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OAU Students win on Debut in Law Competition in India



Misbau Lateef Team Coach, OAU Moot team Oyewole Faith Bamise, Oyiki Great, Ayansola Oluwaseun Joshua, and the Sponsor’s Representative

3 students from the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU), recently represented the country at the 4th International Negotiation Competition in New Delhi, India, and won the Spirit of Competition award.

Competing against several prestigious universities, including Oxford University, University of Queenland, Australia, Melbourne University, Australia, University of Technology, Sydney, the three students were Oyewole Faith Bamise, Oyiki Great, Ayansola Oluwaseun Joshua.

Ayansola, speaking with Lawyard, described the difficulty in getting sponsorship to attend the event.

Friends and family, he said, were instrumental in helping them seek assistance, and he urged the university authorities to invest in such competitions. He said:

It’s always been. For those who know me I started the #VENT Campaign on Instagram to address this same issue of funding and the de-emphasizing of scholarship in our society.

It took family and friends and the significant intervention of Mr Adesegun Akin-Olugbade (OON), Mr Gbenga Oyebode (MFR) chairman of Aluko & Oyebode and the firm of Banwo & Ighodalo for us to make the trip at the last moment. We will forever be indebted to the aforementioned sponsors.

We wish the University will invest more in ventures of this nature which can certainly attract foreign partners to Obafemi Awolowo University and increase the School’s reputation internationally.

Oyewole described the experience as the best he’s ever had. He said: “Apart from the competition, we got more exposed and connected with people who are vast in this area of law from HSF.”

Oyiki said the team’s win would have been impossible if not for the shared drive of his teammates, as well as their intelligence.

He also thanked the team’s coach, M. A. Lateef, for his advice and sacrifice. He said:

For our team coach Mr M. A. Lateef, his words of advice have brought us this far. He treated us like his mates. His sacrifice to our success can’t be downplayed. If I’m to do this again, I would do it with the same set of people.

Photo CreditLawyard


  1. LemmeRant

    September 18, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Congratulations on your success. You guys did well.

    At the end of the day, the problems you’re facing all boils down to bad leadership. OAU is a Federal University, the same government that couldn’t fund you are the same ones busy funding pilgrims as if that has any impact on developing our people. Truth is the present generation leading this country don’t believe in Nigeria, much less Nigerian youths, it takes an intelligent person to identify other intelligent people, how do you expect cattle rearers, ritualists, glorified thugs… to appreciate that their brains in this country.

    This is why I die a little inside when I see a Nigerian giving his destiny away bcos of #5000, or a bag of rice, or Ankara.

    All these nonsense would end when Nigerian youths decide to have sense.

  2. Tony

    September 19, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Congratulationssss to these guys. Such post as usual have no views or comments. If it’s something related to sex, divorce, and all trash the views and comments hit the roof. We expect people to take us seriously? Government can’t fund educational trips but government officials own mansions worth billions. Unless we put priorities in the right place Africa is going to regress.

  3. Medulla

    September 20, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Its saddening and pitiable when our past and incumbent presidency is busy pepper souping and bigstouting at the mercy of our youthful youths.

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