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Female Trio Behind Legal Tech Start Up ‘DIYLaw’ Win $40K at the Innovating Justice Awards at The Hague



DIYlaw Press Release Picture 2 Three Nigerian women Bola Olonisakin, Funkola Odeleye and Odunoluwa Longe recently made Nigeria proud on the global stage. The trio founders of a legal tech start up, called DIYLaw, won the first place position at the Innovating Justice Award for the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa. The challenge was organised by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).

The Innovating Justice Awards is an annual award ceremony which takes place during the Innovating Justice Forum, an international event organised by HiiL which discusses and supports innovative ways of approaching justice worldwide. The Challenge leading to the awards is structured around a core theme which forms the basis of the discussions at the Forum. One of the two themes in 2015 was the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East & West Africa.

DIYLaw is a tech company that uses technology to create access to legal services in Africa beginning with Nigeria. DIYlaw, which is currently in its public beta stage, allows users to purchase registration packages online. Other products to be launched in the coming months include a portal for legal documents, a resource platform and a directory/lead generation platform for lawyers. seeks to be a one-stop hub for all things legal.

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Whilst highlighting the challenges of the Nigerian entrepreneur during her pitch at the Innovating Justice Forum, which she stated to include “Access to Finance, lack of infrastructure, corruption and legal”, Odunoluwa Longe stated that DIYlaw “is making legal, one less challenge to grapple with….our value propositions are transparency, simplicity and affordability”.

DIYlaw is one of the newest startups to join the growing sector of justice entrepreneurs emerging globally and seeks to be at the forefront of this emerging entrepreneur sector in Africa. Justice Entrepreneurs utilize innovation and technology to create access to justice. In addition to the cash prize of USD40,000 won by DIYlaw, DIYlaw also gets acceleration support, access to funding, networks and expert advice from HiiL.

BellaNaija says a huge congratulations to these ladies! We can’t wait to see the amazing frontiers that you’ll cross.


  1. Dr. N

    January 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Yay! Way to go ladies. 1st place! #mamaimadeit.
    Super proud like I know y’all personally

  2. Yaseer's crush

    January 13, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    weldone ladies…more grease to ur elbows

  3. Tee

    January 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Uber proud! Well done ladies! ??

  4. Californiabawlar

    January 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Wow! This is really great stuff o! Congrats ladies!!

  5. Person

    January 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Funkola!!! Congratulations to you and you team! QC represent! Well done, ladies!

    • Kehinde

      January 14, 2016 at 1:01 am

      What set in QC?

  6. Deebs

    January 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Super proud of u ladies…yayyyy! #nigerianwomendoinggreatthings

  7. Ezubelu Anthony

    January 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm


  8. Karashika

    January 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Well done ladies!

  9. presh

    January 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats ladies . Guys I need your sugesttions on how I can start and grow a restaurant and catering business.

  10. Taj

    January 13, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Up LASU. These three ladies are alumnis of the Lagos State University. Way to go girls!!!

    • Nengi

      January 15, 2016 at 6:02 am

      Na wa o… Which way? Funkola did not go to LASU… matter of fact she didn’t even go to school in Nigeria… Not that there’s anything wrong with LASU but get facts right!

  11. Honeycrown

    January 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Good job ladies, Congratulations!!!

  12. Beckie

    January 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Congrats Ladies!
    Bella Naija y did u pull down the laura ikeji post nau!
    I wasn’t even able to read d comments at all
    Did Laura abi Linda call u personally to pull it down!

  13. Beckie

    January 13, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Bella Naija y are u using my comments to drink garri!!
    Where’s d laura ikeji post!

  14. Tunmi

    January 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Woahhhhhh impressive

  15. Missdodo

    January 14, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Congratulations! I voted for you guys and I’m glad y’all won it! So proud of you guys.

  16. DocDeola

    January 14, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations -amazing achievement. Hardwork and grit, paying off, very inspiring. To continued growth and success!

  17. ednutey

    January 14, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Keep blazing the trail ladies…more oil to your engine

  18. Misssssszzzzz

    January 14, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Congrats!!!!Go kick butt @Taj,only two of the ladies went to lasu.

  19. Noms

    January 14, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Congrats ladies!

  20. Mrs Anozie

    January 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hard work , perseverance and God’s favour. Nice one ladies……..So proud of you………

  21. madame

    January 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Very proud of you ladies! Thank you for setting an example of chasing a dream and putting in work!

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