Oluwafunmilola Mary Oyedare graduated from the University of Ilorin in
2014 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Kano Campus in 2015,
where she was called to Bar that same year. Subsequently, she did her
NYSC programme at the Federal High Court, Enugu. She had her legal
attachments with Deji Gbadeyan & Co. She also had a brief stint with
Akin Akintoye & Co. Shortly after her return to Kwara, she joined the
chambers of John Mayokun Dadati in 2017 where she practises till date.
Oyedare shares with our JUDICIARY CORRESPONDENT, KAYODE ADEOTI, her
unforgettable moment in court. Excerpts:
One fateful morning, I had to go to the court just to do my business.
Like every other lawyer, colleague would ask you to hold their brief,
so, I was begged by a lawyer to help him hold his brief.
He said “please help me hold this brief it is not contentious” then I
asked him if there was anything special that he might want me to say,
his response was negative but he emphasised that the case is not
When I entered for my appearance, all I could hear was that the person
I’m holding brief for had not served the appropriate person the court
process, I had to talk for a long time as a way of putting up defence.
Meanwhile, my colleague had earlier told me that I must secure an
adjournment that I had to do everything possible to make the matter
I was lambasted by the judge, in fact, it got to a point that I was
about shedding tears if not for the judge who warned me against it. It
was my early stage in practice and that was the first time I’ll be
holding brief for someone except my boss. The judge chided me for not
having grounded knowledge of the file.