Personality Interview: Meet Miss Folawemi Odufowokan, Young Nigerian Breaking Boundaries

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Folawemi Odufowokan

Q: Can we meet you, please?

 

Ans: Yes, my name is Folawemi Odufowokan. I’m 24 years old, I have a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from UTSA and I’m currently a 3rd-year law student at Texas Southern University’s, Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Tx

 


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Q: Your name sounds like a typical Nigerian, where are you from originally?

Ans: I’m originally from Ogun State. Ijebu Ibido, Oke Olowu, Ijebu North East Local Government.

 

Q: You mentioned that you have a degree in criminal justice and at the same time that you are into Doctor of Jurisprudence in Thurgood Marshal Law School, can you tell us more about these?

And: Yes, my first degree is in Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies. I have a paralegal certification. This is what I did in undergrad.
I am currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Class of 2022. So I will be by God’s grace a “Doctor of Law”

Q: what is the meaning of your name – Folawemi?

Ans: My full name is Olufolawemi, which means “God baths me in wealth” in Yoruba.

 

Q: Were you born in America? If not when did you start living in the US?

Ans: No, I was not. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria. My family moved to the US when I was two and a half years old.

 

Q: You seem to have a good understanding of the Yoruba language even though you did not grow up in Nigeria. Can you speak the Yoruba language fluently?

Ans: Yes, I do understand Yoruba quite well. I don’t think I can speak it as fluently as I would like though.

 

Q: Why are you into law? Or why did you choose to read law as a course of study?

Ans: Well my dad is a lawyer (Chief Femi Odufowokan) and has his practice in Nigeria. I think that was probably my biggest influence. Also, the law is a way to make a positive difference in lives of way to pay it forward.

 

Q: Which area of law do you like most and you are likely to specialize in?

Ans: Honestly, it’s too early in my career to box myself in on anything yet. I’m excited to see where my career takes me. As far as interests go, I’m interested in property, business law, American criminal law and procedure, and wills and trusts.

 

Q: Will you like to practice law in Nigeria immediately after you conclude your law education in the US or later in life?

Ans: I honestly don’t know. Never say never. We’ll see where my career takes me.

 

Q: Will you like to lecture at Nigeria University after the conclusion of your studies?

Ans: I could see myself as a professor but I don’t know if I would do it at a Nigerian University, but as I said never say never. Who knows, maybe lol

 

Q: What is your philosophy of life?

Ans: I’m a big believer in God and I’ve personally have seen His goodness in my life. I’m only going to be here on earth for a short period of time, so I want to make the best of it. Being the best version of myself in all aspects of life will always be my biggest goal. Every day I strive to be a better version of myself than I was the day before. Everyone has their race to run.

 

Q: What is your take about some Nigerian youth that engages in cybercrime particularly in foreign countries that bring shame to the country?

Ans: You mean 419 lol? First of all, it’s not just only the youths that commit fraud. I think it’s a spread-out issue across the board in the country.
Well, I believe at the core of it these are brilliant individuals if given the opportunity could do amazing things for the country. It takes a certain level of intelligence to be a scammer. Imagine if this brain power was honed and put to use for the betterment of the country? (IT sector, STEM, etc )

Q: What is your hobby?

Ans: I love traveling, trying new things, being adventurous, learning new things, reading good books, shopping, spending time with people dear to me, and I’m a foodie

 

Q: Do you know how to cook Nigerian food?

Ans: Yes, yes I do.

 

Q: What type(s) of Nigerian food are you good at cooking?

Ans: Jollof and fried rice, stew, and soup (efo riro and egusi). I can make beans too but I don’t like it.

 

Q: How many states have you been to in America?

Ans:15 and still counting.

 

Q: As a girl what type of dressing do you fancy?

Ans: I believe a woman should wear whatever she feels the most comfortable in. That could be more conservative for some and for others that could be more liberal.

 

Q: Are you like partying like some school girls or what is your take about partying?

Ans: It’s honestly up to the person. Girls are not the only ones that party, boys party too. If it’s an interest of the person then cool. Everyone is entitled to have their own interests and hobbies as long as it’s not a crime or doesn’t bring harm to another.

 

Q: During this your short holiday, what did you see that is or are different from what you have been seen during your earlier visits?

Ans: I see improvement.
Things are getting better as far as electricity availability and the roads are concerned, but there is so much more work to be done.

 

Q: Very lastly, are you married or have engaged?

Ans: I’ll refer you back to the first question asked. I’m MISS. Folawemi Odufowokan lol. No, I’m not married or engaged, but I am openly dating.


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