Law Student of the Week – Ayobami Aladeloye
Meet Ayobami Aladeloye. President of the Tax Club, University of Lagos, Tax enthusiast and our Law Student of the Week. Follow our exclusive interview with him below.
Kindly introduce yourself
I am Ayobami Aladeloye. I currently study Law at the University of First Choice and the Nation’s pride (University of Lagos). I am a National Youth Tax Leader. The first son, but second child of a family blessed with 4 beautiful children. I am on my way to becoming the first Lawyer in my lineage.
Why did you choose to study law?
Well, it is a rather funny and embarrassing story for me. I fondly remember I never agreed to anything back at home – always arguing and yapping. I’d twist occurrences, talk and wiggle my way out of my wrongdoings and punishment. I didn’t have to do more than that to earn a prefix to my name – Barrister. Only that my Dad added that the only thing that will differentiate me from other Lawyers will be my (dirty) teeth (I hated the concept of brushing twice a day).
Any downside so far as a law student?
A posteriori, I prefer arguing without having to read this much. Well, no outstanding downsides for me. However, our grading system needs to improve. Generally we need to be more advanced, modern in our appreciation of the Law. Quite a few of our procedures are not matching with contemporary demands. We need to evolve.
Can you recount one of your best moments as a law student thus far?
When you do what you love, every moment is pleasantly memorable. My first mooting experience will forever be close to my heart. Sincerely, I didn’t think I’d like mooting. The maiden edition of the Prof I.O Smith Property Law mooting competition is a memorable one for me because it is one experience that taught me that what I want is on the other side of fear. My team didn’t win, but I did.
What aspects of law catch your attention?
Tax I tell myself I am a fixer. And our tax system needs to be fixed. I am a staunch advocate for tax and I believe if we get this right, a lot of things will fall in place. Young leaders need to arise and proffer modern solutions to modern problems. Our tax system is still stuck in the past and businesses evolve every other day and I strongly believe young Nigerians are in the best place to fix this.
Apart from law, ?
If not Law? Music! Theatre Arts!
If you are to be given the chance to restart your tertiary education, would you stick to law? Why?
Yes! Law is a means to an end for me. I will be combining different backgrounds to be a complete and better tax practitioner. The immediate goal is to be a Global Tax Leader.
Can you share your thoughts on the contemporary Nigerian Legal Education?
What we have, here in Nigeria, is a rich legal community. We have quite the best of the best legal minds. And whilst acknowledging that, I know we have to stay true to ourselves, our people and our hearts. I believe if there is to be a state where the hijab will/should be a part and parcel of our daily lives (of which it is), it is Nigeria. Our background shows an unequivocally populous Muslim community. Our constitution says there is freedom of expression and religion. Should we really have any issue with wearing an hijab? I think not!
Any final words?
Grades do not define you, you do!