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Department of Mathematics Holds a 3-Day Intensive Training Workshop on Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

As the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) grows and its applications become more ubiquitous, nations all over the globe do not only invest resources and efforts to take advantage of AI but also expose and educate the younger generations to the principles and applications of AI.

In view of the above and furtherance to the Obafemi Awolowo University commitment to community service, the Department of Mathematics in collaboration with a team of Engineers and Scientists from Columbia University, United State of America and University of Guelph, Canada organized a 3-day intensive training session on the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence for some selected senior secondary school students in Ile-Ife.

The team led by Mr, Iretiayo Akinola with the support of the Department of Mathematics put together training materials for the workshop at no cost to the students. In addition, each student was also given a certificate of participation. The objective of the workshop was to introduce to the students the basics of AI and its applications through an intensive training session. The training on the fundamentals of AI was presented such that the students can continue to develop their knowledge of AI long after the workshop was over.

Participating Schools: O. A. U. International School, Seventh Day Adventist Government High School, Oduduwa Government High School, and Moremi High School.

Instructors: Iretiayo Akinola (U. S. A.), Simone Fobi (U. S. A.), Adefunke Akinola (Canada), Opeyemi Olanrewaju (Nigeria) and Ayobami Adebesin (Nigeria)


OAU Health Centre Advisory on Stress Management



Stress is defined as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work etc. It is normal and productive up to a breaking point where stress becomes counterproductive and inimical to health and productivity. Stress is often relative: what is stressing someone may not be affecting another. And what constitutes stress for someone at a time may not be a problem at some other time. As the body is ageing, the ability to cope with certain stressful conditions may also decline.

Key Stressors

Personal- Health challenges can be a source of stress, these may be of long-standing duration such as, hypertension, diabetes or recurrent attacks of acute illnesses such as malaria etc. The health condition may even be a congenital or inherited disorder such as sickle cell anemia, congenital heart disease etc. It may be very challenging to be able to check, monitor and adequately manage some of these conditions that require periodic hospital visits, laboratory investigations and regular treatment. There are many that have some of these conditions that have never been diagnosed. Whenever they feel stressed, they will just go for self-medication. By the time it would be detected, things would have gone very bad. Exhaustion can cause physical stress due to all work and no vacation.


Financial stress can occur due to a relative or absolute insufficiency and economic lack. There are a lot of pressures that come when you have taken so much loans beyond the capacity of the expected income.

Family- Challenges and issues at home affects many people significantly. Marital disharmony and problem children can cause stress. The issues may be due to night shift, causing poor adjustment from the spouse and may be related to lack of trust and suspicion. And it may also be money related. There are people that become unduly aggressive due to transfer of aggression from home issues.

Work environment- Dangerous and risky work environment can sometimes cause stress. There are bosses or colleagues that could be very unfriendly and difficult, and they create a work environment filled with rivalry, envy and competition.

National and Global Issues- political unrest, insecurities in the nation, poor social welfare, bad roads, poorly funded health and education system etc. are just to mention a few. These bring stress to an average Nigerian in significant ways. Global burdens- global unrest, climate change and global instability are also significantly stressful.

The interplay of all these factors makes it very difficult for stress to be managed properly.

The under-listed points are a few habits you can cultivate to ameliorate stress:

  1. You will need to acknowledge that you are human and that you are subject to breaking down.
  2. You must take life easy, do not be anxious for anything, cultivate the habit of rest, reduce salt and sugar
  3. Take a lot of water daily (3-4 litres). Cut down on snacks and fried
  4. Go for periodic medical check-up, do not be in
  5. Go for annual leave, use it to rest, relax and do medical check-ups during the
  6. Engage in regular exercise: a brisk walk of about 30 minutes per day for about 3-4days in a week is
  7. Ask questions from your doctor and listen to his advice.
  8. Stop alcoholic beverages, stop smoking cigarettes, shisha, Indian hemp,
  9. Shun illicit
  10. Avoid friends engaging in all these dangerous
  11. Do not take too much loan. Only go for facilities you can easily pay
  12. Do not be hasty to get anything
  13. Go for knowledge, listen to news and be current about happenings around. Read books about other life
  14. Learn to play and watch games and movies with
  15. Have a social and a religious life. Listen to good music and learn to
  16. There is a God who cares and takes care of your Life could be too strenuous without you knowing God personally. It's not just about religion.
  17. Make friends and be friendly especially with your colleagues at Watch their back and be very helpful in their time of need.
  18. Be punctual and be dedicated to your


You may feel you need to talk to someone about your stress. Do not hesitate to do so. Remember: If health is lost, all is lost.



