To some, Samuel Okwaraji would be an unfamiliar name, especially if you were born in the 90’s or have no interest in football. Yet to others, Samuel Okwaraji’s name is one that brings memories of a hero, a patriot and a football star. It is a name fondly remembered by the manner of his death while playing football for his country Nigeria.
While that is noteworthy, there is actually a remarkable aspect of Samuel Okwaraji’s life that most people are ignorant of; His extensive training and qualification as a Lawyer.
Samuel Okwaraji: Master in the Boots, Master of the Books
Although Samuel Okwaraji was a footballer of remarkable talent and worthy repute, there was more to him than footballing skills. Samuel Okwaraji was a well trained lawyer; His Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees were both in law. As a matter of fact, he had a Masters’ Degree in International Law from the University of Rome. It is even stated in some cycles that Samuel Okwaraji was a PhD student at the time of his demise.
This is an astonishing fact especially with the fact that many athletes and sportsmen at this side of the divide hardly have the desire to further their education after turning professional. Samuel Okwaraji’s legacy and heroics without a doubt transcended just football; it went into the spheres of unparalleled passion for education and the ability to combine football and education at the highest level. I wonder if any other Nigerian Athlete or Sportsman has borrowed a leaf from the late Samuel Okwaraji, to vigorously pursuing both sports and education to the highest possible level.
Other Interesting Things to Know About Samuel Okwaraji
“I am a lawyer and you know I signed to play football for certain conditions, but I don’t think it included reselling my services to my country. You or your club cannot stop me from playing for my country. Let me tell you, I am going to represent my country whether you like it or not.”
 Aderonke Bello, Okwaraji: Combining Education with Football. https://www.legit.ng/528424-samuel-okwaraji-combining-education-with-football.html. Accessed 1st November 2018.
 www.timeshighereducation.com/world-univerity-rankings/sapienza-university-rome accessed 1st November, 2018.
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