ANOTHER INSIDER NARRATIVE
Firdaus Amasa Up To A Veiled Mischief
"...I have refrained from commenting on the trending controversy surrounding the defiance of one Firdaus Amasa (an Ilorin Muslim lady) to adhere to the hallowed Regulation of appropriate dressing for Call to the Nigerian Bar.
This is because most commentators supportive of her infractions have added the delicate colours of religion to the topic. Sadly, I have observed many Lawyers here and many of my Law School mates, who obeyed the Rules themselves, but now chose to give credence to the lady's improper conduct. Unfortunately, we have chosen to elevate mundane issues above more important matters that will prosper and progress our country.
For a start, I am a 'small authority' on matters of students discipline, regulation and conduct in the Nigerian Law School, having been the Head of Bar part 1 (Foreign Students) programme and the first Bar 1 student to be voted President of the Students Representatives Council (SRC) during the Bar part 2 programme, and thus becoming the longest serving President of Law School students.
I have intervened on countless occasions to retrieve seized jewelleries of ladies and 'inappropriate' ties and other attires of male students from the Students Affairs office. I intervened on students campus postings. I was awarded the "Face of Nigerian Law School" and "Most Influential Student" during our time and up to this day I maintain a great amount of influence in that noble ground. Even as President then, I was kindly turned back twice for wearing simple skin slippers on Kaftan instead of sandals, on Friday. I was once reprimanded for wearing black tie with touches of red.
I operated under a Muslim DG of the Nigerian Law School, my boss - the amiable Prof. Tahir Mamman (SAN), who made sure the Regulations were applied strictly. On two occasions I was invited to the Students Disciplinary Committee to be informed of the expulsion of students. One that hurts me deeply was the case of a fellow Bar 1 students (the Secretary of our Bar 1 Electoral Committee) who was expelled with just a week to the Bar finals. Reason:...
...the School received a petition from his wife in the UK (where he schooled and was resident)on some flimsy grounds spurred by the allegations that he married another wife in Nigeria, on coming for his Law School. Thomas Ogwumba later died after some of us were Called to Bar.
The Council of Legal Education regulates the affairs of the Nigerian Law School up to the time of Call to Bar. The Body of Benchers is responsible for the formal Call to the Bar. It was established under the Legal Practitioners Act (LPA), now CAP L11, LFN 2004. Both of these bodies make certain regulations towards upholding the core values of the legal profession and issues of discipline.
On admission to the Law School, students are made to sign forms that bind them to the Rules and Regulations of the School, and towards the end of the programme students are again made to sign the Benchers form and deposed to a jurat indicating that they have CONSENTED to abide by the Rules and Regulations and all other instructions necessarily incidental.
The Law School dressing code sometimes have little variations on subjects relating to Hijab, but it has always been static for Call to Bar: no Hijab, no weave-on, no jewelleries, etc. Presently, the Kano campus of the Law School located in a strict Muslim state, does NOT allow the use of Hijab! The Abuja campus allows for a black, light Hijab but only a head scarf at best for Dinners.
In the attached pictures, 1 is me and Halima Mohammadu Buhari, the daughter of the President Buhari of Nigeria, during our Bar 1 programme in July 2012. Such Hijab was permissible then. Picture 2 was Dinner dressing with head scarf for ladies. Pictures 3 &4 are those of the same Halima Buhari during her Call to Bar.
No scarf, no Hijab, only compliance (for a 2 hour programme). She consented for her 'rights' to be curtailed. I used the analogy of the President's daughter because it is a well known fact that she comes from a strictly devout Muslim family. All religious scriptures admonish us to obey God (Allah) while also respecting earthly authorities (Caesar) - see Quran 4:59.
In the Law School, those who live in the hostels consented to their freedom of movement to be 'breached.' Abuja headquarters campus hostels are locked with chains and locks every midnight. No one comes out nor goes in. That is the Rule.