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Second Special Release on Accommodation

Sequel to the earlier release on accommodation for students for the forthcoming 2019/2020 Session, it is important to note that, traditionally, both Freshers and Final year students are often given priority for consideration. The University Management has no intention to depart from this practice. However, it would be unfair to ignore the reality of insufficient bed spaces for the students in this category and go ahead to make students unprepared against the likelihood of not getting bed spaces because of the limited bed spaces on campus. This is not to say that only Freshers would be accommodated on campus, but it is obvious that few bed spaces would likely be left over for final year students to contest for.

Thus, the previous release was intended to get everyone informed about the slim chance any Stalelite student would have in getting a bed space and therefore prepare for a possible alternative.

The University Management is taking strong and urgent steps to secure the immediate use of the newly constructed hostels at Parakin Area, while significant progress has also been made in the overall plan for additional bed spaces, through the construction of new hostel facilities. 

We therefore appeal to all students to bear with us in managing these limited facilities. We wish all our students a prosperous new year.


First Special Release on Accommodation

This is to inform ALL STUDENTS in all the Halls of residence that they should vacate the hostel with all their personal belongings on or before the 31st of December, 2019. Any personal effect left behind carelessly or deliberately will not be accounted for by the DSA or the school management.

The Division of Student Affairs, however, wishes to inform students who are on SIWES, Teaching Practice, and those in the College of Health Sciences who have legitimate Academic/Clinical reasons to stay behind to go through their Heads of Department or Deans for possible consideration.

In addition, all STALELITES should note there are no bed spaces for them on campus hence, there will no balloting for accommodation for the coming session (2019/2020), only FRESHERS will be given consideration.

The Division of Student Affairs wishes all Students Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.


Valedictory Lecture of Professor Michael Balogun | Dreams, Passion & Reality: The Pursuit of Purpose in Medicine, Music and Ministry

The entire staff of the Department of Medicine and Cardiac Care Unit invites the general public to the Valedictory Lecture of Prof. Michael Olabode Balogun, a professor of Medicine/Consultant Cardiologist. The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, 17th December, 2019 at the Oduduwa Hall by 10:00 am. The theme is Dreams, Passion & Reality: The Pursuit of Purpose in Medicine, Music and Ministry.



Dr. Benedict Okechukwu Oramah holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Agricultural Economics obtained in 1987 and 1991 respectively from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1983. He has published a book on “Foundations of Structured Trade Finance” and has written over 35 articles on a wide range of African economic, trade and trade finance issues. He is a regular speaker at several trade and trade finance conferences around the world.

Dr. Oramah is Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of the International Factors Group (IFG). He serves on the Board of IFG, the Editorial Boards of Trade and Forfaiting Review (TFR) and the Journal of African Trade (JAT) and is a member of the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO). He was listed the number 59 in the new ranking of the 100 most influential Africans by Jeune Afrique, the French language Pan-African magazine. Dr. Benedict Oramah has been named winner of the industry Ambassador of the year award at the inaugural receivable Finance International (RFIx) Award 2018 held in London. Dr. Oramah played an important role in the evolution of Structure Trade Finance in Africa as he provided step-by-step guidance in its structure and implementation.

Dr. Oramah joined African Export – Import Bank (Afreximbank) as Chief Analyst in 1994 and was promoted to the position of Senior Director, Planning and Business Development in 2007. Prior to joining Afreximbank, he held the position of Assistant Research Manager at the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) from 1992 to 1994.

He is the current President of the Afreximbank. He assumed the position of President of the Afreximbank in September 2015. Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development and Corporate Banking (BDCB), a position he occupied from October 2008 to September 2015. As Executive Vice President, Dr. Oramah supervised the Business Development functions, namely: Trade Finance, Project and Export development finance, Syndications and Specialized Finance (SSF), and Corporate Finance and Advisory Services (CFAS), he also supervised the Research and Knowledge Management Functions of the Bank. Furthermore, he assisted the then President of the Bank in overseeing the Bank’s Strategic Planning and International Cooperation functions.


