26 year old Romola Adeola has set a record as the youngest doctoral graduate in the 30-year history of the Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria. She is also the second youngest person to achieve this in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria since its establishment 107 years ago. She completing the LLD in under 3 years.


Romola finished her undergraduate years at Lagos State University (LASU) where she was awarded the Taslim Olawale Elias Prize for the Best Student in International Law.

According to Centre for Human Rights

As a young scholar, she has given interviews on television, presented papers at international conferences and been the voice of the Centre on issues of internally displaced persons, migrants and refugees. During her time here, Romola led the Disability Rights Clinic and served as Alumni Coordinator. In this latter capacity, she led a campaign calling for the release of prominent Swazi human rights activist – Thulani Maseko, and raised funding to support his family.