Interview with Mr. Ridwan Oke


Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: Kindly introduce yourself sir.

Mr. Ridwan Oke: My name is Ridwan Oke. I graduated from the University of Ilorin in 2017. I was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 2018 after attending the Nigerian law school.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: Did you get involved in any other thing aside academics while in school?

If yes. What and why?

Mr.Ridwan Oke: I participated in extracurricular activities while I was in school. I was a member of Rotaract Club, Euthanasia Prevention Initiative, Legal Aid Clinic among others. I believed in participating in extracurricular activities because I felt my law degree wasn’t complete without making impact in my immediate community. I was engaged in such activities right from my first year in school.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: What is your thought on combining Academics with other Skills?

Mr. Ridwan Oke: We are in a Country where Education alone don’t just cut it anymore. Apart from personal development that the skills help to build, education can no longer guarantee you a job. It’s a sad reality. You need the skills for your personal development and survival.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: What do you have to say on life after school?

Mr. Ridwan Oke: Life after school is a different ball game. The talent, knowledge and connections you built when you were in the academic environment are really important. They mostly determine how you survive out there. Most of the things I am currently working on are based on recommendations from people who knew me and what I am ”capable” of long before I became a Lawyer. It helps. Also, most of the things I had volunteered to do in my undergraduate days are what I do now. I’m already used to them. When people see me doing them now, they are amazed. It’s part of me.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: Any word of encouragement to youths out there?

Mr. Ridwan Oke: Be yourself, set your goals and make moves to achieve them. Also, don’t compare yourself with anyone.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: What are the skills you would advise an undergraduate to learn?

Mr. Ridwan Oke: There are several skills out there. However, don’t just go for any skill because people are going for it. Go for skills that best suit your personality. Something you can always do and have passion for. Vocational skills are important but not everyone can have them. Most importantly, as a graduate, you’re expected to have good communication and analytical skills. You should also build yourself that you can function anywhere you find yourself. It’s quite important as it is a rare skill. Learn to always solve problem instead of being the problem.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: Your best inspirational quote?

Mr. Ridwan Oke: The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.


To the BIA family, thank you for always making it a date with us every Wednesday. Please know that you can also recommend to us any guest you would like to see on BIA,  we will appreciate your recommendations.


Thank you for always, see your next week.





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