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Despite being an event planner , MC and many things of interest as an undergraduate , Jesudunmo Longe graduated with a first -class degree and emerged as the best graduating student from the Department of Private and Property Law, University of Ibadan , having scored 6. 20 CGPA . She also made first class from the Nigerian Law School . She tells TUNDE AJAJA about her success and future plans
What have you been doing since you left Law School ?
I work with a top tier law firm in North -Central Nigeria as a youth corps member and the programme ends in June . Besides that , I have started a YouTube channel , where I discuss legal and societal issues , relationship , family life , lifestyle and faith -related matters .
You must have won a few awards on account of your successes , could you share that ?
When I graduated from university , I received an award as the best student in Land Law and best ( graduating ) student , Department of Private and Property Law . In the Law School, I received the Director General ’ s Prize for first – class students .
What inspired your plan to work towards graduating with a first -class degree ?
I didn ’ t exactly plan to graduate with a first -class degree . I could say I stumbled into it . My elder sister , Jesuferanmi , who was a senior in my faculty, saw some of my 100 level first semester results and told me that I could graduate with a first -class degree if I sustained that performance . After that , I became conscious of it , and I also felt if I could graduate with a first – class degree without necessarily working towards it , I could as well keep up with whatever I did because it was apparently working . At the Law School, however , I was more intentional . I worked super hard and I ’ m , however , grateful that things worked out for me . Overall , I would give the credit to Jesus Christ and of course my mum ’ s prayers , my dad ’ s love and the support of my siblings and my inner circle ( of friends ) .
What were the things that attracted you to law ?
I had varied interests and hobbies while growing up but law always had its appeal , and the restricted access the profession has was a factor ; it ’ s either you are a lawyer or you are not . You can ’ t just wake up and buy yourself a wig and gown, but vocations like writing , acting or any of the other activities I was passionate about , you could do them side by side with being a lawyer . Also , my dad , whom I adore so much , is a lawyer , among the many other things he does too. That might have had some influence on me , no matter how little . My elder sister is also a lawyer . That could have also played a role , but no one forced us into it .
I said that because my younger sisters are studying law too ( laughs) . Definitely , there is something calling us that we are responding to . Besides , the prestige , presumed intelligence , exposure , research needed to get things done per time and the ability to turn people ’ s situation around on account of representing their interest or rendering some help make the profession exciting and fulfilling . I cannot overemphasise the importance of a support system . I also have to give some credit to my teachers at Saint Catherine ’ s College . They were instrumental to my university preparedness . They set a standard that did not allow my first year to be tedious ; there were no academic surprises or shocks.
You had a business in school , what can you say about it ?
Yes , I did . I named it Lautitia Azur International Events and I started it in my third year . Though in my early years , I served as an intern at an events management firm before I started mine . I have always loved planning and orderliness . While growing up , I was involved in the planning of school , home and church events. In a way , you could call me a perfectionist . The firm handled all that event planning and coordination entails . A great motivation for me was the provision of employment for students , who were about 90 per cent of the staff members. I had as many as 50 students working on the team at different points . Knowing that the business was a path to fulfilment , provision and learning created a good feeling . I didn ’ t need it to feed , so I didn ’ t push it too hard . We were busy enough back then . I also didn ’ t want it to grow bigger because managing it at that level was a lot and many people saw it as risky, which was true.
Did it affect your studies in any way ?
( Smiles ) Yes , it did , definitely . My parents , especially my dad would always remind me that I was sent to school for one purpose ; to study and not to start a business . I started with first – class grades and it wouldn ’ t be nice to let the business derail my academic work . There were times I had events close to examinations and I did not want to let clients down . There were crazy deadlines , meetings with vendors , clients ; finance calculations , budget monitoring , etc . I planned weddings and school events , so there were times we had to travel . It was hectic , but I enjoyed event planning , and the feedback I got .
You said you were also into politics and you were a MC , how far did you go with that ?
