In a significant and formal courtesy visit, Mrs. Hairat Aderinsola Balogun, OON, a trailblazing figure who served as the first female Attorney General of Lagos State, Nigeria, and the Former General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), paid a visit to the office of the NBA President. During this noteworthy meeting, Mrs. Balogun shared personal insights into her family and expressed her admiration for the President’s unwavering commitment to the legal profession.
Mrs Balogun began the conversation by recounting a touching story about her late daughter’s academic and life journey. Her daughter initially pursued a career in accountancy, successfully obtaining ICAN qualifications. However, she decided to accompany her husband, who was a computer expert, on a path that eventually led them to various countries, including South Africa and Ghana.
Family and Academic Pursuits:
Tragically, her son-in-law’s aspiration to be a footballer was dashed due to an accident. Despite this setback, he continued his education in the UK, specializing in sports management. He found fulfilment in coaching and sports law management, demonstrating remarkable resilience and determination.
The connection between this family narrative and the field of accountancy was acknowledged by Mrs. Balogun, who expressed gratitude for her family’s diverse experiences. She emphasised the importance of enjoying one’s pursuits and encouraged her grandson, who was pursuing a master’s degree in sports law management.
Mentorship and Guidance:
Mrs Balogun then touched on her role as a mentor and the significance of providing guidance to others. She highlighted her close relationship with the President, stressing that they communicated regularly, often discussing various matters. She mentioned that she offered advice and support to the President whenever necessary, underscoring her admiration for his dedication to the legal profession.
In response, the President expressed profound appreciation for the visit, recognizing Mrs. Balogun’s unique status among those who had visited his office during his tenure. He lauded her for her authentic character and acknowledged her steadfast support and encouragement.
Mrs. Balogun reiterated her belief in the President’s dedication to the legal profession and expressed her confidence in his future growth and success. She affirmed that he would continue to receive accolades from those he had positively impacted.
The President emphasized the pivotal role of lawyers in guiding the country toward growth and development. He acknowledged Mrs Balogun as one of the stalwart pillars supporting the administration’s efforts.
In a lighthearted moment, Mrs. Balogun drew a humorous comparison between the Nigerian and Indian legal systems, alluding to the vast number of lawyers in Indian courts. She shared anecdotes from her past experiences in court, where many lawyers would often crowd the courtroom.
The President shared an anecdote of his own, recalling a significant decision he made concerning the Supreme Court of India. He emphasized the importance of justice and adherence to correct legal procedures.
In conclusion, Mrs. Balogun extended words of encouragement to all, firmly believing that individuals of goodwill would ultimately receive their just rewards from God. She commended the President’s dedication to the legal profession and expressed optimism about the future. The visit marked a meaningful exchange of ideas and mutual admiration between two distinguished legal professionals.
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