First Nigerian Lawyer To Graduate With 2:1 in Law from a Nigerian University.

Many Nigerians know Professor Itsejuwa Sagay. If not at all any AAUA Law Student relates the name with the prominent and bulky Law Of Contract Textbook.
You probably know him as a distinguished Professor of Law, a respected Senior Advocate of Nigeria, former Dean of Law of Universities of Ife and Benin, author of landmark legal texts and of course, as the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption.

But did you know that Professor Itse Sagay made history in 1965 when he graduated from the University of Ife? He passed in the Second Class [Upper Division] and thus became the first Nigerian law student graduate from any Nigerian university to achieve such a distinction. That was 53 years ago.

Full biography of professor Itse Sagay

Professor Itsejuwa Esanjumi Sagay (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) obtained his law degree (L.L.B) from Ife in 1965 and was enrolled as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1966 after obtaining his Certificate from the Council of Legal Education (B.L.). He was awarded a Master of International Law (L.L.M) from Cambridge in 1968 and a Ph.D in International Law in 1970.

He has been conferred with several distinguished academic honors including the National Scholarship for the Best Performance in University (LL.B.) Law Examinations (1963 – 1966); Sweet and Maxwell Publishers Prize for the Best performance in Revenue Law in the Nigerian Bar Examinations (1966); Willoughby Prize for Best Overall Performance in the Nigerian Bar Examinations (1966) amongst several others.

He is a 1976 recipient of the Certificate of The Hague Academy of International Law and was conferred Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (Nigeria) and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal studies (NIALS).

Prof Sagay has one of the most extensive professional legal experiences in Nigeria serving as Managing Partner of Itse Sagay & Co for over 28 years. He has also served as Dean Faculty of Law, University of Benin and Dean, Faculty of Law University of Ife. He has consulted for the United Nations, the African Union and the African Commission. He has also advised several National Ministries Departments and Agencies including being Reviser of Nigerian Minerals Law for the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in 1993 as well as Mediator in the Former Workers Mediation for the Nigerian Security Minting and Printing Company in 2002 and 2003.

His areas of professional and teaching experience include but are not limited to Public International Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Family Law, Law of Succession, Corporate Law, Business Law, Nigerian Customary Law, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. He has published 18 law books and monographs with over 200 publications in local and international journals and newspapers. He is happily married with children.



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