By Jefferson Uwoghiren, Esq.
It has been, a terrifyingly terrible year for everybody. It will be duplicitous and irritatingly superfluous to describe the reaping acts and mortifying harvests of this year, in any lyrical form, because it’s a notorious fact.
But for historic reason, this year shouldn’t exit in law and evidence. A humbly year for arrogant kings and unfortunate year for innocent citizens. Nothing has gripped and asphyxiated the mental processes of the creative industry as these fluffy demons. Nothing has numbed the creative nodes of researchers as this repressed terror, creating prepositional dissonance, contradictory hypotheses, icy towers and barren fecundity.
Luckily, for us here, this intellectual asphyxia, took a flight of fancy, provoking the outpouring of the most cerebral conversations, insightful analysis and patriotic solutions. No subject was impregnable or inaccessible. From Gen. G.O. Abbé in Benin to Senator Bode Olajumoke in Imeri, Ondo State, discussions here adhered to inspiring love for Nigeria.
In honour of, and in appreciation of these revealing conversations, we voted few days ago to celebrate members with the Illuminating contributions. We are happy to announce Dr. Solomon Ukhuegbe as the winner of the Market Place Of Ideas(MPOI) Person Of The Year.
The timelessness of his erudition, learning, and scholarship, demonstrated here, didn’t go unnoticed. The scope and particularity of his contributions, coupled with his solomonic deferences to superiors, peers and mentees, reflect oracular confidence , mastering of law, it appurtenances and a zest for human freedom.
With LLM and Ph.D ( Osgoode Hall, York University, Toronto) Dr. Ukhuegbe was until recently with the University of Benin, where he taught a generation of visionary law students, nurturing many to aspire beyond the stifling jungles of Osasogie.
Dr. Ukhuegbe salutary commonwealth contributions to legal education will require more than just this social media announcement. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ukhuegbe as the MPOI Person of the Year!!!