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“It’s time to get to work” Unilag Pro-Chancellor

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By Leye Abiola L-R: UNILAG VC Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and newly appointed Pro-Chancellor, Prince (Dr.) Adeyemi Tejuoso Source: unilag.edu.ng The newly appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prince (Dr.) Olanrewaju Adeyemi Tejuoso has described his appointment as a call to greater service for the good of the university. He made this remark earlier this week at a dinner organised by Lagos billionaire Mogul and Aare of Lagos, Chief Razak Akanni in celebration of his appointment. The Pro-Chancellor, while appreciating all guests for the dinner in his honour expressed his commitment to the duty that comes with his new office and pledged to work hand in hand with the school management to achieve the best possible results for the advancement of the university. Prince Tejuoso informed the gathering that he was ready to commence work with his team to deliver their mandate with the hopes that the university would have more occasions of celebrations. He added, “It

LCCI Donates 3D printers to Lagos tertiary institutions

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Leye Abiola and Modupe Shodeinde Source: unilag.edu.ng The Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) as part of its contributions to bringing modern technology closer to tertiary institutions in Lagos has recently donated 3D printers to 4 schools in the state.   Speaking at the presentation ceremony which held at the Commerce House, Victoria Island on Wednesday, the President of LCCI, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje said that the gesture was motivated out of a rising need to promote teaching and professional learning for tertiary school students.   She added that the future of Nigeria’s huge youth population would benefit from more investors in the education sector such as the LCCI had just done.   The beneficiaries of the 3D printing technology include, University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology.   The Director, Quality Assurance and SERVICOM Unit, UNILAG, Prof. Grace Otinwa, while receiving the printer on behalf of

School na scam?

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Toluleke Aiyela The average Nigerian student always has a mantra on his lips, especially after seeing a poor result, ‘ School na scam ’ a statement implying that education is not always a guarantee of the success it promises. Judging from the low employment rate which contributes to the poverty level in the country, education has become one of the many methods everyone just goes through to fulfill a norm not with the mindset of achieving success through. While it is true that things are not what it used to be in the Nigerian Educational Sector with regards to delivery of quality and value, life is not a bed of roses and bumpy hitches come along once in a while. The faults in our educational system does not in any way reduce the fact that education remains a key in alleviating nationwide problems. Education is the antidote for poverty as it opens up the mind to endless opportunities and broadens an individual’s world view creating many streams of solving problems. Those regarded

UNILAG wins $50,000 grant

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The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) of the University of Lagos has recently won a research grant of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). The grant was won as a joint effort of Dr. Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko from the Institute together with researchers from the Faculty of Arts; Dr. Oluwatoyin Olokodana-James, Dr. Francis O. Falako, Dr. Nweke, Florence Ewomazino and Dr. Paul Onovoh of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Morehouse College, Atlanta, U.S.A. Funded by the Nagel Institute of Calvin University with support from the Templeton Religion Trust, the sum was granted under a research project titled, “Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Sciences within African Theology”. The grant commences on the 1st of July, 2021 and runs till 30th of May, 2023 and is intended to fund a research project entitled: Nollywood and Evangelical Films: Exploring Nigerian Cinema in relation to African Traditional Histories, Values and Spirituality.   The Vice-Chancell

4 apps to help you learn a foreign language

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Oladipo Odufolakin   Nigeria has been recognized as one of the most linguistically diverse nations in the world, with over 500 languages spoken across different tribes. To bridge the gap among the different tribes, English was adopted as the official language of the country.   It is common to find a good number of Nigerians communicating with one another using English, thereby defying the barriers posed by the nation’s linguistic diversity. As such, many Nigerians primarily speak their native languages while they adopt English as a second language.   However, with the increasing globalisation of the world brought about by the internet, Nigerians are beginning to interact with individuals across the world more than ever before. As a result, the prospect of learning a foreign besides English is increasingly appealing to many.  Unlike before, learning a foreign language has been made easier with technology as several apps have been developed to help interested persons to learn a

Surviving Unilag 101

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B y Okpor Elishama and Adiefe Olisemeka. University life is not as easy as it’s portrayed on Grown-ish . You don’t get to be Zoey Johnson with the celebrity best friends and lots of free time on your hands.  You get to be a Great Akokite, and we all know how easy that is (sarcasm intended). For you to survive as a fresher in the University of Lagos, you will need speed similar to the DC superhero ‘Flash’ (because those 8am classes wait for no man), resilience, and perseverance   Knowing the obstacles that come with being a university student is one thing, experiencing them and surviving is a different ball game. Here are some tips that could help you survive your first year in the University of Lagos: Make your first year your best year One thing you’ll hear often in your first year in the University of Lagos is to work extra hard in your first year, so you don’t have to work as hard in the future. There is some truth to that, but not entirely.  Working super hard in

How Physical resumption could trigger anxiety attacks

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By Okpor Elishama After months of limited physical and social interactions and a COVID lockdown, diving right back into interacting with multiple people at the same time could be very difficult for students with anxiety. Anxiety disorder is often ridiculed, viewed as an exaggeration of feelings by many people, and doesn't get as much publicity certain other mental disorders have. Although anxiety is a regular experience for humans, having an anxiety disorder isn't quite the same as being anxious about examination results. Many students have this disorder but fail to realize that this is the case. Some pretend it's the normal way to feel while some others refrain from mentioning it so as to avoid ridicule from peers. It is highly probable that students with this condition would not be happy about the news of physical resumption as opposed to the previous online schooling with its’ possibilities of less and less physical interaction. What is often brushed away as not

Resumption: UNILAG students Lament off-campus accommodation ordeal

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●        School hostels to reopen May 9 Paul Agada and Toyosi Adeniji As the University of Lagos (UNILAG) prepares to reopen physically for the second semester of the 2019/20 session after an eleven months closure, some students of the institution have described their private accommodation ordeal with facility managers. The emergence of the infectious COVID-19 disease in Nigeria forced the Federal Government to impose a nationwide lockdown in March 2020, a move which resulted in the physical closure of schools across all levels. In line with the government’s COVID-19 protocol, UNILAG management chose to complete the first semester of the 2019/20 session virtually. However, the school recently announced that its second semester which is scheduled to begin by May 10 will hold physically. Accommodation has been a constant challenge for students of the UNILAG because of the limited number of bed spaces available in the institution. As a result, some of the students resort to p

UNILAG Bans "Heavily-Tinted" Vehicles

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By Faith Enang The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Academics, Prof. Oluwole Familoni has said that the University of Lagos (UNILAG) will no longer grant access to "heavily tinted vehicles" as students prepare to resume.   Familoni, at a news conference on Friday, disclosed that the decision was informed by rising security challenges, especially in learning institutions.  "We are aware of the disturbing security situation in the country especially as it concerns institutions of higher learning.  "We are being proactive by taking some necessary steps to protect our students," the professor said.   He further said that UNILAG had requested for more security patrol vehicles round the campus. "We are in collaboration with some security agencies around our students for increased presence on campus. READ ALSO:  “I learnt a lot I wouldn’t have if COVID didn't happen." – Student Entrepreneur "But having said this, I want to state tha