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President Muhammadu Buhari will provide scholarships as much as Doctorate stage to 3 young Nigerians who emerged the fine within-side the very last checks of the 774 Young Nigeria Scientists Presidential Award for 2022.

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, STI, disclosed this on the 2022 version of the 774 Young Nigerians Scientists Presidential Award (774-YONSPA) on Monday in Abuja.

Mr. Onu stated Buhari will get hold of and provide scholarships to the young students at the hole rite of the STI Expo 2022, beginning on March 14, 2022.
The minister stated the 774 YONSPA which he created at the inception of his tenure as minister and were ongoing considering 2017 is to encourage and put together young minds to take up careers in the sciences.
He mentioned that the opposition commenced on the neighborhood authorities ranges wherein applicants competed in STEM topics of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Mr. Onu stated it’s far vital to nurture young students to pop out the fine due to the fact Nigeria wishes the fine palms and minds to remedy countrywide problems.
He maintained that Nigeria is hectic to provide a Nobel laureate with withinside the subject of sciences and that those young students wished all of the encouragement the united states ought to give.
According to him, their performances had been great on the concluded examinations.

He also exhorted different applicants who emerged the fine of their states to grow to be the best in their university years.
Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of State for STI, stated the program turned into initiated to “Catch them younger for the future`.

I am conscious that every one senior secondary colleges in the 774 Local Government Areas of the federation competed on the neighborhood and nation authorities ranges and also you emerged as champions,” Mr. Abdullahi stated.

Maryam Ogunbayo of Gombe state emerged first and the overall best in the competition.
Master Gbolahan Ayinde of Ogun nation emerged 2nd even as Uchendu Judith from Edo nation took the 3rd position.

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Meet AKINDEJOYE SHALOM OLUWABANKE, an up and rising musician. BankéMusic the thrilling artiste of hit single Mirror cannot be your just-another-artiste. To be sure of meeting an exciting character in Joyè Oluwabanke

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Esteemed readers, welcome to today’s edition of the Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) category of our brand. It is a category set up to feature several of our female alumni of the university who wield a level of influence in their various fields of expertise. Hear from them, learn from their experiences and relearn to prepare yourself ahead for life after school.

 Miss Banké, can we meet you?

My name is Akindejoye Shalom Oluwabanke. A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University where I studied Music. I am from ONDO state my mum is Delta so you can say I am a Nigerian half cast lol. I have a younger brother and I love creating

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What made you opt for music as a course and a career opportunity?

The passion I had for it.

An innate passion or one you developed a liking for and work towards ?

An innate passion. But that doesn’t mean I did not work or develop my self in the process.

Being an alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University, our audience would like to know how you had maintain your stance being a rising artiste, the struggles plus academics

This one is definitely the Grace of God! I can’t say this is how I did it. It would have been a total mess if I handled it on my own. The battle was real navigating lectures and shows but I honestly thank God for making it possible. I also cannot categorically say this is how I did it like I did not have a rule book. You get lol but with the help of God and proper planning of my time it worked out.

Was there any point in time, your friends or relatives felt you were too distant from them during your musical escapades?  If yes, how were you able to cope with it?

Yes it still happens and I am trying my possible best to make everyone happy and give everyone attention to the best of my ability. Some people will definitely still misunderstand me but I am doing the best I can and leave the rest to God

Going back in time to your undergraduate days, where would you say was your favourite spot on Obafemi Awolowo University

I did not have favorite spot oh from department to my hostel in maintenance I was not really a spot person

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How’s been the journey, so far, into the professional music world?

Challenging but Amazing! I am having a lot of fun and enjoying the process.

What great memories did you have as an undergraduate of Obafemi Awolowo University?

Singing in Amphi theatre, singing at departmental dinners, having my first ever concert in pit theatre and as well walking to school gate.
It was a memorable event for me, performing at amphitheatre and I had my first live event; Banké Live in Pit Theatre.

I was opportune to have listened to your songs, mash ups, covers. One can bet to say you have a nice soft voice. Did you train it to get to that point?

Yes I definitely trained to get my voice better and also developed my self to become one with my voice and understand how to use the textures

 Our audience would be keen to know the mechanism you used in training your voice

I watch a lot of vocal training videos on YouTube, drank a lot of water, didn’t shout and sing when you need to

 So what are the challenges you’ve faced or facing in becoming who you are?

Challenges I have faced so face would definitely be getting my music to a larger audience! And seeing that people accept my sound for what it is.

 How well have you been able to get this through?

