Fountain University Don, Rasheed Adebiyi, Wins Solutions Journalism Africa Fellowship

A lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication, Fountain University, Osogbo, Rasheed Adebiyi has been announced as one of the winners of the 2022 Solutions Journalism Africa Fellowship. This announcement was made on Tuesday to unveil the second cohort of the fellows of the Solutions Journalism Africa Initiative by the Nigeria Health Watch.

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Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) Gives Scholarship Awards to Nigerian Youths

Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI), a non-governmental organization committed to promoting educational and career development of youths in Nigeria has provided financial supports to 56 secondary school students to register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and National Examination Council (NECO) examination. The awards including 50 UTME and six NECO free forms were presented to the awardees on February 25, 2022 during the 3rd Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony of the organization held at the Alumni Centre, University of Ibadan.

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I underestimated the mental and emotional stress that comes with running a home, working and studying for a PhD – Dr. Rashidat Akande

I had my first child in the first year of my PhD, at that point I had a very ambitious proposal but lacked enough clarity to work on it. I was really wasting much time despite my supervisor’s warning. I had my second child in the third year of my programme, by then, I had a better clarity and was overhauling my original proposal when I discovered I was pregnant for my third child while my second was barely a year. This was when I slipped into a mild depression – I just wasn’t sure I could carry on anymore with my work, 3 kids and a PhD – I think I became very unproductive for a couple of months and was not showing up for anything.

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My PhD thesis is an interlink between my passion, professional experience and current trends in the creative industry- Morolake Dairo

MD: Thank You. My name is Morolake Dairo and I recently completed a PhD in Media and Communication from the School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. During my Master’s degree programme at the same school (SMC), I had the opportunity of being lectured by facilitators who lectured part-time and had a full-time job in the industry. I found the possibility of passing down real-life knowledge and experience to students very interesting. In addition to that, I have always been interested in research. And so alongside my full-time career in marketing and brand communications, I decided to pursue a doctorate to explore the possibility of a dual career in the marketing communications industry and academia.

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My PhD Experience: Initiating and Ensuring Sustainable Relationship with Supervisors

In my own case, I had the luck of having a supervisor well known to me. She (God bless Dr. Yinka Egbokhare) neither supervised my project at undergraduate nor at Master’s level. But, I have always admired her from a far as a student in her class for the first 4 years as an undergraduate. Popularly known as Aunty Yinka, I appreciate her style of teaching. She combined theory with practicals. And I have followed her style since then. She introduced the advertising competition among 300 Level students of Communication and Language Arts then. I copied that when I became coordinator of my department in 2017. She was one of the panel of judges for the Creativity Challenge that has become a tradition in FUOMass Communication today. I remembered I brought her to Osogbo for a public review/reading of her book – the Dazzling Mirage. That was way back after my first degree. Then, a Master’s degree or PhD was not even in the plan. Then we had a joint programme with the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN, University of Ibadan Chapter) and the Ate Ogbon Literary Club. She was a strong pillar of the association then. We were together at the Zoological Garden, Ibadan with select secondary school students from Osogbo and Ibadan.  

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My PhD Experience : Hunting for a PhD and Selecting a Working Topic

For me, joining the race for a PhD was to advance my career. I have always loved teaching. And I “rose through the ranks” from being a primary school teacher pre admission for first degree to becoming a teacher in the university. That is why I tell people there is no level of education I have not taught in Nigeria. There was once a time that it would be difficult for me to visit any tertiary institution in the South West without meeting a student I had once taught. I found it easy to gravitate towards teaching after my first degree. I spent the first four years post first degree teaching and molding the younger generation in a secondary school. I also enrolled for a Master’s degree. So, when I was beginning to feel some kind of internal frustration, I quit.

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Germany chose me for my PhD and gave me the wings to fly in the academic world- Fola Ogungbemi

My name is Fola Ogungbemi. I grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria and attended the University of Ibadan where I studied chemistry and analytical chemistry at both Bachelor and Master level respectively. Due to my zeal and passion to learn more and to contribute to knowledge, I got a scholarship to enrol for another Master’s programme at University of Koblenz, Landau in Germany where I had the opportunity to delve from chemistry to ecotoxicology. I became highly passionate about everything ecotoxicology and proceeded to complete a PhD at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany. I am very passionate about helping graduate students find their fit in the academic world. Therefore, I founded enviroscholars.com in 2015, a database for graduate and postdoctoral scholarships.

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My passion to help in rebranding the teaching profession in Nigeria made me the first African to win the 2022 TOEFL Prize- Oluyemisi Adedokun-Oladejo

I am Oluyemisi A. Adedokun-Oladejo and I work with the Ogun State Teaching Service Commission. I hold a master’s degree in English from the University of Ibadan. I have a number of book titles to my name, including Premium English Grammar which is a comprehensive grammar guide for learners and teachers of English. I am also a freelance IELTS trainer, a public speaker and a spoken word poet. I was the winner of the 2020 African Writers’ Prize for Creative Non-fiction and a co-winner of the 2021 Ogun State Academic Laurel.

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I am still shocked at the things that I was made to do and the abuse that I went through in the hands of those that were expected to help me – Julieth Gudo

I come from a very disadvantaged background in Zimbabwe which led to my failure to proceed with education after completing grade seven when my parents died. As a child sitting at home and not doing anything other than facing the harsh socio-economic hardships and a child marriage that was about to happen, I decided to leave home when I lost my paternal grandmother who had become my guardian. I travelled to South Africa with others in search for greener pastures. We travelled through the bushes and the crocodile infested Limpopo River as we had no proper documents. I will never forget that painful journey.

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Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology makes First Indigenous PCR Device

Egypt has made its first local PCR machine. The device was made at the Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology, Cairo Scene has reported. The digitized PCR device, designed by a team at the university’s Microelectromechanical Systems Laboratory, has the capacity to detect viral and bacterial infections in food. Supported by Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) through the Information Technology Academia Collaboration (ITAC) initiative, the project was funded with EGP 1.7 million.

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