- Abimbola Johnson is a criminal defense lawyer in the UK who has a great experience of the country's justice system
- The Nigerian said that her "blackness" has helped her to see how someone's cultural background could play a big factor in their life
- In advising blacks on how to negotiate the justice system, she said among other things, getting interested in how the government is run and having education are important
A Nigerian, Abimbola Johnson, has spoken about the realities she faces in UK being a criminal defense lawyer.
Abimbola said that her experience in a white-dominated country has made her sensitive to how a person’s identity can affect them in life.
In talking about her work and skin, she said that sometimes she is the only one sharing the same blackness with her clients in courts, Ellie reports.
“My blackness also means that often I’m the only person in court that shares skin colour with my clients and there are times when I’ve understood a cultural context to their instructions that has not been picked up by others,” she said.
Abimbola recalled how her cultural experience has helped in saving a client who had been misunderstood of the term he used.
The Nigerian also said that if you are black, you are more likely to be stopped and searched, unlike white people who could confidently transport illegal substances without fear of suspicion.
In stating how the black community can help themselves, she advised them to be interested in politics and register to vote, stay educated, be interested in the justice system, hold the system accountable, among others.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Anita Osariemen Omonuwa is one of those people who are making it big in the academia as she has had three first-class distinctions from the University of Reading, UK (LLB), University of Birmingham, UK (LLM), and the Nigerian Law School (BL).
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According to her public profile, she graduated top of her class at the Nigerian Law School which got her several prizes such as the Council of Legal Education Star Prize, best outstanding academic performance, among others.
She is also the vice president of the Association of Young Arbitrators, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
Added to all these is that she is a volunteer staff counsel at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC).
She is also said to have been the first person to have graduated with a first-class degree in law from the University of Reading, the United Kingdom in 2012.
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