Staying true to my self and putting my sef out there at every opportunity I get

 Quite sure you’ve had numerous impressive days but of which was a moment of fulfilment or memorable to you?

The day I performed at Bonny island with my band for their Make Music Even. It was memorable because of the fact people kept asking for more

Being among the prestigious contestants of the Stardom reality show in 2018/ 2019, how would you describe your experience there and has it in a way been a stepping stone to new opportunities?

It was a Great opportunity and a learning curve.
Yes it served as a platform for connection I met amazing people (other contestants) who i am currently still in contact with

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I was privileged to have listened and watched some of your musical videos, Sensed some touches of European styles.
Is your style of song influence by it?

My style of music is influenced by my emotions and how I want to communicate my thoughts to people sure there would be African or European elements in them but it is solely based on what I am inspired to sing

 Is there a change you’d like to bring to Nigeria music industry? Maybe some corrective measures

I am not coming here to correct anything o lmaooo MUSIC is an art it is how people express themselves there is no right or wrong music! Music evolves. I hope to bring a positive addition to the musical scene locally and globally.

How has this whole pandemic, alongside lockdown affected what you do, music

It has increased my zeal to create more and get better in my craft!

In the next 5-10 years, what do you see yourself doing or be becoming??

The future is filled with a lot of uncertainties I can’t tell you this is what I will be in 5years or 10 but I can tell you that I will work hard to the most successful artist that I can be in 5years.

Having released at least 3 debut singles alongside many covers, what can you say is your source of inspiration?

I have released 3 singles MIRROR, LIGHTS AND JEJE. The first two were songs were inspired by how I felt. Being who I am accepting who I am and encouraging people, letting them know it is ok to be who they are. The last song is a love song inspired by love

Should your fans be expectant of any single lately? I mean are you working on releasing another impressive single any time soon?

Yes definitely

Have you ever felt discouraged in doing what you do maybe due to some tiring factors ?

Yes I have. What kept me pushing was passion, my determination to make it regardless

 If not music what else do you see yourself doing?

Interior Design

Does it begets the same energy and drive like music?

Of course not but it is something I am interested in.

In the music industry, who would you like to have a musical collaboration with?

A lot actually to mention a few Beyonce Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Sigrid, Tori Kelly, Billie Eilish

What record label do you see yourself working with?

I see my self working with any label willing to work together to make the brand Banké better

 There are teeming young artistes out there just like you. What advice do you have for them?

Stay true to yourself! Work hard and God will bless the work of your hand but hey there has to be work for him to bless so work hard, do you and stay positive.



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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has maintained it will not suspend the ongoing strike action.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said this during a stakeholder’s meeting at the Union’s Secretariat at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Professor Ogunyemi said the Federal Government has continually failed to fulfill its Memorandum of Action agreed in 2019, insisting that the FG may trigger another round of crisis should it force ASUU members into the IPPIS Scheme.

He noted that unlike other sectors, nothing has been put in place by the Federal Government in accordance with the COVID-19 health protocols for reopening of schools adding that, “Students’ hostels, lecture rooms and laboratories do not meet standards of schools in other countries”, which he affirmed is part of the reasons for the ongoing strike.

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“The narratives coming from government quarters does not edify what the University stands for. What they have said about us does not represent what we are doing but because they have polluted us with those undeserving of the job.“

“As we speak, IPPIS is recruiting people without subjecting them to due process of employment. They are polluting and diluting the configuration of Academia.

“We will revisit the whole thing after this strike. Any Department or Faculty where you think due process was not followed in recruiting staff, reject them. We will stand by you.“

“The Nigerian Project cannot be made possible unless our Universities rise to the occasion. Our stakeholders have a duty to listen to all parties.

“The ASUU strike of 2013 that lasted 6months, we wrote about 59 letters and had 20 meetings but in this ongoing strike, we’ve written about four letters and we’ve had few meetings. We’ve met with the Senate President and the Speaker and several Ministers but the only language they understand is strike action,” he said.

The ASUU Chairman also accused Vice-Chancellors of diverting funds meant for the revitalization of universities.

He further advised the academic staff to avoid making themselves vulnerable to people he called economic vampires, threatening that plans are on the way to deal with all Vice-Chancellors involved in fraud.


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OAU is renowned for academic prowess and the dynamic beauty of the campus which got it tagged ‘Africa’s Most Beautiful Campus’. Many capable hands known as OAU Vice-Chancellors have been entrusted to ensure the effective daily running of the university.

