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Nigerian Law Graduate Who Emerged Top Amongst 120 First Class Students Shares Her Story

Joy Nneoma Abogu is a young Nigerian woman who earned a First Class Honours degree in Law from the University of Ibadan.

She also earned the renowned Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) Scholarship Prize in 2021, beating out over 120 other First Class Law students from Nigeria’s major law colleges.

Joy is a content manager and top recruiter for a company.

In a conversation with HowNG, she said:

“While I’m proud of anything and everything I’ve achieved in my life so far, some achievements stand over and above the others. For instance, winning the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) Scholarship award in 2021 was the highlight of my year at the time.”What even made it more exciting was the fact that out of over 120 First Class Law students from various faculties of Law in Nigeria, I was number 1 at the end of the day.”

The path to academic brilliance for the law graduate was not simple.

She had to manage her career and academic lives because she was freelancing while attending classes.

Joy encountered time management difficulties because she had to attend classes, complete projects, study for examinations, and meet client deadlines.

She told HowNG:

“While I faced a lot of difficulties, I think the one that stood out the most was time. I was working while schooling, so it was very challenging for me.”

To overcome the challenge, she adopted a “read to understand” approach to studying.

Joy’s words:

“To cope with the time issue, I always had to structure my activities in order to find a balance. My approach to studying was a “read to understand” one. So I don’t cram, except for my Cases and authorities. When I read, I try to break down the concepts in my head and explain it to myself as I would to another person.”

Her dedication and hard work paid off as she earned a First Class Honours degree in Law.

According to the new lawyer, being intelligent has advantages because people treat you differently in a favorable way.

Her advise to anyone seeking academic success is to be hardworking and committed to anything they set their hearts on.

She said:

“My advice to anyone who wants to achieve academic excellence is that they should always be diligent and committed to whatever they set their hearts upon. Diligence requires you to make intentional and deliberate efforts.”What is important is putting in the work needed to achieve what you want. Study hard, find a reading mechanism that works for you, prepare for your exams ahead of time, and always put your best in any form of assessment. Whatever you do, do it well.”

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