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Long before I entered university , I had a simple plan to occupy a faculty post, a hall of residence post, then student ’ s union presidency . I kicked off the plan by running for the position of social secretary . It was one of my busiest times , so I decided I wouldn ’ t run for any post any longer . School politics had its funny aspects ; I was still interested in making impact , so I simply sat on committees I was interested in or nominated for and gave support to my friends who wanted to run for political offices . Being an event compere was something I had been involved in for a long time , but not officially . I got offers to host quite a number of events while in school . In my third year , I was the MC of many law week events, including the faculty dinner . I hosted some events outside school too . It’ s one of my favourite activities .
How did you combine these with your academic work ?
I didn ’ t have a reading schedule because I was involved in too many things ; some , out of interest and others, out of curiosity . In fact , my free time was for everything else outside of books . I could be busy with event planning , movies , food hunting , sleeping and church engagements . I tried not to miss classes, though . I wanted to have my cake and eat it , so, I took risks . I was into blogging and I joined Man O ’ War. I would even say I underperformed at the university and law school and some friends told me that . I knew that if I had taken my studies a bit more seriously , I would have done far better . The fact that I reached a standard that is usually unattainable without hard work does not mean it was my best output .
I do not have a formula for how I combined everything but I also will not advise people to engage in too many activities . For me , those things helped as I learnt a lot , gained tremendous experience and learnt to work on teams . There were definitely times I almost let go , especially in Law School, but with a great support system and Mercy Chinwo ’ s songs , I pulled through . I had good friends but I did not go out of my way to pursue friendship with people . However , I was sufficiently receptive and did not want to be noticed or become popular in Law School. Within my circle , I was the hype woman and I always had enough energy to go round ( laughs) .
Which was easier between life in university and Law School ?
University was easier ; I was younger , I had simpler expectations and there was less external pressure . Whereas, Law School was like being in a pressure cooker for a year plus a workload that seemingly burgeons into something huge close to the end . Some of my friends and I joke that the law school syllabus should be spread out to at least two to three years . The grading system did not help matters either . Excelling is one thing , having your lowest score recorded as your overall grade is another and the fact is that it is also a get -it -at – first – trial situation . No supporting semesters to fix errors . But thank God for standing by me .
What were your most memorable moments in school and at the Law School ?
In my first year , I remember the day my matriculation number was called in class that a lecturer wanted to see me . It was a borrowed course . Understandably , I panicked but when I met him , he told me ‘ well done , you did extraordinarily well ’ . Also , in my final year , a lecturer gave the top three students in her course money and I was one of them . I made conscious efforts not to be known in class but those moments were memorable . Surprise visits by my parents and siblings , especially to support me very close to examinations helped greatly . It meant a lot to me .
Did they reward you for excellent performance sometimes ?
Yes , they did , although I believe being their daughter is a sufficient reward for me . My parents are great , excellent people . So, most of the time, making them proud is enough motivation . I can ’ t say if anything they did was to reward me for great performance because they would still have been there if I did not have a great performance . They are awesome ; ever supportive and they and my siblings mean the world to me . I could not have asked for better parents .
Did you have a history of such excellent performance in your previous schools ?
Yes , I was the valedictorian in my secondary school and every year in my senior secondary school , I had a pile of presents and awards to take home . I didn ’ t have any delay with my admission ; I used the result of the General Certificate of Education examination that I took in SS2 to gain admission .
How would you have felt if you had not graduated with a first – class degree at both institutions ?
I ’ m happy I graduated with a first – class degree at both institutions but I ’ m not one that defines value based on academic performance . My grades do not define me . However , I ’ m blessed that my smartness reflects in my grades . I really did not mind but I always told God that if not for me , for my parents . I wanted it for them . They really supported me .
What should students do to have excellent results like yours ?
‘ Know yourself and to thyself Be True . ’ Personally, I have God and I don’ t joke with my mother ’ s prayers. I called her before every examination from my first year to the final year . Students should find what works for them . A strong support system really helps , no matter your method . I also like to add a few things ; grades are great , but your value is not in the grades neither do your grades define you . Balance is a myth. Some things require more attention than others , depending on individuals and it varies from time to time . So , choose what to feed your attention with . Just because you are good at something does not mean it is what you were called to do. It is good , however , to stick to what you are good at and stay where you shine with ease except it does not give you joy . Do not be unduly eager or crumble under the burden to monetise your hobbies or passion . It is okay to enjoy things just for the sake of it . Young women should not shrink themselves to accommodate the inflated egos of other people .Despite being an event planner , MC and many things of interest as an undergraduate , Jesudunmo Longe graduated with a first -class degree and emerged as the best graduating student from the Department of Private and Property Law, University of Ibadan , having scored 6. 20 CGPA . She also made first class from the Nigerian Law School . She tells TUNDE AJAJA about her success and future plans
What have you been doing since you left Law School ?
