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I have known her for well over 50 years, from when I was an undergraduate in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She was then a young lady bearing her maiden name: Clara Shallangwa. We were both active members of the Fellowship of Christian Students at Kongo Campus. She was then a quiet, cheerful and friendly person. She was very serious with her Christian faith and stood out among the girls.


What is striking about her is her commitment and adherence to the Christian faith, Justice Ogunbiyi is a practicing and practical Christian. Her belief in Christianity is the summation of her life. She is transparently honest and straightforward

Hon Justice Walter S. N. Onnoghen CJN. GCONCJN. GCONSandrew Inc.

She exhibited her intelligence and profundity, to ensure that she stands out among her equals. There was no shortcut with her lordship, as far as discharging her judicial functions is concerned. Punctuality is her watchword in carrying out her daily duties


She has been a devout Christian, upright and imbued with the fear of God right from school days


Working with Justice Ogunbiyi when she was appointed to the Supreme Court was a delight. She brought her vast experience and juristic knowledge to the apex court. As Chief Justice of Nigeria, I found her contributions profound. She has served the nation well and creditably.  I am in a position to affirm that Clara is undoubtedly and unquestionably an upright Judge. She is God fearing and a devout Christian


Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi is straightforward and transparently honest. She has worked with me on panels since her appointment to the Supreme Court. I have found her contributions to the judiciary, both at appeal conferences and open judgments, very useful


His lordship’s case analysis is always meticulous and her judgments very convincing and never wrong…She is no doubt a great jurist. Her lordship has served Nigeria well. A great interpreter of the law, as it is. She has been tried and tested over a long period of time and has not been found wanting. His lordship has shown repeatedly that she is very close to the Lord God, a great attraction to many

Hon Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour JSC, CFRHon Justice

She is quite forensic, She has enriched me as a judicial officer through her judgments, which are thoroughly researched. I use them often

Hon Justice Mary U. Peter-Odili JSC CFR.Hon Justice

I saw clearly in CBO the enviable qualities of a great and reputable jurist. His Lordship is learned, knowledgeable and very sound in law, practice and procedure of all courts of record. CBO is without doubt incorruptible, forthright, diligent, hardworking and very caring

Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola JSCHon. Justice

What no one can take from Justice Ogunbiyi is her passion for hard work and courage in the discharge of her judicial functions. In the course of our interactions as colleagues, I came to know that she is a supportive wife and a loving mother

Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Mohammad JSC Hon. Justice

We were at ABU, Zaria together. While she was doing her diploma course, I was undergoing  my degree course in law. Right from back then, she has always been a very faithful and dedicated Christian. Justice Ogunbiyi is very disciplined, hardworking, and very consistent in whatever she believes in. It is not a surprise that she got to the Supreme Court

Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Aka’ahs JSC, OFRHon. Justice

From a young age, you strove not just for the zenith of your chosen endeavours, but did so unmindful of the numerous glass ceilings

Chief Wole Olanipekun OFR, SAN, LLD, FNIALS, FCIArb, SAN

Today, standing upon the shards of your achievements, you remain as resolute as you were when you first reached for the stars; your sterling character still heralds your presence and jurisprudence.

Chief Wole Olanipekun OFR, SAN, LLD, FNIALS, FCIArb, SAN

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“This book is the twin narrative of the journey of Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi through life and her step-by-step progress on the judicial ladder. At different points, it was tough and challenging, but she was able to obtain honey from the rock.” – AUTHOR

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About The Author

Olugbenga Owa is an Abuja based Legal Practitioner and a Principal Partner at GreyFields Legal Consultant. He is a life coach and a public affairs analyst