Meet Jess, a 23-Year-0ld Woman Becomes UK’s First Blind Black Barrister


A young woman has become Britain’s first blind and Black barrister, in an achievement that has been described as ‘truly remarkable.

23-year-old Jessikah Inaba qualified last week after studying for five years at a university in London. She completed her entire course using Braille and also credits her friends as well as her tutors for helping to fill in the gaps.

Jess is completely blind and had to use Braille throughout her time at the University of Law – London Bloomsbury. She started her accelerated law degree in September 2017 before starting a master’s two years later alongside a professional training course.

On her achievement, Jess told Mirror UK: ‘It’s been crazy – I still can’t really believe I’ve done it. One day I’ll wake up and realise how amazing this is.

I’m not the most common gender or colour, and I have a disability, but by pushing through I’m easing the burden on the next person like me.’

She added that the university organised one-on-one tuition to support her when the lack of books held her back.

Jess said: ‘I was spending more time preparing my own learning materials than I was studying.

©️African Report Files

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