Meet Chika Ugonwa, Lagos Immigration Lawyer and Entrepreneur

Chika Editor’s Note:In Nigeria, it is not often that you hear of a young lawyer whose clients don’t mind having her flight tickets included in their bills. Such privileges are accorded only Senior Advocates and highly experienced attorneys. But because of her specialized area of practice and her dedication to her clients, Chika Ugonwa, aContinue reading “Meet Chika Ugonwa, Lagos Immigration Lawyer and Entrepreneur”

MEET ADA OPUROZOR: A PIONEER OF E-COMMERCE IN NIGERIA AND CEO OF TWO MAJOR ONLINE STORES

Ada Opurozor Editor’s Note: When I learned I would be interviewing Ada, I was pleasantly surprised because I had thought that with the level of success she has attained, she should be interviewed by Forbes, not me. CEO of Da-Funshop and Wholesaleng, Ada started offering goods for sale online when many Nigerians still thought FacebookContinue reading “MEET ADA OPUROZOR: A PIONEER OF E-COMMERCE IN NIGERIA AND CEO OF TWO MAJOR ONLINE STORES”

Meet David Ifedilinwoke, Aba Real Estate Lawyer Who Played a Pivotal Role in My Most Fulfilling Case

David Ifedilinwoke Editor’s Note: It was 2010. I was in my mid-twenties practicing law in a private law firm in Aba, Nigeria. On this day, I had just finished a hearing in court and was getting my gown and wig ready to head towards the door when some young men approached me. I recognized themContinue reading “Meet David Ifedilinwoke, Aba Real Estate Lawyer Who Played a Pivotal Role in My Most Fulfilling Case”

Five Things to Learn From Author Elechi Amadi’s Life as Nigerians Mourn Him

It’s probably more than twenty years since I read The Concubine but the memorable characters (Ihuoma, Ekwueme, Emenike, Wodu Wakiri, Agwoturumbe etc.) Elechi Amadi created in his first novel remain vivid in my memory. I also remember the last sentence in the novel which read something along the lines of: “Evil Spirits are known toContinue reading “Five Things to Learn From Author Elechi Amadi’s Life as Nigerians Mourn Him”

Meet Rhoda: Lawyer, Banker, Luxury Consultant, and Music Artiste. Who Says You Can’t Do it All?

A portrait of Rhoda’s grandfather, as painted by her father who was an engineer, songwriter, artist, and author. Editor’s Note: Rhoda and I were classmates in the university. We both graduated from law school in 2008. This week, I reconnected with her to see what she’s been up to. In this interview that is bothContinue reading “Meet Rhoda: Lawyer, Banker, Luxury Consultant, and Music Artiste. Who Says You Can’t Do it All?”

I Know Someone Who Has Five Jobs. Here are Ideas to Help You Get Out of Unemployment Rut

You graduated from university five years ago with good grades. You have yet to find a job. It’s not your fault. I have been there. But then you heard about your former classmate who has a nice-paying job and other money-making side-hustles. How did he do it? Why does he have multiple sources of incomeContinue reading “I Know Someone Who Has Five Jobs. Here are Ideas to Help You Get Out of Unemployment Rut”

Three Reasons Why Criticisms Should Not Get to You

When I first started getting my feet wet in the legal profession (I still am), I once wrote a brief and my supervisor, after reviewing it, returned it with a note that read: “Good. Well-researched.” He didn’t make any edits. A few weeks later, in the reply brief, the opposing counsel wrote that the argumentContinue reading “Three Reasons Why Criticisms Should Not Get to You”

Dear Women in the Workforce, You are As Smart as Your Male Colleagues. Here are Four Mistakes that Hurt Your Career

When I was looking for job fresh out of law school, a lawyer, who would later become my employer, expressed his preference for male employees. He believed that female employees often have other priorities higher than their jobs and are more likely to be absent from work. While family obligations–like having to leave work middayContinue reading “Dear Women in the Workforce, You are As Smart as Your Male Colleagues. Here are Four Mistakes that Hurt Your Career”

Braiding One’s Hair Outside Nigeria: A Lesson in Humility and Resourcefulness

So today, I was looking through Youtube (for the umpteenth time, to find yet another tutorial on how to braid her) when I came across Adanna Ohakim’s (daughter of former Imo State Governor) hair tutorial videos. While I’ve been a fan of hers for sometime now (mostly because I’m fascinated that despite her father’s wealth,Continue reading “Braiding One’s Hair Outside Nigeria: A Lesson in Humility and Resourcefulness”

An Inspirational Story About TY Bello’s Bread Seller: A Lesson in the Importance of Showing Up

On a day last week, Jumoke woke up a bread-seller. Little did she know that later that day, with a click of a camera, her life would change forever. Photographer and Singer TY Bello was having a photo shoot session with Nigerian-UK rapper, Tinie Tempah for ThisDay Style Magazine when Jumoke Orisaguna happened to beContinue reading “An Inspirational Story About TY Bello’s Bread Seller: A Lesson in the Importance of Showing Up”