“Thanks to all those friends,
Colleagues and teachers,
Who have opened doors, for
Us to see the world clearly”
It struck my mind as I kept on reading the biography of a stalwart in this field
A field where kids like us are regarded as neophytes. Unbelievably, why I have done this it actually cannot be said. However, it is necessary, for in due season when more spices have been gotten, a better delicacy would be made in honor of Dr. Tunde Akanni, the Bakayoko of my time as in the tale he once recommended for us to go through, and to see the struggles of Africans in the past, those who know Semene Ousmane can relate.
The early morning lectures came thick and fast. I cannot exactly recall this day, but it happened during my travails in the windy plains of LASUSOC. That was when I met him, with his grandiloquence, to students of this age, of the new media. I knew my neurotransmitter would not refuse this man who everybits of his spoken word told me who I ought to be.
Bewildered by his enormous achievements, and yet his humility to give room to us, to bare our thoughts and share our weaknesses, Dr Akanni always listen to everyone of us. Many students would testify to this sentence of mine. He is the “Aturu” of this day, though not as a lawyer, but as an activist who fits the bill of a lawyer, for he won’t let the man die in him when tyranny comes.
Sir, you surely would make series and volumes if your voyages were something I could put down. Is it about your days and times in far away Brazil, in Leicester the land of our masters, the Netherlands, and many places I needless to mention, maybe a lover of adventures, if I may deduce.
Sometime ago, in one of his numerous interviews, I singlehandedly picked the opinion he gave to “This day”, one year ago, about how children should utilize their long holidays, adding that parents should also begin to focus on encouraging collaborative projects that will add value to their children whether they are on holidays or not. He represented a parent or a guidance to many of us, and even from afar, his words travelled faster than the bullet train, in helping me to discover much more than I have become.
As a political Science student, who is in love with journalism, and an addiction for writing, one thing many do not know – and which till current day has been the oil of my engine never to breakdown – was the fact that one could be what one is determined to become. I also learned this from him, with a second class lower in English language, at the university of Ilorin.
Today, he has mentored and championed many first class students of this age, and I strongly believe this didn’t happen by magic, but because of his determination to make it beyond average. Although I advised you never to compare a second class during the 1980’s to a first class of today, the standard hasn’t really changed, but you won’t be doing yourself any good, if you decide to compare the society now and then morally.
If many others are like him, then I already foresee an era of new world beaters. That when the current legends fades away, with time as all shall someday do, the rising suns in us shall stand tall at the table of knowledge, and instill that which we have inherited from men such as this into the starving system of our education. Who then will you be to challenge me that our land won’t rise again?
To many of us who still might not know who we have among us, a legend, too many a names that I can decide to call him Bilal, a new breed – we have freedom of expression and internet rights, (NJIRI) Nigeria journalist internet rights. But he was a fore fighter during the times when the battlefield was like that of Vietnam. What do you expect from a human right activist, a political analyst? I can tell you Mr. Musibau, would also be remembered as a foundation for the rights we also enjoyed today.
So, I ask when should we enjoy noble men? When should we celebrate them? I don’t need to wait till it’s their birthday, nor pour them tributes when they are gone. Moreover, Dr. Akanni has too much years ahead to supervise what we are becoming.
Why do I choose the word cosmos? Might it not be too big to eulogise a man? But nothing is too big to use for your role model. Their mantras are whatever definition you give it. He is one of the big boys who passed through Concord newspaper, and still fares big- time in Nigeria today. So, it is a challenge for young minds like us, not just to level up to him, but if possible, surpass him.
I can now use this little space remaining to tell you the causes he cared about, and I can tell you categorically he would attend to you in person. There would never be anything like ‘drop a message’. He is always online for issues like Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Politics, Poverty Alleviation, Science and Technology, Social Services.
If impacts were made to your resilience in your struggles in life through the little time you know people, compared to the very men you have met, then know quite well you have a lot to take from such men. If they need not tell you who they are but their actions speak volumes, then know well, they are fit for role models, and if one example is needed Dr. Akanni fits the click. I have known only but a few about him, and with the passage of time, more about him would surely crop up in a crescendo.
I am just a speck among the very lives he has touched, and..
To me, he is a cosmos alone, with a legacy in progress.
Consequences of sleep deprivation
Sleep deprivation causes daytime fatigue and this is problematic most especially to university students. It can result to increased risk in academic failure, compromised learning, impaired mood and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.
Deprivation of sleep among university students can result to an inability to pick key points from what the lecturer says. Impulsive behaviour, fatigue, depression, and paronia are also consequences of insufficient sleep.According to HealthLine, it drains your mental abilities and puts your physical health at real risk. This is a major problem that should be addressed.
Students are advised to avoid unnecessary activities that takes too much of their time in the night, and deprives them of adequate sleep.
