The people of Awgu Local Government Area, at the Council’s Headquarters, has taken to honour a Learned Silk, Tochukwu Dominic Maduka, who was recently conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in a Thanksgiving ceremony at St. Micheal Cathedral Parish and Awgu local government Civic hall, Awgu Enugu state.
UGAMATV gathered that Maduka is the youngest SAN from Enugu State, he is also the First Senior advocate of Nigeria to ever emanate from Awgu.
Born, a third child to the family of Sir Philip and lady Victoria of Amebe, Ezere Town in Awgu LGA of the state, Tochukwu was known at a young age as a very decisive youngster. It was said that during his secondary school years, he was already exhibiting characters suitable for nobles. His affinity for the bar had started building by then.
He studied for and obtained his Bachelor’s of laws degree(LLB) from the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus from 1996-2001. He then proceeded to Nigerian law school, Bwari campus Abuja, where he bagged a Second class upper Barrister at law degree from 2002-2003. He was called to bar in 2003.
After his NYSC in Osogbo, the Osun state government offered to retain him in their ministry of justice, but he declined in other to positively impact his state, Enugu.
Upon his return to Enugu, He commenced practice with prestigious law firms such as Ikeyi and Arifayan, Anthony Ani(SAN) and associates, after which he subsequently began his own private practice named, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN) and Co. In 2016.
He had served the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as a senior special adviser on legal matters from 2016-2019.
He has innumerable professional affiliations and publications to his name, such as Employment of expatriate staff in Nigeria, The binding effect of customary arbitration, Award exorcising the ghost of Agu V. Ikewibe, Legal implications of female genital mutilation in Nigeria.
He is married to Barr. (Mrs) Chioma Perpetual Maduka, they both have three children.
Speaking to UGAMATV in the event of Thanksgiving, Dr. Udochukwu, an acquaintance of the Celebrant, affirmed that Maduka is an outstanding human rights defender, very thorough in all his activities, legal practice and other endeavours alike, an epitome of humility, transparency, Hardwork, respect and honesty.
As such it is deserving of him to have attained such esteemed position.
He then prayed and advised him to continue with his commitment to God and humanity, with Equity, fairness and justice. “Invoke the spirit of arbitration to settle twisted matters, such that there is no Victor or Vanquished”, he said.
An elated Maduka in his interview, appreciated God for this Feat, saying that it has not been his Hardwork but the Grace of God, being made manifest in him.
The SAN said, “Firstly, I’d like to appreciate God for his blessings because it has been his strength all these while. It isn’t merely by my Hardwork but by God’s grace. The grace of God took flesh in me. He has helped me all these while.
I appreciate also the good people of Awgu local government area. The progress loving people, who took it upon themselves to throw a Thanksgiving ceremony. They are not under any obligation to do this but they did it anyways. They recognized that this is the first time we are getting a SAN and they chose to celebrate it, I laud them and I say may God bless you all, God bless Awgu LGA and Enugu state.
“As a true son of Awgu, I know that this presents us with good fortunes, better opportunities to attract good things to our place, to make our place better. I will ensure that this position is adequately utilised.”
“I advise my learned colleagues to continue in the right path, consistency and Hardwork begets success, it shall be well with us all. Thank you all for celebrating me.”
The event witnessed the gracious presence of dignitaries amongst which was the Executive Governor of Enugu State Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.