I work with a top tier law firm in North -Central Nigeria as a youth corps member and the programme ends in June . Besides that , I have started a YouTube channel , where I discuss legal and societal issues , relationship , family life , lifestyle and faith -related matters .
You must have won a few awards on account of your successes , could you share that ?
When I graduated from university , I received an award as the best student in Land Law and best ( graduating ) student , Department of Private and Property Law . In the Law School, I received the Director General ’ s Prize for first – class students .
What inspired your plan to work towards graduating with a first -class degree ?
I didn ’ t exactly plan to graduate with a first -class degree . I could say I stumbled into it . My elder sister , Jesuferanmi , who was a senior in my faculty, saw some of my 100 level first semester results and told me that I could graduate with a first -class degree if I sustained that performance . After that , I became conscious of it , and I also felt if I could graduate with a first – class degree without necessarily working towards it , I could as well keep up with whatever I did because it was apparently working . At the Law School, however , I was more intentional . I worked super hard and I ’ m , however , grateful that things worked out for me . Overall , I would give the credit to Jesus Christ and of course my mum ’ s prayers , my dad ’ s love and the support of my siblings and my inner circle ( of friends ) .
What were the things that attracted you to law ?
I had varied interests and hobbies while growing up but law always had its appeal , and the restricted access the profession has was a factor ; it ’ s either you are a lawyer or you are not . You can ’ t just wake up and buy yourself a wig and gown, but vocations like writing , acting or any of the other activities I was passionate about , you could do them side by side with being a lawyer . Also , my dad , whom I adore so much , is a lawyer , among the many other things he does too. That might have had some influence on me , no matter how little . My elder sister is also a lawyer . That could have also played a role , but no one forced us into it .
I said that because my younger sisters are studying law too ( laughs) . Definitely , there is something calling us that we are responding to . Besides , the prestige , presumed intelligence , exposure , research needed to get things done per time and the ability to turn people ’ s situation around on account of representing their interest or rendering some help make the profession exciting and fulfilling . I cannot overemphasise the importance of a support system . I also have to give some credit to my teachers at Saint Catherine ’ s College . They were instrumental to my university preparedness . They set a standard that did not allow my first year to be tedious ; there were no academic surprises or shocks.
You had a business in school , what can you say about it ?
Yes , I did . I named it Lautitia Azur International Events and I started it in my third year . Though in my early years , I served as an intern at an events management firm before I started mine . I have always loved planning and orderliness . While growing up , I was involved in the planning of school , home and church events. In a way , you could call me a perfectionist . The firm handled all that event planning and coordination entails . A great motivation for me was the provision of employment for students , who were about 90 per cent of the staff members. I had as many as 50 students working on the team at different points . Knowing that the business was a path to fulfilment , provision and learning created a good feeling . I didn ’ t need it to feed , so I didn ’ t push it too hard . We were busy enough back then . I also didn ’ t want it to grow bigger because managing it at that level was a lot and many people saw it as risky, which was true.
Did it affect your studies in any way ?
( Smiles ) Yes , it did , definitely . My parents , especially my dad would always remind me that I was sent to school for one purpose ; to study and not to start a business . I started with first – class grades and it wouldn ’ t be nice to let the business derail my academic work . There were times I had events close to examinations and I did not want to let clients down . There were crazy deadlines , meetings with vendors , clients ; finance calculations , budget monitoring , etc . I planned weddings and school events , so there were times we had to travel . It was hectic , but I enjoyed event planning , and the feedback I got .
You said you were also into politics and you were a MC , how far did you go with that ?
Powered by R
Long before I entered university , I had a simple plan to occupy a faculty post, a hall of residence post, then student ’ s union presidency . I kicked off the plan by running for the position of social secretary . It was one of my busiest times , so I decided I wouldn ’ t run for any post any longer . School politics had its funny aspects ; I was still interested in making impact , so I simply sat on committees I was interested in or nominated for and gave support to my friends who wanted to run for political offices . Being an event compere was something I had been involved in for a long time , but not officially . I got offers to host quite a number of events while in school . In my third year , I was the MC of many law week events, including the faculty dinner . I hosted some events outside school too . It’ s one of my favourite activities .
