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Determined Nigerian woman finally passed US bar exam after 10 attempts, achieves dream

A determined Nigeran woman named Evelyn Uba has finally passed the United States Bar Examinations after 10 attempts of trying to become a Lawyer.

Evelyn, a working mother of four finally achieved her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. She migrated to the United States from Nigeria at the age of 18 in 1983 according to GMA.

Unfortunately, her dream was put on hold when she encountered financial hardships when her father suffered a stroke shortly after arriving in the United States. As a result, Evelyn had to take a 20-year break from her education.

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Two decades later, after she had gotten married, and started a family with four children and was working, she resumed studying law at California Southern Law School, United States in 2005.

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“I never stopped wanting to go to law school. After my last child turned 2, I went to a school that I could afford that was conducive to being a mom, going to work and making payments,” she said.

Upon graduation in 2011, Evelyn has been trying to pass the United States bar exam in order to fulfill the promise she made to her father years before he passed away.

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She wrote the examinations time after time, sometimes coming close to passing, but finding herself disappointed after reviewing the online results. Evelyn diligently took the test repeatedly, often reaching the brink of success, only to be disheartened upon reviewing the results online.


“I took the exam more than ten times. I stopped counting after a while but giving up certainly wasn’t in my dictionary,” she said. Evelyn stated that with each failure, she became even more determined to study harder for the next time.

Evelyn said she came home from work as a welfare professional almost every night, opened up her textbooks, and went straight to studying into the late-night hours.

She mentioned that even though the lack of free time resulted in her missing out on several events in her family’s lives, but they continued to motivate her.

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“My daughter, Naeche, once said to me, ‘Mom, if you give up now, you can’t get your time back. Then what would you have gained out of all the missed time you could’ve spent with us?’ So that always stuck in my head and I knew the only time I’d give up is when I’m dead,” she said.

Evelyn took the exam again in 2020 and in Jan 2021, she opened her results as she did countless times before, not knowing what to expect. Fortunately, she passed the bar exam excellently.

“I started jumping up and down. I had so many reasons to give up but I knew I just had to keep pushing. I felt so relieved,” she said. 

Her daughter, Naeche shared a video of Evelyn with her family by her side. She was captured dancing and jumping for joy in a now-viral video that gathered nearly 400,000 views on Twitter. 

She was also seen kissing the photo of her late father, whom she promised to make proud. Evelyn’s daughter, Naeche Vincent, said she never stopped believing in her and she is proud her mother did well.

“I felt a huge weight lifted off all of our shoulders. It was so surreal and I finally feel like my mom can live out her dream and do whatever she wants with this license,” Naeche said.

Now that she is a licenced attorney, Evelyn plans to get a job at criminal defense to help give a voice to low-income individuals in marginalized communities. She also hopes to inspire others to keep pushing even when times get hard and all hope seems to be lost.

“Eventually it’s going to happen when God says it’ll happen. It might not be easy but you just have to keep going and never feel sorry for yourself,” she said. 



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