Nigeria’s Romola Adeola Makes History In University Of Pretoria


A 26-year-old graduate of the Lagos State University, Romola Adeola has recorded yet another history for Nigeria and of course, herself by becoming the youngest person to obtain a Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) from The Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in the institution’s 30-year history.

The Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, announced its youngest doctorate graduate, Dr. Romola Adeola on February 3, 2016.

In addition to that, Romola Adeola is the second person to achieve this feat since the establishment of the University 107 years ago. She is also recognized for completing the LLD in under 3 years.


This record pattern of academic excellence Romola has maintained since her undergraduate years at Lagos State University (LASU) where she was awarded the Taslim Olawale Elias Prize for the Best Student in International Law.

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Romola’s relationship with the Centre for Human Rights began from her participation in the 2008 African Human Rights Moot Court Competition. In 2012, she was selected as a DAAD scholar to study for the LLM/MPhil degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa.

She graduated cum laude, earning two awards: the Kéba M’Baye award for the overall Best Dissertation and the Victor Dankwa prize for the Best Performance in the module: Human Rights in Africa. Her excellent record earned her admission to the Center’s doctoral programme in 2013.

Romola also carried out some humanitarian work during her time in University of Pretoria. She led the Disability Rights Clinic and served as Alumni Coordinator. She also led the campaign calling for the release of prominent Swazi human rights activist, Thulani Maseko, and raised funding to support his family. She also holds two diplomas from the Åbo Akademi University.

In her PhD thesis, she analyzed the obligation in article 10 of the African Union Convention in relation to the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. She has given interviews, presented papers at international conferences and been the voice of the Center on issues of internally displaced persons, migrants and refugees.

Romola credits her success to her supportive parents, personal discipline and prayer.

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