Evelyn Uba has been working on her dream of practicing law since 1983 and has finally become a licensed attorney.
Evelyn Uba migrated to America from Nigeria in 1983 with dreams of pursuing a career in law. She was, however, not able to fulfill this dream immediately. Her path was riddled with obstacles but she did not give up. This year, after much dedication and hard work she finally passed the bar. She can now practice law and her success story is being celebrated by people from all over the world. Her daughter took to Twitter to share her mother's good news and her mother's reaction soon went viral. Although the tweet is now unavailable, the video had been viewed more than 300k times.
Working mother of 4 passes bar exam after studying for 9 years— Just Jodene (@JodeneRdc) February 5, 2021
Way to go, Mom!https://t.co/P2Wd9gr7xQ
In the video, an overjoyed Uba was dancing with her family as they hugged and celebrated her achievement. Her kids can be heard cheering for her as they point out the "pass" status on the bar exam results. Her daughter, Naeche Vincent, had written in the tweet: "My mom finished law school in 2011 and has been studying for the California BAR exam while raising 4 kids & working full time for the past 10 years. today? SHE PASSED THE BAR!!!!! THAT'S ESQUIRE NOW." The tweet was flooded with congratulatory messages from Twitter users who could not help but be taken by the excitement of Uba's moment.
"I never stopped wanting to go to law school," she told Good Morning America. "After my last child turned 2, I went to a school that I could afford that was conducive to being a mom, going to work, and making payments." When she first moved to America she was only 18. But circumstances took a turn for the worse when her father suffered a stroke which threw her into financial turmoil. She then got married and started a family. After taking a prolonged break from pursuing her dream, nearly 20 years later she resumed studying law at California Southern Law School in 2005.
Congratulations!!!!!!!!! You are awesome and so inspiring. You are right never give up!!!— TracyLil05 (@TracyLil05) February 7, 2021
Uba graduated from law school in 2011 and has since been working on passing the bar exam. She has a full-time job as a welfare professional and the responsibility of raising four children. Passing the bar exam is no easy task even if one gave it their undivided attention. "I took the exam more than ten times," she said. "I stopped counting after a while but giving up certainly wasn't in my dictionary." She would work harder each time and after coming home from work she would get to studying her textbooks right away. She had the unfailing support of her family throughout.
"My daughter, Naeche, once said to me, 'Mom, if you give up now, you can't get your time back. Then what would you have gained out of all the missed time you could've spent with us?' So that always stuck in my head and I knew the only time I'd give up is when I'm dead," Uba recalled about how she was reassured for missing out on some important family moments. With renewed determination, she took the exam again last year in October. The results were announced earlier this year and after having been through the drill for nearly a decade she did not know what to expect.
I started crying when she spoke to his picture. Congratulations to your mom!— Kelsey (@kelsey_frese) January 9, 2021
When she brought the picture of her father 🥺🥺— TRBL. Out Now. (@onyiaka) January 9, 2021
who is cutting onions 😩😩
This time was, however, different. She had passed the bar exam. "I started jumping up and down. I had so many reasons to give up but I knew I just had to keep pushing. I felt so relieved," Uba said. This was also a moment that her father would have been proud to witness. In the video, she can be seen kissing a picture of her father and telling him that she did it for him. As a licensed attorney, Uba plans to start working within criminal defense to help low-income individuals in marginalized communities. She also hopes her story will inspire more people to not give up on their dreams.