AML143: #EndSars Human Rights Lawyers on the Frontline (Panel)


This is a throwback LIVE STREAM panel now in podcast format with a few leading human rights lawyers (Funke Adeoye and Osai Ojigho) in Nigeria at the front lines of the battle to end police brutality in Nigeria. The panelists join host Ms. Uduak to dive straight into the facts leading up to the #Endsars protests, the realities of the criminal justice system in Nigeria including the legal rights afforded protesters and other detainees, the judiciary, and the role the local and international legal communities can play in obtaining justice and helping to put more bite to the rule of law in Nigeria.



 Funke Adeoye is a Legal Practitioner, a human rights defender, and Social Justice Advocate with a particular interest in Human Rights, Inclusion, and Sustainable Development. A graduate of law from the University of Benin and called to bar in 2013, Funke has successfully represented several indigent inmates pro bono from the lowest courts to the Appellate Courts. Funke is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope behind Bars Africa, an organization that leverages technology to provide access to justice to indigent and marginalized inmates whilst empowering them for re-integration back to society to avoid recidivism. Her organization has provided access to justice to 67 pretrial detainees within 2 years of commencement of their work. Her organization further works with female prisoners to produce items that are sold outside prison whilst the inmates get paid for their services. In September 2020, they partnered with the German Embassy to make reusable face masks that were distributed to underserved communities to combat COVID -19. 

Funke Adeoye further extends her defense skills as one of the pro bono lawyers for the US-sponsored Reform Pre-Trial Detention in Nigeria Project, a platform that also allows her to take up capital cases for indigent inmates, mentor law students and help shape the criminal justice space in Nigeria for good. 


Ms. Osai Ojigho is a lawyer, gender equality advocate, and human rights expert with a special interest in the African Human Rights system. Currently, the Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria. Prior to joining Amnesty International, she served in various roles with Oxfam including as interim Pan Africa Director of Oxfam GB’s Pan African Programme. She was the Coalition Coordinator for the SOTU (State of the Union) Coalition, a human rights observer to the African Union Mission to Mali, and the Sahel, and Deputy Executive Director of Alliances for Africa. She is well traveled and widely published, contributing to various publications including the Commonwealth Law Journal, The AU ECHO (Newsletter of the African Union Commission), ThisDay Newspapers, The East African and Agenda. She is a member of the Association of Women in Development (AWID), the West African Women Elections Observation (WAWEO) team, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a life member of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU). She is also a consulting editor with Open Global Rights and a mentor to Mandela Washington Fellows. She sits on the Global Advisory Council of Institute For African Women In Law (IAWL). She holds a Law degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Masters’ in Law degree from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Twitter: @livingtruely


Ms. Uduak – Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer & Founder of Africa Music Law.


  • Premier music business and entertainment law show empowering the African artist, and the creative industry at large.
  • Made iTunes Top 3 Business Podcasts in Nigeria.
  • Made iTunes Top 4 ‘New & Noteworthy’.
  • Hundreds of thousands of downloads.
  • Subscribers: Africa & Hollywood’s power executives, industry professionals, and creative talents.
  • Countries represented: Nigeria (26%), USA (23%), UK (15%), UAE (7%), and Other (29%).

Where to Find Funke Adeoye

Twitter: @theFunkeAdeoye

Where to Find Osai Ojigho

Twitter: @livingtruely

Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

Facebook: @msuduak
Twitter: @msuduak
Instagram: @msuduak
Website: www.msuduak.com

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at https://msuduak.com.

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