Sleeping before and after specific memory tasks should be a habit because it plays an integral part in memory consolidation.
A seminar workshop should be organised to talk about deprivation of sleep, the effects it can have on students.
Deformed but not Disabled
I recently came to a fascinating discovery, an epiphany so to speak. The word disability should not be applicable to handicaps, at least not for those who have a physical condition of some sort. It is one thing to have a deformity and another to have a disability. Ascribing disability to deformity or using both terms in the same light is just not right.
A deformity of the body does not make a person disabled. It is impossible to see how a human with no deformity at all can successfully execute every physical activity without varying degrees of success or failure. This is why some tasks are meant for some people while others aren’t. This is why people choose between activities, have preferences, leaving out the ones they’re not well practiced in, considering their strengths as well as weaknesses. To say that deformity implies a state of disability would unfairly suggest that all handicaps should have no preference of activities, it would be to deprive them of the privilege of choice, and would suggest, albeit erroneously, that they should have no strength and weaknesses with varying degrees of success in activities just as is applicable to other people. It is in light of this that it is most appropriate to see handicaps as “differently abled” and NOT disabled. And in that light, we’re all differently abled whether or not one has a physical condition or deformity.
I’m well abreast of philosophy and its tenets. I’m also well apprehensive of the fact that inequality is an inevitability of fate. For we humans, even by our very own standards, are predisposed to judging ourselves unfairly. I do not seek to bring all humans to a level playing field, one that encompasses all facets of life and the universe. There is no justice in this world. But the fact that all humans cannot be placed on the same pedestal doesn’t mean others should be defined, confined, constricted or subjected to a single derogatory or inflammatory word, one that has been grossly miscalculated and overstated. That label of limitation is a consequence of our very own twisted pathology, the end result of our waterloo.
Those who came about the dictionary got it all wrong when they incorporated the word “disability” into the dictionary. I’m also tempted to think and have good reason to believe it’s one of the root causes of discrimination. This is how we create labels and these labels that we create become the norm and standard of the society. This is how racism, sexism and other forms of segregative ideologies and movements came about. Like the panoramic plaque, it starts with a very small and insignificant word and then degenerates into an agitation by some sections of the society for some other sections or kinds of people in the society to be relegated, segregated, or deprived of certain rights and privileges. Let us put a stop to the ideology of one man that becomes religion and doctrine for a billion others. Let us put an end to the LABEL. Then and only then, can we be said to be truly free, with independence of thought and the embrace of humanity.
How to improve your academic performance
Humans, are said to be the product of what we choose to be in life. Before changes can be achieved, self-determination, positivism and taking action must be exhibited.
It’s not enough as students to aim high or dream big academically but also to check if you have what it takes to get the desired result.
Just like a camera captures our exact postures, our various levels of seriousness and attitude towards greatness can be measured through our academic performance, and as students from various fields of study we should know that not performing to our expectation means our effort is not enough so we need to work harder.
It’s of no doubt that doing the right thing brings about positive result ,so as students, there are some basics things that needs to be done to enhance our academic performance , they include:
- Attending lectures frequently,
- Doing all assignment and submitting when due,
- Participating in class activities,
- Making friends with those better than you academically.
- Visiting the library and not always depending on class notes alone
- Always reading ahead of class to clarify things not clear enough.
- Killing the reading only when exam comes syndrome
- Believing in yourself.
As we all know if we fail to plan then we are planning to fail, if we dont take the necessary steps now, tomorrow might be late, so let’s set our goals and plans right.
In a nutshell, in a bid to ensure academic excellence as lasuites, we need to rise from our bed and do the needful to achieve all we ever dream of as world class students of this great institution.
The positive and negative impact of Social Media and the Internet among students of the Lagos State University.
The Social media and internet is a platform which was created to entertain, gather information and socialize with people from different parts or corners of the world. The social media has been created in such a way that it can be accessible from any device that is connected to the internet and can be used by both children and adults, as long as they have good access to the internet on their devices.
The social media has both positive and negative impacts. The major users of this social media are the youths, but focusing mainly on the negative and positive impacts of social media among the students of the Lagos State University.
The social media most times tends to be overused among students which can sometimes lead to addiction. Most LASU students spend so much time on different social media platforms doing both things that can have positive and negative impacts on them and as such it begins to affect their daily life as well as their education.
However the social media has has more negative impacts than positive. Most times as soon as students wake up, they are on social media. They are always online and the time spent online can be used to do something positive or have a positive impact in their lives.
The use of Social media has turned most LASU students to procrastinators. Most times they delay their school work or assignments because they cannot do without being on their phones. It has even gotten to an extent where students now operate on social media during lectures or classes rather than pay attention, which then leads to their phones being seized and then they begin to follow the lecturer everywhere just so they can get their phones back. It has even gotten to an extent where students stay back in school just so they can get free Wifi.
