom Samson (Secretary of Jos Branch NBA), Mr. Francis Oronsaye, Mr. Madu Joe-Kyari Gadzama and Mr. Jerry Musa Ombugadu were in attendance at the program.
The Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf, who is the incumbent Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, was ably represented by Hon. Justice O.A Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. His Lordship during his remarks commended the Learned Silk, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama for his continuous efforts towards developing young lawyers through his annual mentoring programs. He noted that the Learned Silk is indeed a pacesetter in the field of mentorship for young lawyers and he urged the Nigerian Bar Association to follow the footsteps of the Learned Silk to ensure that the legal profession is left in secure and safe hands.
Dr. Oluwakemi Pinheiro, SAN, the founding partner of Pinheiro LP, who was the keynote speaker at the program delivered a stellar presentation on the topic, “Attaining Self-Development to Becoming an Iconic Legal Practitioner in Emerging Areas of Law”. In the wise words of the Learned Silk, he stated that “A lawyer is a student until he dies. Once he considers himself not a student anymore, the lawyer inside him dies”. While concluding his session, the Eminent Silk reiterated the essence of identifying an area of specialization and harnessing the opportunities prevalent in that field.
Other discussants who keyed into the theme by making presentations on various emerging areas of law include: Mr. Darlington Onyekwere, Partner at J-K Gadzama LLP who set the high bar for other discussants by delivering an outstanding presentation on legal advocacy; Mrs. Anne Agi, a law lecturer at the University of Calabar and the Chief rapporteur of NBA, who during the second session of the event made a top-notch presentation on space law, a seemingly interesting area of law with little development in Nigeria; Ms. Layo Olaiya, an associate at Olaniwun Ajayi LP and Mr. John Olamiposi, an associate at Omaplex Law who during the third and fourth sessions delivered exceptional presentations on the rapidly growing areas of Fintech law and Artificial Intelligence in Nigeria respectively.
In the words of Mrs. Anne Agi, “the mainstream is already chocked. As such, lawyers should continuously transform into something else”. In accordance with these words, we believe that the program was indeed enlightening and informative as the keynote speaker and discussants did substantial justice to the theme. At the end of each session, the mentees asked a host of interactive questions to the mentors who eagerly provided insightful answers to these questions based on their wealth of knowledge and experience.
Indeed, the Chairman of the Mentoring Committee of the Body of Benchers for Young Lawyers, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN has shown immense dedication and commitment towards ensuring that young lawyers are adequately equipped with the requisite knowledge to succeed in the legal profession.
WHAT A MAN!!! – KAIGAMA IBRAHIM TO J-K GADZAMA, SAN AT THE LUNCH/SIT-OUT SESSION HOSTED BY THE NBA KEFFI BRANCH
On Sunday, June 5, 2022, Learned Silk, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and his entourage including Mela Audu Nunghe, SAN (Former. Chairman Abuja Branch), Steve Abar ( Former. Vice President NBA, Former. National Assistant Secretary), Ganny Ajape (Former. National welfare Secretary of the NBA), Samson Samson Gotom (NBA Jos Branch Secretary), Jerry Ombugadu Musa ( Financial Secretary Unity bar, Abuja and Junior Partner, J-K Gadzama LLP), Victor Ehiosun (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), Love Chukwumerije (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), Esther Oduh (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), Ogwuche Roseline (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), attended a lunch/ sit-out session hosted by the NBA Keffi branch.
The Lunch/ sit-out session witnessed the attendance of Bar Leaders from the NBA Keffi Branch such as: Senator Abubakar Danso Sodangi, Dr Abdullkareem Kana (A.G Nasarawa State), Hassan Dikko Ibrahim (Class of 86), Eric I. Esq (Pioneer Chairman Keffi Branch), Ahmed Loko (Immediate Past Chairman Keffi Branch), Mr G.B Ashi (Elder, NBA Keffi branch), Uche Okonkwo (FIDA Chairperson) and Isaac Paul Akpomishi (Secretary, NBA Keffi Branch).
Kaigama Ibrahim, a member of the NBA Keffi Branch expressed his gratitude to the Learned silk, stating that he had personally benefited from the benevolence of the Learned silk. In his words, “we have our candidate and need not vote for another”.
Furthermore, he stated that he is a graduate of the University of Jos and during his undergraduate days, letters were written to a lot of Senior Advocates of Nigeria by the Law Students’ Association of University of Jos soliciting for funds and only the Learned Silk, Chief J-K Gadzama, SAN responded and provided them with financial assistance.
Kaigama Ibrahim also stated that when his set got admission into the Nigerian Law School, seven (7) of his classmates could not afford the law school tuition. They reached out to the Learned silk and he, (J-K Gadzama, SAN) paid the tuition fees of all seven of them, saying that he did not want them to tell anyone and he was only doing so for his conscience and in obedience to God.
What a man!!!
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J-K GADZAMA, SAN OPENED THE WAY FOR NORTHERN LAWYERS – AG NASARAWA STATE AT THE LUNCH/SIT-OUT SESSION HOSTED BY THE NBA KEFFI BRANCH.
On Sunday, June 5, 2022, Learned Silk, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and his entourage including Mela Audu Nunghe, SAN(Former. Chairman Abuja Branch), Steve Abar ( Former. Vice President NBA, Former. National Assistant Secretary), Ganny Ajape (Former. National welfare Secretary of the NBA), Samson Samson Gotom (NBA Jos Branch Secretary), Jerry Ombugadu Musa ( Financial Secretary Unity bar, Abuja and Junior Partner, J-K Gadzama LLP), Victor Ehiosun (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), Love Chukwumerije (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), Esther Oduh (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), Ogwuche Roseline (Counsel J-K Gadzama LLP), at the lunch/ sit-out session hosted by the NBA Keffi branch.
The Lunch/ sit-out session witnessed the attendance of Bar Leaders from the NBA Keffi Branch such as: Senator Abubakar Danso Sodangi, Dr Abdullkareem Kana(A.G Nasarawa State), Hassan Dikko Ibrahim of class 86 with Chief J-K Gadzama SAN, Eric I. Esq ( pioneer Chairman Keffi Branch), Ahmed Loko (immediate past chairman Keffi Branch), Mr G. B. Ashi ( Elder, NBA keffi branch), Uche Okonkwo ( FIDA Chairperson) and and Isaac Paul Akpomishi (secretary NBA Keffi branch).
Dr. Abdullkareem Kana (A.G Nasarawa State), welcomed the Learned silk and expressed his gratitude to the learned Silk for all he has done for the legal profession and the bar.
Furthermore, He stated that at a time many did not believe that a Northern lawyer especially one from maiduguri can make a breakthrough in the legal profession, the Learned silk showed them, that it can be done and opened the way for them.
Thereafter he concluded by saying that all J-K Gadzama SAN has done for the profession and the bar, no Northern lawyer has ever done it.
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