Nigerian Lawyer, Rabiat Akande Wins Harvard Law Prize for PhD Dissertation


Akande’s dissertation with the title Navigating Entanglements: Contestations over Religion-State Relations in British Colonial Northern Nigeria, c. 1890–1977 received the Harvard Law School’s 2019 Writing Prize of the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World.

Her dissertation intervenes in the debate over the place of religion in the Nigerian state. Traditionally, this debate has been framed as pitting secularism against religious ideology.

The University Of Ibadan (UI) 2009 law graduate was among the 23 scholars who received the 2018-2019 Harvard Law school grant. recalls that Dr. Opeyemi Rabiat Akande, SJD, was the best graduating student, Faculty of Law, UI, Winner of CS Ola Prize in Company law and taxation.

She also bagged the best graduating student, Department of Private and Business Law and best graduating Student, Department of Public and International law.

At the Nigerian Law School. She won four prizes at graduation; second overall best graduating student at the 2010 – 2011 set. With a First-Class Honour.

She is presently an Academic Scholar at Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

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