The vice-chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said he applied for the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) five times before approval was given.
He made the disclosure in a chat with newsmen shortly after a book on the Law profession, written in his honour by the Faculty of Law of the university, was presented to the public last week.
SAN is the highest professional title conferred on distinguished legal practitioners of not less than 10 years standing in the profession in Nigeria, and Professor Fagbohun was given the title in September last year.
The 21-chapter book is entitled ‘Reflections on Dynamics of the Law’.
Among the personalities at the launch were the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa (as guest of honour); Hon Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (as chairman); a former vice chancellor of LASU, Professor Abisogun Leigh; Mr Olatunji Adejuyigbe (book reviewer) and the dean of the Faculty of Law, LASU and Professor Funminiyi Adeleke.
Speaking further, the vice-chancellor said though he had no inkling that he would apply up to five times before being given the honour, he never once considered jettisoning the ambition.
“My belief in life is that whatever I cannot achieve today, I should not give up on it but try another time until I’m able to get desirable result. What I do is to re-strategise and pray unto God for strength to enable me forge ahead – and that has been working positively for me,” he said.
Fagbohun, a Professor of Environmental Law and eighth VC of LASU, said he was highly elated for the honour done him, promising that LASU would continue to produce graduates who are globally relevant and engage in research and community activities that meet societal needs.