Candle in the Wind

You are probably wondering, “what’s with the title?” Oh well, truthfully I we I don’t know too. But I do know that we are sorry to have gone AWOL for so long. Nope we don’t have any excuses. We just got too busy trying to set our lives in order, we stopped doing some of the things we love. We sincerely apologise. And to make up for our very long leave of absence, and since we have never done this (I bet you are curious too) we decided to talk about what ILEMONA really is about. Let’s start with the name.

Ilemona means light in one of Nigeria’s favourite languages- Oh well, sort of. To us it means a variety of things- light of the dawn (that made more sense in my head), light, candlelight, dawning light… you get the drift, dontcha? But you see, when we came up with the name, we didn’t realise we were murdering the language (I can’t even bring myself to mention what language it is out of shame-Some of you smart ones must have figured it out by now), we thought we did a real good translation, seeing that we are pretty smart ourselves. Sad to say we didn’t. But the name sounded cooler than the real deal, and it grew on us, so we stuck with it. Plus we feel like it gives us a different identity. So, there, you have it.

And then, what is ILEMONA about? Like we said before, Ilemona is a blog about random stuff- your worries are our worries- we talk about any thing and everything. Let’s call it an open diary.

Now, to the difficult question of the day- Who are “we”?

WE ARE MANY!!!!

Okay, that doesn’t read so funny on paper.

Seriously, there’s the owner of the blog, Toffy (those who know, know) who is the key function here. And then there is her friend, who likes to pretend she’s not into this idea, let’s call her “the Friend”. And most importantly, there are the variety of other individuals who give the blog the occasional “random” spice it needs (it could be you, yup, you read right- YOU!). Now you know it’s not a one man business, that’s why it’s so difficult to stick to one pronoun (you must have noticed that by now).

Soooooo, it took us long enough… (insert drumroll here), but we are open for business😊. We ain’t going anywhere this time, but you should know, we can’t do this without you. So tell a friend to tell a friend, we are back and taking our business very serious.

P.s.: remember that part we said you can be one of those people who add random spice to Ilemona? So if you have a story you want to tell or feel should be published on a platform somewhere, and you don’t have such platform yet or you want to do it anonymously, please write to us at ilemona@gmail.com. You shouldn’t worry much about rights, we got you 😉. We would love to read from you soon.

THE BREADWINNER PROBLEM

 

You remember when we Nigerians used to think that we were the only sane ones and oyinbo people were just plain crazy when it comes to marriages. Oh yea i forgot, we still think that. Sadly, it seems we Nigerians are not any better, our African mentality of marriage is quickly disintegrating. The “African mentality” (just in case you don’t know) is the belief that once you have entered” a marriage, you have “entered” it!!! It is strictly till death do you part. And the worst part is that you hear the most flimsy excuses- remember the one about the wife who could not stand her husband pressing the toothpaste tube from the middle (I hate that too btw). Although I am not sure that story was legit. But i must admit that there are some legitimate reasons for divorce.

The one major cause that still gets at me is the money problem. It’s funny the way things are going really rosy till the man’s “oil well” dries up and you start wondering what happened to the declarations of love and the submissive wife.

I’ve come across some appalling instances in my line of work. There was this woman whose child was sent home and his mother refused to pay even though she could afford to. Well, according to her, the rule is that the husband pays the children’s school fees (who comes up with these rules anyway). She went as far as stating this to her son’s hearing and even calling him useless!!! (who says that in front of a child…*sigh*)

There was also the woman who blatantly refused to pay rent her husband could not afford. It did not matter that she could afford it and save them the embarrassment. And oh yea, the one that packed all the interior decorations and the furniture in the house because… I think I’m digressing.

I could go on and on. But I’m pretty sure you get my point. And in all these cases, the men are tagged “unfortunate”  and are suddenly not good enough to be called husbands anymore. And what’s next? The woman moves straight out and may decide to go with some choice items in the house as well.