Mr. Biodun Shobanjo is one of Nigeria’s finest marketing communications practitioners.

With a career that started in broadcasting at the then Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), now known as Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and now advertising, he is reputed to be the one man that has had the most positive effect on the marketing communications industry in Nigeria in the last fifty years.

The arrowhead of Insight Communications (now Insight Publicis), Nigeria's foremost advertising agency, which he founded in 1980, Mr. Shobanjo's advertising career started at the then American-owned Grant Advertising, which he joined as an Account Executive Trainee in November 1971. He rose rapidly to become its Deputy Managing Director in 1976, a position he occupied until December 1979 when he left to start Insight Communications. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the company till December 2004.

Mr. Shobanjo’s pioneering role in the development of the marketing communications industry is unchallenged, with a chain of firsts and foremosts. In 1990, he established The Quadrant Company (now Quadrant MSL), Nigeria’s first Public Relations Consultancy, which subsequently led to the establishment of the Public Relations Association of Nigeria (PRAN). In the same year, he became the first CEO of an advertising agency to set up a second-line agency, with the birth of MC&A.

In 1997, he established the first media independent company in Nigeria – All Seasons MediaCom (now All Seasons Zenith), which was the anchor for the establishment of Media Independents Association of Nigeria (MIPAN). He was to later in 2005 set up a second Media Independent - Media Perspectives (now Media Perspectives Starcom).

Other specialist organizations in Troyka Group, which he founded in 1989 as the holding and directing company, include Optimum Exposures (1984), an Out-Of-Home company; Promoworld (2005) – a concession based Out-Of-Home company, specializing in convergence area location and demography targeted advertising; Hotsauce, a digital marketing outfit, which was established in 2011; a real estate company, Black Onyx (2012) and Halogen Security – an asset protection and resource management company (1992), which today employs about 16,000 people nationwide.

On 18th December 2015, Shobanjo’s ultimate dream of turning Troyka into a global player was fulfilled, when an equity partnership agreement with Publicis Groupe was signed by its Chairman/CEO, Monsieur Maurice Levy and himself, on behalf of their two organizations. By this agreement, Publicis Groupe, the world’s 3rd largest marketing communications group, are now 25% equity partners in Insight Redefini, the communications arm of Troyka Holdings, in accordance with APCON Laws.

The Troyka Group, of which he is Chairman, continues to be Nigeria’s leading light in marketing communications, offering unparalleled skills and manpower development; partnering with institutions of higher learning, for example, the School of Media and Communications (SMC) of the Pan-Atlantic University, where advanced courses in marketing communications are jointly run.

In 2014, Mr. Shobanjo donated the Biodun Shobanjo Multi-media Centre of Excellence to the University of Lagos, for the advancement of knowledge in the communication field. His efforts in knowledge expansion and manpower development have led to a situation where Troyka Communications companies are regarded as the University of Advertising. What with leaders of most of the highly successful companies in the marketing communications industry being alumni of Troyka.

A past President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Mr. Shobanjo holds the Certificate of the British Institute of Public Relations, London as well as the Certificate of the British Institute of Marketing. He is a chartered member of the British Institute of Public Relations (CMIPR); chartered member of the British Institute of Marketing (CM Inst. M); Member, International Advertising Association; Fellow, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria; and Fellow, Commonwealth Journalists Association, (CJA).

A widely traveled man, Mr. Biodun Shobanjo has attended various courses in advertising, marketing and management in many Western European countries, the United States of America and South Africa.

Over the years, Mr. Shobanjo has won numerous awards for professional excellence and integrity, and has been selected at various times by Newswatch, Vanguard, Concord, The Nigerian Tribune, The Sun e.t.c. as one of Nigeria’s Top Business Managers/Mentors.

In August 1999, he was selected as Advertising Man of the Century by Weekend Concord. In November 2003, Success Digest nominated him as Entrepreneur of the Decade, while The Daily Times of Nigeria & Corporate Effects Communications chose him as one of the 100 Heroes of Modern Nigeria.