There was a night I was woken up by a group led by the current Team Manager of Rangers FC of Enugu, Amobi Ezeaku, to the effect that a thief just burgled a student's room on the first floor via the balcony and I had to reach out to the Hostel Porter to open the Hostel gate to enable us be in pursuit of the felon. The delay in opening the gate enabled the thief escape.
Nigerian legal system differs from those of other jurisdictions to some extent. This is why I fault the unfortunate statement allegedly made by the NBA President in his comparison of our Bar to that of New York. Some British Inns, for instance, allow for the wearing of Hijab. My classmate (an Indian Sikh), Kernail Singh, was Called dressed in his turban.
I know as a fact that Black and White is a strict dress code for Nigerian University and Law School students, but in England where I studied for my undergraduate Degree in Law, no one cares if you come to the class wearing football shorts and basketball vest with 'unity' cap.
There were times my Jurisprudence module lecturer would appear in a tight T-shirt exposing his cute biceps and crazy tattoos, and my mind would whisper to itsel, "this won't happen in Naija!" In the BPTC programme, students appear in various colours of suits and shirts.
Back to Firdaus Amasa, her defiance was clearly premeditated and designed for a veiled mischief. On the said day of her Call, after rudely standing against the traditional dress code, she was invited to the Benchers Room behind the stage at the International Conference Centre to meet with a Life Bencher and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Alfa Belgore (himself a STRICT Muslim/Ilorin elder) who told her to remove the veil and join her colleagues in the hall. She refused.
The Secretary of the Body of Benchers (a devout Muslim woman), Mrs Turaki, also joined in instructing her to do the needful. She refused again. Incidentally, Statutorily, the Body of Benchers Secretary is vested with the responsibility to ensure that Rules, Regulations and Procedures of the Body are adhered to according to stipulated law.
In the end, by opting for the legal profession in Nigeria and by agreeing to come to the Law School and accepting to sign all the forms with attendant jurats, one has unambiguously concur to abide by the Rules, Regulations and Procedures of the Council of Legal Education and Body of Benchers. The whole gist points out to one thing: Volenti non fit injuria, put in other words, CONSENT!
Therefore, no Firdaus Amasa, her instigators and supporters are potent enough to alter this time hallowed procedure deeply steeped in tradition and conservatism. I bet that the conservative nature of the Benchers may lead them to applying more sanctions against the lady for even claiming she acted on purpose.
As a country, the challenges we face are real and deep. We can only surmount them if we concentrate on things that unite us rather on such things as the menace of sentimentalism that seek to further divide us.
Yours In Service..."
~Franc Fagah Utoo, Esq. LQC (Malaysia); LL.B Hons (Newcastle, UK ); BL (Abuja)
*Former President of the Students Representative Council (SRC), Nigerian Law School, Abuja.
Dad Life Day #7
1 week in, we have a booby monster, this guy feeds in his sleep, feeds, passes out, feeds, and has gained so much weight in such a short space of time, he surpassed his birth weight in 5 days, when the standard is back to birth weight by day 14.
For me, motivation is coming easily, just get things done, lots of cooking, cleaning, washing, gardening and managing a thriving Second Story from home with a computer and phone, supported by an amazing team of stars (Billie Violet, Timothy William Stubbs, James Belcourt) holding the forte down in Collingwood on the front line, thanks guys! ???
Tonight i made the fam an epic Vegan Coleslaw, so friggen good! Loving having time to make epic foods to nourish us all (secret ingredient is Dean O'Callaghan’s kombucha cider vinegar, thanks mate!)
Loving family life, and the second nature energy motivation to provide for us all... i literally wake up with a spring in my step atm, Yeeew!
And baby mumma Gemum (Gem Jordan) is showing her strength as a mum, feeding 24/7, Boob Lady is in da house! A few challenges, nothing major, and both mum and mini human Oshun are thriving ???
Next update when i feel like it ?♂️
P.S. to all the guys, Dad Life is nothing to be scared of, it’s fun and rewarding! More on that soon ;)
THE DARK GODDESS
Being able to express your anger, rage and fucked up ness is part of good emotional hygiene.