Sometimes I wonder if it would be so bad if the woman takes over financially. But I’ve learnt time after time, it takes only a superwoman to step up and be the breadwinner (without any necessary hassle) even for a short period of time. And a super super man to allow it and wholly recover from his setbacks. Unfortunately, not all men can deal with this. Most will feel emasculated and suddenly become emotionally abusive or it may lead to something even worse and of course the marriage breaks down irretrievably.  Then, there is the woman who will wonder why she has to bring home the bacon; many thoughts are coursing through her head. If she has to provide, doesn’t that her make her the boss of the home? Or worse still, she begins to think the man is taking her for granted- i mean she feels she’s doing so much and all he does is he keeps taking everything from her.

I wish we would see marriage for what it really is or rather what it should be.
A contract-A partnership!! It’s why you are both in it together, it’s not  a one party thing. It’s so you can cover each other’s rear ends, depending on who is wearing the torn dress. It is about striving to be perfect together. It is holding onto each other and ensuring that one is there to be a support when the other trips, when one partner falls the other lifts up. At the end of it all, you both shine together. So if today, he is going through a hard time, it doesn’t mean that you (woman) can’t step up and do a few things. And it doesn’t also mean that you (man) have been emasculated, it just means it’s time to step up your game- you don’t want to be that infidel Paul referred to, do you?

Don’t sit in the mess and grovel.

 

 

A woman’s place (repost)

There’s still one thing my mother says that grates on my nerves every time. I’m not so sure i’ll ever get over it. It’s that sentence she utters when i do something really good for her, those 5 words;

oko olowo wa fe o” ( you will marry a rich husband)

Maybe I just don’t understand the wisdom of the old. But why can’t she just pray for me. Why can’t she simply say, “omo mi (my child) you will be rich.” How did my husband whom she’s yet to meet even come into the conversation. But of course if i dare voice my thoughts, she’d ask,”so you want to be richer than your husband?”And my smart mouth won’t be able to help but reply, “duh…  why can’t I be?” You can imagine the look of horror on her face when she shakes her head and says “omokekere n se e.” (you are just a child)

Please don’t get me wrong. I do want my husband to be rich. What I don’t really care is which of us should be richer.

To most people, a woman is nothing more but a help- a caretaker, her “lord” will buy her the necessary things, and when he deems it fit (only when he deems it fit) bestow her with luxury. Here’s another example; on a random day, I was talking cars with a couple of friends and i remember saying my dream car was a mustang GT (the latest model at that time) and one of the guys looked at me and said “well your husband will buy it for you.” I was shocked because i never thought about it that way. I’ve was always thought ‘I’ will buy the car when i have the money. Instead, it was automatically assumed my husband will pay for it. I just don’t get it. Does he think only my husband will be able to afford? Or that my husband “should” be the one to get it for me?

What caused all this soul searching you might ask? Well, a while ago, I saw an episode of the TV series scandal where Olivia Pope was trying to convince Melany Grant to talk about why she stayed with her husband even though he had a mistress. What she said (if you are lost, please just go and watch the whole of scandal. You will thank me later.) pointed out a woman’s place in this world and actually inspired me to write this.

Let’s face it, it’s a man’s world and we all just live in it. Someone once said that, as blacks we are very low on the totem pole, but to be black and a woman is even worse. Albeit, sad but true. Most women juggle a whole lot that’s enough to drive some people crazy, but they do it without complaining. Yet we always play second fiddle; we will forever be defined by who our father is, who we date, who we marry…. God forbid we are viewed as our own selves. We are like our husbands appendages, his handbag to be seen and admired not heard, to just sit there and be pretty ( okay maybe i’m going a bit overboard. There are many women in the limelight).

