Popular Nigerian actor turned lawyer, Kanayo O Kanaya has opened up on his journey to becoming a certified law practitioner after successfully grabbing a Degree in Law.
Kanayo O Kanaya was called to the bar a few days ago and speaking to BBC Igbo, he remarked that being a law student is not an easy thing to do.
According to the 58-year-old Nollywood veteran, some of his colleagues died in the journey to become certified lawyers and he recounted how a young man collapsed an died when he was just close to success.
“It’s not easy o! If you say it is, then have a go at it. About 2500 of us were examined. 700 failed. It’s no secret; it’s in the books. Law schools don’t discern between the rich and the poor,” he said.
“You can’t influence results. Up to three people mark a script. So you can’t say you failed because an examiner hates you. You’re expected to attend 75 percent of the lectures.
“Make even 74.99 percent and you’re out. In my set, five people died. There was this young man who read on January first until he collapsed and died. Our exams started on January 10.ADVERTISEMENT
“It’s not something you survive only to see people joke about you when you’re back just because they used to see you on TV. If you see lawyers, value them because they’ve gone through a lot.”
“I wanted to read Law but UNILAG gave me philosophy”
On the rationales for his decision to opt for law even after a successful acting career, Kanayo said he applied for the course as a young man at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) but was offered an alternative.
“It’s been a long time since I decided I wanted to become a lawyer. It’s that thing I wanted to study but I was given Philosophy at the University of Lagos,” the legal practitioner recounted.