Obafemi Awolowo University is beautifully erected in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria and was founded in 1961. The institution commenced classes in October 1962 during the Western Region Late Samuel Ladoke Akintola’s administration.

Below is the list and details of all OAU Vice-Chancellors from genesis till date.

1. Prof. Oluwasegun Oladele Ajose (1962-1966)

Oladele Ajose emerged from a Royal House of Oba Ologunkutere of Lagos. He attended Kings College, Lagos and proceeded to the University of Glasgow where he studied medicine in 1927.

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Oladele Ajose || InsideOAU media
Oladele Ajose || InsideOAU media

Oladele was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in University of Ibadan from 1958 to 1959. He was appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ife (now called the Obafemi Awolowo University) from 1962-66. The Prof was an early advocate of primary health care in Nigeria.

He was one of the earliest Africans to hold a professorial chair and also pioneered the OAU Vice-Chancellors list. Ajose established the Nigerian Red Cross Society and also founded the Infectious Disease Hospital in Lagos (IDH) through his efforts to curb tuberculosis in Lagos. A worthy memorial to mark his contribution is Oladele Ajose Institute of Public Health at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

His name is used as a lecture theatre hall located at the Faculty of Agriculture, OAU. He died 2nd July, 1978.

2. Prof. Hezekiah Adedunmola Oluwasanmi (1966-1975)

He was born 12th November, 1919. Oluwasanmi travelled abroad for a collegiate education, studied at MoreHouse College and earned a Doctorate degree from Harvard University. Upon his return to Nigeria, he became a staff of the only college in the country then, University College, Ibadan (now the University of Ibadan).

Hezekiah Oluwasanmi || InsideOAU media
Hezekiah Oluwasanmi || InsideOAU media

He became a Professor of Agricultural Economics in 1958 and was a former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. Hezekiah Oluwasanmi was chosen to work with the government in the planning and development of the new University to be sited in Ile-Ife.

In 1966, after a military coup led to a change in government, Adekunle Fajuyi, the new military governor appointed Prof. Oluwasanmi to replace Oladele Ajose. His administration relaunched the master plan of the university which had been set aside by the previous university administration. During his tenure, the university moved to his permanent site at Ile-Ife. He died on 15th August, 1983. The Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library is named after him.

3. Prof. Ojetunji Aboyade (1975-1978)

Prof. Ojetunji Aboyade the third VC, bagged B.Sc in Economics from the University of Hull England (1953-57). He was once a lecturer of the Department of Economics in the Premier University of Ibadan (1962-64) and was also a Professor and Research fellow at the University of Michigan, USA Department of Economics.

Ojetunji Aboyade || InsideOAU media
Ojetunji Aboyade || InsideOAU media

He later became the senior lecturer in the University of Ibadan, Department of Economics and headed the department from 1966-71.

Prof. Ojetunji Aboyade was an economist, educationist and administrator who worked In numerous economic sectors within Nigeria and abroad.

4. Prof. Cyril Agodi Onwumechili (1979-1982)

He was born in 1932 in Enugu State. Onwumechili received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of London In 1953. He also received master’s degree in Physics from the University of Ibadan in 1954  and a doctorate degree from the University of London.

Cyril Onwumechili || InsideOAU media
Cyril Onwumechili || InsideOAU media

Cyril later joined the Department of Physics, University of Ibadan as an academic staff. He attained professorship in 1962 and was appointed Head of the Department. The professor later became the Dean of the Faculty of Science before proceeding to University of Nigeria Nsukka.

He became the OAU Vice Chancellor in 1982 and is the first Nigeria Nuclear Physicist.

5. Prof. Wande Abimbola (1982-1989)

Prof. Wande Abimbola was born 24th December, 1932. Abimbola received his first degree in History from the University of Ibadan in 1963. He received his master’s degree in Linguistics from Northwestern University, USA in 1966 and his Ph.D in Yoruba Literature from the University of Lagos in 1971.

He was the first Ph.D graduate of the University of Lagos. Abimbola taught in three universities namely; University of Ibadan (1963-65), University of Lagos (1966-72) and the Obafemi Awolowo University (1972-91) and at several USA universities.

Wande Abimbola || InsideOAU media
Wande Abimbola || InsideOAU media

He has served as the majority leader of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  Prof. Abimbola wrote books on Ifá and Yoruba culture. One of his popular books is ‘Ifá Divination Poetry’.