I remember telling a close friend of mine, that i might keep my name and not take my husband’s last name. Oh my…. that did not go down well at all! The popular opinion is that it will be an affront to my future husband- like i’m undermining him… emasculating him blah blah blah. Is it so bad if i just want a little bit of me to remain since everything i am will cease to exist once i sign the dotted line?  Is it so wrong if people stop considering how our male counterparts feel and their silly egos? Instead think of how to some women, marriage is a loss of identity. 

And oh yea, I’m not leaving that out. That notion the world has, that we can’t be fulfilled until we get married or rather except we marry at a certain age 😒. I’m not saying it’s not okay to set goals or marry early, I’m only saying we should not put too much pressure on ourselves. (Although, after hearing my mum give examples of friends of hers who are not married till now, i’d say “please do marry when the opportunity presents itself”) Most of us are not even mentally prepared for it. The point is one day i will be referred to as his wife, his personal cheer leader, to hold his hand, to build him up, encourage him, care for him, referred to as someone else’s mother but never as my own individual.There are days i look forward to marriage and dream about all the beautiful babies, my husband and i will have. But there are days … (sigh).

Anyways, (after this crazy random rant) I’m calm and sitting on my bed. And I’m thinking; I have changed-I’m starting to be less of a feminist and more of a  realist. I’ll just follow the crowd, at least for my mother’s peace of mind and my sanity.

MCQ: Common mistakes to avoid

By Tobi Amoo.

 

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The Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) exams is part of the final bar examinations. It contributes 20% to your overall grading in each course. Basically, you will be required to answer multiple choice questions by selecting and shading the most appropriate answer.

You must however be careful to avoid some common mistakes that have been seen to re occur over the years. Here are some:

  1. No practice.

The student who excels in the MCQ is one who can achieve speed without sacrificing accuracy. The accuracy is a big one, however the speed can be practised and mastered.

You’ll be required to answer 100 multiple choice questions in 5 courses within an allotted time (60minutes; but prepare for 50). There will be scenarios to comprehend in order to answer the questions. There may also be registers which will involve selecting correct options to fit into an incomplete passage. Within the same period, you have to shade properly on the answer sheet. As you can see, the MCQ can be nicknamed ‘Need For Speed’.

The best way to overcome the challenge is to simulate the MCQ and practise for speed. Note that I did not say you should study the questions. No, please don’t gather past questions so as to predict likely questions. It won’t work!

Pick past MCQ papers; select a year; move to a place without distraction; put off (or put away) your phone; set an alarm (or countdown timer) for 60minutes (although 50 is better); note the time you start; START; if you finish before your alarm buzzes, that’s awesome, note the minutes you used; if the alarm buzzes while you’re still answering, stop yourself, note how many questions you still have to cover, practice again using other years till the alarm buzz no longer stops you; either you stop before the alarm buzzes or the alarm stops you, practise over and over till the exam day.

Please do not assume that you’re fast and you have speed in writing exams. It’s better to practise. And even if you are fast, you lose nothing in practice. Truth is you may be fast and all, but once in the exams hall, everything changes, time stops running and starts to fly. I had practised the MCQ so well that I was using about 35minutes to answer the 100 questions (oh yeah! 35), but in the hall I used the exact 60minutes we were given. As a matter of fact, as soon as I shaded the last box, the invigilators announced ‘Time Up’. So I wonder what would have happened if I had not practiced.

You still have to read your books though. Don’t use all the day practising only. Balance is key.

  1. Going late.

As clearly shown in no. 1, the time is not enough as it were, so you can’t afford to cut it short the more. I know you may be wondering how someone can go late for such important exams. But it does happen. Not because students sleep off or are nonchalant (although that can’t be ruled out) but because they want to read up some more or as they say “Make I just check one or two things. I dey come” and they end up going late.

A person who goes late has lesser time (i’m sure you know there’s no extra time) and is already unsettled from the start. So, ensure you’re punctual.

Also, make sure you know your exam hall before the exams day as it is another cause of lateness. A student who assumes he’s in Hall A only to arrive and discover he’s in Hall B which is on the other side of the campus, will end up arriving late. Don’t assume.

