Winners in The ‘Nonso Azih Legal Essay Contest have been announced. The competition delved into the intricacies of the recent legal services bilateral agreement between Nigeria and the UK and was open for participation to Nigerian lawyers in their first 5 years of practice.

Aminat Tijani (called to the Bar in 2024) clinched the 1st Prize, impressively scoring 366 out of 400 and securing a reward of N250k. Following closely, Chinaza Eneh (called to the bar in 2024) claimed 2nd place with a score of 365, earning a cash prize of N150k. Gbolarin Oloyede (called to the bar in 2024) secured the 3rd spot with a commendable score of 312 and will be rewarded with N100k.

Speaking on the essay competition, Mr. Azih, who is the Principal Counsel at Azih & Azih Legal Practitioners, a Lagos based dispute resolution, maritime, and commercial law firm, said: “The aim is to nurture legal research skills among young lawyers and law students, fostering self-development, and enhancing legal practice in Nigeria.

“The annual competition, initiated in 2017, serves as a platform to give back to society and empower aspiring legal minds.

“Kudos to all the young lawyers who participated and submitted well-researched and proactive essays for the competition.

“I want to specially thank the esteemed panel of judges for the 2024 edition comprising of accomplished legal practitioners – Desmond Ogba, Chinenye Oragwu, FCTI, FIMC, MCArb, Notary Public, Jamiu Akolade MCIArb, Bayo Onamade, CCEP-I, Ozioma Agu and Kenneth O. D. Okwor.

“My gratitude also goes to Ifeanyi Anikwe – a vibrant and resourceful aspiring lawyer for his kind technical and research support.

“Together, we shall continue to raise the bar in grooming young talents and promotion of law practice anchored on international best practices.”

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