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26-year-old Nigerian lady bags PhD in Law, sets record as school’s youngest Doctor of Law

26-year-old Nigerian lady, Aderomola Adeola has set a record as the youngest ever person to bag a Ph.D. in Law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Aderomola obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) at Lagos State University before she proceeded to earn her Master of Law degree at the University of Pretoria, where she specialized in human rights and democratization in Africa.

After earning her master’s, she went on to bag a doctorate in Law at the same South African University where she made history as the youngest ever person to earn the degree in the school’s history.

Aderomola’s master’s thesis focused on the legal protection of internally displaced persons in Africa which later won the best thesis award from the African Union Commission. Her Ph.D. thesis also examined the African human rights system’s response to migration and displacement.

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Aderomola’s interest in migration and refugee studies was sparked by her personal experience of growing up in Nigeria, where she witnessed the suffering of internally displaced persons due to conflicts and violence according to Rising Africa.

She stated that she wanted to use her legal skills to help them and other vulnerable groups. Aside from being an outstanding student, Aderomola is also a passionate teacher and researcher.

Romola said she faced many challenges as a young female scholar in a male-dominated field and had to cope with financial difficulties, academic stress, and personal sacrifices. She mentioned that she never gave up on her dreams, and always stayed positive and resilient.


She attributes her success to her faith, her family, her mentors, and her friends, who supported her throughout her journey. She also thanked her course supervisor for the support.

Aderomola has been actively involved in various regional and international initiatives on migration and displacement issues. She has also presented her research at several conferences and workshops and has published several articles and book chapters on the topic.

Aderomola is currently the Assistant Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in Canada, where she leads the 2022 Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration, assists with CRS administration, and conducts a research project.

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