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Best Graduating Law Student 2016/2017: LASU Should Have A Fixed Calendar Which Will Not Be Subject To Constant Change Like We Do Now

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Kamilu Oluwatosin is the immediate past president of the LASU Law Society. He came tops in his faculty despite being bereaved of his parents and had to overcome some other issues.

In his recent chat with LASU Forum, he discussed how he was able to overcome his hurdles, his future plans and more.


LASU Forum: Congratulations on your feat! How are you able to achieve this?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Thank you very much sir. Well I’d say its just God’s doing. I knew what I wanted and I went for it. I had so many things on the table to deal with but I was able to set my priorities right and at the end it all paid off.

In a nutshell. It’s just God’s favour and his grace.

LASU Forum: Priorities......? Do you mean that you already set out to be tops from day 1 in LASU?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Nah I wasn’t even focused on coming top or something. I was just focused on meeting up with my goal of finishing with a second class upper and also involving myself in extra curricular activities which are not been taught in the classroom.

LASU Forum: When did you now realise you could do better and how were you able to go beyond the expectations?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Honestly I didn’t start very well and I didn’t realize until my final year. I was focused on politics and other extra curricular activities and then in my final year when it was looking like i will fall short of my target I had to buckle up and behold it was a surprise to me that I came out top.

LASU Forum: Great.... How social are you then?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: I wasn’t the very social type but I managed to combine all of that with academics because it was needed at some point. Although through out my stay in the university I didn’t visit the club but I went for parties at least.

LASU Forum: What influenced your choice of study and was that your passion from onset?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: My inspiration is just the need to see that we have a just society. I have always been advocate of equity and fairness and I thought by studying Law I could actually exert my influence.

LASU Forum: And no conflict of interest from your family to opt for alternatives?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: And yeah that was my passion abinito. The great Gani Fawehinmi I’d blessed memory who is also my name sake also propelled this passion. I wanted to be like Gani if I may say.

LASU Forum: How was your background able to make you go through? Any challenges making you think otherwise?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: I was brought up by an academician. My father was a staff of LASU until his demise and he was brought up by a Chief Magistrate who was also a Lawyer so he knows the importance of the profession so he gave me the much needed support.

This doesn’t mean to say that he was in total support because he actually informed me of the other side of the profession. For fear of persecution and been unjust when people think one will be fair.

My major challenge was the fear of not making it big in the profession because I noticed it’s always difficult for junior lawyers to get to the top easily like that so I was considering politics not as a profession really but as an alternative to Law. This was the reason why I participated actively during my undergraduate days from #LASULaw honorable to General Secretary and then to become #LASU Laws President.

LASU Forum: Safe to say law runs in your blood!

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Hahahaha. Well you can say that but the truth is that I just have passion for it. The zeal has been there from the on set. I just wanted to be a Lawyer. I didn’t consider anything other than that.

LASU Forum: What were your highlights and low-lights in LASU?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: My highlights were just the good days at the office. I was able to carve a niche for myself and I laid my mark in the faculty. The low-lights were the tough moments too. I remember rendering my resignation letter when it was becoming too difficult to cope with administration alongside academics and also most of all when I lost my Dad close to my final exam in the university.

LASU Forum: Sorry for the loss, guess dad will be proud seeing you at this level now.

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Thank you sir. From him we came and to him we shall return. Death is inevitable you know. He has played his part and I’m sure he is proud of me where is presently. Even my Late Mum is proud of me too.

LASU Forum: From here now, what do you plan to delve into - practising, politics, further studies or a redirection for a new challenge?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Well my plan is to practice and see where Law and possibly lecture because the zeal to impact has always been in me but I don’t think it will be complete if I don’t delve into politics because that has even been my passion prior to studying Law.

I look foreword to fitting into the footstep of my Role Model Babatunde Raji Fashola S.A.N.. after practicing Law for some while then we can venture into Politics.

LASU Forum: If you can change one thing in LASU, what do you think it will be?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: As for my Alma-Mata if I have to change something about the setting of the school ranging from incessant fluctuation in academic calendar. Every year it almost looks impossible for final year Law students not to make it to Law school because we are always behind. We should have a fixed calendar which will not be subject to constant change like we have at the moment. I can’t imagine a University using a whole one year just for session. It’s not done anywhere and I think the School Management should look into this.

LASU Forum: So sad you lost both parents!

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Well that’s beyond human control. It happens. I could say that is even my motivation and I promise to continue to make them proud just as await getting called to the Nigeria Bar in few months after my Bar final exam. The lost of both parents shouldn’t even be an excuse for failure and I pray God continue to guide my steps always.

LASU Forum: Wishing you all the best in your future endeavour...

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Thank you very much my brother. It’s a pleasure having this interactive session with you sir.

LASU Forum: Any word(s) for the management, staff, undergraduates, alumni or prospective?

Kamilu Oluwatosin: LASU the home world Class students, my advise for the management is to remain fair and just in handling of the administration. For the students never shall we go on the street again to address our demands, we should continue to rep the university very well and portray the good image of the university. For the prospective student there is no better place to be than the best State University in Nigeria. For me LASU remains a home and it will always be my abode.

LASU Forum: Hoping to see you soar to the top soon and probably, we'll be seeing you piloting one political office soon or probably having an attempt at the office of the VC one day soon. ☺

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Hahahah. Yeah maybe the Attorney General of the Federation or the Senate President who knows☺️????
And thanks so much for the prayers. By God’s grace we will celebrate my call to the Nigeria Bar later this year.


LASU Forum: Thanks for your time

Kamilu Oluwatosin: Thank you too. I’m honored to have this kind of session with you.

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