1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Ibadan, a city in Nigeria, West Africa.
2. Why did you select law librarianship as a career?
My alma mater was looking to fill the position of Law Librarian at the time I was looking for a job. As part of the accreditation requirements the candidate for the position has to have a dual degree in Law and Librarianship. It was always very difficult to find a qualified candidate. So when I expressed interest, as I didn’t have my MLIS which was one of the conditions to fill the position, I had to go to Library School. I have not looked back since as I am enjoying my career.
3. When did you develop an interest in foreign, comparative, and international law?
I have always had an interest in information about other jurisdictions but once I became a law librarian, the legal aspect became a passion. As an undergraduate while studying for my BA degree in English, I took elective courses in Caribbean and South African literature which exposed me to information about those jurisdictions. Also while studying in law school, I studied and read cases/ jurisprudence from other jurisdictions in many of my courses.
The major tasks and responsibilities in my previous jobs also involved setting up libraries and collection building; no doubt this had a significant influence on my interest in foreign, comparative, and international law.
4. Who is your current employer? How long have you worked there?
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. I started working here in June 2006; going to 11 years now!
5. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I am fluent in Yoruba and speak some basic French.
6. What is your most significant professional achievement?
Helping to reorganize and set up academic law libraries at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and the College of The Bahamas (Now University of The Bahamas)/UWI LL.B Program, Nassau, The Bahamas.
7. What is your biggest food weakness?
Fruits! I cannot do without them.
8. What song makes you want to get up and sing/dance?
“We are family” by Sister Sledge.
9. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t have already)?
Speaking more foreign languages. But Google Translate has made life very easy.
10. Aside from the basic necessities, what is one thing you not go a day without?
Checking my cell phone!
11. Anything else you would like to share with us?
Please plan to attend the African Law IG program on Global Energy Law at the AALL Annual Conference this year in Austin! It will be held on Sunday, July 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in ACC-Room 18AB.
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Congratulation Dina, you are an inspiration. Great to read a lot more about you. I have been researching on use of Social media by legal professionals in Ghana and I came across some articles written by you on law libraries.