Then, in the event that you want to take a nap on the exams day, after your brain has been saturated from reading (which is not bad), please make sure you are not alone in the room and let your roommate(s) know so they can wake you up in case the nap becomes a celestial adventure.

  1. Using the wrong answer sheet.

Each candidate has an answer sheet with his/her exam no. printed on it. Normally, your answer sheet would have been placed on your desk before you enter the hall. However, you should ensure to cross-check and confirm that the number on the answer sheet on your desk is correctly yours before you start to shade.

You should also be careful not to soil or damage your answer sheet in anyway, as you can only have one and it is irreplaceable.

  1. Shading in the wrong order.

Be very careful and observant when you start shading. The order in which the courses are arranged in the question paper isn’t usually the same with the answer sheet. For instance, the Question paper may start with Criminal Law while the answer sheet may start with Property Law.

Confirm that you’re answering a course in the corresponding shading box on the answer sheet.

  1. Taking your answer sheet out of the hall.

At the end of the paper, you’ll be required to place your answer sheet on the desk, and leave the hall with your Question paper and exam no. printout slip. However, the sheet is very light, thin and may be a little sticky. So take extra caution to ensure that you do not mistakenly take the answer sheet out.

The implication of taking the answer sheet out and returning it for submission, is that it may have been ‘tampered’ with and therefore becomes ‘inadmissible’ in the court of the invigilators.

Hi, sorry we did not publish anything last week, even bloggers need to take a break !!! thanks for bearing with us. As usual please like and share the link, don’t copy and paste!!!

 

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

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By Ayo

Have you ever witnessed (or heard of) someone do something unbelievably atrocious, or so vile, you  pause and wonder how he/she could be capable of such despicable act. And of course, the next thing you hear out of their mouths is, “the devil made me do it.”

From fathers who defile their young daughters; grown men raping toddlers to the serial killer;  there is that one being who features in every evil act- the devil. The first image that comes to our imagination is the physical manifestation with the red horns, two-pronged pitchfork and the arrow shaped tail (raise your hands if you saw that one in Tom and Jerry)Heavenly_Puss_1949_08_devildog

If you are like me, you may have realised that the image is probably a metaphor for his decadence. And if you are a Christian, you’ve probably  read that passage of the bible where Lucifer is described as a very handsome  and angelic being with a beautiful voice, and was the leader of the angelic hosts and God’s favourite before he caused over a third of those angels to fall and got them all banished (some say to hell, while some say or still believe they still roam this earth, oh well…). Lucifer was drop dead gorgeous, in an angelic sort of way. Okay maybe I’m overdoing it but even his name makes you think of a pretty boy, doesn’t it? think about it……. ‘Lucifer Morningstar‘ the light bringer yada yada!!!

Back to the crux of the matter, blaming the devil can be traced right back to the beginning of ages. Let’s do a little history, shall we? When you think of all the evil in the world today, don’t you sometimes find yourself tracing the blame from your forefathers to Adam and Eve. Yup! Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden. Remember the story of the fall of Man (it’s more than just a story anyway, but let’s not get to that today), how the serpent tempted Eve to eat of the apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When God quizzed Adam, his reply was:

‘…the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and i did eat’

So the blame shifted and it was the woman’s turn to be quizzed and of course she said,    ‘the serpent beguiled me and i did eat

There, you have it!!! Do you see the pattern of blame? Adam blamed Eve, and she subsequently blamed the serpent. Trust me, we can make that tree longer: you do something bad–>you blame a friend–>friend blames parent–>parent blames evil great aunt–>evil great aunt blames the evil world–>it goes on and on till it comes down to that one story–>Adam and Eve–>And then you get the ‘not so poor’ serpent

This is not some theological debate or a reminder of the one story no one seems to ever forget. The whole point to this is that Eve, like most of us, forgot she had that one thing that other beings (even supernatural beings) covet- Free Will. Free will is nothing more than the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one’s own discretion. Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action. It is closely linked to the concepts of responsibility, praise, guilt, sin, and other judgments which apply only to actions that are freely chosen.

