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OAU Takes Pride in Olutoye's Medical Feat

The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has described an alumnus of the University, Professor Oluyinka Olutoye, as a fantastic advertisement of the medical college of the University.

Reacting to the news of the appointment of Professor Oluyinka Olutoye as Surgeon-in-Chief of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio, United States, the Vice-Chancellor said the University is proud to associate with the medical feat.

The Vice-Chancellor congratulated Professor Olutoye saying the University is elated and honored by the news of a worthy alumnus being given such a responsibility in the Diaspora. The Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer at the hospital, Richard Brilli, had remarked that, “management were tremendously delighted to have Dr. Olutoye’s experience on their team to further elevate the visibility and reputation of one of the best overall children’s surgical programs in the country that through its clinical care and research, is forging the future of children’s surgery.

“Having a world-renowned fetal and paediatric surgeon join our leadership team will further advance Nationwide Children’s commitment to establishing a preeminent fetal surgery program.” The appointment of Professor Olutoye, who had previously served as Co-Director of the Fetal Center and the immediate-past President of the Medical Staff at Texas Children’s Hospital, took effect from August 1, 2019.
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OAU Hosts CBAAC International CONFAB

The Obafemi Awolowo Unversity, Ile-Ife hosted an international round-table conference on audio-visual heritage to commemorate FESTAC 77 at 41, organized by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC).

In his remark at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, commended CBAAC for promoting and safeguarding African culture, noting that ‘our culture is our identity’ and advising that no stone must be left unturned in the efforts to protect ‘our cultural heritage’ at all times. He expressed his appreciation to the CBAAC for counting the University worthy to host the conference, adding that OAU’s motto is “for learning and culture”, and the University administration is always supportive of causes promoting cultural heritage at all time.

The Acting Director-General of CBAAC, Mrs. Ndidi Aimienwauu, expressed her appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede and his management team for the positive changes the University has witnessed since the inception of his tenure, noting that being an alumnus of the institution, she was impressed with what she met on ground having left the institution many years ago.

The CBAAC boss, who was elated that the University has made commendable efforts at retaining its place as the best and the most beautiful campus in Africa, said the theme of the conference, “Remembering FESTAC @ 41: Utilizing Audio-Visual Heritage Materials as important source of history”, urged the participants at the conference to join CBAAC to realize the vision and mission of the body which is to be the foremost agency to encourage, initiate, vitiate, facilitate and coordinate, retrieval and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage of the Black and African People for the purposes of protecting, preserving and protecting them for enhanced understanding and appreciation.

She thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede for allowing the conference to be held in the University.
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Alumni Group Donates Drugs to Health Centre

A group of alumni of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, known as the Uniq Group, a.k.a Brothers for Life, has made a donation of drugs worth over a million naira (N1m) to the University Health Centre.

Speaking at the event to receive the donation, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, expressed the appreciation of the University administration to the group members for their selflessness, stressing that the University needs more groups or individual alumnus to give back to their alma-mater.

Ogunbodede, who continued that many projects had been executed in the University by the alumni, appealed that the University still needs the alumni to do more as most buildings in the University are almost sixty (60) years old thus demanding renovation.

He further seized the opportunity of the event to call on other alumni and stakeholders to come to the aid of the indigent students in the University by putting up a scholarship scheme for them. The leader of the group, Mr. Bola Alaga appreciated the University administration for the good works they have been doing to actualize the dream of the founding fathers of the institution, noting that as alumni group, they felt they should contribute their quota to the development of their alma-mater that made them to be donating drugs to the University’s Health Centre since 2017. He promised that apart from donating drugs they will engage in other projects soon.
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