EXTRA: Mother and son called to bar one day apart

A rare story dream come true has seen two members of the Nwadiogu family being called to the Nigerian Bar just one day apart.

Uchechi Nwadiogu was already a level-15 civil servant as a court registrar when she decided to return to the university to pursue her girlhood dream of becoming a lawyer.

Coincidentally, her admission to study law at Abia State University, Uturu, coincided with that of her son Bernard, to study the same course at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

She narrated to BBC Pidgin how she had applied for law during her younger days, but was offered English Language instead.

All attempts to switch over to her course of first choice did not succeed, so she decided to finish her English programme while not discarding her dreams of becoming a lawyer someday.

After her first degree, Uchechi got married and started raising a family, and it appeared her dream may never be realized.

But as fate would have it, she summoned enough conviction to return to the classroom and even graduated top of her class. She was called to the Bar on Tuesday, while her son’s holds on Wednesday.

Describing the development as “dream come true”, Uchechi urged young people not to give up on their dreams as no time is late to pursue one’s passion.

“Young people must not limit themselves,” she told BBC pidgin. “Some people limit themselves, and if you limit yourself you will be limited.

“If I had limited myself, perhaps saying I’m already a level-15 civil servant, I won’t be a lawyer today.

“Some people may ask me what I’m still looking for, but I realized I could still achieve greater things and become better than I am presently. So everyone must always strive to improve as there is no limit to improvement.”

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