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Nigerian Appointed Judge In US  print

Published on December 3, 2012 by   ·   25 Comments

A Nigerian woman, Bunmi Awoniyi, has been appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court in California, U.S., the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Bunmi Awoniyi

According to local media reports, Awoniyi, 48, and Steven Gevercer’s appointments were announced by Governor Edmund Brown Jr. of California.

Awoniyi has served as a principal attorney with a family law firm since 1994 as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patino School of Law from 1997 to 1998.

She is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Steven L. Wessels from 1993 to 1994 and an associate attorney at the Law Office of Brady and Kent from 1992 to 1993.

Also, Awoniyi was a law clerk at the Law Office of D. Kapp Nees in 1991 and a crown prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service in London from 1989 to 1990.

She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Inns of Court School of Law, a Masters of Law degree from the University of Leicester School of Law, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Essex.

Awoniyi is a certified family law specialist. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on December 3, 2011.

“I could not be more delighted or excited. It has been a whirlwind 24 hours the fruit of a year long arduous interview and screening process and an application that took me the better part of a year to complete.

“Through all of the many lost hours on the weekends and evenings devoted to this process, to see it come to manifestation is truly marvelous.

“I am humbled and God is so good. It is a new season,” Awoniyi, a Democrat said on her appointment.

—Edwin Nwachukwu

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25 Comments for “Nigerian Appointed Judge In US”

  1. Arise O Compatriot!

    Thank God for a worthy Nigerian in the USA.

  2. Adetona

    What a man can do a woman can do it better .

  3. Koya

    Hard work and faith in God always yield great dividends. If it were the other way round, the BBC would have put it as a big headline on its “Focus on Africa” long since. But thank God, that Nigerians are making it big all over the world, due to positive hard work.

  4. BBC WORLD SERVICE, WHERE ARE YOU? I DID NOT HEARD THIS ON YOUR FOCUS ON AFRICA, EXCEPT BOKO HARAM AND GOVT AND REBELS FIGHTING IN SERIA.

    • ogbeni naija

      @Bello Idowu,I beg 4get BBC if you want to move forward in your life.BBC is full of lies,deciet & racism.They dont see anything good about Black man.They 4get that their country is built by Black man’s sweat.

  5. revolutinary answer

    good job ! with hard work & steadfastness your goal can be achieved. horray!

  6. Abel

    As far as this news is concerned ,BBC will remain blind because this station is highly biased against Nigeria in particular and Africa in general .I bet you if the story is about famine in Nigeria(God forbid)BBC would have been the fist to break the news. Congratulations Bunmi Awoniyi,congratulations Nigeria.

  7. rop

    Let’s stop deceiving ourselves and not be carried to far away, ask the lady herself if she’s a Nigerian and you’ll all be surprised by her answer, think about this (I am an American and a Yoruba lady) or (i am British and my parents are Yoruba), or ( I am Canadian with Igbo Ancestry). It’s always like that that i ceased to be too optimistic when i see people with a Nigerian name in high places abroad, because you never know how they perceive Nigeria, especially with the biased western media houses like BBC and Fox News that are hell bent on tarnishing Nigeria image.

    • Samuel

      Who is a Nigerian? or better still, what makes a person a Nigerian? Bunmi has more ties to and passion for Nigerians as any other Nigerian. A year ago she was mourning the sudden death of her brother in Nigeria. She went with her family to Nigeria to bury him. This year God has given her joy. This is a time to celebrate not to question the person’s identity or loyalty. The good book says “rejoice with those who rejoice.” When a person with a Nigerian sounding name messes up, we talk and feel the shame not only as Nigerians but also as Africans. So, let us enjoy and celebrate the success of a person with a Nigerian sounding name success.

  8. Anonymous

    I ponder. If she or her parents have been mentioned in anything other than success, Nigerians would have called for her head. We ONLY celebrate EASY SUCCESS not the TOILSOME ROAD TO SUCCESS. We have heard how laborious it was with her. I wish the news was carried then to show her “suffering” and wonder what the comments from some of our bros/sis will be.

    Thanks sis. Naija hate to hear that you work hard in a foreign land. They would have peltted you with stones that you are SUFFERING.

  9. Congrats ma’am we are happy for you!

  10. Rop okun or what do u called yourself so you dont expect anything good for your country? My sister Bunmi congratulation our good absd For your informtion Bunmi Awoniyi is hundred percent Yoruba

  11. ogbeni naija

    @ rop Bunmi Move on It is God that elevated you,whomever dont want it let them go and die.Thank God you are not named or arrested as drug pusher,not as a fraudster.That is a good one to you.@ least Nigeria name is called for one good thing not in crime this time arround.WHO NO WANT HEAR MAKE THEM GO DIE.

  12. JACEE

    GOOD VERY GOOD THOUGH NEW HERE IN THE STATES , I AM ENCOURAGED.

  13. Olu

    Congrats . I am also encouraged to work harder since arriving in the states too.

  14. Sammytex Canada

    mee too

  15. Prince Adetule writes from USA

    The process of appointment is a lesson to Nigeria, who just appoint Judges any how. However, we can not rule out race under tone in this appointment. The the process seemed to be to laborous. I appreciate you Sister and GOD will see you through.

    Prince Adetule, writes from USA>

  16. I am happy for you my sister! It shows that what a man can do,a woman can do better.How many Nigerian male Judge do we have outside the country? She made us proud as a nation.Please let all those who think that it is only the male child that matters or that will do well in life begin to change their orientation and show love to the female child.Gbogbo lomo,God gives them all!!!

  17. COLLINS

    AT LAST NIGERIAN HAVE BEEN MENTIONED FOR GOOD THING NOT CORRUPTION

  18. COLLINS

    MAYBE SHE WILL BE THE ONE TO SUE METRO FOR THEIR FAKE DECODER

  19. COLLINS

    MAYBE SHE WILL BE THE ONE TO SUE METRO FOR THEIR FAKE DECODER AND POOR SERVICE

  20. otunba sege

    who told you she is a nigerian ?she may bear a nigerian name but that doesnt make her a nigerian besides only when BAD thing happen will this make international headlines

  21. olufemi Imoemiye

    Am proud of you ma

  22. HURRAY!Nigeria will definitely-rise against all odds.

  23. Abimbola

    Promotion well earned, Way to go! You deserve. There are you, working everyday as hard as you could, just trying to do the BEST job you can, and what do you get for your efforts? A promotion! Congratulations!

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