“Opolo pipe” loosely translates to intelligence in English. A more complete definition however would encompass the idea of being intellectually sound. This is the 9th and final Omoluabi principle. Just like many of the other Omoluabi virtues, intelligence is one that is universally valued.
An Omoluabi will display this trait in all areas-personally, professionally, and in their education. One can even argue that this is the foundation to all the other virtues that have been discussed. Intelligence will make an individual excel in all other areas. It is often foundational to good choices and good behaviour.
The legal profession, particularly as it relates to trial advocacy is one that has long been known for its intellectual rigour. It is a profession where success will necessarily require intellectually soundness. This is displayed in every step of the process of trial advocacy from the very moment when a client enters the door until the case is complete. The confrontational and adversarial nature of the profession is such that it rewards those who use their intelligence to be one step ahead.
Trial practice is an area where strategy is equally if not more important than practical hands-on skills. It is an domain where parties involved must be able to read their opponents and understand the opposing side just as well, if not better than their own side. The courtroom environment rewards those who are prepared and deals harshly with those who are not. It requires quick thinking and the ability to digest and respond to unexpected information as soon as it is heard.
There are few areas and professions in which intellectual soundness is as demanded as that of law. Any Omoluabi stands to excel in such a situation due to law being a great marriage of all the skills that make up the Omoluabi philosophy.