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Acquire soft skills to boost employability, Sanwo-Olu's aide charges students

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By Emmanuel Awosika and Olaram Oluchi The Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Government on Sustainable Development Goals, Mr. Lekan Fatodu, has implored students to acquire crucial soft skills to improve their employment prospects.  He spoke Friday at an industry webinar, organised by the Mass Communication Students' Association, themed "Navigating the Normal: Skilling, Upskilling, and Reskilling" .  According to Fatodu, soft skills like resilience, confidence, determination, and consistency are important for communication professionals to advance in their chosen fields.  While acknowledging the role of individual brilliance in securing employment, he explained that acquiring soft skills could help communicators differentiate themselves in the job market.  The renowned public relations and development communication expert rejected the notion that fledgling communicators need "connections" to make headway in the industry.  Drawing from his personal exper

5 Things To Make Your Online Examination Experience Seamless.

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Dabiri- Adejobi Oluwatomisin   If you are in 100 and 200 level, then you should know by now that your examination for the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic session will be online. What this means is that, right there in your room, in any country in the world, you will write your exams.   Here are 5 things you should do to enable you a seamless online exam experience-   1. Have a Laptop/PC-   Please don’t use your phone. Use a PC. It is your safest option. If you don’t have one, you can visit a cyber cafe or have a family/friend borrow you theirs for your examination.   2. Have a very strong data connection, preferably, Wi-Fi-   No jab to the big data service providers in Nigeria, but I’d rather you use a Wi-Fi for your exams. You don’t want to be waiting 1 minute to load a page that can be loaded in 3 seconds. Use a strong Wi-Fi, please. 3. Never let your PC battery run low-   Plug in your laptop/PC while your exams are going on. Don’t wait till it is 10% b

Amazons: Six Female Communicators Who Set a Record

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The Amazons Modupe Shodeinde, Funmilola Onabanjo, Solomon Oladipupo They did not know each other in 2015. They did not plan to break any record, either; but they have– and a unique one at that. Six female students – or “communicators” as Mass Communication students fondly call themselves – have emerged with First Class degrees of the seven graduating with the top degree. It is the first time seven students are graduating with the top degree at a go. While the best graduating student, Solomon Oladipupo is a male, the other six are females.  READ ALSO:  My grandmother was my greatest motivation – Mass Comm BGS Despite being a department more popular among the female folks, it is the first as many as six female students would bag the top degree at a go. Majority of First Class graduates from this department have always been of the male gender. This is the story of Sherifat Oshoala, Aisha Badeji, Patience Ebong, Deborah Folaranmi, Dorcas Taiwo and MaryAnn Ushi. Their CGPAs: S

We can create local COVID-19 cure using phytomedicine — Ishola

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Dr. Ismail Ishola Adam Adegoke Dr. Ismail Ishola, a lecturer at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has called for government funding to support the creation of a COVID-19 cure using phytomedicine. He explained that ‘phytomedicine is the use of naturally available medicinal plants which have also been used in the management of disease, and passed on from generation to generation." According to him, some medicinal plants have been proven to “have antiviral effects — that is, they can reduce viral load and eliminate the major symptoms of COVID, such as fever and cough."   Ishola made these claims in an interview with UNILAG Sun on February 11th, 2020. Dr. Ishola, along with ACEDHARS UNILAG COVID-19 Response Team members, had published a research article titled "COVID-19:A Case for Phytomedicines", in November last year. In the article, the researchers made the case for phytomedicinal techniques as a potential source for a remedy to the COVID-1

UNILAG-CHSD holds inaugural NHF sensitisation workshop

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Akanle Oluwadunni and Atitebi Oluwatobi   The University of Lagos Centre for Housing & Sustainable Development (Unilag-CHSD), in conjunction with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) held its first ever NHF sensitization workshop last month.  The workshop, themed "Accessing the National Housing Fund (NHF) for new homes, housing completion, and improvement", held online via Zoom. According to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, “The Unilag-CHSD's collaboration with the FMBN is a strategic decision to help staff members of the corporation achieve their dreams of acquiring the enviable status of homeowners”. He said the dearth of funds was a major setback to the efforts of many staff members to build their homes.  He, however, revealed that the FMBN is addressing the problem by providing affordable housing finance through the NHF scheme.  Meanwhile, the Managing Director of FMBN, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, explained that

My grandmother was my greatest motivation – Mass Comm BGS

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Solomon Oladipupo, BGS UNILAG Mass Communication 2019/2020 I n this interview with AYOTAMUNO IBIFIRI, Oladipupo Solomon, a two-time editor of UNILAG Sun who is graduating as Best Graduating Student (BGS) of the Department of Mass Communication shares his experiences while serving as editor, his journey through school, alongside some advice for students as regards upskilling.     Can we get to know you? I am Solomon Oladipupo. I was born in Somolu local government and grew up in Bariga. I attended Somolu local government Nursery and Primary School for primary education and St. Luis Junior High School for junior and Ajayi Crowther Memorial Senior Grammar school for senior school and then the University of Lagos (UNILAG). Was it always your dream while growing up to be a journalist? No, I was open to any career prospect. When I was in Junior secondary school two or three, I started liking writing. So it was my love for writing that brought me into Mass Communication. And at that

REPORTER'S DIARY: In Ibadan, 'pay for fuel, get your NIN' III

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Source: thecable.ng The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in December 2020  issued a 14-day ultimatum  to network operators to block SIM cards that were without a National Identity Number, (NIN). This ultimatum was shifted by 10 weeks to give more Nigerians to submit the NIN to their network providers. Nigerians flocked the many NIMC centres across the country with a sense of urgency to bid the deadline. This however provided some government officials with an avenue for illegal extortion. This reporter’s diary is a part of undercover reports of the registration process by ABIOLA OGUNLEYE at the NIMC centre at Challenge in Ibadan, Oyo state. You can read the comprehensive report  here. The money rot in the Nigerian system While waiting to be called upon for the enrollment. We engage in discussions. Folks console one of the ladies whose two phones were stolen while a guy tells a story about how money is what a lot of public servants are after instead of the service. He cites the

REPORTER'S DIARY: In Ibadan, 'pay for fuel, get your NIN' II

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Source: thecable.ng The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in December 2020  issued a 14-day ultimatum  to network operators to block SIM cards that were without a National Identity Number, (NIN). This ultimatum was shifted by 10 weeks to give more Nigerians to submit the NIN to their network providers. Nigerians flocked the many NIMC centres across the country with a sense of urgency to bid the deadline. This however provided some government officials with an avenue for illegal extortion. This reporter’s diary is a part of undercover reports of the registration process by ABIOLA OGUNLEYE at the NIMC centre at Challenge in Ibadan, Oyo state. You can read the comprehensive report  here. Day 2 Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 "Another day, another crowd" I get to the secretariat gate at 8:19 to meet a larger crowd than that of yesterday. A longer queue had been formed and extended even to the American Polytechnic near the NIMC premises. As I advance nearer to the gate, those