Who We Are:
Learn Nigerian Laws.com is a free legal awareness initiative of Sabi Law Foundation. Learn Nigerian Laws.com is designed to improve access to justice in Nigeria, through free legal awareness using social media and offline tools. We are Nigeria’s first solely Public Legal Education Initiative.
With our passionate team, we provide free legal awareness and advisory support on rights and laws, to persons in Nigeria including women, children. We have special interest on disadvantaged and vulnerable persons/groups (Students/Youth, Women/Children, Widows, Divorcees, Single Mothers, Dis-inherited Women, Persons Living With Disability, HIV and Persons Living in Rural Areas).
Our sole focus is free legal awareness and advisory via consistently publishing and publicising of free legal materials, with dedicated 24/7 free online legal support. We have vast coverage employing flexible online and offline tools to virtually connect cities and rural areas. We also merge awareness and entertainment to connect more with youth in our Radio Shows and Video Challenges. We have a user friendly online database of over 673 legal awareness contents, projected to be 1,982 contents by 2023.
Our amazing team is a network of passionate lawyers, law lecturers, ICT experts, M&E specialists, social workers, students, law enthusiasts and volunteers.
What We Do:
We improve access to justice in Nigeria through social media and offline tools. We offer free legal awareness through our free daily law tips, articles, radio/tv shows, video challenges, lectures/training and expose obscure/new legislations. We use dedicated website (www.LearnNigerianLaws.com), radio station, bloggers, active public accounts/groups on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp. Our members and followers/readers are empowered to understand their rights, enforce them and demand accountability from justice institutions and other stakeholders.
Why We Do, What We Do:
World Bank rates Nigeria’s illiteracy level at 62.02%. So, out of the estimated population of over 200 million Nigerians, more than half of us (Nigerians) are illiterates. The National Bureau of Statistics in Nigeria, reports that 40.1% of Nigerians are poor, on the “average 4 out of 10 individuals in Nigeria has real per capita expenditures below 137,430 Naira per year.”
According to The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HIIL), there are over 25 million legal problems per year in Nigeria, with only 10% problems reaching lawyers. Legal Aid is invisible, there are little or no lawyers, paralegals or law firms in rural areas and only few wealthy Nigerians can access lawyers. Cost of simple legal inquiry on rights is expensive and about N76,100.00 (above $200). Literacy requirements of courts, statutory documents and language of courts are complex even for literates. “Nigeria ranks 131 out of 190 countries on the World Bank Doing Business Index“, with the 12 indicators assessed in the report being greatly influenced by national laws, rights and awareness.
With no consistent free legal awareness, discouraging civil disputes and crimes, Nigerian Correctional Centers are overcrowded, with the 50,153 capacity prisons now holding 61,802 inmates, with 73% awaiting trial. Majority of inmates learn the punishment for their crimes after being arrested. In Lagos State (the most populous city in Nigeria), there is a lack of awareness of the Lagos law on domestic violence. (Vanguard 17 June 2014; The Nigerian Voice 25 Apr. 2012), including among police, lawyers, and magistrates.
An April 2020 survey in Nigerian Universities, revealed that awareness of criminal laws on abortion in Nigeria was low at 28.3%. “… since education has the capacity of liberating the individual from ignorance, poverty and disease, the lack of it has serious mental, political and economic implications which greatly impedes access to justice in Nigeria” (Okagbule, 2005).
Nigeria has 99.05 million internet users, projected to grow to 131.7 million in 2023. There is a large growing online population in search of information (including knowledge of legal rights and remedies). Hence, there are millions of Nigerians in search of their legal rights and remedies, with technology and quality content, we offer reliable solution to them. We have over 673 legal awareness contents in circulation with a commitment to add extra 1,309 contents before mid-December 2023.
Our Brief History:
Learn Nigerian Laws.com, a free legal awareness initiative of Sabi Law Foundation, was founded by Onyekachi Umah, Esq. in 2010 and was registered on 21st September, 2016. Earlier in 2010-2012, LearnNigerianLaws.com published on national newspapers like Guardian Newspaper and Citizens Advocates Newspaper, under its column; “You and the Law”. Through the column, Onyekachi Umah, Esq. researched and published legal awareness articles for free with passion to enlighten Nigerians.
The urge to reach more Nigerians and the uncertainties in relying on third party media led Mr. Umah to found www.LearnNigerianLaws.com in 2016. As at mid-2020, Learn Nigerian Laws.com had over 29,594 active users.
Late 2019, Sabi Law Foundation (a Not-For-Profit and Non-Governmental Legal Awareness Organization) took over Learn Nigerian Laws.com as its legal awareness initiative. Sabi Law Foundation focuses on improving access to justice through free legal awareness and employs sustainable strategies and flexible tools for vast coverage and user friendliness. Sabi Law Foundation in collaboration with its partners (Bezaleel Chambers International, and ASK Law Class) is diligently responding to the widening gap in legal awareness in Nigeria.