Going into the shadow. The dark. Is just as important as accessing your joy and light.
I spent the afternoon in a ball of fire. Screaming, bashing pillows and releasing all my venomous emotions.
For years I never had an outlet for my anger. Infact for most of my life I didn't believe myself to experience any real anger or rage. The same was true for my grief and sadness.
Now I know that expressing anger as a pure emotion and not projected it onto anyone, is healthy as fuck.
It means the emotions can shift and I am able to move them through my body. Feeling pleasure in the void.
When we can express our darkness our joy and happiness is so much richer.
Embrace your inner dark bitch ?
Looking to borrow some free standing, long mirrors? Pickup today/night, will return on Sunday. The closer to Fitzroy the better ?Looking to borrow some free standing, long mirrors? Pickup today/night, will return on Sunday. The closer to Fitzroy the better ?
The world needs more people connected to their unique, sexual, magical essence <3
Dancing Eros May Immersion;
Photo Cred; The illustrious Aleira Moon <3
On the eve of the Autumn Equinox our pack of Dancing Eros women gathered for a night exploring our Wild Woman.
Whenever I access this part of myself I instantly feel at home.
Connected to the earth. Embracing my shadow. Primal sex and raw expression.
Free and unapologetically me. With a wild and fiercely loving heart.
She awakens my hunger for life. Wanting to take and devour it all with my bare hands.
DANCING EROS COURSES ARE CHANGING!
There are now going to be 3 courses available to grads and new participants.
1. Self 2. Intimacy 3. Initiation
The SELF journey is going to be focused on creating a really strong foundation within your body and your own internal landscape. How can we engage and share ourselves authentically with another/the world when we don't have a strong connection to self first?
The INTIMACY journey comes after we have built that internal foundation. We can then start exploring our engagement with another whilst staying anchored in ourselves.
By creating more deepening through the other levels its creating the depth and mastery required for the INITIATION series. Which is something that hasn't been explored that much in Eros yet as the foundations haven't been as developed to hold its full capacity.
All series still revolve around the journey with the archetypes.
The courses as they have been have been phenomenal and really powerful. What we noticed though, is that there has been a focus on intensity and packing a lot into each night.
Which leaves women with big breakthroughs and sometimes consequently big blow outs. As it can be a lot for the nervous system to process.
By slowing it down and encouraging a deeper connection to the subtleties of our bodies, we are creating a much more integrative experience.
Im going to be running a SELF journey, 5 day non residential immersion journey in Brunswick this May, 18-22.
This will be a powerful journey of self validation and creating intimacy with self.
No matter where you are at on your journey, self connection is ALWAYS integral. It's something we can continually strengthen throughout our lives.
If you have any questions pm me or email me at;
This is today's altar for the Erotic Mother, which we journeyed in last nights Dancing Eros course.
I have been on quite a ride with this energy since its inception.
The biggest piece it continues to gift me, is building an immovable trust in myself and trust in life (still a work in progress, but it's strengthening).
Creating an inner safety within my body so I am able to hold myself through the mystery and uncertainty of the external world.
Whether you like it or not, life is guaranteed to throw you some punches.
When we can cultivate internal;
Safety. Holding. Nurturance.
We are much more adept at weathering the highs and lows.
Which also creates a level of safety to open more deeply with our sexuality. Infusing more heart in our sex and more sex in our hearts.
If you are deeply untrusting of life. Have a disconnection between your heart and your sex. Have an imbalalance with giving and receiving (over give to others/struggle to nourish yourself) This energy has potent medicine.
Irrespective off what body you were born into, we all have a relationship with this energy. Trusting your capacity to self mother, rather than needing to outsource this part of yourself is deeply healing and nourishing.
As well as knowing you can always fall back into the bosom of the cosmic Mumma.
You've got you and she's got you.
Peacock shedding season is upon us!