6. Prof. Caleb Adeniyi Osuntogun (1990-1991)

Caleb Osuntogun was born at Ibadan on 14th April, 1943. He attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained his B.Sc in Economics in June 1967 and University of Leeds where he obtained Ph.D degree in Agricultural Economics in 1971.

He became a lecturer at the University of Ife in January 1972 and was promoted to a professor in October 1980.

Caleb Osuntogun || InsideOAU media
Caleb Osuntogun || InsideOAU media

Prof. Osuntogun was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University from January 1990 to September 1991.

7. Prof. Adebowale Omole (1991-1999)

Adebowale attended Ilesha Grammar School (1956-1962) and had a stint as a civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ibadan, before his tertiary education at the University of Ife, an institution that shaped his life, times and remarkable career.

Wale Omole || InsideOAU media
Wale Omole || InsideOAU media

Omole commenced his brilliant academic career at the University of Ife, bagging a Bachelor of Agriculture degree and an M.Phil in Animal Sciences in 1968 and 1970 respectively. Thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Alberta, Canada, where he obtained a doctorate degree in Nutritional Biochemistry in 1973. Bowale paid his dues at Great Ife, climbing the ranks from an assistant lecturer to a Professor of Animal Sciences in the early 1980s. He became the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture in the same alma mater between 1983 and 1985.

Prof had a brief stint at the Alabama A&M University, USA in 1986-1987 as a Professor of Food Science and Animal Industry. His career reached the peak by becoming the Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife between 1991 and 1999.


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8. Prof. Roger Makanjuola (1999-2006)

He is a Professor of Psychiatry. Prof Makanjuola was the Chief Medical Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, from 1989 to 1997. He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor from 1999 to 2006.

Roger Makanjuola || InsideOAU media
Roger Makanjuola || InsideOAU media

Roger got appointed as the President of the West African College of Physicians from 2007 to 2008 and Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria from 2010 to 2011.

9. Prof. Michael Oladimeji Faborode (2006-2011)

Faborode was born in Supare, a town in Akoko, Ondo state where he obtained his Bachelor of Science ( and Master of Science ( degrees at Obafemi Awolowo University, then University of Ife. He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Engineering at the University of Newcastle, UK.

Michael Faborode || InsideOAU media
Michael Faborode || InsideOAU media

Faborode became the 9th Vice-Chancellor in July 2006, after the tenure of Professor Rogers Makanjuola elapsed. Before he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the university, he had served as head of several professional bodies.

He was the former vice president of COREN, an engineering regulatory body in Nigeria.

10. Prof. Idowu Bamitale Omole (2011-2016)

He was born in September, 1954 in Oye, Ekiti state. Prof. Omole obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in History in 1976 and later obtained his (M.A) degree in History from the University of Ife (now OAU). He later proceeded to the University of Bordeaux, France for a M.Phil and a doctorate degree in international relations.

Prof. Omole got appointed as the Vice Chancellor in 2011. During his tenure, OAU was for four consecutive years (2011-2014) ranked number one by webometrics. His administration embarked on 30 major capital projects, among which were; the construction of an Olympic sized swimming pool, moot court, university hall, a 12 storey senate building (jubilee house) and rehabilitations of others. He also led the university to win an $8m grant from the World Bank.

Bamitale Omole || InsideOAU media
Bamitale Omole || InsideOAU media

His contributions were recognized by the Chancellor, His Royal Highness Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and according to him, “Omole will be remembered for a number of achievements but most especially for ensuring that the students are most taught and given skills that are required for them to compete in the job market.”

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**Prof. Anthony Adebolu Elujoba (Acting VC from 2016-2017)

Anthony Elujoba was born in 1948 and is a Nigerian Professor of Pharmacognosis. He is fondly referred to as the “village chemist” because of his involvement in research into medicinal plants.

Anthony Elujoba || InsideOAU media
Anthony Elujoba || InsideOAU media

He was the acting Vice-Chancellor from 2016-2017.

11. Prof. Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede (2017 till date)

Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede was born 23rd January, 1957. He proceeded to Owo High School where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1976. Ogunbodede then proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University where he received a B.Sc in Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He also has a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Lagos (1989) and was a Commonwealth Medical Fellow at University College London between 1991 and 1993.

Eyitope Ogunbodede || InsideOAU media
Eyitope Ogunbodede || InsideOAU media

Eyitope joined the services of Obafemi Awolowo University as a Medical Training Fellow in 1987 and rose through the ranks to become a professor in 2000. As an academic, he has about 100 peer-reviewed scientific journals credited to his name. He has also authored over 40 conference abstracts and 2 books.

