30 Make First Class as KWASU Holds 6th Convocation…to Honour Mbeki, Adeola, Jaigbade with Doctorate.
Not less than 30 students will be conferred with First Class degrees at the sixth Convocation Ceremony of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2018.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, who disclosed this at a Pre-Convocation Press Briefing on Tuesday, June 5, also revealed the University’s intention to confer Honorary Doctoral Degrees on three distinguished personalities at a Special Convocation Ceremony to be announced later.
He said the honourees, as approved by the University Senate, include Mr. Thabo Mbeki, former South African President; Mr. Tajudeen Afolabi Adeola (Fola Adeola) OFR, one of the founders of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB); and Alhaji Jaigbade Alao, the King of Dadakuada.
Na’Allah also noted that for the first time in the history of the University, five postgraduate students would be awarded Doctoral Degrees at the Convocation.
He added that a total of 1,126 undergraduate students would also be awarded first degrees across disciplines.
The don explained that the conferment of the honourary doctoral degrees was in recognition of distinguished personalities who have immensely contributed to the development of Nigeria, Africa, and the world, while their acts absolutely represented the values of the University.
He stated that Mbeki would be conferred with a doctoral degree in Political Science; Adeola in Entrepreneurship; and Alao in Literature.
``For Thabo Mbeki, it was during his time that transformation of Organisation of African Unity (OAU) happened; what we call African Union today. He was also the architect of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), whose aim is to develop an integrated socio-economic development framework for Africa, among other things.’’
``This University appreciates the immense contribution that this man did in ensuring that all the failures of OAU are clearly understood through the transformation that really happened.’’
The Vice-Chancellor stated that the degree was a sign of appreciation for Mbeki’s leadership and to serve as an example to other presidents; ``it is not typical to have great people like that’’, he noted.
``Throughout his rule in South Africa, the economy was strong; he was an intellectual. His courage, brilliance and hard work are what KWASU saw and we feel this is a kind of value KWASU must celebrate.’’
He described the second recipient of the degree, Mr. Adeola, as a Nigerian Accountant, an Entrepreneur and a Politician, one of whose notable achievements, he said, was the establishment of the GTB.
``This University discovered that our entrepreneurship spirit was demonstrated in the way he developed that bank. We saw it as a revolution in the bank industry. Till today, it is evident in the kind of changes, newness, and revolution that you see in our banking system. It is one of the leading, if not the leading banks we have.
``That is not the only thing he has done, he also founded the FATE Foundation. FATE is a non-governmental organisation which aims to encourage entrepreneurship, using a mix of training, mentoring, loan support and consulting to support young Nigerians. To date, it has served 30,000 young Nigerian entrepreneurs.
``He has served on a committee that helped this nation on the issue of pension; he helped the nation to fine-tune and develop a system that if we properly manage and properly execute, will be great. He is very selfless and represents the kind of human beings that KWASU identifies to represent the values that this University carries very strongly.’’
Prof. Na’Allah described the third recipient, Alhaji Jaigbade Alao, as the King of Dadakuada performance who would compare easily with best poets and Nobel Laurette winners across the world.
He further stated that Alao’s kind of art is not art just for art sake but art for the sake of life as he gave exceptional representation to African value, culture, aesthetics and tradition in his works. ``He does not sing just because he wants you to dance but he sings because he wants you to be a great human being. He addresses issues that will not just protect the community or society, he ensures society’s continued progress.
``He is a regular visitor to our campus and has performed so many times for our students. We feel that as a person who has performed poetry; we see his work among the best African traditional poetries in quality, performance, delivery and putting things together,” Na’Allah remarked.
The helmsman said Alao’s ideas represent the University’s value for Community Development.