In News by stephen abiodun on the 22nd, September, 2020

My ‘TorMentor’ @ 60: A Tribute to Professor Ernest Ojukwu SAN

Ernest Ojukwu

Written By Tosin Oke Lecturer College of Regulation Baze College and Coordinator Baze Regulation Clinic.

I had heard my lecturers on the regulation faculty periodically chant the identify ‘Ojukwu’, not all the time in good gentle (oversabi anyone issues), however the underlining message I obtained was that there was an distinctive lecturer someplace at one of many campuses of the regulation faculty who stood out and upheld a regular past common.

I used to be availed the chance to lastly meet this Man late 2015. I used to be referred to as by the College Officer to avail the Exterior Examiner the whole questions for Public Worldwide Regulation which I taught that semester. I went to the boardroom to present the Exterior Examiner the questions and tendered apologies for not making the questions accessible within the envelop after marking.

The Exterior Examiner was impressed at the usual of the questions in distinction to my expertise and I needed to admit that I used to be Mentored by Dr. Udoka Owie earlier than she proceeded to Canada on analysis go away and that was my first solo effort at drafting regulation drawback questions.

I used to be subsequently positioned on the recent seat. The questions I answered that day didn’t make a millionaire in money, but it surely availed the chance to achieve perception into evaluation, educating methodology and share a couple of tales from his expertise as a trainer. I had launched myself to the Exterior Examiner however this gesture was not reciprocated as so I requested for his identify and he merely replied “Ernest”. Ernest my cheeky self-replied in query, and I obtained the response Ernest Ojukwu. I turned flustered and stammered and realized that actually solely fools rush in the place the angels worry to tread. I dared to take a seat with, jest with, query and even demand an introduction from the person my lecturers in regulation faculty spoke of in awe.

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I’ve had the privilege to co-teach with Professor Ernest Ojukwu since 2016. It has been a love-hate relationship. I name him my ‘TorMentor’ as a result of his normal is past common and he’ll make you conform whether or not you prefer it or not. I recall lamenting to some colleagues that educating with Prof has given me classes of insomnia as a result of the considered him sitting out my lectures if I’ve not ready supplies for the category hunts sleep from my eyes.

I’ve gone by fireplace within the fingers of Professor Ojukwu however I’m grateful for the chance:
• To know and promote scientific authorized schooling in Nigeria;
• To arrange, be a supervisor and subsequently coordinate a regulation clinic;
• To provoke social justice and public curiosity regulation in Nigeria;
• To be taught and deploy interactive educating strategies;
• To alter the panorama of scientific authorized schooling by being a part of the crew to overview scientific authorized schooling curriculum,
• To co-author the Administration of Prison Justice Pre-trial Handbook for Regulation Clinics;
• To provoke and supervise varied social justice and public curiosity regulation tasks;
• To develop into a trainer of lecturers by facilitating a trainer’s coaching session on the African Colloquium of Scientific Authorized Schooling.

Professor Ojukwu cares past the classroom. He has performed trainings for the College, the regulation clinic, availed the supervisors on the regulation clinic alternatives to attend conferences and trainer trainings at his bills and supplied ethical and monetary helps.( We look ahead to these cheques). He’s an adviser, supporter and a Father. I had can inform him your challenges and though you would possibly get a couple of blasting for fooling around he gives you sound advise and follow-up to be assured that you’re higher. I used to be indisposed for some time and just some days in the past he despatched me a message “I’m comfortable U are alive once more”

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Hardworking, clever, extremely disciplined, a person of integrity who will not be afraid to step on toes. A person who enjoys being challenged and questioned in school; accepts dissenting opinions , by the best way we’re nonetheless in opposing camps on the talk on whether or not Evidential burden of proof shifts or not. A person that may take the autumn for you in public however don’t be deceived he’ll pores and skin you in personal. How I dread the caustic aspect of Prof’s tongue.

Ojukwu is a model that has modified the panorama of authorized schooling in Nigeria and has not simply generated a brand new breed of attorneys but in addition birthed a brand new breed of lecturers. On the GAJE convention in Indonesia one of many presenters made a remark “Ernest will not be right here at present, however a brand new technology of Ernest is right here’.

I’m a changemaker as a result of I used to be ‘TorMentored’ by the cream of the crop in authorized schooling. One life @ 60 that has reworked tens of millions of lives, he has certainly raised leaders and lecturers.

Diamonds are endlessly. Glad birthday to the Father of Scientific Authorized Schooling in Nigeria, former Deputy Director on the Nigerian Regulation College, President of Community of Universities Authorized Help establishments, Chair of Baze Regulation Clinic and my ‘TorMentor’ Professor Ernest Ojukwu.

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