Ogunbodede was elected the 11th OAU Vice Chancellor on 8th May, 2017 and is still administering the affairs of the institution till date. The Prof is currently the last on the list of OAU Vice-Chancellors.

READ ALSO: 6 Kinds of OAU classroom folks— which category do you fall into

There are eleven OAU Vice Chancellors right from establishment and one former acting Vice Chancellor (2016-2017). However, most of the past OAU Vice Chancellors hailed from the University of Ibadan and the Obafemi Awolowo University.

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The cost of living as a student in Korea simply varies on two basic factors.

1- Indigenous student.
2- Foreign student.

We know that there will be huge differences between costs of living as an indigenous student and a foreign student.

As it is in other countries, public universities in Korea usually charge lower tuition and fees than private ones and some costs depend on what program you choose to pursue.

TUITION: This is likely the most important cost to consider as a student living in Korea. These fees vary depending on whether it’s a government university or private own. For government universities, the price range is usually about $2000 a semester to $4500 but private universities on the other hand range from about $3000 to $7000. Averagely, undergraduate programs costs range from $1600 – $10800 per semester while graduate programs costs range from $11000 – $20900 per semester.

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RENT: It is affordable with many different housing options available. It ranges from $275 a month in a dormitory or goshiwon (off campus) to $1000 in an expensive room along with a security deposit that might be anywhere from $3000 to $5000.

FOOD: This is another factor in the cost of living there and it is either the second or third biggest expensive. When eating at home, spending varies around $30 – $70 but if you plan to eat out, then expenses that would cost will range from $3 to $20 per meal.

HEALTH INSURANCE: $20 per month on average.

TRANSPORT: As a student living in Korea, public transport serves as a big concern to all or most students. Train or bus rides are $1 each way so for a month, it shouldn’t be more than $40 on average.

INTERNET AND PHONE: This varies greatly in Korea depending on how the student sustains. The internet can be as low as $30 a month (100Mbps) and as high as $50 (1Gbps). It also depends on which city you are in; for example, Seoul and Busan are more expensive while Daejeon is cheaper.

READ MORE: Exclusive: 6 foods OAU students can’t do without

Studying in Korea gives you an absolute advantage, in the process, offering you quality education at affordable prices.

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Living on a Nigerian campus is a very challenging and exciting thing. It is something for the brave hearts really. The one thing that is unique to most Nigerian students is the thrive for survival and no student can evade that.

Getting into Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is the beginning of a phase of struggle and surviving in it is another different thing as it is a system truly made for the strong.

One of the challenges students face on OAU campus is eating good meals and a survey led us to discovering some particular foods they can’t do without. Enjoy the exhilarating piece. Below Listed:

This is the combo of bread and egg. It’s a life saver food that students of OAU can’t do without. The love that OAU students have for risky has made many people to venture into the making of risky. Every popular spots is always full of risky makers.

Risky | InsideOAU media
Risky | InsideOAU media

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This is a life-saver for OAU students which is easy to prepare with few ingredients like Rice, Onion, Palm-Oil etc. Although a kind of rice that can neither be classified as fried nor jollof, it is a combination of anything you can lay your hands upon just to arrive at something edible and sarcastically, it is a student fast approach when there has been too much garri in the belly.

Rice concoction| InsideOAU media
Rice concoction | InsideOAU media


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OAU students will always pray for the inventor of noodles. This is one of OAU students’ best friend. It is one of the foods that is readily available on OAU campus and almost all students favorite for some obvious reasons. OAU students’ love for noodles made some business lovers to start preparing noodles as a business so popular spots on campus at night are full of this cooks.

Noodles | InsideOAU media
Noodles | InsideOAU media

A food that is often time looked down upon, but low-key, most OAU students know that it can’t be avoided to ensure survival on campus is beans. OAU students and beans are inseparable although male students feel they love it more than the girls. This can be eaten with Bread, Garri, Yam or Rice although Bread and Garri are the most popular combination.

Beans | InsideOAU media
Beans | InsideOAU media


The love OAU students have for Spaghetti and Beans made them thought of another way to spice it up. As we have the combo of Rice and Beans, we also the combo of Spaghetti and Beans which forms ‘Spaghewa’.


Known for its size, sweetness and affordability, ‘As e dey hot’ is a snack that falls under the Puff-Puff and Buns category. Many students are used to taking it most of the time due to vast period that academic activities consume.