Moreover, despite the large negative impact there are also some positive impacts of the social media. One of them includes the advertisement of different goods and services being sold by different LASU students.
Another positive impact is that student no longer need to visit the library to get information for assignments or project when it can easily be done on their phones or devices.
LASU on fire!
Believers have proved that Institutions all over the world are not only in the world but of the world. It takes more than the physical to survive in the midst of thorns. To curb this on-going trend, students must be ready to burn! To burn in the sense that, they must be ready to be immune to physical forces and the things of the world that will lead to destruction due to the fire emanating from them, in the spiritual realm.
The Lagos State University has decided to embark on this fire burning journey with no going back. The LASU Christian Community (LCC) is set to make a change in the institution! A power packed program was organised. This held for 6 days, which started on Tuesday, 18th of September till Saturday 23rd of September. This is serious. LASU has proved that life should not be taken with levity. To aid the burning sensation, three (3) Ministers of God were invited for the impartation of the word!
The first minister was in the person of Apostle Joshua Selman. He is a Nigerian televangelist and a revelational teacher of the word of God. He is the senior pastor of Christ Gospel Church, Samaru, Zaria, kaduna state, Nigeria. He is also the host of KOINONIA; a weekly programme organised by the Eternity Network International. His Sermon which lasted for 2 days; Tuesday, 18th of September – Wednesday, 19th of september, was on the topic; “Understanding times and seasons”, “The power of covenant”. It was power packed consisting of instant testimonies!
The second minister was in the person of Apostle Ayo Akingbade. He is the founder of Ayo Akingbade Ministries International; the outreach arm of WORLD REDEMPTION FOUNDATION MINISTRIES INC. It focuses on preaching, teaching and healing. The ministry’s mission is To take the healing power of Jesus Christ to all nations. His ministration was on the topic; “The covenant keeping God” but was centred on “the flowing river of Grace, Anointing and life”. Wonders floated all through the program as miracles filled the air! This definitely took place on Thursday, 20th of September.
A musical outreach organised by the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) was held on Friday 21st of September. It was tagged ‘Amazing Grace Musical Outreach’. Diverse bands were present to minister in various voices and performances. The likes of–The Asaph, The Guitar Choir, The Anonymous Theatre, Holy Flame, amongst the rest. Students of the LASU were super energised and they spent almost half of the day dancing and screaming. The word by Pastor Olukoya was included also. The program was slated to commence by 12:00pm but due to one reason or the other, electronics and the population to be specific, it did not start until 2:00pm.
The third minister was in the person of Pastor Folaranmi Tunde-Oyediran who is a dynamic and inspirational youth pastor. He is a pastor, life coach and youth development consultant. A voracious reader and has authored over fifteen inspirational books that cut across all spheres of life. His ministration was based on “Man of purpose and Vision”. Reason why a man should live a purposeful and vision filled life was enlightened in the impartation session. Indeed it was power packed!
All these made up the LCC week and there are clear evidences that indeed LASU is burning with a never quenching fire.
Lagos State University selected to host Hult Prize
Lagos State University selected to Host local edition of Hult Prize as students answer United Nation’s Challenge and go head-to-head for US $1million
Soyemi Toluwalashe recently announced that the Lagos State University has been selected to host a local edition of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for the creation of new social businesses. The annual Hult Prize awards one million dollars in start-up funding to the team of students that develops the most radical and breakthrough idea to solve one of our world’s toughest social challenges.
In partnership with the United Nations, the Hult Prize is hosting college and university events around the world in search of the next game-changing start-up. Soyemi Toluwalashe will be leading the Hult Prize at Lagos State University initiative, and is confident that his peers on campus have as good as chance as anyone to go all the way and with this year’s Hult Prize. “The Hultprize has brought student entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and students leaders to form a big sphere of ideas, innovation and network. Students shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity” – Soyemi Toluwwlashe
The winner of the intra-campus event will automatically advance to compete in one of fifteen regional finals happening around the world next March. One winning team from each host city will then move onto a summer business incubator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business. A final round of competition will be hosted in September 2018, where the winning team to be awarded the $1,000,000 prize.
Hult Prize at Lagos State University is now recruiting volunteers and teams who are interested in registering for the competition.
To learn more, contact the Campus Director on: +2348128388296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Hult Prize@ LASU.
About the Hult Prize Foundation
The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship that brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The annual initiative is the world’s largest student competition and crowd-sourcing platform for social good, and has been funded by the Hult family since its inception in 2009. To learn more, visit www.hultprize.org
Encouraging outcome as blood donation exercise holds in LASU
Alimosho General Hospital alongside Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee organized “the voluntary blood donations exercise”in Lagos State University on September 18, 2018 at the Faculty of Science.
