Chinyere Amanze, a young woman from Nigeria, has excelled in her academic career. She recently received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, one of the most prominent and demanding law schools in the world.
Chinyere stood out as a talented and dedicated student at Harvard Law School. She participated in a number of extracurricular groups, including the Harvard Women’s Law Association, the Harvard African Law Association, and the Harvard Law Review. She also took part in a number of pro bono assignments, internships, and moot court competitions.
She was given various accolades and prizes for her intellectual prowess and leadership potential, including the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarship. She had the privilege of meeting Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black female US Supreme Court judge in history, who broke a record that had stood for 233 years, on the day of her graduation.
In addition to being a personal accomplishment, Chinyere’s graduation from Harvard Law School is a source of pride and motivation for many Nigerians, especially young women who wish to pursue careers in law. Chinyere has demonstrated that anything is achievable with enthusiasm, hard effort, and determination. In 2024, she intends to work as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins, a prestigious international law firm, where she aims to continue to learn and grow as a lawyer.
Only 5% of solicitors in the US are African Americans, and only 2% are women, according to the most recent data from the American Bar Association. Because of this, Chinyere’s success story is exceptional and deserving of recognition.
The journey of Chinyere Amanze from Nigeria to Harvard Law School is a good example of the strength of grit, enthusiasm, and persistence. Her outstanding academic accomplishments, dedication to the practise of public interest law, and support for social justice serve as an example to young attorneys everywhere.
Chinyere’s influence goes beyond her achievements in school and work. She has established herself as a leader in the legal profession thanks to her unshakable commitment to making a difference in her community and her persistent efforts to advance justice and equality. Chinyere’s influence will undoubtedly influence the legal profession’s future and serve as inspiration for future generations as she pursues her career.
Nigerians are rising above the norm and breaking legal barriers. Another young lady worth the mention is Dr. Aderomola (Romola) Adeola. She is a young and brilliant scholar who has already achieved what many can only dream of: earning a PhD in Law from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where she graduated in 2016 as the youngest person to do so at 26.
Romola’s interest in migration and refugee studies was sparked by her personal experience of growing up in Nigeria, where she witnessed the suffering of internally displaced persons due to conflicts and violence. She wanted to use her legal skills to help them and other vulnerable groups. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from Lagos State University in 2010, and then pursued her Master of Laws degree at the University of Pretoria, where she specialized in human rights and democratization in Africa. Read more about Dr. Romola here.
Today, we wish to honour Chinyere and Romola. You are excellent role models for the younger African and a true Rising African. Rising Africa is a vibrant platform that showcases the outstanding accomplishments of Black and African people around the world and offers up-to-date information about scholarships and sponsorships available to African youngsters. Our goal is to demonstrate the unique achievements and skills of Africans in a variety of disciplines, including technology, business, the arts and culture, and social activism, in order to motivate and empower the next generation of African leaders.
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