The NBA Ahoada branch, Rivers State held its monthly meeting on Friday, May 27, 2022. The branch extended invitations to eminent members of the Bar such as Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN amongst many others. While some of the invitees could not attend the meeting, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and other aspirants were in attendance at the meeting.

The branch specially designed a banner which was strategically placed to welcome only Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and his entourage to the branch. Mr. Morris Kipe Alali, Esq., the chairman of the NBA, Ahoada branch personally welcomed the Learned Silk and gave him an opportunity to address members of the branch. The Learned Silk thanked the branch for the hearty and elaborate welcome he received.

“This is not my first time here. I was here several years ago and I will be here again” Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN said while informing members of the branch that Rivers State is home to him as he is an adopted Rivers State man.

“Collectively, we can work together to improve the Bar and take smaller branches to the next level,” Chief Joe-Kyari said while commending the branch for their rapid growth.

He urged members of the branch to actively participate in initiating ideas that positively affect the branch and the Bar at large. The Learned Silk who has proven that mentorship of young lawyers is very dear to his heart through the Hon. Justice Chukwudifu Oputa JSC (Rtd) Mentoring Program of J-K Gadzama LLP, noted that he shall continue to take steps that are directly aimed at bettering the legal profession, particularly capacity building for the young lawyers.

Members of the branch wildly applauded at the end of the Learned Silk’s address to the branch. The chairman endorsed and stated that the branch shall support the Learned Silk with his NBA Presidential ambition. The leadership of the branch and other members of the branch joined the Learned Silk while he was taking pictures with the banner made for him by the branch.

Some amiable members of the NBA who accompanied the Learned Silk to the branch’s meeting include: Hon. Nimi Walson Jack, past general secretary of NBA; Mrs. Anthonia Osademe, vice chairman of NBA, Port Harcourt branch; Ms. Sarah Apia; Mr. Victor Agala; Mr. Ebuka Samuel; Ms. Sophia Ugwuorah; Mr. Akuro T. Enoch; Mr. Adebayo Williams; Mr. Godsent Belema; Mr. Evidence Asite Agbor; Ms. Harmony Chikodili; Mr. Wejinya Azubuike A; Mr. Nwaiwu Patrick; Mr. Dafenone Akpomudiare; Ms. Hillary Ayebaifie Ojeke amongst many others.


On Friday, May 27, 2022, the NBA YLF, Isiokpo branch organized a one-day seminar with the theme, “Contemporary Areas in Legal Practice: Challenges & Prospects for Young Lawyers” at the OCJ Okocha Bar Centre, High Court Complex, Isiokpo, Rivers State.

The Keynote Speakers at the event were: Chukwuka Ikwazom, SAN, Partner at Aluko & Oyebode; Dr. Hon. Cashmia Ofurum; Mr. Ogbonna Goodluck Ogbom, Esq.; and Mr. Nweke Prince Nweke, Esq. They all delivered justice to the theme of the seminar as they selected different areas of law to concentrate on such as: entertainment law, financial technology, land law, intellectual property law and several other emerging areas of law. Other distinguished guests who were at the event include: High Chief Lukeman Ihua, past chairman, NBA, Isiokpo branch and Hon. Churchill Wosu, pioneer chairman, NBA, Isiokpo branch.

Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN who was a guest speaker at the event was introduced to the audience by DCN Promise Uche Ichegba, incumbent chairman of the NBA, Isiokpo branch. Mr. Goodluck Ogbonda, chairman of the NBA YLF, Isiokpo branch presented an award on behalf of the branch to the Learned Silk for his selfless contribution to the legal profession.

We could tell that the Learned Silk was overwhelmed with excitement as the award was being presented to him. He expressed his immense gratitude to both the leadership and members of the branch. He noted that he was encouraged by the creativity of the NBA YLF, Isiokpo branch. He commended both the past and present leadership of the branch for the growth of the branch and noted that they had done a good job with the younger generation of lawyers in the branch.

Furthermore, he urged all present to take steps towards the development of the Bar as that duty remains a collective one. He implored the older generation of lawyers to participate in improving the welfare and remuneration for young lawyers. He saluted the incumbent president of the NBA, Mr. Olumide Akpata and the president of the NBA Remuneration Committee, Mr. Anthony Nwaochei for the steps taken by the administration to improve the remuneration for the legal profession. He reiterated the point made on specialization for young lawyers by Mr. Chukwuka Ikwazom, SAN. He urged the young lawyers present to center their legal practice around two to three areas of law as this shall influence the success of their legal practice.

The Learned Silk was accompanied to the seminar by the following lawyers of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch and NBA, Abuja branch (Unity Bar): Mrs. Anthonia Osademe, vice chairman of NBA, Port Harcourt branch; Ms. Sarah Apia; Mr. Victor Agala; Mr. Ebuka Samuel; Ms. Sophia Ugwuorah; Mr. Akuro T. Enoch; Mr. Adebayo Williams; Mr. Evidence Asite Agbor; Ms. Harmony Chikodili; Mr. Dafenone Akpomudiare; Ms. Hillary Ayebaifie Ojeke amongst many others.


The Learned Silk and a group of other lawyers attended the final football match organized by the NBA, Yenagoa branch for their 2022 law week between Wuku FC and Ambaowei FC.

The Learned Silk who attended the football match between the two teams at Joseph Beredugo International School received a positive reception from members of the branch.

This is the second match of the NBA, Yenagoa law week that the Learned Silk has witnessed in his short visit to Bayelsa State. Yesterday, he witnessed the match for third place between Dambo FC and Ayabowei FC wherein Dambo FC emerged as the winner with a score line of 2-1.

The Learned Silk’s interest in the football game is not out of place as he is indeed a fervent supporter of the game and an energetic sportsman. Recently, he sponsored his football team, Gadzama FC during the 2022 Abuja Lawyers’ League where the team came in third place at the league. He is the chairman of Gadzama FC; incumbent vice chairman of the Bar and Bench Golf Tournament; a trustee of Hon. Seriake Dickson Golf and Country Club in Yenagoa and also, a member of the Bayelsa State Sports Committee headed by His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff.

Ambaowei FC came out victorious with a win of 4-2 over Wuku FC. The Learned Silk congratulated both teams and took pictures with the players and other members of the branch who were present at the game. The chairman of the branch, Mr. Ukumbiriowei Saiyou and members of the branch received the Learned Silk as one of their own and thanked him for his show of interest in the activities of the NBA, Yenagoa branch.

Some members of the NBA, Yenagoa branch who were present include: Mr. Ukumbiriowei Saiyou, chairman of NBA, Yenagoa branch; Mrs. Pere Egbuson; Mrs. Bob Ayonimite; Mr. Jumbo Soala, vice chairman of the branch; Mrs Peterside Peretimi, the sports chair person of the NBA, Yenagoa branch; Mr. Ben Braye; Mr. Duke Ebiyon; Mr. Emmanuel Robert, football captain of NBA, Yenagoa branch and a host of others.

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