The serpent did not make Eve do anything, it just made a “subtle” suggestion. It’s just like when you are about to *insert worst possible act you can do/or have ever done* And you go to your best friend for advise and she says, “gosh you are too uptight, just do it already! go be a slut” or she says with profound wisdom, “why do you want to? It will mess up the whole of your life“. Basically, you have two options. You could choose to go with her advice or, choose not to listen to her and do the exact opposite. In the end you absolutely cannot go back to her and say, “you made me do it” She did not. She did not hold a knife to your neck now, did she? Even if she did, you could have chosen to die… okay that’s so not the point

So…  maybe, just maybe we need to accept the blame of our own actions and stop trying to distribute the blame like it is some emotion to be shared. The devil may have whispered into your ears, but hey, I’m pretty sure he did not tie a rope to your leg and drag you all the way. Let’s accept that we can be really depraved and stop believing the devil is that much of a genius.


 

ON ETHICAL DILEMMA

By Tobi Amoo

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Hello folks. Hope you are having a great time in your Law office. Please ensure you are polite and show some form of responsibility in your office. Make sure you leave a good lasting impression there, for it maybe the first place you’ll come knocking for a job after your call to bar.

“…I am still a bit confused about what the ethical dilemma is about or how to tackle it. Please could you elaborate a bit further on it?”

The above is one of the similar mails I received with regards to the essay on ethical dilemma. So I will attempt to break it down. As you know, you are required to write two essays – one on law firm management and the other on an ethical dilemma.

The word ‘ethical’ refers to matters of (professional) ethics and rules, while the word ‘dilemma’ refers to a state of confusion or uncertainty as to what choice to make. Therefore, in simple terms, ethical dilemma is a state of uncertainty as to whether a choice will be ethically right or wrong.

The main purpose of the essay on ethical dilemma exercise is to test your knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the application of the Legal Professional Ethics, particularly the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) for Legal Practitioners (2007). In other words, can you apply the RPC to real life scenarios? Can you determine whether an act or omission by a legal practitioner is ethically right? And in the event that there is confusion as to what step to take, can your mastery of the RPC enable you guide the confused aright?

In your essay on ethical dilemma, there are only three basic contents you need to include, as follows:

  1. Introduction

Your name; Reg. No.; campus; and the title ‘An Ethical Dilemma’. All in bold letters.

  1. The Problem

Compose a story (or use a live event you witnessed during externship) that reveals an ethical issue or dilemma for a lawyer or a judicial officer. However, be sure that the problem you’re creating can be solved by one or more rules of the RPC.

Here are some examples:

♦⇔ An accountant who later proceeded to study Law and was subsequently called to the Bar. He wants to practice both Accountancy and Law at the same time.

♦⇔ A lawyer having been properly briefed by the client, refused to show up in court on the day the matter has been slated for, without writing to (or informing) the court.

♦⇔ A lawyer is manifestly rude to the Judge in court.

♦⇔ A lawyer wants to enter into partnership with a marketer who will source clients for him, in exchange for sharing the legal fees.

I hope the above examples have given you an idea. The point is, your facts or story should reveal an ethical problem (that has already occurred) or dilemma (that is about to occur). This is where you put your creativity on display.

However, to the Nollywood scriptwriters, please try not to make your story too complex. Also, avoid raising too many dilemmas, so that you can properly conclude.

  1. The solution

Here, you produce the necessary provision(s) of the RPC and then apply same to the problem you have created.

In the examples we gave above, the solution will be:

♦⇔ Rule 7(1), RPC. A person cannot practice Law and another profession at a time, except as permitted by the Council of Bar

♦⇔ Rules 14 and 16, RPC. A lawyer has a duty of diligence, dedication and commitment to his client’s cause, which involves going to court anytime the matter is slated.

