Sir Louis Nwachukwu Mbanefo (13 May 1911 – 28 March 1977) is noted as the first lawyer from the East of Nigeria. He was born in Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria, and obtained his education in the United Kingdom at a time when it was extremely rare to have a person of his ethnic persuasion pursuing higher education, much less professional training at the bar.EducationBetween 1925 and 1932 he attended the Methodist Boys High School in Lagos and subsequently the prestigious King's College, also in Lagos, which was modelled on Eton and Harrow, and where he was a keen cricketer and footballer. He was later admitted to University College London, where he studied law, graduating with Upper Second Class Honours in 1935. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, shortly after graduating from university. He was then admitted to King's College, Cambridge, where he obtained a further degree in history in 1937.Legal careerMbanefo returned home to Nigeria and set up practice i
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