An undergraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Opeyemi has earned a rather rare media mention through a feature published on his exemplary foray into agribusiness, cocoa-farming to be precise, even while still studying for a degree. The young agri-prenuer, Olowogbade Opeyemi, a Part 5 student in the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology, whose post on social media about his exploits on his cocoa farm caught the attention of some online news media, which ran features on him, was quoted to have stated that the harsh conditions of job-seeking should be enough motivation for Nigerian youths to be drawn towards agriculture; but instead, many regard farming as a lost cause. “The situation of the country should push youths to agriculture but no, they think it’s a lost cause.
By the time I graduate, I want to have employment options for my peers here in school. I’m sure they will be thrilled and motivated”, Opeyemi said. On some of his future plans for the agri-business, he was reported to have said that he intends to build a farmstead that will serve as a temporary residence for him wherever he comes to work on the farm, instead of making daily trips that might hinder him from fully focusing on what needs to be done. Opeyemi added that he also plans to buy a motorized sprayer that will enable apply pesticides and other agro-chemicals faster and wider on the tree crops. This youngster’s extra-curricular adventure aptly reflects the stance of the present university administration led by Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, which places a lot of emphasis on revamping the curricular of the various programmes in the university such that entrepreneurial skills acquisition that will make OAU graduates job creators rather than job seekers, will be incorporated into the new curricular.
Similarly, the University is to partner corporate organizations and individuals in the quest to provide quality entrepreneurship education for the generality of the students