The Authority Icon: DAME PRISCILLA KUYE
For excelling in law, gender activism, philanthropy and being a faithful worker in the service of her beloved Christ, thus setting a precedent for the younger generation in an age of moral regression; for deploying the instrumentality of law in successive interventions that positively impacted society, Chief (Mrs.) Priscilla Kuye is The AUTHORITY Icon
She is the first female president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA and a thorough-bred professional lawyer, nationalist and humanist who has offered tremendous service to mankind through her active involvement in various professional bodies nationally and globally. Meet Chief (Mrs.) Priscilla Kuye.
In her words, the life Bencher shares something of her background: “My mother is Chief (Mrs.) Elizabeth Adekogbe (a princess from Ijebu-Ife, daughter of Obalufe of Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State. I had a good upbringing in Ibadan and my parents were teachers and my father particularly was a disciplinarian.”
A devout Catholic, she became the first Catholic woman to become President of the Archdiocesan Laity Council of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos. In 1977, she became the first Regional Vice-President of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) for Africa in Nigeria between 1979 and 1981. On the International scene where she is a member of the International Bar Association, in 1993, she was elected Vice-President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. She is the Head of Chambers of Priscilla O. Kuye and Company her own legal practice she established in 1970. She is General Secretary of Nigeria-America chamber of commerce.
She recalls what she considers the most challenging case she has handled. “There was a time Dr. Tai Solarin sued Anthony Cardinal Okogie for libel before a Lagos High Court. I was Cardinal Okogie’s lawyer; at that time he was an Arch-Bishop. Chief G.O. K Ajayi, SAN, was the counsel to Dr. Solarin but I won the case, the case was dismissed. After the suit was dismissed they promised to appeal but they have not done so till today.
There was another case I could not forget easily. You know there is a tradition in some part of Edo State that when the husband dies, his wife is not entitled to any of his property. The woman came to me that the family of her late husband wanted to take everything from her. I took the case to court and won the matter at the high court but the family appealed. I still won the case at the Court of Appeal.”
Kuye has made enormous contribution to the legal profession at the various stages she served. She was also the Vice-President of the Nigerian/American Chamber of Commerce. She has made valuable contributions to the National Council of Women’s Societies where she is a member. She is also one of the eminent Nigerians in the National Peace Committee convened by Bishop Matthew Kukah to help keep Armageddon at bay before, during and after the 2015 general election.
Dame Priscilla Aderounke Kuye married a technocrat, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Omowale Kuye who passed on - November 19, 2015. Late Chief Kuye was just a step to becoming the Olubadan. Their marriage is blessed with two children – Demola Kuye and Ikepo Braithwaite and many grandchildren.