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‘Despite writing JAMB five times, I never gave up on Law’ – Barrister Shares Story

A Nigerian young man identified as Abayomi Victor Ekundayo narrates how he wrote JAMB-UTME exams five times without getting Admission to study law.

The young man stated after he graduated from secondary school and made his Olevels result intact in one sitting, he find it hard to get admission because his JAMB UTME result was bad.

In his word: 

I wasn’t so lucky in getting into the university. After I graduated from secondary school and made my O’levels in one sitting, I applied and sat for the Universities Matriculation Exam (UME). Fortunately (and unfortunately), my result that year wasn’t good enough to get me into the university of my choice to study Law. 

Nevertheless, I tried again the following year but to no avail. It was either I had a low Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) score or I had a low UME score. I kept trying again and again until I ended up writing the UME five times. 

All these happened while I was in my uncle’s house. Even when I was frustrated and I was offered another course, I remained determined. It wasn’t until six years later that I finally achieved the dream to study Law at the Ekiti State University . This was thanks to my mom and Prof. Oke, the then Dean, Faculty of Law at the university.

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Little to no sleep at Law school

I had no choice but to adapt when I got to the Nigerian Law School, Yenagoa Campus, 

Bayelsa State. It was tough and uncomfortable but I knew I didn’t come this far just to come to play. I only slept for three hours a day because I wanted to meet up and adapt. 

We had 9.00am – 4.00pm lectures and sometimes the lecturer would extend it because he was trying to cover grounds. By the time we were done with classes, I would still have to visit the library to review the day’s work and at times we had group assignments, group discussions and group meetings, which I had to be present for. 

At the end of the day, I had only very little time for myself and out of that little time, I made sure to study from 9.00pm -12.00am in preparation for the following day’s class. I slept from 12.00am till 3.00am and I worked out from 5.00am till 6.00am, then by 6am, I went to the hostel to prepare for class by 9.00am. 

I had to maintain my exercise regime because I was trying to keep my mental health in  good shape. But because of that, I kept falling sick and needed to keep going to the medical centre. It was then I found out through the doctor that it was my lack of sleep that was causing me to break down. I had to readjust and made sure I got at least four hours of sleep every day. Law school’s curriculum was a bit tasking and that was why I was determined to do it only once. It is a good place to be, but not twice.

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Mmm… This is honestly indicting.
I celebrate you for the herculean and challenging feats.
May the Lord continue to grant you winning.. congratulations

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