Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Pioneer Presiding Justice of the Makurdi Division of the Court of Appeal.
Kudirat M.O Kekere-Ekun, JSC
I believe that your destiny will find you and that there is a reward for integrity and hard work. After my “A” levels in 1976, I initially intended to study French. I gained admission at the American University in Cairo. Unbeknownst to me, the university had not commenced its French language program. I was advised to take some elective courses pending the commencement of the French program. By the end of the first year, I realised that the university was not ready to offer French. A chance conversation with one of my father’s friends during my vacation led me to change course and apply for Law at the University of Lagos.
As a practicing lawyer in a private law firm, I found it difficult to balance work with my young family. A friend suggested becoming a Magistrate, as the hours were more predictable. I applied and that was how my career on the Bench began. My relatively rapid rise through the hierarchy of the courts was due to the encouragement and support of some Judges and senior members of the Bar, who had been following my career and the reputation I had built for integrity and hard work.
One of my philosophies in life is to start as you mean to go on. Set your standards right from the beginning. Be consistent. People will understand and respect your boundaries as well as your work ethic. I also believe that your work will speak for you. With hard work and integrity there are no limits to what you can achieve. As a judicial officer, I have found that notwithstanding your age or gender, you gain respect on account of your intellect and moral character. I also have a very strong faith in God and believe that all things are possible with His blessing.