Law school graduate who caused hijab controversy finally called to bar

Amasa Firdaus, the Law graduate who became controversial after she was denied entrance into the venue of the call to bar ceremony, has finally become a barrister seven months after.

Firdaus was called to bar on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Recall that December 12, 2017, Amasa was denied entrance into the International Conference Centre, Abuja, where the call to bar ceremony was taking place because she insisted on wearing the wig over her hijab.

Her refusal to remove her hijab became a national topic as the Nigerian Law School alleged that her appearance was breaking its dress code.

She had described the Law school management’s action as “a violation of her rights”, adding the hijab does not violate the dress code set by the law school.”

She insisted that the restriction was a mere convention “that the British gave to us and we have to stick to it.”

According to the Cable, Firdaus said she deliberately wore the hijab to the ceremony to challenge the status quo.

Amasa’s decision to challenge the status quo by wearing hijab to the call to bar ceremony meant that her fate was left for the law to decide.

As a result, the Body of Benchers on Thursday, June 2, 2018, approved the use of hijab for law graduates on their call to bar ceremony.


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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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