Happy New Year Guys! 💋
I hope you guys have had a great Christmas and New Year. I can tell you, hand on heart, that apart from me spending a substantial amount of time in front of my laptop ( Boring Fola, yes I know thanks..), I actually had an amazing holiday break. It’s just a few days into the new year and I can tell its going to be a great one.
So to kick start the new year, I will be uploading just a few more interviews, and then, I think we will go on a mini vacation with that. I have some new ideas I want to try out with you guys so stay tuned! I have scheduled this particular post for 11 or 12 tomorrow, but as I type, at 2.50 am, I am currently having a battle with the chapter I am working on. It is annoying as heck, but Baba God dey. I am also listening to Sade Adu – Smooth Operator. LEGEND!!
Today’s interview is with Mr Tunde Ibidapo- Obe, popularly known (by we the friends LOL) as T.I. Tunde is a Nigerian lawyer and we met during our LLM, although we were at different Universities. Tunde is one of my very very good friends – and I can safely safely say that he is one corrrrrrrrrect guy!
Anyhow, enjoy the interview – I gats get back to the battle I am having with my chapter. Maybe I will do a post on this next – Lord knows I have much to say. Or scream about as the case may be. Kisses.
- What is your full name and where are you from originally?
Babatunde Ibidapo-Obe. Nigerian.
- What is your educational background?
I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Law, a Masters Degree in Computer and Communications Law, a Qualified Lawyer in Nigeria; and also a number of BCS Certificates (IS Project Management, Business Process Mapping, Business Analysis Practice, Requirements Engineering).
- What is your job title?
Founder/Project Leader www.lawpadi.com
- Can you give us a brief overview of what you do?
I run an online platform that gives free legal information to Nigerians through well-researched legal articles and a free legal advice service.
- Why did you choose to go into this are?
I’ve always been interested in social entrepreneurial projects, and I always felt that the ‘law’ should be a tool for social re-engineering, and so I came up with the idea to use my legal skills and my IT skills to create something which I felt would help people in my country – Nigeria.
- If you are working in a specialised field, how were you able to decide that this was the path for you?
I kind of grew into this field. I always had a passion for law, and then I got very inquisitive about technology and the potential for change that it has. Creating something by merging both fields was something that I felt was a bit of no-brainer.
- What is a typical day like for you at work?
I wake up pretty early (around 4am) to start working on content – researching and writing on legal issues which our feedback from our users has indicated that they are interested in. Once that’s done I co-ordinate the response to legal questions which have been posted the day before on the website. I review some of the responses provided by our panel of legal experts who support the platform, and then post the responses on the website.
The rest of the day is spent between interacting with our social media followers, and meeting potential partners and trying to create strategic partnerships to help us achieve our business goals.
- What do you find challenging about your job? How are you able to overcome this?
Our platform is a pretty novel concept in Nigeria, and so the biggest challenge we have is trying to get people to adopt and buy into what we are doing. It’s a constant uphill battle in trying to educate our users and partners about the long term vision which we have.
- While at university, do you feel that you received adequate support? If not, how did you overcome this?
I’ve always been very self-dependent and self-aware of the direction I wanted my career to go in, so I actively sought out the support I needed when I was in University, I did not wait for it to be provided to me.
- Before you eventually got onto this career path, were you able to gather work experience?
Yes, I worked in a couple of top law firms in Lagos and London, and also worked in one of the UK’s top legal services groups. The experience I gathered there was very important in helping me to shape my current career path.
- When you chose your career path, what were your expectations?
To change the world J (or at least my part of it)
- How did your expectations match up to what your job now?
It’s been difficult and definitely hasn’t matched up, but nothing worth while ever comes easy.
- Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
Paid more attention to technology when I was much younger. I got involved in technology relatively late.
- What is the best way, if there is one, to prepare for your chosen career path?
Get a law degree. Become very aware of emerging technology solutions and find a way to take advantage of it.
- Using a film title, describe your job.
My job isn’t cool enough for a film title L
- Is there anything you wish you had known earlier that would have helped shaped your career choice? If so, what is it?
None that I can think about.
- What advice do you have for someone who wants to get on this career path?
Have a passion for helping people.
- Are there certain things that you can suggest?
Get specialist knowledge, and make sure you have an above average grasp of technology.
- How do you balance your work and family life?
Watch movies every day. Have a beer every Friday.
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch Manchester United. Have a beer.
- Do you volunteer anywhere?
- What was your last holiday destination?
- What would be (or is…) your favourite holiday destination?
- What is your favourite type of car?
Aston Martin DB9
- What is your style? (Smart Casual, Designer…)
- What is your favourite designer or high street brand?
Don’t have one.
He scrubs up well in a suit na? I am collecting bids on his GroomPrice o. Holla.
P.S – he has specifically told me to say he is ABSOLUTELY NOT a Tottenham fan. Sure….we believe you..!
So guys, there you go. I think the most important part of this is that just because you have a law degree, the ultimate destination is not a law firm. Having a law degree gives you the flexibility to tap into so many areas, if only you stretch your mind and give yourself the chance to. LOL. Enough of the emotional speech Fola. Basically, what I am saying, as you can read above, is that a law degree can open up so many other doors apart from the courtroom.
If you are in Nigeria, or know anyone who is a permanent resident there, tell them about Lawpadi.com! You can never go wrong with some legal advice and whats more, it is FREE. I have never seen anyone say no to ‘free’. Unless it interfers with your morals. In that case, say HELL NO to free!!
Till our next post, Ciao 🙂