As e dey hot | InsideOAU media
As e dey hot | InsideOAU media

Spaghetti is one food that is nutritious and while other foods like Rice or Beans can be taken with it, it is often times eaten alone. This is a very common food on OAU Campus which nearly over 70% of OAU students can’t do without eating it in a week.

Spaghetti | InsideOAU media
Spaghetti | InsideOAU media

Which one do you stay glued to the most?

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Various campuses with different kinds of classroom folks but in some schools like OAU, there are far more hilarious ones ranging from the mission mongers to those who unnecessarily attend classes just to roam around the theatre corridors and those kinds of classroom folks can be found in OAU. Some even are in class just to sleep, to rest without much disturbance, sounds abnormal? Some are in class to cause trouble while some attend classes for the fun of it. Find out more of the kinds of classroom folks below. Which category(s) do you fall under?

(1) The Class stabbers: These are the original stabbers who occasionally stab classes and attending lectures once in a blue moon. They can be categorized into two: the ones who don’t even leave where they are to attend lectures and those who go to the theatres but hang around the premises without even entering but only to take a glimpse of what’s going on. They mostly photocopy notes.

(2) The School 2&3 students: This set of students are in class to disturb and to cause menace. They mostly sit towards the back of the class and frustrate the ongoing lecture in every way they can as long as the spot they sit is kinda protected from the claws of the lecturer. They are also the backseat guys.


(3) The Front-row folks: The folks in this category sit atleast at the first 3 seat rows of the class. They rarely cause disturbance but it is deduced they prefer sitting there to catch glimpses of explanations well. Some also to be able to hear the lecturer audibly or see the board clearly.

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(4) The Jonahs: In this part of the world, ‘Jonah’ is a sarcastic general name for someone who sleeps a lot. Some students go to class with the intention of sleeping while some unintentionally bow to that particular call of nature. They find solace in doing that as long as they won’t be disturbed. Some can even sleep for 95% of the lecture period. Sounds weird? Don’t think about it because it occurs a lot and we have them in OAU.

(5) The Clerks of the class: I bet we know who they are especially in OAU. Yes, they more or less have that writing talent. Not really writing contents but writing series of notes. They can write for hours in class without wavering to the pressure of stopping unlike lazy writers like me. They mostly have complete notes and it doesn’t necessarily mean they are front-row folks because they can sit at any angle of the class and still have them.

(6) The Mission mongers: This set of classroom folks rarely attend classes without having a particular mission to undergo. Some go to classes to check out girls and guys while some go to enjoy the bants that occur in some classes. Some attend classes for attendance while some go because they got hint of probable improptu tests. Many other reasons but they rarely attend the lectures without a particular mission.

You are done reading? Wait, don’t just leave. We still have few other categories of OAU classroom folks but the most glaring ones are those listed above. Is your category among? You can do well to kindly use the comment box before you exit.

READ ALSO: July 10: 10 things you should know about the OAU massacre

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My mum says a prayer every morning, she says and I quote, ‘the day the road wants to suck blood, may I not be on the road and the day death will come visiting, may I not be at home’

Nobody knows the day he or she will die, but we all pray that it meets us well and it meets us doing good.

July 10, 1999 is a day that will never be forgotten in the history of OAU. It’s a day that every student of OAU will forever wish never existed in the calender. July 10, OAU lost 5 glorious students to death from Axe-wielding cultists. George Iwilade (Afrika), Yemi Ajiteru, Efe Ekede, Eviano Ekelemu and Tunde Oke, who later died on the operating table, are the names of those who lost their lives that fateful night.

As much as I’d like to discuss the whole story, I realized that it’s been talked about already so many times so I’ll just do something different.

I’ll be explaining ten (10) things you probably didn’t know about the sad event. But before I proceed, I’d like you to take a one-minute pause, especially if you’re an OAU student, as a sign of respect to these heroes who lost their lives for you to have a safe and secured campus.

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Thank you for honouring my request.

Let’s move on


OAU massacre
OAU massacre

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  1. Nine (9) members of the Black Axe Confraternity were initially paraded by the Students Union before being handed over to the police?

According to Prof. Roger Makanjuola’s book, ‘Water must flow uphill’, “On Saturday, 7 March 1999, a group of Black Axe members held a meeting in Ife town. After the meeting, they drove back to the campus. On the main road, Road 1, leading into the campus, they were overtaken by some students in another car. For whatever reason, they were enraged and gave chase to the students. The students, seeing them in pursuit, raced hastily to the car park outside Angola Hall and ran into the adjacent Awolowo Hall for safety.

