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Nigerian Becomes First Black Woman to Graduate with a First Class Degree from the University of Reading, UK

A Nigerian, Osarieme Omonuwa, broke the jinx at the University of Reading to become the first black woman to earn a first class degree in the history of the 121-year-old institution.
At 22, Osarieme Anita Omonuwa could be described as a genius just waiting to be called a legal legend in Nigeria. There are many reasons for that. Her determination to excel and continuous drive to conquer new academic heights are proofs that for this young lawyer, the future holds great things.

On a recent week, the International Conference Center in Abuja, the venue of this year’s ceremony for the lawyers called to the bar erupted with a thunderous applause as Omonuwa marched forward to receive her numerous academic laurels. It was a day she would live to remember.

Her father shed tears of joy while her mother’s joy knew no bound as she smiled to the goodness of God in her offspring. Indeed, for her it was a day of glory.

Indeed, the future actually lies in the resounding success of the likes of Omonuwa who bagged a first class honour at the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and becoming the first black woman in the history of the university to do so.

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On November 26, she repeated the feat when was listed as a first -class lawyer during the called to bar 2014. Her academic prowess saw the young lady winning almost all the prizes including the best overall female graduating student among 6, 883 students that sat for the examinations. Consequently, she bagged a total of six Prizes: Best Student of the year, Council of Legal Education Star Prize, Corporate Law Practice amongst others.

The Edo State born Omonuwa not only arrived at the the Law School with a University of Reading first class degree in Law, but also emerged as the very first Nigerian to graduate the final bar examination from overseas with a first class BL degree, a feat in the 51-year existence of the Nigerian Law School.

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