♦⇔ Rule 36, RPC. A lawyer must be polite to the court.

♦⇔ Rule 53, RPC. Rule against sharing legal fees with non-lawyer. As well as Rule 39, RPC. Rule against touting for clients.

Once you have identified the necessary rule(s) and judicial authorities (if any), you will then comment on the ethical proprietary or otherwise of the said act or omission, and draw your conclusion.

Here you go! With the above three steps/contents, you have successfully prepared your essay on ethical dilemma.

Addendum:

On essay on Law Firm Management.

The purpose of this is to test your appreciation of the topic ‘Law Office Management’ in your Professional Ethics Course. To effectively prepare the essay, study the topic in your text/note and apply same to the law office where you’re observing your externship.

For instance, the topic says there are different organisations of law firms (e.g Sole Proprietorship, Partnership etc), so your essay should identify what organisation your office can be categorized into. Your essay should also describe your law office with regards to other areas of the topic such as Rooms in a law office; Number/Status of lawyers; Location of office; Office supplies, equipment and machinery; ICT in Law office etc.  

You may conclude the essay on law firm management by either commending the Law office and recommending that subsequent externs be posted there or by condemning the Law office and recommending that externs should no longer be posted there.

images (1)So, here, you have it! Your essays on ethical dilemma and Law office management.

Five False Myths About Bar Finals

By Tobi Amoo

First off, let me make some comments concerning the last post about the Portfolio Assessment.

One. Let me start by NOT THANKING you for your e-mails (I mean you can’t give an offer and not expect to be taken up on it?! LOL!). I received hundreds of e-mails (stopped counting after 200) but I tried to personally reply them all. It was a sacrifice but i’m glad I could help (You want to know how to pay me? Ace the bar finals). If I did not reply you, it was either inadvertently or your message was delivered into the spam folder. Please download and go through the Externship handbook (Click here) for more details on the essays, forms and presentations.

Two. SIMPLE INSTRUCTION!!! Understanding and following instructions is what sets the bright students apart from others. The instruction was simple: “…with the subject: Request For Portfolio Assessment” but a lot of you decided not to head your message while others used a variety of subjects. As your exams approach, note that instructions in the exams are key. It’s not only enough to get it, you must get it in accordance with the instructions.

Three. The posts remain the exclusive copyright of the publishing blog (ILEMONA) and it’s All Rights Reserved. Please refrain from doing ‘copy & paste’ and sharing on other platforms like whatsapp, BBM, Facebook. I know you all want to share it with your friends and group members which is cool but please kindly share the Web link with them. I have been directed to inform you that if the ‘copy & paste’ continues, they will pull the plug! So let’s cooperate. Thanks.

Now to the myths. I want to talk about some stories and doctrines making the waves about the bar finals that are not only false, but have no iota of truth in them. I wonder where some of them were generated from. So, in no particular order, meet the myths (pun intended :-D):

1. You must use different ink colours.

The myth is that you have to use the blue/black pen for your principles and drafts, use the red pen for judicial authorities, and use the green pen for statutory authorities.

Hello! You’re no longer in the university. Besides, the bar finals is not an art competition. If you choose to use them, by all means please go ahead. But it is only a matter of style. It has nothing to do with your marks at the bar finals. Provided your answers are legible enough and correct, you will earn your marks. If using different inks will slow you down, please stick to one. You can write your authorities in uppercase letters.

I know some of you will still doubt. So here’s my story, I used only a black pen throughout my exams! Yes you heard read right – principles, drafts, authorities – black pen only. I guess that settles it yeah.

However, please note to take extra pens along. You don’t want to be stranded if THE ONE starts messing up.

2. Negative marking

The myth is that negative marking is employed in grading the Multi-choice Questions (MCQ) exams, therefore if you don’t know it, leave it blank.

