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PROF. BEN NWABUEZE, SAN – Academic Giant & Doctorate Degree Holder Through Publications


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THE LEGAL PROFESSION: Today, we take a look at one of the most interesting professions – Law. In this profession, logic, intelligence, and regular update of knowledge keep the practitioner on course. If you go stale, you have no business going to court. Anybody who does that would surely be put to shame. Nigeria produced one of her first Lawyers in 1879. Christopher Alexander Sapara Williams; an Ijesha by origin (1855–1915) was also a nationalist and politician.  He was Chairman (now President of the Nigerian Bar Association) from 1900 till 1915. Other Chairmen of the Bar Association that succeeded him were: Sir Kitoyi Ajasa –1937) Eric Olawale Moore (1937–1944) Alex Taylor (1944–1950) Sir Adeyemo Alakija (1950–1952) Jubril Martin (1952–1959) SENIOR ADVOCATES OF NIGERIA (SAN) This title, abbreviated as SAN accommodates Lawyers with outstanding contributions to the practice of the legal profession; that have been so recognized. The title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) confers on legal practitioners in Nigeria, some privileges as Members of the Inner Bar.  To be considered, a lawyer must have been in legal practice or academics for not less than ten years. The conferment is made in accordance with the Legal Practitioners Act 207 Section 5 (1) by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria. It is to be noted that the title of SAN confers seniority on a holder who is considered senior to another member of the Bar who might hitherto have been senior at the outer Bar. BENJAMIN NWABUEZE: Our focus is on Prof. Benjamin Nwabueze, better known as Ben Nwabueze, an academic, statesman, and legal luminary, Professor Ben Nwabueze was born on December 22nd, 1932 in Atani, Ogbaru Local government Area of Anambra State. His profile, a read at the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation that recognized him for excellence reads thus: ‘’Professor of Professors as he’s fondly called by his numerous admirers is Nigeria’s first academic Senior Advocate of Nigeria. A Teacher, Administrator, Businessman and former Minister of Education and Youth Development, Prof. Nwabueze earned his Doctor of Laws (LL.D) at the University of London in 1978, based on his three outstanding books – Constitutionalism, Presidentialism, and Judicialism, thus entering the record books as the second (since the death of Dr. T.O. Elias), the only Nigerian and African holder of a higher doctorate degree in Law by published works. EARLY LIFE: Although, well supported by both father…

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