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"As straight as an arrow!" Justice Amina Augie’s Journey to the Supreme Court of Nigeria


On 7 November 2016, Justice Amina Augie was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (SCN), the highest court in the land. This makes Justice Augie the sixth woman to serve on the SCN, out of about 104 past and present judges of the court. The appointment of Justice Augie to this position is a modest indication of the progress of women’s entry into, and rise within the ranks of the judiciary in Nigeria. At the Federal level, the current President of the Court of Appeal is a woman, while at the State level, the State of Lagos continues to lead with the largest number of female judges with the Chief Judgeship of the State having been held by women for the past three terms. “She is as straight as an arrow”, is one phrase that has constantly been used to describe Justice Augie by those who have had contact with her pursuit of justice on the bench. This descriptor is often used for a couple of reasons. First, is the fa