20 Fun Facts to Remember on the Twentieth Anniversary of O. J. Simpson Trial

1. The case has been described as the most publicized criminal trial in American history. 2. Simpson was acquitted after a trial that lasted more than eight months. 3. Robert Kardashian (Kim Kardashian’s father) was a member of Simpson’s defense team. 4. Over 20 helicopter joined in the police chase that led to his arrestContinue reading “20 Fun Facts to Remember on the Twentieth Anniversary of O. J. Simpson Trial”

You Risk Jail Time If You Maltreat Or Don’t Pay Wages to Your Domestic Servants

About five years ago, when I was living with my parents in Aba, Nigeria, a young child who lived a few houses away from us suffered burns from a hot water her ‘Madam’ poured on her. I thought of calling the police but didn’t follow through. Neighbors would think I had no reason to interfereContinue reading “You Risk Jail Time If You Maltreat Or Don’t Pay Wages to Your Domestic Servants”

How to Get a Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Court of Nigeria

As an attorney, leaving Nigeria to live and practice in another country is not always an easy undertaking. In addition to studying and getting acquainted with laws that are often times different from Nigeria‚Äôs, you will also be required to get proof of your admission and current good standing with the Nigerian Bar. Not beingContinue reading “How to Get a Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Court of Nigeria”

How Prepared Is Your Family?

It is one of those television scenes that continue to haunt one long after they watched them. In one episode of the last season of Desperate Housewives, Mike Delfino had just died and Susan’s friends came to visit her. Amidst her mourning, she lamented that Mike used to do ‘something’ to their car periodically toContinue reading “How Prepared Is Your Family?”

In Defence of the Students Who Failed the August 2014 Nigerian Bar Exam

When I was in secondary school, our Igbo teacher gave us a written test and the question was: ‘Gini ka e ji alu nwanyi?’. (If you are Igbo, please try answering the question in your head before reading on). When the answer sheets were distributed after grading, I saw that I got no point forContinue reading “In Defence of the Students Who Failed the August 2014 Nigerian Bar Exam”

Google’s Shutdown of Linda Ikeji’s Blog: How to Protect Your Business from Legal Problems in the Digital Age

The news is everywhere that Google took down Linda Ikeji’s blog on allegations of plagiarism. Here are four important legal lessons we can take away from it on how to protect ourselves and businesses in this digital age: 1. Know your Rights – Trademark Issues Knowing one’s rights and taking appropriate actions to safeguard themContinue reading “Google’s Shutdown of Linda Ikeji’s Blog: How to Protect Your Business from Legal Problems in the Digital Age”

Forget Tradition, Women in Nigeria Can Now Inherit From Their Fathers

I often joke that while most Nigerian men do all in their power to have male children who will carry on the family name when they are gone, most times, what they leave when they die are sons who care little about maintaining their fathers’ legacy except the ones that come with the wealth leftContinue reading “Forget Tradition, Women in Nigeria Can Now Inherit From Their Fathers”

Another Way to Get a US Green Card

The demand for US visa by Nigerians has been so high in recent years that last year, Nigerian citizens did not qualify for the diversity visa lottery program. Many Nigerians get immigrant visa through their relatives who are United State citizens. But not everyone has an immediate relative that can petition on their behalf. Nonetheless,Continue reading “Another Way to Get a US Green Card”

KNOW IF YOU QUALIFY FOR DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an initiative of the Obama administration which gives certain undocumented immigrants reprieve from deportation. Although it does not confer legal status on the beneficiaries, it grants permission to eligible applicants to work in the United States. It benefits only those immigrants who came into the United States illegally whileContinue reading “KNOW IF YOU QUALIFY FOR DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS”