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UNILORIN Organises First Public Lecture for Final Year Students

By Shittu Aisha Adetoun

“If you can survive life in University of Ilorin, you can survive life outside”, this statement was made by the Sub-dean of Student Affairs of University of Ilorin, Dr. Alex Akanmu who represented the Dean of Student Affairs while giving his goodwill message at the fist public lecture of the General Studies division of the university held at the university auditorium on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

He made the statement after the welcome address delivered by the Director of General Studies division, Prof. Egbewole. In his address, he gave some of the mandates of the division and highlighted the courses designed by the division for students to take and pass before they can graduate from the institution. He thanked the guests present for taking time out of their busy schedules to grace the occasion and urged everyone to sit back and enjoy the lecture.

In the VC’s address delivered by the DVC (MS) titled ‘Expression of brilliance and resourcefulness is by the heart’, he stated the privatization is the surest way to go if the nation desires steady growth. He further implored students to make the most use of the lecture that will be delivered.

Moving forward, the very overwhelming citation of the guest lecturer, Lanre Adisa, the Chief Creative Officer of Noah’s Ark and an alumnus of the Better By Far university was read out by Dr. Mrs. Amoloye Azeezat, after which the lecturer began his presentation on the topic ‘Finding your purpose: Life beyond the classroom’. He mentioned that it all starts with passion, progresses to practice and then leads to purpose because in purpose in reality is a destination. He urged students to be self aware, embrace apprenticeship, volunteering or internship, find mentors or role models, stay focused and grow their own networks by building goodwill. He also encouraged students to read, do what they love, have fun and let the whole feel their impacts. He ended his lecture with a prayer of the late Tai Solarin which reads, ‘May your roads be rough’.

A resounding applause filled the auditorium as students give him a standing ovation at the end of the lecture. A quick question and answer session was conducted, followed by presentation of a plaque to the quest lecturer by Dr. Mrs. AbdulRaheem. The programme ended with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Mrs. Akinboro, recitation of the University anthem and a photo session.

Deputy Vice Chancellors of the university, Prof. N.Y.S. Ijaiya (Acad.), Prof. Gabriel Olatunji (RTI), Prof. Bolaji Sule (MS), who was the Vice Chancellor’s representative at the event, the University Librarian, the Sub-dean of Student Affairs, former Directors and Coordinators of the General Studies division graced the occasion.