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Exemption from Payment for Student Identity Card

Students whose Matriculation Numbers precede the year 2017 (e.g. 2016, 2015, etc.) are hereby exempted from payment for Student Identity Card for the 2019/2020 Session.

The University recalls that students who fall in that category paid for Identity Card in the 2016/2017 Academic Session but could not get identity cards.

The Bursar, Dean-Division of Student Affairs, Director Computer Centre, Director INTECU, and all other officers of the University involved in student registration, and students concerned, are to note this directive for full compliance.





Faculty of Social Sciences Issues Call for 2020 International Conference

The Faculty’s Conference Committee has issued a Call for the 2020 International Conference expected to attract researchers and practitioners from within and outside the country. In a widely circulated Call, the Committee led by its Chairperson, Temidayo Akinbobola, a professor of Economics, announced that the 2020 Conference with the theme ‘Inclusive Growth Post 2020: Looking at the Future of Nigeria’ will hold from 7th to 8th of July. It encouraged interested presenters to send their papers by 15th April, at the latest.

Click here to download the 2020 Conference Flier


Prof. Olupona to present 2020 Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture

The renowned Harvard Professor of Religion, Professor Jacob Kehinde Olupona, a Professor of African Religious Traditions and Chair of the Committee on African Studies at the Harvard Divinity School, has graciously accepted to present the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Professor Olupona's acceptance to grace the Distinguished Lecture was confirmed by Dr. O. A. Ajani, the Chairman of the Faculty of Social Sciences Lectures Committee.

This year's lecture focuses on “The Place of the Social Sciences and the Humanities in Nigeria's National Development is scheduled to hold on 18th March 2020 at the Oduduwa Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Professor Olupona is a recipient of many awards including the Nigerian National Award.


Faculty of Social Sciences to Mount a Degree in Mass Communication

The Faculty of Social Sciences has concluded plans to mount a degree programme in Mass Communication. The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professir P.O. Ogunjuyigbe has revealed that the degree programme to be hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology awaits the approval of the Senate of the University even though its curriculum has been finalized.

Professor Ogunjuyigbe hinted that the donor of the programme has in conjunction with the University Management, concluded arrangement on the building plan to house the new programme.

Resumption for the 2019/2020 Academic Session


Online Registration for Courses for 2019/2020 Harmattan Semester Commences:....Feb. 14, 2020
Fresh Students come into Residence for 2019/2020 Harmattan Semester:....................Feb. 22 & 23, 2020
Orientation Programme for Fresh Students: .................... Feb. 24-26, 2020
ICT Training for Fresh Students:....................Feb. 27-29, 2020
Returning Undergraduate students come into residence: .................. Mar. 08, 2020
Matriculation .............. Mar. 31 & April 1, 2020
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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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