I am a lady
A lady with a scarf wrapped around her head
Drawn to cover her chest
One look at me
And I already know what you’ll call me
It’s the name every stranger
Even those familiar give to me
The bikeman, The market woman,
Someone asking for direction
Anyone trying to get my attention
The name even you
Will probably call me too
We don’t get to choose our race
Or determine our tribe
But we can choose religion
The constitution made it a right
I am a muslim and I wear Hijab
It represents what I stand for
And a lot more
It is a part of me.
Its my signature of piety.
I am also a law student
Struggling for a degree
Still in the race, I am in part three
In Shaa Allah, soon, Law school here I come
I’ve heard it’s overwhelming
Yet I Can’t wait for my turn
Classes of over a thousand students
Dinners and presentations
The call to bar and all the celebration
A friend schooling far away
Sent a message about a past Ameerah
A lady who had passed the bar exam
But was barred from being called to bar
Because she had refused to remove her Hijab.
They say it has always been that way
No caps, no scarfs
Its just one day.
I’m quite curious about the call to bar process
Does the hair displayed play a role?
Or to what end, what is the goal?
Every religion has its features
In Islam, one of them is the Hijab
If the constitution allows the practice of religion
Why should any of its features be an exemption?
Being called to bar is being called to war
A call to represent and defend
A war against any form of transgression
How about we start with this very violation
For the practice of this religion
Involves total submission
It’s a non negotiable commitment
This action is unfair treatment!
A disregard for values
It has to stop ,An abuse!
To every “Oga” at the top
This is a call to bar every bar
Against the use of hijab during call to bar
Please call ALHAJA to bar!
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY