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We Studied Hard Not To Beg For Jobs – UI First Class Twins In Law

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Tell us more about yourself.
Taiye: I am a native of Ondo, Ondo State. My twin brother and I are first of six children. My hobbies are reading, singing, researching, watching and playing soccer. My nickname is T.cent.


Kehinde: My friends call me K.cent. I dislike people who lack focus. Our parents are Adeyinka Adegoke and Omolade Adegoke. Our father lives in the United Kingdom while our mother lives in Ondo. They are wonderful parents. But we grew up with our paternal grandmother, Mrs Felicia Akinjagunla, in Ondo. We love her dearly.

What formed your choice to both study Law?


Taiye: We always wanted to study Law since our 100 level days at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. Let me say that we attended three universities in Nigeria but graduated from two. In 2006, we gained admission to the pre-degree programme of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.

We did it for a year, passed and got admitted into 100 level to study History and International Studies. After 100 level, our father insisted we leave AAUA because then, it was a relatively new school. Thus, we took the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and went to the OAU for the same course. We eventually graduated from OAU in January, 2013. Our love for Law was still intense especially as we had roommates who studied Law while we were at OAU. We wanted to also put on white-on-black attire. In 300 level, we both sat for the UTME and applied for Law at the University of Ibadan.

I was admitted but my brother, Kehinde, was denied admission due to the O’level points UI was using at the time. (Kehinde didn’t have enough As in O’level even though he has many distinctions). I was supposed to resume 100 level at UI when I was in 400 level in OAU. I had to suspend the course in UI for a year for two reasons. One, it was not possible to combine 100 level UI and 400 OAU, and two, because my brother had yet to be admitted. My brother sat for the UTME again the following year, and to the glory of God, he was admitted.

Kehinde: Whenever we saw law students walking in groups, we got jealous and wanted to be like them. They also acted like they were the only learned people around and that those of us in other courses were ‘educated illiterates.’ Also, the way our lecturers addressed them with respect whenever they came to take elective courses in our department always made us envious of them. All these combined made us develop interest in being a part of the ‘noble profession.’

What are the things you do differently individually despite being an identical twin?

Taiye: We have never done anything differently. We drove same car as our first car. But we never had the same girlfriend (laughs).

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Kehinde: To be honest, there is nothing we do differently. We do almost everything in common. We attended the same school from nursery, primary, secondary to university. We support the same football club, Manchester United. We keep same friends. We like and dislike the same type of food.


Did your classmates show surprise that you were both studying same course?

Taiye: Maybe in 100 level, some of them might have shown surprises; I’m not too sure. But later on, I don’t think they were surprised. They were used to us anyway.

Kehinde: Not really. Although some of them marvelled that we did the same course at OAU and at UI, but because they see how closely knit we are, they were not surprised.


Did you study together?

Taiye: Studying together made our work easier. That was why we didn’t attend group meetings or read in the library. After studying, we would take turns to serve as a lecturer for each other. We were bound to give same answers and usually got same grades. I laughed when I read a comment on the Internet that one of us, who is academically sound, could have possibly sat exams for the other who may be academically weak. In fact, the commentator urged the ICPC and UI authorities to look into our examination scripts.


UI is a very strict and organised school. Everything is always in order. Thus, the chances of exam malpractice or impersonation are very slim. Again, we never sat together in exam hall. We were always separated. But despite that, a lecturer, who painstakingly marked our script, would most likely give us same grade because our ideas would always be the same.

Kehinde: Yes, we did. We didn’t have reading partners. And after reading, we would discuss on how to tackle any question in the examination

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