Keren Naa Lamptey, an exceptional student from GIMPA Law School and a proud Ghanaian, has etched her name in history at the 12th call of the Gambia Law School. In this groundbreaking moment, she emerged as the Overall Best Law Student, clinching three other prestigious awards.
Keren’s exceptional academic prowess was further highlighted by her outstanding success in multiple categories, earning her distinctions as the Best Female Student, Best Student in Criminal Procedure, and Best Student in English and Legislative Drafting.
During her heartfelt valedictory speech to dignitaries and fellow graduates, Keren reflected on her transformative journey, sharing insights into the challenges she overcame and emphasizing the profound significance of this recognition for both herself and her family. She expressed gratitude to her family, acknowledging their pivotal role in her success: “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.”
Transitioning from a different field for her first degree, Keren expressed appreciation for the unwavering support of her friends and colleagues in navigating the challenges of her legal career. She offered words of encouragement to current students, urging them to persevere, be consistent, form study groups, and seek help when needed. “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.
Recognizing the support from the faculty and fellow students at The Gambia Law School, Keren underscored the pivotal role of collaboration and shared learning experiences in the collective success of the student body.
In her closing remarks, Keren appealed to the management of The Gambia Law School to consider easing regulations for international students, advocating for the chance to practice law in the country where they are called to the bar. Echoing Oliver Twist, Keren stated, “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 remarkable achievement not only fills her home country, Ghana, with pride but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring female legal professionals across the African continent. Her journey exemplifies the triumph of perseverance and dedication in the pursuit of excellence.