When Dango Gogo became a lawyer, it was no surprise to her close relatives and friends. They just assumed that she would accomplish the dream she carried with her since age five.
However, being a new immigrant to Canada in 2004, she was told that dream of hers came with barriers, but it only motivated Gogo to conquer and achieve. With the moral support from her husband, Joshua, she did just that.
“I was told when I first came to Canada that is was impossible for me to be admitted into law school because I was a new immigrant and it is extremely competitive and difficult for even Canadians to get into law school. I refused to give up my dream to become a lawyer irrespective of my new geography and reality,” Gogo, who was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, explained.
Less than a year after crossing the border, Gogo enrolled in law school, which now includes an extensive education from Canadian universities, including Carleton, Queen’s and the University of Ottawa.
Today, she not only practices law but is also a managing partner at Don Scott McMurray Law Office.
In 2013, Gogo and her husband moved to Fort McMurray with a two-year plan to gain some work experience and pay off their student loans. But she said it was too easy to stay, and the couple is now happily raising their daughter, Oraibi, as well.
“It was so easy to get involved and fall in love with the people in this community that we now call home,” she said. “I believe that my life is a living testimony of the love, favour and grace of God.”
Gogo shared she believes her career is meant to help others and why she decided to pursue her passion in the first place.
When she’s not in the office, she is volunteering for a long list of organizations, including President of the Board of Directors (BOD) for the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo, Acting Chair of the BOD of Kings Kid Promotions Outreach Ministries, the BOD of the Legacy Counseling Centre and actively involved at the Family Christian Centre as a Sunday school teacher.
“One of my goals in life is to encourage young people and newcomers to be integrated into our community, pursue their big dreams, and eventually, give back to our community and nation,” she said.