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Reading: From Second Class In Nigeria to Becoming Best Graduating Law Student in a World Best Varsity
Reading: From Second Class In Nigeria to Becoming Best Graduating Law Student in a World Best Varsity

From Second Class In Nigeria to Becoming Best Graduating Law Student in a World Best Varsity

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Festus Conteh
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From Second Class In Nigeria to Becoming Best Graduating Law Student in a World Best Varsity
From Second Class In Nigeria to Becoming Best Graduating Law Student in a World Best Varsity

Achieving academic excellence is a feat that many people aspire to attain. For some, it may be a challenging journey, while for others, it comes naturally. In an interview, a lawyer who recently graduated with a Distinction in International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Pretoria, shares his story of how she achieved her academic success.

The lawyer explains that he did not necessarily set out to graduate with a Distinction, but rather, he committed himself to doing his best, being committed to excellence, and enjoying the journey. He believes that pursuing excellence consistently is the key to achieving success.

When asked if he made a First Class in his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree, the lawyer explains that while he did not graduate with a First Class, he was at the top of his LL.B class and received numerous academic excellence awards/recognitions. He also received a National Prize for academic excellence in Corporate Law Practice at the Nigerian Law School.

The lawyer chose to pursue her LL.M in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria because of its unique interdisciplinary course delivery, which comprises modules in International Law, Finance, and Economics with tutors drawn from both academia and top international organizations. He believes that International Trade and Investment Law is crucial to the socio-economic development of any nation, particularly in Africa.

While the lawyer admits to experiencing culture shock upon arriving in South Africa, he was able to withstand the pressure that came with being in a new environment by building resilience and focusing on the eventual opportunities. He also engaged in extracurricular activities that helped ease the pressure.

The lawyer’s study pattern involves being naturally curious and enjoying general knowledge. He sees studying as an exciting and enjoyable thing to do, not just to pass an exam or get good grades. This approach makes studying easy for him, and he hardly forgets anything he has studied.

Finally, the lawyer’s achievement of graduating with a Distinction in International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Pretoria serves as a reminder of the importance of commitment, dedication, and hard work in achieving academic excellence.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.