Afrika Owes’ story is going viral on social media. In a TikTok video that has garnered nearly 3 million views since April 25, she is seen logging online to check her February exam results. Watch this GMA report for her emotional reaction after learning she passed the bar exam on her first try.

After reading her result, Owes, 30, yells out, “I passed! I passed!” before jumping up and then bursting into tears.

Owes wrote in text overlaid in the video, “POV: You’re a formerly incarcerated single mom who passed the bar early on the first try.”

In the accompanying caption, she wrote in part, “Thank you to my angels, my momma, my grandma. Thank you for my son, my brother, my family and my tribe.”

Owes was also featured on The Tamron Hall Show.


Jane Martinez is director of media relations and deputy University spokesperson at Fordham. She can be reached at [email protected] or (347) 992-1815.