Olatokunbo Ige

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1991
Legal Research and Resources Development Centre (LRRDC)


This profile was prepared when Olatokunbo Ige was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
The New Idea
In a society where law is typically seen as a set of rules to be imposed, Tokunbo is applying legal education to encourage widespread understanding of the legal system as an enabling force for the protection of human and civil rights. She seeks to convey the positive aspect of the law, to counterbalance the prevailing sentiment that the law is a repressive instrument. Her idea is to train leaders among disadvantaged groups as "advice volunteers" and to create new materials about various fields of human rights law. She seeks not only to educate people about their rights, but also to give them practical measures they can take to resolve rights-related problems in their daily lives.
The advice volunteers scheme is designed to enable members of any community to obtain training in the basics of the law and the structure of the Nigerian legal system, its usage, and the methods of assimilating and disseminating legal information. Advice volunteers are trained to identify problems, to refer aggrieved persons to agencies and other organizations responsible for providing redress or solutions to their problems, and to help them learn how to deal with these agencies.
The Problem
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The Person

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