Today, Wednesday, September 15 2021 is a tragic day for the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja Branch (Unity Bar) as Dr. Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau passed away.
According to a statement released by the Secretary of the Branch, Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye, Shekarau who was the chairman of the branch passed away after a brief illness.
His statement reads:
“It is with a sad heart and the highest sense of loss that I announce the death of our chairman who passed away this morning, 15 September 2021 after a brief illness.“
He further stated that details regarding the burial arrangements will be announced later.
Dr. Shekarau was a distinguished Chevening Alumnus, a gender advocate, human rights activist, a professional Mediator and Conciliator, and a lawyer with over twenty-five years’ post-call experience in women and child rights policy and advocacy, conflict resolution, social research, sexual and reproductive health, and rights. She obtained her first law degree training from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria in 1991 and had her Law School professional training at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. She was thereafter called to the Nigerian bar on 16th December 1992. In 2006, she won the British Government Chevening Scholarship and proceeded to London where she trained and obtained a post-graduate law degree in Law and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London in 2007. She was a registered member of the International Bar Association, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Association of Women in Development (AWID), Nigerian Bar Association, and a Life Member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). Until her death, she was the first elected female chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja Branch (Unity Bar).
Lex Community NG condoles with the family of late Dr. Shekarau and the NBA Abuja Branch (Unity Bar).