In a profession largely dominated by men, it is often very rare to see
women excel and reach the pinnacle of the law profession. Many of them
have over the years demystified this enchantment and have soared
higher than even some of their male contemporaries. They hold highly
exalted positions and command respects and they are always a sight to
behold. The number of notable female lawyers in Nigeria is steadily
rising and over the past years, the “men in skirt” constitute the
largest number of new wigs in the country.
In ranking the ten lawyers, law repository takes a look at their
pedigree, their position, year of practice and landmarks they’ve
achieved in arriving at the final list. This list contains the most
prominent and top female lawyers in Nigeria. We present to you the top
11 female lawyers in Nigeria in no particular order.
Chief Mrs. Folake Solanke – A woman of many first, Mrs. Solanke is
the first female lawyer to be conferred with the prestigious rank of
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in March 1981. She was awarded the
International Woman of the Year in 2012 by the International
Federation of Women Lawyers.
Funke Adekoya, SAN – she is a partner at AELEX, one of the largest law
firms in Nigeria. Mrs. Adekoya was appointed notary public in 1986
and elevated to the rank of senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001
becoming only the 5th woman to be so elevated. She has been a life
bencher since march 2007. According to data pulled from her law firms
website, she is a litigator and represents clients regularly before
the Nigerian courts at all levels and has provided expert opinions and
appeared as an expert witness on Nigerian law issues before the courts
of England, united states and turkey.
Funke Agbor, SAN – she is a partner in the law firm of Adepetun Caston
Martins Agbor and Segun. She is an expert in shipping and litigation.
She is based in Lagos and recognized as an elite “leading individual
in shipping and transport. She has been described by Chambers Global
as “a respected maritime lawyer and a key member of the firms (ACAS)
dispute resolution practice”.
Kofo Dosekun, SAN– she is the Managing Partner and head of
transactions at Aluko and Oyebode, one of the largest and most
respected law firms in Nigeria. Kofo Dosekun is experienced in large,
cross-border transactions. She is well respected in the market, with
sources remarking: “If I were making a recommendation, I would point
them to her.”
Funmi Falana – she is the wife of renown legal giant Femi Falana SAN.
She is a women right activist. She is the current national director of
women empowerment and legal aid (WELA), a non-governmental
organization that defends the right of women and children.
Funmi Roberts – she is a dispute resolution expert. She is also a
highly respected litigator. She is the principal partner in a law firm
she founded, Funmi Roberts and co
Doyin Rhodes Vivour – she is the managing partner at Doyin Rhodes
Vivour & co. she specializes in commercial transactions, arbitration
and alternative dispute resolution. She sits as an arbitrator and
represents parties as counsel in arbitration proceedings. She is
passionate at promoting the benefits of ADR and she is a leading light
in this area.
Victoria Awomolo, SAN – she is the managing partner in the law firm of
Adegboyega Awomolo & Associates. She was conferred with the rank of
senior advocate in 2013. She is a good litigator and is involved in
active legal practice.
Myma Belo-Osagie – Dr. Myma is a university of Ghana graduate and also
a graduate of Harvard Law School. She is a specialist in Nigerian
petroleum regulations and environmental law. She is currently a
managing partner at the law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. She heads
the telecommunications and oil and gas teams. She played a key role in
the drafting of the Nigerian Communications Act in 2003 and she is a
member of the New York, Ghana and Nigerian Bar.
Hauwa Ibrahim – she is hailed as one of the top defenders of women’s
rights in Nigeria. She is most known for her pro bono work defending
people condemned under Islamic Sharia laws in northern Nigeria. She is
the founder and senior partner at Aries law firm in Abuja. She is the
recipient of three honorary doctorates and is currently a visiting
lecturer at Harvard university.
Boma Ozobia, OON – Mrs. Boma has over 25 years experience in
commercial practice and was the president, Commonwealth Lawyers
Association from 2011-2013. She was also the Chairwoman, Association
of Women Solicitors, England and Wales from 2005-2006. She is one of
the best female lawyers in the country.