How did you combine these with your academic work ?
I didn ’ t have a reading schedule because I was involved in too many things ; some , out of interest and others, out of curiosity . In fact , my free time was for everything else outside of books . I could be busy with event planning , movies , food hunting , sleeping and church engagements . I tried not to miss classes, though . I wanted to have my cake and eat it , so, I took risks . I was into blogging and I joined Man O ’ War. I would even say I underperformed at the university and law school and some friends told me that . I knew that if I had taken my studies a bit more seriously , I would have done far better . The fact that I reached a standard that is usually unattainable without hard work does not mean it was my best output .
I do not have a formula for how I combined everything but I also will not advise people to engage in too many activities . For me , those things helped as I learnt a lot , gained tremendous experience and learnt to work on teams . There were definitely times I almost let go , especially in Law School, but with a great support system and Mercy Chinwo ’ s songs , I pulled through . I had good friends but I did not go out of my way to pursue friendship with people . However , I was sufficiently receptive and did not want to be noticed or become popular in Law School. Within my circle , I was the hype woman and I always had enough energy to go round ( laughs) .
Which was easier between life in university and Law School ?
University was easier ; I was younger , I had simpler expectations and there was less external pressure . Whereas, Law School was like being in a pressure cooker for a year plus a workload that seemingly burgeons into something huge close to the end . Some of my friends and I joke that the law school syllabus should be spread out to at least two to three years . The grading system did not help matters either . Excelling is one thing , having your lowest score recorded as your overall grade is another and the fact is that it is also a get -it -at – first – trial situation . No supporting semesters to fix errors . But thank God for standing by me .
What were your most memorable moments in school and at the Law School ?
In my first year , I remember the day my matriculation number was called in class that a lecturer wanted to see me . It was a borrowed course . Understandably , I panicked but when I met him , he told me ‘ well done , you did extraordinarily well ’ . Also , in my final year , a lecturer gave the top three students in her course money and I was one of them . I made conscious efforts not to be known in class but those moments were memorable . Surprise visits by my parents and siblings , especially to support me very close to examinations helped greatly . It meant a lot to me .
Did they reward you for excellent performance sometimes ?
Yes , they did , although I believe being their daughter is a sufficient reward for me . My parents are great , excellent people . So, most of the time, making them proud is enough motivation . I can ’ t say if anything they did was to reward me for great performance because they would still have been there if I did not have a great performance . They are awesome ; ever supportive and they and my siblings mean the world to me . I could not have asked for better parents .
Did you have a history of such excellent performance in your previous schools ?
Yes , I was the valedictorian in my secondary school and every year in my senior secondary school , I had a pile of presents and awards to take home . I didn ’ t have any delay with my admission ; I used the result of the General Certificate of Education examination that I took in SS2 to gain admission .
How would you have felt if you had not graduated with a first – class degree at both institutions ?
I ’ m happy I graduated with a first – class degree at both institutions but I ’ m not one that defines value based on academic performance . My grades do not define me . However , I ’ m blessed that my smartness reflects in my grades . I really did not mind but I always told God that if not for me , for my parents . I wanted it for them . They really supported me .
What should students do to have excellent results like yours ?
‘ Know yourself and to thyself Be True . ’ Personally, I have God and I don’ t joke with my mother ’ s prayers. I called her before every examination from my first year to the final year . Students should find what works for them . A strong support system really helps , no matter your method . I also like to add a few things ; grades are great , but your value is not in the grades neither do your grades define you . Balance is a myth. Some things require more attention than others , depending on individuals and it varies from time to time . So , choose what to feed your attention with . Just because you are good at something does not mean it is what you were called to do. It is good , however , to stick to what you are good at and stay where you shine with ease except it does not give you joy . Do not be unduly eager or crumble under the burden to monetise your hobbies or passion . It is okay to enjoy things just for the sake of it . Young women should not shrink themselves to accommodate the inflated egos of other people .

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