I am Lynda Dunkwu. I belong to a family of four from Delta State Nigeria. I am also a young female practicing lawyer, specializing in the field of civil litigation and entertainment law.
What has been your favorite/defining moment living in Nigeria?
My favorite moment is definitely my child hood. I grew up in Festac Town of Lagos State; a small neighborhood where everyone was bound by friendship and love. As a child, I could say all I looked forward to was waking up to eat a different meal, play, and play some more. There was no fear of terrorism or criminality. Living was fun, relaxed and something to continually look forward to.
What is Nigeria to you and what does it mean to be Nigerian?
Nigeria to me is a home of diversity. The good, the bad and the ugly. A home that wakes me up with so much anxiety, frustration and concern, howbeit, a home that I cannot get enough of and I would much rather be in.
Being a Nigerian to me is the most exciting asset one can have. As a Nigerian, I believe one is naturally street smart, an extreme optimist, a diehard survivor and always motivated to achieve. Being a Nigerian is the exact opposite of being indolent or slow. It is being a self-motivated hard worker.
How did you find your voice / confidence in your decision to pursue your chosen profession / how did you know you wanted to do what you do?
As I stated earlier, I am a legal practitioner. Like many, I was not always very certain of what I wanted to be or what career path to tread. I was thrust into the University to study law by my parents. However, unlike many, I acquired a great liking to the profession. For me what was most thrilling is the ability to take a theoretical framework and transform same into the practical daily lives of people and produce a solution. Law became very intriguing to me as I realized that it formed part of our daily life and was something that was impossible to avoid in human interactions. It was at this point I knew that the legal practice was something I personally wanted to do and this informed my confidence to own it, pursue it and fulfill it.
Tell us about a significant turning point in your life.
A significant turning point in my life would be when I began my charity organization called project red focused at creating HIV awareness and championing the cause of preventing stigmatization and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS. This project brought me face to face with the reality of the disease and the continued discrimination and pain people living with HIV face. It was a significant point in my life because I believed it was a way to give my input into the society and make it a better place.
What keeps you going?
Hope. Hope keeps me going. The hope of a better life, the hope of having my own children, the hope of becoming a distinguishing professional, the hope of a better world, the hope of everything good to come keeps me going.
If you could go to the past and give your younger self advice what would it be?
The advice would be to learn to be true to oneself and not live life to please anybody else.
Of all the places in the world to visit, where would you like to be/visit at this very moment and why?
I would say Seychelles. Because it is a beautiful island and I am certain it is a good place to have an amazing vacation.
What would you rather, the front of Time magazine or forbes? Why?
This is a really tough question. I would say both. I do not want to be in Times magazine for my achievements alone, I would also want to be known for prosperity. However, if I must choose, I will go with forbes. Being there alone is an achievement. Hehehehe.
Favorite hip-hop/music / song lyric?
Stay by John Legend. Beautiful!
Imagine your child is reading this 15yrs from now, say something to them.
Hello Child. (Smiles). If u are reading this, it means, I have done a good job raising you for fifteen (15) years. Now, there are many more years ahead to come, you have to do a better job than I did, achieve a million times more, so some day, your 15 year old child can be much more proud. Focus, self-determination and persistence is key