Idowu, heaved a sigh of fulfilment of a life ambition as he was called
to the bar to start practising as a lawyer in Nigeria on Wednesday.
law degree from the University of Lagos in 2015, had proceeded to the
Nigerian Law School, where he emerged successful in the August/September
2016 final bar examinations conducted at the end of the one-year
begging to fund his primary and secondary education, was among the
4,225 graduates of the Nigerian Law School called to the bar in Abuja on
Tuesday and Wednesday.
three, crippled by a disease that befell him thereafter and left with a
father and relatives who had no interest in his future, Idowu started
begging at age eight in Erin Ile, Kwara State, to see himself through
his primary and secondary school education.
struggled to secure admission to study Law while in the final year of
the first degree programme.
Wednesday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, venue of the
two-day call-to-bar ceremony.
gave me admission to study Political Science because I have always
wanted to be a lawyer.
study Law. I got the admission when I was in my final year, writing my
final project for the Political Science degree.”
to enable him to get education, a sojourn which he said landed him in
Lagos, where he was able to raise money to complete secondary school and
later got admission to the University of Lagos.
was about eight years old in the public kindergarten school. All my
mates were promoted to primary one but I was not promoted.
and sat for exams. I was then told that I was not a registered pupil but
they only allowed me to attend classes and take exams.
home I called everybody, including my father and aged paternal
grandmother, whom I was staying with, because I was very angry.
registered in school but they said there was no money and that there was
no way I could cope in school because of my condition. But I insisted
that they must register me and that they should not bother about paying
could not afford N520 school fees but I had been hearing the story of
Lagos State that one could make money in Lagos State. So, one day I was
begging in Offa, Kwara State, then I said why shouldn’t I join a train
to Lagos and perhaps I could make money to pay for the fees, buy a
uniform and get my locker. So, I joined the train to Ido terminus in
Lagos. I started begging. I stayed with some people under the bridge and
I was begging in some areas including Idumota.”
Lagos to raise money which he used to settle his fees till he got to the
final class when he was supposed to write his O’Level West African
Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations which he could not raise money
he was able to raise enough money through his begging business to sit
for the WASSCE as a beggar and passed after two attempts.
UNILAG with the intention of continuing his alms begging business to
raise money to continue his education.
Wednesday, he attributed the inspiration which drove him to bagging two
degrees as “God’s miracle”.