Chioma Kate Unini is one pretty lawyer that could be described as a special breed who does not stop until she conquers a new territory. She is enthusiastic, professional, with a fantastic flare for blogging which has seen her climb to the topmost position in the food chain of law blogging in Nigeria. After she was called to bar in 2012, Chioma worked in various capacities for some time until she discovered a gap that needed to be filled in Nigeria’s legal environment. “I noticed that if young lawyers wanted information on any law issue, they don’t easily find materials online. You won’t find anything to write on except you look for textbooks. So I saw the need for an online platform that will empower lawyers with information that will facilitate the smooth practice of their profession. I decided to start this blog,” she told Massmediang in an interview.
This was how The Nigeria Lawyer came up first as an idea before becoming a reality. Today, TheNigeriaLawyer.com is among the top leading Law blogs in Nigeria. Ask any lawyer around and you’ll get a quick confirmation of this fact.
Chioma graduated from the Faculty of law, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) in 2010. After her NYSC she obtained an executive Masters Certificate in Project Management. She also lectured at Plateau State Polytechnic, Shendam, and Nasarawa state Polytechnic Consultancy Unit, Lafia, Nasarawa state. She also worked in some law firms before delving into full time blogging in 2016. She is the founder of The Nigeria Lawyer, one of the leading voices in the law profession. The pretty lawyer said she had a dream of disseminating information to lawyers for them to be kept abreast with trends in the legal environment. This dream was made a reality in 2016 when The Nigeria Lawyer was formerly launched as a blog.
The Nigeria Lawyer features a wide range of interesting contents from straight news reports on legal and related issues, to professional articles and features on evolving developments in law practice. The blog is the hub of lawyers and others who are in search of information on trends in the legal environment. Chioma is among the most sought-after law bloggers in the Nigeria. She has been able to successfully combine two very tasking jobs – blogging and motherhood – as she is among the most respected law bloggers in Nigeria today, despite the challenges of keeping her position as a mother and wife intact.
With what Chioma is doing for the law profession in Nigeria through her platform, she is not just a lawyer or blogger but a ‘blogyer’, that is, a coinage that refers to the art of practicing law through blogging. That is exactly what she is doing. “I want people to get law reports on what is happening in every part of the country. You can be in Port Harcourt and know what is happening in courts in Kaduna. You can stay in Enugu and keep in touch with judgments in Sokoto, Lagos, or other parts of the country. This is what we do through this blog lawyers are finding it very useful,” Chioma said. She further noted that blogging is not an easy work to do. “At first it was difficult and discouraging but you just have to continue because it is worth it. The work is still not easy for me now but I really enjoy what I’m doing.”
One thing is sure. Chioma has made her mark in Nigeria as the founder of a news platform that aggregates valuable information for lawyers in Nigeria and those who desire to keep in touch with happenings in the local and international legal environment. COOU is proud of Chioma.