Three students from the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, have won the Spirit of the Competition Award at the 4th International Negotiation Competition in New Delhi, India.
The trio were Oyewole Faith Bamise, Oyiki Great, Ayansola Oluwaseun Joshua, all 500 Level students of the faculty of law (OAU). Mr M. A. Latest, lecturer in the same faculty was their team coach.
It was the first time a Nigerian team participated in the competition.
The Competition was organized by U.K. based firm of Herbert Smith Freehills, HSF, in collaboration with and hosted by the National Law University, New Delhi, India.
According to Oyewole Faith Bamise:
“It is the best experience ever. Competing with different schools from all over the world including the likes of Oxford University, UK, University of Queenland, Australia, Melbourne University, Australia, University of Technology, Sydney and so on, was quite a memory sticking experience and a lot was learnt from it. Apart from the competition, we got more exposed and connected with people who are vast in this area of law from HSF.”
Oyiki Great also praised his teammates, stating that the trio’s prior friendship earned them their ground breaking performance. According to Oyiki:
“Awesome guys. I think this was all possible because we have a common drive. In addition, their intelligence is matchless.
For our team coach Mr M. A. Lateef, his words of advice have brought us this far. He treated us like his mates. His sacrifice to our success can’t be downplayed. If I’m to do this again, I would do it with the same set of people.”
Speaking on getting sponsorship for the competition, Ayansola explained:
“It was extremely difficult. It’s always been. For those who know me I started the #VENT Campaign on Instagram to address this same issue of funding and the de-emphasizing of scholarship in our society.
It took family and friends and the significant intervention of Mr Adesegun Akin-Olugbade (OON), Mr Gbenga Oyebode (MFR) chairman of Aluko & Oyebode and the firm of Banwo & Ighodalo for us to make the trip at the last moment. We will forever be indebted to the aforementioned sponsors.
We wish the University will invest more in ventures of this nature which can certainly attract foreign partners to Obafemi Awolowo University and increase the School’s reputation internationally.”
However, their team coach M. A. Lateef ESQ, expressed his excitement with the extraordinary performance of the team members.
Pius Adesanmi, has been named the recipient of the Canada Bureau of International Education (CBIE) Leadership Award for 2017.
Mr. Pius Adesanmi, a professor of English language and Literature at Carleton University, Canada, heads the university’s Institute of African Studies. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia.
The letter dated September 8 was signed by the President and Chief Executive of CIBE, Karen McBride and read as follows:
“It is our great pleasure to inform you that you have been selected to receive the CBIE Board of Director’s Leadership Award.
Our deepest congratulations to you on this highly merited honour.”
The award won by Mr. Adesanmi, also a Premium Times Columnist according to the CBIE, is for an individual whose contributions to and support for international education is recognised and highly valued.
The organisation says: “This outstanding individual personifies CBIE’s central value proposition: “Expertise. Knowledge. Opportunity. Leadership”. This Award bestows Honorary Membership.
“This Award is typically made by the Board of Directors. Nominations are not accepted for this Award. However, the Board is interested in hearing from members who wish to suggest a possible recipient.”
The Board listed some criteria for the selection to include:
– Highly influential;
– Has played a significant role in raising the profile of international education;
– Contribution to international education is substantial, and has made an impact on Canada and/or other parts of the world;
– Not necessarily from a CBIE member institution;
– Not necessarily Canadian.”
Mr. Adesanmi, with other honourees, will be presented with the award at the CBIE’s 51st Annual Conference at the World Trade Conference and Convention Centre, Halifax, Canada, on November 21.
Established in 1966, CIBE is not-for-profit organisation promoting “the special interests of the international learner, both the foreign national studying in Canada and the Canadian studying abroad, through educational exchanges, scholarships, training awards and internships, technical assistance in education and other related services.”
Winners have emerged in the second edition of Rising Star Creative Writing Competition  involving pupils from various primary and secondary schools in the country.
- Nine-year old Peter Adobamen of Corona School, Ikoyi, emerged overall winner
- Valerie Akpobome of St. Saviours School, Ikoyi emerged second position winner
- Ogunsipe Oluwadamilola Emmanuella of Livingsprings Schools, Awoyaya, Lagos emerged third position winner
Six pupils won honourable mention prizes in the junior category. They are Demilade Toluhi, Tofunmi Bankole, Racheal Unachukwu, Olafiore Olamuyiwa, Okpalaoka Chizuru and Chidinma Dominic.
- Kolom Oden-Ikpi of Yaba College of Technology Secondary School, Lagos emerged overall winner
- Nkpolara Adrina of Louisville College, Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State clinched the second position
- Pelemo Nyajo of Starville School, Abuja, took the third place prize.
In the senior category, four students, namely Chidera Anaeze, Aremu Oladimeji, Aboloko Oghnenejite and Itafame Esseoghene also won the honourable mention prizes.
The competition, sponsored by Writers Corner, a non-governmental organisation, recorded entries from pupils, drawn from various schools.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation and coordinator of the competition, Uche Udoji:
“Just like in the previous year, the second edition was keenly contested as there were many wonderful and incisive entries from children in different schools across the country.”
Udoji listed some of the criteria used in assessing contestants to include the writer’s ability to humanise nature, the extent to which the work relates and affects the human person; the beauty, flow and rhythm of language; poetic license and tone for poetry entrants; structure and organisation of work; format and style as well as spelling and appropriate use of punctuation marks.
The event is an annual children’s creative writing competition organised by the Writers Corner in collaboration with Vuvuzela Communication Limited, to help in the development of their writing skills. Sponsors of the competition include; Greenlife Pharmaceuticals and the Bank of Industry & Tripplesea Group.