Keren Naa Ayiyaakor Lamptey, a famous Ghanaian student from the GIMPA Law School, made history at the Gambia Law School’s 12th call by emerging as the Overall Best Law Student.
She also got three notable prizes.
Keren’s remarkable academic abilities were highlighted by her widespread success in numerous categories, including Best Female Student, Best Student in Criminal Procedure, and Best Student in English and Legislative Drafting.
Keren gave an emotional valedictory speech to dignitaries and the graduating class, reflecting on her transforming path, providing insights into the hurdles she overcame and highlighting the significant value of this honor for herself and her family.
“There is a popular adage in our African culture, that it takes a whole village to raise a child into prominence. I will definitely not be here without my family. To say thank you is even an understatement. Words might not be enough to show how appreciative I am,” she said.
Keren, who switched fields for her first degree, thanked her friends and coworkers for their constant support on this difficult legal professional path. She encouraged current students to continue, remain consistent, join study groups, and seek help as required.
“I have had a fair share of disappointments along the path, but as you can testify, that is never the end of the road. Failure can be a lesson that catalyzes your growth and progress. Gird up your loins, do not give up. Focus on your goals and with the help of God, your moment of laughter will surely come,” she emphasized.
Keren thanked the instructors and other students at The Gambia Law School for their support and emphasized the importance of cooperation and shared learning experiences in the student body’s overall achievement.
Keren concluded her statement by urging the management of The Gambia Law School to consider reducing rules for overseas students, pushing for the right to practice law in the jurisdiction where they are called to the bar. Similar to Oliver Twist, Keren remarked, “In as much as we appreciate the opportunity offered us to study here, the package would be complete if we were permitted to practice in the land in which we are called.”
Keren’s incredible success not only makes her native nation of Ghana proud, but it also acts as a source of encouragement for aspiring female legal professionals across Africa. Her path demonstrates the power of tenacity and determination in the quest of excellence.