Our farm neighbours peacocks are shedding their feathers. I have too many as it is, but if anyone wants some I'd be happy to collect some and bring 'em back to Melbs with me.
Just hit me up ?
One of my nearest and dearest is an incredible jewellery maker!
This woman is extremely talented with her hands. Having studied jewellery design for many years, she is now expanding her skill set to Carpentry.
Luckily for YOU she has decided to get back in the studio and is whipping up some of these black opal beauties.
Not only does she design and make these, but she also cuts the stones herself (which is a dying craft)
At a time when mass produced, cheap shite is the norm, investing in hand made, carefully crafted, local products is so important!
Msg her if you want one of your own
I've been raving to people about this astrology/tarot/bone reading extraordinaire and I haven't even had my own session yet.
I listened to the replay of my sisters session and fell in love. So incredibly on point, insightful and FABulous!
Will be getting a reading no matter what! ?✨?
Ahead of our upcoming Dancing Eros journey starting next Wednesday, Laura Deva and I are getting together tomorrow night (Friday the 16th) to discuss the topic,
Authentic Embodiment vs. Unconscious Performing
This topic is fundamental to the connection and understanding of our own body. Which feeds into other areas such as, the connection to our sexuality, the level of self connection we have when engaged with others and the world.
As embodiment becomes the new trend, its even more vital to build a strong knowing within yourself. Part of that is bringing awareness to the sneaky, unconscious patterns that can bypass true, authentic embodiment.
Join us for this titalising chat ;)
I Have comedian friends who've done #WHCD. Many writer friends who've written WHCD jokes. I always advised them precisely on the line they shouldn't cross. I respected the line. They did too but still they made mistakes.
Then Trump destroyed the line.
THERE IS NO LINE.
"My daughter looked me dead in the eye and said "Daddy, no matter what.. We gotta keep going and hope to see another day." I just wanna know what the hell they got going on in her pre-k that's so stressful that she came across that saying"
because kindergarteners should live in fear
: It’s the politics that we identify with the party of Lyndon Johnson, the party of the New Deal. What Trump has offered is a kind of weird replica of that. But as I have said many times, the real thing would beat the fake.
I never knew the guy, but he changed my life because working at Tower SF changed my life. Nice way to go out too. Bet he was disparaging Nicole Kidman's dress. (Which I thought was cool, btw.)
Okay, I'm super frustrated. I bought a beautiful LG model 24UD58 monitor for my Macbook, which doesn't come with a cable that works with the damn USB-C port. The third-party cable doesn't work. I spent a long time on the phone with both LG and Apple, and both parties say I have to just return the monitor. Has anyone made this monitor work with a newer Macbook (with the accursed Thunderbolt port)? If I have to return the thing, what HD screen monitor will work with a new Macbook that doesn't cost more than $700? THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND I HATE APPLE.
Eve Babitz again. This passage has me totally rethinking the impact of the Beatles on American girls:
“I remember when I first started having lovers, they never failed to remind me that if I didn’t watch out, I’d get really fat (implying that I was painful enough to behold as it was.) Then the Beatles came with their Jane Ashers and those Mary Quant clothes that you could only wear if you were 10 years old and raised on English cabbage. For about five years all my conversations with women were about diets; they always zeroed in on the pivotal reality of their life, which was that they were imperfect. Not like George Harrison. But with me, especially, I was doomed to have this flesh all over me, unless I ate only vegetables and fish and drank only Perrier water, I practiced my yoga faithfully, I never forgot to drink apple cider vinegar and take kelp pills; if I did all of that — why then, there I’d be in a room and you wouldn’t be able to tell me apart from all the other women who were clawing with their fingernails to maintain the same size. It’s a horrible paradox.
Marvel universe is betting big on the mega success of the Infinity War...however the dollar figures come in its gonna be a huge milestone in comic book history for it bringing all these Superheroes together in one movie...
Either its a full blown snow storm outside my window...or my bad eye is messing w me...Either its a full blown snow storm outside my window...or my bad eye is messing w me...