Nigerian lawyers both in private practice and public institutions gathered in Lagos at the weekend to acknowledge the outstanding practitioners as they received recognition at the Nigerian Legal Awards.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State, Mrs Yinka Onuvogbe received the best Attorney General in the Federation award.
The global business lawyer of the year was received by Dr Sandy Okoro, World Bank Group’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
The best Information Technology in house team award went to Law Pavilion and the Managing Director, Open Okusaga was on hand to receive the award.
Dangote group also won the company of the year award.
The head of the ESQ group, the presenters of the award, Mr Lere Fashola stated that the awards stands for excellence.
He said; “When we envisioned the idea of an awards ceremony, we did not fully appreciate the gravity of the undertaking;
However, through the years and after many different experiences that we have learnt from, we have made considerable progress. What we see tonight is a culmination of ten years of consistent and dedicated efforts. Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to the Nigerian Legal Awards – the manifestation;
At ESQ NLA, we stand for excellence, we believe in excellence and we reward excellence. Hence, we considered it imperative to recognise the excellent and important contributions to the legal profession;
Tonight, we shall be celebrating the biggest and the best players in the legal profession; the law firms, the leaders and the icons. We also acknowledge that our future is already being shaped by extraordinary young persons. These are the people that will dictate the future prosperity of the legal profession.
Tonight as well, we shall be honouring 40 under 40 lawyers. If there was any decision most herculean for the Judges to reach, it was coming up with the 40 honorees out of the galaxy of the over 100 star finalists.
The role of new wigs and younger lawyers in the profession cannot be overlooked. With the best grooming, training and mentorship and the right work ethics, they can aspire and certainly reach for the peak of the profession. It is for this reason that ESQ is building the first professional co-work station for lawyers. The station will be a hub for cutting edge continuing legal education and innovative legal practice. They are the future of the legal profession in Nigeria and they must join the moving train.
What makes the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Legal Awards unique is the attention that we have paid to every aspect of the planning process. From the pooling of our distinguished Judges to the nominations stage, from the selection of venue to the engagement of the Judges and eventually to this very moment, we have ensured to be meticulous at arriving at every critical point of this award ceremony.
None of these would have been possible without the collective efforts of many key contributors, of course. First is the inestimable efforts of our distinguished Judges.
Ably led by the Chairman, Dr Olusegun Akin-Olugbade, our Panel worked extensively and passionately for months to deliver on their mandate. We also appreciate our Partners who believe that working with us is a worthy investment. We cannot thank them enough for having faith in us and what we do.
Dear distinguished industry leaders and mentors, we acknowledge your towering support and contribution to the profession that we so dearly love. You are our icons and we pay our gratitude for leading the path for us to tread. Distinguished guests, thank you very much for gracing us with your presence. The Awards is nothing without you, indeed.