The three winners of the UNICAF essay competition ‘Higher Education of international quality shaping the leaders of tomorrow in Nigeria and in Africa’, received their prizes and talked to media representatives at the award ceremony, held on January 9, at the UNICAF offices in Lagos.
First winner was Folashade Shodipo, a diction and phonetics teacher from Iyana-Ipaja, who won a full scholarship to pursue a Master’s of Business Administration with Unicaf University, plus a monetary reward of N100,000 in cash. Speaking to journalists at the ceremony, Folashade said the UNICAF Scholarship Programme is helping enhance the higher education system in Nigeria.
“It is one of the best ways for Nigerians to get access to higher education through online study, because it is all encompassing and the teaching personnel is qualified and experienced” said Folashade and continued, “University education in Nigeria is getting more expensive every year, so UNICAF serves as a credible, flexible and affordable choice. More institutions should copy this beautiful idea, so that more African people have access to low cost, credible higher education”.
First runner up, Chekwube Okeke, a college teacher from Lagos, won a full scholarship to pursue a Professional Development Short Course with Unicaf University, plus N50,000 in cash.
He said “the younger generation should not give up on higher education because of how expensive it has become, but they should strive hard to increase their knowledge and skills. Information is now at their fingertips, they should search online for education opportunities because knowledge is power”.
He further said that “the Nigerian government should help in establishing more online providers of higher learning, and higher education should become more practical, pragmatic and less theoretical”. Chekwube expressed great appreciation to UNICAF for the rare opportunity given to him.
Second runner-up, Emmanuel Babatope Famokun, a Communications Consultant in Lagos, stressed that UNICAF has really inspired him with the concept of quality higher education made available online, and not confined within the four walls of a classroom. He advised fellow Nigerians to “tap into higher education opportunities available through the Internet to get empowered and exposed to many other nationalities and cultures.”
Emmanuel won a full scholarship to pursue a Professional Development Short Course with Unicaf University.
The UNICAF Scholarship Programme has offered so far scholarships to eligible individuals in Africa and the rest of the world worth more than 90 million USD and has helped change more than 15 thousand lives, through international quality higher education.
Check out the programme at www.unicaf.org