- The first hijab-wearing judge in the United Kingdom says her parents once told her to remove her hijab before going for a scholarship interview
- Raffia Arshad says she insisted on wearing the hijab to the interview despite her parents' fear that it may reduce her chances of being selected
- She says she was selected for the scholarship in a law school and 17 years later, she became the first hijab-wearing judge in the United Kingdom
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Raffia Arshad, the first hijab-wearing judge in the United Kingdom, has recalled the risk she took when going for a scholarship interview.
Arshad said her family told her to remove her hijab because it would reduce her chances of being selected, but she insisted that she would wear it.
She said: "That was my career's defining moment. I took the risk & decided to keep the hijab on.
"I not only got selected for the scholarship in a law school, but today after 17 years of law experience, I am appointed as a 1st hijab-wearing judge in UK."
According to BBC, the judge said it took her a while to get to the height she has attained, adding that she is pleased to be where she is.
She said: "It's taken a while to get here but I'm so pleased. It's not just a personal achievement. It's a huge achievement for anyone from a diverse background."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a young Ghanaian Muslim lady called Zainab Alhassan described how she was disqualified from the audition of TV3's Ghana's Most Beautiful pageant for wearing a hijab.
In a Facebook post, Alhassan said she passed through the first part of the audition, exhibited her talent, and showed off her oratory skills which she said impressed the judges.
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She said she was disqualified after she told the judges that she won't remove the hijab during the reality show.
In other news, an elderly white man has claimed Nigerian citizenship, saying he is from Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
The man, who identified himself as Yakubu Durojaye, could be seen in a video having a conversation in fluent Yoruba with a Nigerian lady.
Durojaye told the unidentified lady that he lived in Ilorin for two years, where he was a teacher, adding that he enjoyed a number of Nigerian delicacies.
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