“I believe creating a Legal community for persons living with disability in Africa will help strengthen our voice for inclusion.”
— Jennifer Oghenewaire Nikoro
Description of Jennifer’s Headshot Above:
Proudly an African dark skinned lady with her right maimed hand raised up and a broad smile on her cheek showing her dental structure.She wears a black straight gown with a lawyers wig on her head and collarette around her neck to indicate her profession.
Jennifer Oghenewaire Nikoro, Esq is a legal practitioner base in Lagos State, Nigeria. Born without right fore -limbs.
Jennifer was called to the Nigerian bar on the 30th November, 2018.
In November 2019, Jennifer became an Associate Member at the Institute of Chartered Mediator and Conciliator (ICMC) in Nigeria.
Jennifer recently passed the Chartered institute of Arbitrators (Ciarb) online assessment on international Arbitration which has qualified her to apply for associate membership of the institution with the international body in United Kingdom.
Aside from her legal profession, Jennifer runs an NGO called Life beyond Disability, her foundation helps in Creating a community of persons with Disability who chooses to be relevant to the society despite their disability and also creates purposeful living amidst persons with Disability. Jennifer advocates for the right of persons living with Disability in Africa particularly in Nigeria. She believes she is the best AMBASSADOR for the disabled.
Jennifer hopes to see EXPERT with good academic background emerge from various works of life in the disabled community. Amongst other things, Jennifer is also a Speaker and a Disability coach. In Jennifer’s view, IMPOSSIBILITY is only in the mind. If provided with good support system to aid the disabled individual, they perform as well as those without some forms of disability.
Why is disability inclusion important in the legal industry?
I am a Legal Practitioner base in Lagos State, Nigeria. I am also an Arbitrator and a Mediator. Discrimination based on disability have been particularly severe in my fields of practice particularly in employment opportunity. We are not treated with any sense of belonging most times as employers wish to recruit persons who are physically presentable to client with no form of disability and who can withstand pressure from work. Most Lawyers with disability rarely attract clients and if they do may be not the so wealthy client. We always experience discrimination and segregation because of our disabilities and tagged as “Less able”.
As a practicing lawyer in Lagos, Nigeria, I have always advocated for disability inclusion in Africa particularly in Nigeria. I believe creating a Legal community for persons living with disability in Africa will help strengthen our voice for inclusion.
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