In June 2004, Mr. Shobanjo was featured in Encomium International amongst the top 100 Nigerians that ever lived. In August of the same year, Vanguard Newspaper selected him as One of the Beacons of National Development, while Daily Independent chose him as one of Nigeria’s Top 25 Leaders of Professional Integrity.

He was awarded Brand Marketing Professional of the Year in 2004 by Brandfaces, and in Feb. 2005, Newswatch featured him in their 2005 edition of ‘Fifty Notable Leaders in Corporate Nigeria’. In October 2005, he was selected by Vanguard Media as one of the Architects of Economic Fortunes in Nigeria, while The Financial Standard named him among the 50 Drivers of Change in Corporate Nigeria the same year.

In February 2006, The News honoured him as one of the 30 Most Inspiring Nigerians. In 2007, he was selected to be the CEO of The Apprentice Africa, a TV business reality show that ran from Jan – June 2008. In March 2008, The NEWS honoured him with A True Nigerian Icon award for the innovative ideas he brought to advertising in Nigeria, while Financial Standard honoured him as one of the Heroes of the Economy in August of the same year.

In March 2009, The Guardian listed him amongst Nigeria’s Outstanding Role Models, while The News chose him as one of 50 Yoruba men and Women of Integrity. In May 2009, Newswatch nominated him as one of the 50 Notable Leaders in Corporate Nigeria in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. In Sept 2009, The NEWS selected him as one of 30 Nigeria world-class Entrepreneurs, while in March, City People Media Group honoured him with the award of CEO of the Year.

In October 2010, The Guardian selected him amongst Nigeria’s 20 Outstanding Entrepreneurs of the Decade (2000-2010), and in December 2010, the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) awarded him the Most Valuable Personality (Titan Class) for Life Achievement in Advertising Development. In February, 2011, Marketing Edge Magazine honoured him as its Brand Personality of Year 2010. In Nov. 2011, he was elected Fellow of the Institute of Security, Nigeria (FISN).

In December 2012, he received the Brand Power award for Distinction and Long time Achievement and was recognized and honoured by Business World as a Great Nigerian Entrepreneur. In July 2013, he was honoured as one of Chivas’ Top 100 Men in Nigeria and in October of the same year, he was awarded Advertising Man of all Time by The Sun Publishing Limited. He was awarded Most Influential Personality in Advertising in Africa at the 2014 African Development Magazine (ADM) Award of Excellence in Development held on 14th November, 2014 in Accra, Ghana.

In April 2015, Europe Business Assembly (EBA), based in Oxford, UK, honoured him with The Manager of the Year Award, in recognition of his significant input to the success of Troyka Group, which was also awarded Best Regional Enterprise by EBA.

In July 2016, he was awarded the year 2015 Zik Prize in Leadership by the Advisory Board of the Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC) for his contributions to the development and growth of the marketing communications industry and, indeed, the Nigerian economy.

In February, 2018, he received The 2017 Silverbird “Extraordinary Business Achievement Award” in recognition of his immense contributions to the Nigerian Society. The following month, on March 15th, 2018, Daar Communications also honoured him with the Daar Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable contributions to the development of the advertising industry in Africa. In May 2019, he received from Brand Communicator, the 1st Brandcom Awards Hall of Famer also for his outstanding contributions to the development of the advertising industry.

Recently, on 26th October 2019, the University of Lagos Alumni Association honoured him with their Golden Jubilee Special Recognition Award, in recognition of his contributions to Advertising and Media Development in Nigeria.

A silent philanthropist and public-spirited Nigerian, Mr. Shobanjo in February 2010, was inaugurated as the First Ambassador-General of mass medical mission (mmm) of National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP).

Married to Joyce with 5 children and 8 grandchildren, Mr. Shobanjo’s hobbies include music, tennis, swimming and meeting people


MRS. IBUKUNOLUWA ABIODUN AWOSIKA – Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Founder/CEO, The Chair Centre Group for Doctor of Business Administration (D.BM) HonorisCausa

Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.

Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: d.light Design Inc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), Digital Jewel Limited, House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited. She was Chairman, GEMS Africa Limited, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited. She also served on the board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).

With high interest in social issues, including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). In November 2019, she was appointed as the President of International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, Ibukun, through this faith-based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies.

As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain and the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University.

Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008. She loves to watch investigative and legal series in her leisure time. She is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.
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