The Students’ Union, which had also received information that secret cult members were gathering in a house in the senior staff quarters, mobilised in response to the incident. Led by George Iwilade, the Secretary-General, a group of them drove to the house, officially occupied by Mr. F.M. Mekoma, and forced their way into the boys’ quarters. They found nine individuals inside, eight of them students of the University, with a submachine gun, a locally manufactured gun, an axe, a bayonet and the black clothing and regalia of the Black Axe cult. The University authorities were informed, and the members of the secret cult were handed over to the Police. They were held in police custody and taken to the Chief Magistrate’s Court where two weeks later they were granted bail.” From this account, we can successfully deduce that the Nigerian Police Force contributed to the killing of these students! How can a grievous allegation like cultism be treated like it is maggi theft. One thing is for sure, the Nigerian Police Force failed all OAU students.

  1. After they were released, these cult members returned to campus to continue their normal lives and the school management failed to take appropriate measures against them. The school went on a break and returned and these cultists resumed too. All they did was issue ‘releases’ and that, obviously, changed nothing.

  2. The student Union executives, which included Afrika, were the targets of the cultists. The other students who lost their lives, Yemi Ajiteru – a part 2 religious studies student, Efe Ekede – a part 2 psychology student, Tunde Oke – a part 1 student of Philosophy and Eviano Ekelemu – 400 level medical student – were just collateral damage.

  3. After carrying out the attacks and not finding the persons they came for, the cultists moved from Awo hall through the bush beside Fajuyi to their cars and left the campus unchallenged. It is believed that the security officials at the gate got scared and left their duty posts making it a easy exit for the perpetrators.

  4. Days after the event, students were rallied by Lanre Adeleke (Legacy), the then students’ Union president and they went to town searching for the perpetrators in locations where cult members were thought to be living. They “arrested” three individuals and brought them back to Awolowo Hall. These were Aisekhaghe Aikhile, a Part I student of Agricultural Economics, Emeka Ojuagu, and Frank Idahosa (Efosa). Efosa and Ojuagu were arrested in a public transport vehicle that was about to leave Ife. The three of them were savagely beaten and tortured in Awolowo Hall. One of them died in the course of torture.

  5. Kazeem Bello, whose cult name was Kato, confessed that Wale Omole, the then Vice-chancellor of the university, was responsible and sponsored the cultist attack. This isn’t surprising considering the fact that before this dreadful event, Wale Omole was always protecting the cultists and never heeding to the requests of the student Union and never considering the safety of other students. It is a known fact that no cultist was punished during his time as VC. Wale Omole was suspended from his role on the 14th of July 1999.

  6. On 18 July 1999, Prof. Roger Makanjuola was appointed vice chancellor and as replacement to Professor Wale Omole. He promised the students of Obafemi Awolowo University he would do everything in his power to bring the perpetrators to justice. He did try to find justice but it seems like the police weren’t interested in pursuing the case.

  7. The interrogations further revealed that 22 Black Axe members were involved, six from the University, four from the University of Lagos, four from the University of Ibadan, and eight from the University of Calabar.

  8. Two movies have been made about this event. In 2005, a Nollywood movie titled :Dugbe Dugbe’, written and produced by the famous Yoruba movie star, Bukky Wright and a 2016 movie titled, ‘Omo University‘. The writer and producer are currently unknown as at the time of writing this article.

  9. Today makes it 21 years since this event took place. They may be dead but they will forever be remembered. OAU cannot tell its story without the 5 students who made it what it is today – The safest and most secured Federal University in Nigeria.

It is however unfortunate that apart from the yearly remembrance and the stories that have been passed down, OAU has not tried to honour these people in any other way. I suggest a lecture theatre be named after them or a statue be erected and named after them. That way, we’ll preserve their heroic memories

July 10


George Iwilade (Afrika) |OAU massacre
George Iwilade (Afrika) | OAU massacre

George Iwilade (Afrika) |OAU massacre
George Iwilade (Afrika) |OAU massacre


Forever in our hearts.


NOTE: This is a re-modified version of a Wikipedia post. You can go read the detailed explanation of the events there.

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Epilepsy is a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures. It may occur as a result of a genetic disorder or an acquired brain injury, such as a trauma or stroke.

Causes of Epilepsy:

• Low oxygen during birth.

• Head injuries that occur during birth or from accidents during youth or adulthood.

• Brain tumors.

