Who is Jessikah Inaba ?
Jessikah Inaba, 23, was born with a condition called bilateral microphthalmia. After studying a course in Braille at London’s University of Law,
Jessikah Inaba has made history by becoming the UK’s first blind and black female barrister.
Inaba qualified for the Bar last week, after studying for five years at a London university, where she completed the full course in Braille.
None of the UK’s many legal organizations, including the four Inns of Court, the Bar Council, or the Bar Standards Board, could name another blind and black female barrister.
In an interview with The Times UK, Inaba said she hopes her trailblazing achievement will pave the way for more people from diverse backgrounds.
“I know I can do this job well, and the more people like me who go through training the easier it will become,” she said. “I know I’m giving hope to others in similar situations.”
“There’s a triple-glazed glass ceiling. I’m not the most common gender or color, and I have a disability, but by pushing through, I’m easing the burden on the next person like me.”
“It’s been crazy – I still can’t really believe I’ve done it,” she continued. “One day I’ll wake up and realize how amazing this is.”
“It was hard and I often thought of giving up, but my supportive family gave me courage and strength. I always believed in myself from the start – there’s nothing about me that means this isn’t possible.”
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On Instagram, Jessikah Inaba celebrated her achievement with lots of well-wishers in the comments congratulating her.