Today we’d like to introduce you to Oluwatamilore Fashina.
Hi Oluwatamilore, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My name is Oluwatamilore ‘Tami’ Fashina and I am an attorney. My path here has been unorthodox but rich in experience. I actually have two law degrees. I received my first degree from the University of Kent in England and the second at UCLA where I specialized in Entertainment, Media, Sports and Technology Law and Policy. Throughout this journey, I’ve been able to work in entertainment law in three different countries on three different continents. Yet it’s only the start.
Not only am I an attorney though, I am also an entertainment scholar. My article “Doping in Esports: How and to What Extent Can We Look to WADA for Guidance” tackles one of the biggest ethical issues in the Esports industry, doping. In it, I analyze the issue of doping through an explanation of the current state of the Esports industry and a comparison to the history of traditional sports. In advocating for reform in the industry, I emphasize the necessity for talent protections and the economic impact doping could have on the esports business without appropriate governance. It was published in the Sports Lawyers Journal, the most widely read sports law Journal in the US.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Pursuing my path has not been easy. No one finds law school to be a walk in the park, but there were some particularly emotional challenges for me. Through a combination of work and the pandemic, I had not been able to go home to see my family for the past four years. This could really feel isolating as they are the bedrock of my support system. While many had the opportunity to use the pandemic to spend more time with their loved ones, I was alone.
They have always made it clear how much they support me though. So even from miles away, I could still feel their love.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m an attorney and entertainment law scholar. I received my JD from UCLA Law with a specialization in Entertainment, Media, Sports and Technology Law. I write academic articles on entertainment issues with my article “Doping in Esports: How and to What Extent can We Look to WADA for Guidance” being published in volume 28 of the Sports Lawyers Journal.
It’s is available here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4097001
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I am a lifelong immigrant. I am Nigerian but grew up in South Africa (while also spending some time in Dubai). I went to university in England and while I was at university my family moved to Ghana. All this before moving to the US four years ago. Growing up has always been an understanding of different cultures and perspectives for me and I carry this into my practice.