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• Genetic conditions that result in brain injury, such as tuberous sclerosis.

• Infections such as meningitis or encephalitis.

• Stroke or any other type of damage to the brain.

It can not be cured, but it can be managed.


The Yoruba Movie Industry needs to do better! In every movie, they portray it as one that is transferrable. THIS IS WRONG!

When you find someone with epilepsy, here’s what you should do;

• Keep other people out of the way.

This is not to prevent others from catching it, rather it is to allow the victim get enough air.

• Clear hard or sharp objects away from the victim.

Yes! When the seizure starts, the victims have no control over their movements neither are they aware of their immediate environment. It is Important to clear harmful objects away from the person.

• Don’t try to hold victim down or stop the movements.

Seizures are UNCONTROLLABLE! You can’t stop it. You can’t reduce it. Just let it run its course. However, you can help the victims break their fall.

• Place the victim on his/her side, to help keep victim’s airway clear.

• Look at your watch at the start of the seizure, to time its length.

This act is mostly done when the victim is undergoing treatment. With proper medication, the seizure incidents will not be occur frequently neither will the seizures take too long before the victims feel better.


•  Don’t put anything in victim’s mouth.

Please! Don’t put anything in victim’s mouth. Not a spoon, not your finger, nothing! You can puncture victim’s gum, ruin their teeth or even break their jaw. Just roll them to their side till they feel better.

Please do not run away from someone with epilepsy. You can touch them. I think our movie industry needs to do better on this issue.

Please share for others to read. 😁

Thank You.

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Commonly, we have plenty lecture theatres on OAU campus and nearly 90% of the OAU students community practice night reading which can also be called TDB i.e ‘Till Day Break’. Night reading in lecture theatres on OAU campus is an act of engrossing oneself into studying, if not overnight but for many hours of the night within the boundary of the lecture theatres.

Many students practice this in various lecture theatres present on campus and listed here are the top 7 most used ones and you can do well to comment your best 3 out of the listed 7.

(7) WHITE HOUSE OVENS: Located in the Faculty of Science, a set of two mini lecture theatres, one belonging to Chemistry and the other belonging to Physics is one of the most frequented by OAU students for an overnight reading session. The lecture rooms are on the first floor of the 2 storey building of the White House and beneath it is a ground floor consisting of some offices. The White House ovens are known for heavy crowd presence and it is a place close to the areas where most activities occur on campus.

(6) LAW LECTURE THEATRES: Located in the Faculty of Law, the lecture theatres here are also a place filled with heavy crowd presence especially at night. The silence and comfortability of seats in the theatres also make part of why most students prefer using the place for overnight sessions. It also has one of the longest lecture theatres in OAU hereby creating enough space for night readers who prefer to use the facility.

(5) FASA AUDITORIUM (AUD 1 and 2): Located at the Faculty of Arts, the two auditoria are known for unending students’ presence especially during overnight reading sessions. AUD is one of the lecture theatres where you can have issues securing a space at night if you choose to go in search of it for reading late in the night.

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(4) ODUDUWA LECTURE THEATRES (ODLT 1 and 2): Located beneath the wondrous Amphitheatre, the ODLT is another vital lecture theatre where many students visit at night. Presence of constant light and some spaces in between the two theatres is an advantage. Presence of vendors selling at night also aids in the enormous population of students that use the place at night and despite some programs held at the Amphitheatre sometimes at night causing noise nuisance, ODLT is still always filled up.

(3) FIRST BANK LECTURE THEATRE: The 500-capacity lecture theatre is also one of the popular hosts for night readers. Located opposite the Faculty of Education, the FBLT is broad and wide enough to accompany a lot of students at a time but despite the vast space, it is difficult at times to secure space late in the night as it is often filled to the brim.

(2) HEALTH SCIENCES LECTURE THEATRES (HSLT A, B and C): Located at the College of Health sciences, the HSLT is one of the most used for night reading on OAU campus. It is also an embodiment of comfortability as the College of Health Sciences isnt really a noisy place at night.

(1) ADMIN EXTENSION LECTURE THEATRES (A, B, C and D): Unarguably the most used lecture theatre at night, located at the Faculty of Administration extension area beside the department of Music, its nearness to halls of residence, the presence of stable light, comfortability in the theatres are part of what makes student use the place constantly and consistently. In a place like that, the earlier you arrive there to study, the better, because most times, it is usually filled to the brim and to secure a space could seem difficult at times.

Now which is your top 3? Do well to comment below.

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