A Nigerian, Gbemisola Osadua, has become the first African to be elected president of the Graduate Law Society at University College, London.
Osadua disclosed her emergence as president of the society in a post on Facebook, stating that the election process had 7 presidential candidates who jostled for the position to lead a postgraduate cohort drawn from over 70 nationalities.
According to her, the election involved “4 weeks of intense campaign — speeches, manifestoes, sharing policy, program plans and frameworks.”
A graduate of law from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, she was the first female presidential candidate at the institution when the Students’ Union was restored after a decade suspension in the 2010/2011 academic session.
According to the UCL website, “The Graduate Law Society was founded by UCL Laws graduate students with the aim of promoting friendship and networking opportunities among students on the largest graduate programme at UCL. The Society strives to ensure that you maintain long-term contacts beyond your LLM programme.”
Specifically, the UCL Graduate Law Society strives to create opportunities for cross-cultural exchange between members; promote friendships, contacts and networking between members; promote relationships and co-operation between law firms and members; and ensure that members get an invaluable experience for their CV.
Other students elected to lead the Society as the 2019/2020 Executive Committee include: Amy C. Wang, Secretary; Charles Guo, Treasurer; Pooja Sable, Employability Officer; Lucrezia Vittoria, Sports Officer; Alix Anciaux, Events Officer; and Elodie Saillard, Communications Officer.