According to the Centre for Information Press and Public Relation (CIPPR) records states that over 60 students have donated blood which is highly encouraging and there is hope that more students would turn up for the exercise as the visit to other faculty commences.
The institution does not only see this exercise as a Corporate Social Responsibility, but also as an opportunity to show that there has been a transformation from the former LASU they all know.
In order to back up the statement that there’s been a positive change and upgrade to the university, this exercise also expresses that the school can give out and be of positive impact to its surroundings.
In an interview with one of the medical personnels present on campus for the exercise, it came to light that Tuesday’s outcome was good, it could have been better,”Fear and ignorance is what actually restricts some students and staff from partaking in this exercise. They always worry about if we the personnels can be careful enough,” said Mr Fadahunsi.
“They even go about asking questions like, ‘What if they use an unsterilized needle on me? What if they take too much blood from me? What if the blood donation has a negative impact on my health?’
These are questions that keep hanging in the mind of most people during blood donation exercises, but it is guaranteed that proper measures are taken during the donation process, so it would be a great pleasure to see other students come out and support,” he concluded.
The exercise continues on Wednesday September 19, and would end on Thursday September 20. Based on the encouraging outcome so far it’s a possibility that the rest of the exercise would be a success.
Have LASU succeeded in putting an end to immoral dressing?
There seems to be a lot of progress in all facets of the law, a swivel to the dress code which has almost turned the School to a center of “pick your choice, and enjoy” seems also to be in tacit oblivion as the School authorities are now on the toes of law breachers, but there seems to be a little more to be done, to actually achieve the decency across the School.
The Lagos State University new dress code as earlier reported in an online publication, by Pulse Nigeria took effect from February 2015. Even though three years down the line it all looks like normal fallacy, as there seems to be no changes, but rather a plethora of more indecent exposure of their body by the students. Which therefore gave the urgent need to ban some kinds of dressing.
Among the newly banned clothing items are gang colours and shorts. All students have been oriented to abide by the new dress code and the Lasu Marshals have been tasked with the responsibility of enforcing the new changes. The school took a big step by pasting a banner at the front of the main gate and also in front of the school libraries.
Although default of dress code which is strictly backed with consequences if looked down upon has been unpleasantly disobeyed by most students as they have ceased to abide by the new dress code which they consider as inappropriate and uncalled for in comparance to other universities, the management decision seems to prevail, as some faculty apart from faculty of law have now start to exhibit their uniforms, such as the Accounting.
The school’s new dress code is meant to solve the problems of increase in immorality and lessening cult group members but little progress is what is been recorded so far, in regards to this case. Some students still manage to easily and sneakily manipulate their way into dressing as they desire. This behaviours are uncalled for as most students who still dress like hookers and hooligans tarnish the image of the school in any little way they can, thats now another issue for another time, for in scenarios like this we understand how unrepentant some students can be.
The university management’s attention should be drawn to this as the new dress code and rules seems to fall on deaf ears, except if continuously carried out with the iron fists of the law
THE TRUTH ABOUT LASU REST ROOMS
Choleras, dysenteries and other diseases related to unhealthy habits have for some times now dominate the headlines of our terrestrial news, much more alarming is the fact that some of this news aren’t even reported, because poor attitude towards this sad habit has make it a normal routine for both the young and old, but did you know that its now creeping to the citadel of knowledge where much more is expected to be known, and even preventive measures are expected to be taken.
To be neat is to be healthy, but I am going towards the dimensions of healthy tips using the restrooms, Lasu, as my community for the time been, needs to be address particularly students of this pavilion, many times students complain about, how dirty, unkempt, sometimes how broken the walls of the toilets are, but in actual sense, the walls aren’t just broken except for you who broke them, those floors aren’t unkempt except for you my fellow students who left them the way we ever met them, in short the problem is how well are we utilizing the ones we have, even though basic amenities are short of what we need at large.
Nowadays the LASU restrooms are been avoided, due to the aforementioned reasons above, and this trend needs urgent solution, The restroom that was made to be accommodating is now turning to where people don’t even want to be at all due to the fear of contacting infections and other unknown types of diseases. Borrowing a mantra known to us all politically change is basically what everyone dreams to have, but the change can only begin with us by doing the right thing which I believe sooner or later would mould LASU to the shape we all have in mind, in terms of cleanliness and usage of toilets wise.
When you cut out your “I don’t care attitude” and embrace thorough cleanliness, you and I would begin to see the,true effort of the environment cleaners, moreover, aside from the above , one of the areas lasu has showed active interest in it’s students’ well being is by making provisions for a conducive restroom, almost in most faculties across the school premises.
I therefore implore students of various categories to try and maintain the restrooms been provided to them by their different faculties to prevent an impending epidemic within our college, as they say “A stitch in time saves nine”