It’s totally false. You get marks for the ones you shade correctly and nothing more. Take your mind off that myth please. If you’re not sure it’s the right answer, shade it all the same. Don’t leave any blanks because you’re afraid they would deduct marks if you’re not correct.

Also, in the event that there’s an error in the options (No correct answer or there are two correct answers), please shade a box (or circle) all the same. Remember, bonus can only be awarded to candidates that answered.

3. No new questions can be formulated.

The next time someone tells you that the Law School has exhausted her questions and have no choice but to recycle Past Questions, go to your phone contacts and change his name to “Sorry“.

Don’t join those people that study past questions and do permutations and predictions. It’s a recipe for failure.

The examiners are way more creative than you think. Let me give you a perspective. You remember all those little class tasks and assignments you did? Or those questions the lecturer asked that turned the class to a legislative debate on the floor of the National Assembly? Most of them were formed in class! Yes, improvised and spontaneous. So imagine what they can do if given time to properly set questions.

If you try to predict questions by looking at topics that were not tested in the last exams, you’re heading the wrong way. It won’t work. Just study your books, and cover all areas.

4. Lagos campus students always do better.

Shout out to my friend Kenneth Okwor (of Lagos campus) who not only had a First Class but was the best graduating student and also set record with the highest number of prizes won by an individual (Ten!). But I strongly believe it’s a product of his personal academic excellence and not campus location.

In that same set, out of 976 candidates who sat for the exams at Lagos campus, 176 failed and 37 had a Conditional Pass (roughly 22%).

So, Dear Lagos students, I hear you’ve been bragging all around saying Lagos students don’t fail. Please take a chill pill and prepare well for the exams, because in the marking hall you (and your script) are On Your Own- O.Y.O! 

Dear others, please stop the pity party, regretting why you were not in Lagos campus. You can excel from any campus. It’s one Nigerian Law School remember.

As a matter of fact, history tells us Lagos used to produce one of the poorest results before. Anyways, that’s history.

Point is, your result is personal. Forget about the myth. It’s false. You can have a First Class (or 2:1) from any of the campuses.

5. You can’t cover the syllabus

100 topics! 2000+ authorities! Bla bla bla. You may have seen the picture displaying those statistics. Did it scare you? Oh! No, it shouldn’t.

Yes, the course content is wide, but it can be covered (more than once). You’re not required to read all in one day or week after all.

The most ridiculous part of the myth claims that the people that ‘manage to’ achieve the feat of covering the syllabus do not sleep! Maybe they even told you they neither brush their teeth nor have their bathe. I think they should also add that they do not eat. It will make perfect sense.

Serious talk though, you can cover the syllabus both intensively and extensively. How do you overcome this myth? Look at the time you have before you, compare it with the volume you intend to cover, and draw a study schedule that will enable you cover the volume within the said period. For instance, you want to cover 10 topics in 2 weeks. You can schedule 1 topic per weekday (10 week days in 2 weeks) and use the weekends to rest and work on past questions. However, note that drawing the schedule is not as important as having the discipline to stick to it.

The truth is many of you haven’t covered much because you’re not disciplined enough! Leave those distractions for now: Bellanaija, Linda Ikeji, Diary of Jenifa (or is it Jenifa’s Diary now), Youtube, Facebook, Snapchat, Keeping up with the Kardashians (keep up with your books please), Instagram, movies, video games, regular hangout with friends (who are not preparing for any exams) and other kinds of distraction you know. They will still be there after the exams.

Discipline yourself to silence or switch off your phone when you want to study. Tell them at home you don’t want to be disturbed for the next couple of hours. Discipline your mind to stop wandering all over (you can travel all over the world later), and you’ll be surprised at how fast you will move, and ultimately cover the syllabus.

Now that you know the truth, there is no stopping you. You can ace the exams. All the best!

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