The cavernous Grand Ballroom of the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria shimmered with colorful lights and beaming faces as members of the Nigeria Law School Class of 1990 gathered on the 20th of December, 2015 to celebrate their reunion with a well-attended dinner party. This momentous event was graced by legal practitioners from all over the country and beyond, as they came together to make connections, make new acquaintances and renew old ones, share ideas with their peers, and reminisce nostalgically about their time at Law School.

Nigerian Law School Class of 1990 cutting their silver jubilee anniversary cake
Nigerian Law School Class of 1990 cutting their silver jubilee anniversary cake


In 2015, the Class of 1990 was combining its class reunion with the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the commencement of their sojourn as members of the noble profession. Throughout the course of the event, there were plenty of opportunities to learn about the history, evolution, present state and future direction of the School.

In her welcoming remarks, Mrs. Uto Ukpanah, a member of the planning committee of the event, acknowledged all her colleagues for making the reunion and anniversary dinner a huge success. She saluted the committee chairman, Chief Samuel Alabi, popularly known as ‘Barrister Olu-Omo,’ whose tremendous support financially made it possible to have the reunion, as well as Mr. Iseoluwa Abiodun-Johnson, whose constant phone calls to committee members and to the entire Class of 1990, wherever they may be, was a constant reminder of the importance of the reunion, and a challenge to committee members. The admirable contributions of Mrs. Celia Ogunlesi and Mr. Ifedi Okoye-John, she added, were no less valuable.

In his remarks, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Augustine Alegeh, SAN, who was represented at the occasion by Francis Chuka Agbu, also a senior advocate of Nigeria and a member of the Body of Benchers, commended the Chief Samuel Alabi-led committee for putting up an event that would be remembered for a long time to come. Mr. Agbu – himself of the Class of 1982 – said he was particularly happy to grace this reunion because his own set of alumni never had the opportunity to mark their Silver Jubilee in this manner. But he expressed confidence that this particular event would inspire him and his set to put up a grand 50th anniversary when the time came.

He praised the committee for bringing back the 1990 set as one family. “This reunion,” he added, “has indeed turned your friendship into a symbiotic relationship that will be celebrated in our lifetime.” On behalf of the president of the NBA, he beseeched the celebrants to place a greater emphasis on the progression of the noble profession, especially now that the train of ‘change’ was permeating all corners of the nation’s economy and the daily lives and activities of our people.

He ended by calling on the assembled lawyers to be the defenders of country’s judicial system, as the future promised a mixed bag of fortunes for the judiciary in its role as the proverbial ‘last hope of the common man.’

The camaraderie and high spirits that pervaded the 2015 Reunion and Silver Jubilee Anniversary Dinner celebration brought alive warm and pleasant memories of the Nigeria Law School Class of 1990, as celebrants and guests alike dined, wined, and danced to old-school music favorites, as everyone present agreed that it was a most fitting way to mark such a historic milestone in their lives and careers.


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