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Anne Agi: Happy Birthday to an astute Bar woman

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PROFILE OF ANNE URUEGI AGI, LL.M

Anne Uruegi Agi, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005 and in 2009, obtained a Masters in Law (LL.M) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, majoring in Human Rights and Corporate Legal Practice.From 2005 till date, Ms Agi has been in full time legal practice. She began her law practice as a judicial researcher at the Chambers of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Benin Division, at the  time, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, (past President of the Court of Appeal). 

Upon the completion of her NYSC in Benin City, she returned home and joined the law firm of E.M.E Enamhe and Co in Ogoja till 2009 when she transferred her practice to Abuja and she joined ZIONGATES CHAMBERS (The law office of Ikotun, Temowo & Co). 

She was the head of Corporate Practice and Criminal Litigation and frequently partnered with the Legal Aid Council to present representation for the indigent and vulnerable. In 2017 she relocated her practice to Calabar, Cross River State as a result of research work she is currently undertaking at the University of Calabar. 

In Calabar she joined the law office of W.S. Ògar & Co before setting up her own practice, Marvel Laws Attorneys. That same year she began a career in legal education when she joined the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar as a Law Lecturer. Anne Agi is a Space enthusiast who is very passionate about Outer space affairs and space Law and Policy and strongly advocates for the inclusion of Space Law in the University curriculum. 

She also advocates for the promotion of space science education in Africa from the kindergarten age as this will be a key factor in grooming the next generation of space actors in the Continent. She is also particular about the inclusion of women and youths in the African Space industry.

Ms Agi is a Trustee/Co-founder of LEARNSPACE FOUNDATION, an NGO for promoting space education and awareness in Nigeria and Africa generally. She is also a trustee of Aliyu Chinedu Edith Justice Assist Foundation (ACE), an NGO providing legal representation to the indigent.Ms Agi is a blogger on space issues and presents lectures on space Law. 

She has represented Nigeria at Conferences and was a delegate at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington D.C., USA.Anne Agi was the team Coach for the 2019 African Team of the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Competition and together with her team represented Africa at the Competition where the team emerged runner up and clinched the award of BEST ORALISTS at the Regional and World Finals of the Competition which held at the NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., USA in October, 2019. 

In December, 2019, Ms Anne Agi attended the 8th African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development which held at the United Nations Regional Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 02-04 December 2019, on the theme “Prospects and Challenges for African Space Development”.

At the Conference, she presented a paper titled: ‘Establishing agendas that are relevant to and impact Africa’s development and growth: Emphasis on Women and Youth’.Ms Anne Agi holds a Certificate in Space Law and Policy from the International Academy of Space Law (IASL), Russia and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), African space community, a Member of the Women in Aerospace Community, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and a member of the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA).

As a member of FIDA, she has engaged in advocacy for women and children’s rights and has represented female victims of gender based violence on several occasions.She is also currently partnering with the Federal Psychiatric Hospital to ensure that mentally balanced women are taken off the streets and institutionalized for treatment, to forestall future sexual abuse on them.Anne Agi is Council member of SPIDEL and a member of the NBA Women Forum (NBAWF). As Anne believes in mentoring younger persons (with a personal mentoring programme she runs), she felt the need to join the Forum’s Mentoring committee to lend a hand and also to learn from senior colleagues. She is also a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Women’s Forum.As a space law enthusiast, Anne Agi is a member of Women in Aerospace Africa and of the Women in Aerospace Nigeria.

NBA ACTIVITIES

Ms Agi has served the Bar in various capacitiesAs an Assistant Publicity Secretary of the NBA Ogoja Branch: 2007-2009Member, NBA Editorial Committee: 2020 till dateCouncil Member, NBA Section on Public Interest and Litigation Law (SPIDEL): 2021 till dateMember, NBA Calabar Law Week Planning Committee: 2021 till dateRapporteur at various NBA functions: 2009 till dateNEC Member: 2018-2020Since she was called to Bar, Ms Anne Agi has attended all NBA Conferences and Conferences of the 3 Sections of the NBA (SPIDEL, SLP and SBL). 

She has worked with the NBA National Secretariat as a rapporteur preparing the minutes, reports and communiques of the Association. In that time she served under the administration of 5 NBA Presidents/General Secretaries: Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN/Ibrahim Eddy Mark, Esq J. B. Daudu, SAN/Aare Olumuyiwa Akinboro, SAN Okey Wali, SAN/ Chief Emeka Obegolu Augustine Alegeh, SAN/Mazi Afam Osigwe A. B. Mahmoud, SAN, OON/Aare Olagunju Isiaka Abiola Paul Usoro, SAN/Jonathan Gunu Taidi, Esq Olumide Akpata/Joyce Oduah, EsqAs a rapporteur/Secretary of the team, she has worked with 3 Chief Rapporteurs:

-Dr. Nasir Usman (Last DDG, NLS Kano Campus)- Mr. Yomi Oyelolo, mni- Mr. Ikeazor Akaraiwe (Past 1st Vice President of the NBA 2008 to 2010).From 2016 till 2018, she has also attended NBA NEC Meetings and taken down minutes under the office of the General Secretary. Appointed as an NBA Rapporteur in 2009, Anne Agi rose to serve as the Secretary of the Rapporteur team and was eventually promoted to Deputy Chief Rapporteur in 2014. She is currently the Chief Rapporteur  of the Nigerian Bar Association  having been appointed so in August, 2021 by the Olumide Akpata led administration.

SKILLS Anne possesses excellent spelling and grammatical skills and is an excellent editor. She is a technically skilled administrative support professional valued for her multitasking strengths, organizational abilities and diplomatic handling of confidential information. 

She possesses strong management and planning skills, and is skilled at problem solving and decision making; she is also a conscientious and self motivated worker who is always able to communicate effectively at all levels and is willing to go the extra mile.She is a top performing assistant who is both professional and trustworthy. She is known as a hard worker committed to the efficient completion of challenging projects within deadlines. Anne possesses the ability to successfully implement work processes for improved efficiency. 

This will facilitate the provision of complete administrative and secretarial support for the General Secretary. She is a loyal and resourceful professional known for commitment to exceeding expectations.INTERESTSAnne Uruegi Agi’s interests are: Impacting the younger generation with ideas and fine tuning their dreams. Reading Political, Motivational and Spiritual Literature. Playing Scrabble, learning Chess😊 Advocating against Gender based violence/Advocate for ‘All lives matter ‘ 

Passionate about the success and growth of female members of the Bar Motivational Speaking Helping the less privileged.Ms Anne Uruegi Agi is currently working on her Ph.D Thesis at the University of Calabar.

From the bottom of my heart, happy birthday to you – Oludare Odetoki

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