Nigerian Youth Wins ‘Attorney of the Year’ at African Legal Award 2017


A young Nigerian attorney, Adaku Ufere, has won the ‘Attorney of the Year’ in this year’s edition of the African Legal Awards. The African Legal Awards recognises exceptional achievements from within Africa’s legal community, and is hosted by Legal Week (organisers of the British Legal Awards), in association with the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA). Ufere was selected from thousands of entries across the African continent. She is the youngest ever, and first Nigerian winner of the Attorney of the Year award.

Ufere is a graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria. She also bagged a Second Class Honours Upper Division grade from the Nigeria Law School, Abuja, before proceeding to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland for her Master’s Degree in Law, where she specialised in Oil and Gas Law.

Born into the largely academic family of Chief and Chief Mrs. Kingsley Ufere, from Arondizuogu in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Ufere is an international oil and gas lawyer and is Head of the Energy Practice at the Pan African Law firm, the Centurion Law Group with its Headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. Only last year she received an award as one of the 40 under 40 Leading Lawyers in Nigeria at the Nigerian Legal Awards 2016, which held at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos.

  • henry price

    comrades I have niece who became American attorney. I feel very much for this young lady like I do her. i hope she is satisfied working in legal industry but I believe it is such a waste. They would have made such great physicians. Women who adapt to law on their own usually are capable of working essential professions above legal profession such as medical profession which obligate perception of changing steps plus stages.. Law is complicated or i made complicated only where there is corruption thus, is not in need of keen perception required to discern steps plus stages working like those of human body. Very much sincere, Henry Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu Il-Khan aka kankan aka Gue.

  • John Dre

    why is she now a Nigerian? because she won award? fucking country called nigeria

    • omodafididafidi

      Like I said below Well if u want to insist on towing that line then I will say she holds “”DUAL CITIZENSHIP”” 1st she is a Nigerian then second she is a Biafra whenever and if ever the Biafra gets created or recognized. So bro it’s a win win situation for all of us both Nigeria and “””Biafra””

      • John Dre

        you must know that shes a Biafran and you can push her to take a Nigerian corrupt nationality the islam in niger and chad always take easy

      • John Dre

        why are you fighting for one Nigeria ? we are Biafrans and we are Igbo and efik ijaw calabari and other nationals in Biafra ….why your useless president is trying to pay Biafran police? hes falling the game

  • Deep Diver

    Good for you, pretty Lioness. Please carry on

  • John Dre

    all hail Biafra

  • Tony Ezeifedi

    Under Buhari, she will never see the light of the day. Congrats, Baby.

  • henry price

    comrades I congratulate Attorney Adaku Ufere on her victory. I guess somebody have to manage law but I would prefer to see Africa’s minds which are very good at solving problems working at one of fields of engineering or medical industry where there actions would be of physical benefit in a manner besides social change. It seem like such a waste. Law is overrated plus was promoted to such status by western civilization to accommodate lazy individuals plus give them a place of honor. Lawyers seldom if ever build nations. Law appear to be a con game with judges plus lawyers being controlling forces. At best they contribute to social change which anyone with a problem solving mind could do. However, my opinion on lawyers may be fueled by bad treatment in contradiction of law I have received in America. Very much sincere, Henry Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu IL-Khan aka Kankan aka Gue.

  • Amadi Augustine

    ADAKU UFERE, the pride of the Black race. Congratulations

  • 4T2

    All hail BIAFRA!

    May the Grace of the Lord of merit, guide you and fulfil you in your career and endeavours IJN.

    [Biafra: My Pride]

    • KWOY

      All hail Biafra! I know tagging her a nigerian is the handiwork of the igbophobe Olusegun adeniyi in order not to give the Igbo the credit! But time will teach him!

      • Ade Whenu

        Clearly if she has a negative and divisive mindset like yours, she will not have won this wonderful award.

        Perhaps if you put your energy and mind, into uniting and uplifting people, than hailing Biafra(that does not exist), you might be the next one in line for an award.

        You need both hands to rob together to make the hands clean. When we should collectively work together to fight those oppressing us, we rather fight each other and hail Biafra!

        You then wonder why you are being marginalised!

        • KWOY

          God curse you! Marginalize me all you can. TIME WILL TEACH YOU! ALL HAIL BIAFRA!

          • Ade Whenu

            My God is not one that curse people. Evidently yours does, hence you are being marginalised. Also learn not to be too emotive, making claims you lack any implementable action plan to actualise.

            People like you are clearly dreamers, but as I am a realist, and only operating on facts, I apologise I cannot hail something that is in the mind of a deluded few. Sorry!

    • Darcy

      Biafran that got her legal training in the North. More like she’s an example of what Nigeria can become when we purge bigots like you.

  • omodafididafidi

    what are you checking name for whether na Igbo oh, whether na Yoruba oh , whether na hausa oh the important thing is that she is NIGERIAN.

    • John Dre

      Sorry Shes a Biafran not a Nigeria ok

      • omodafididafidi

        Well if u want to insist on towing that line then I will say she holds “”DUAL CITIZENSHIP”” 1st she is a Nigerian then second she is a Biafra whenever and if ever the Biafra gets created or recognized. So bro it’s a win win situation for all of us both Nigeria and “””Biafra””

  • Netanyahu

    Name checkers/haters, oya “food is ready”! Congratulations, young girl. We know where you come from.

    • John Dre

      is your tribe brain dead?

  • ychukwuka

    May you shine brighter Adaku. keep soaring!