The 2015 Class Speaker, Marvelous Imabeh, who graduated from the Information Systems program, had love as her central message to the graduating class during the May 9 Commencement.
Imabeh is well known among her peers for the enthusiasm she generates.
At the graduation, Imabeh acknowledged AUN’s love that has been extended to the host community: “AUN has continually opened its arms to help its community. In 2014 alone, these open arms got even wider in an outstanding show of love to the Chibok girls.”
The moral of the message is that even during challenges love still needs to be extended.
Imabeh described 2014 as a year that challenged fundamental assumptions about security, stability, and predictability of life in northeast Nigeria. “This is the kind of love that made me understand that friends could turn into brothers, professors into family, and the four walls of a school a home--a safe haven.”
Imabeh recognized that the real world is not exactly the same with the one they lived in while on campus. “Modern society is anti-love. We’ve taken a microscope to everyone to bring out their flaws and shortcomings. It is far easier to find a reason not to love someone than otherwise.”
“You will find that there is no half-measure when it comes to loving someone. You either don’t, or you do with every cell in your body, completely and utterly, without reservation or apology. It consumes you, and you are reborn, all the better for it, letting love reign.”
And what about the benefits? “There is admiration, learning, attraction, and something which, for the want of a better word, we call ‘happiness’. In loving someone, we become inspired to better ourselves in every way. We learn the true worthlessness of material things. We celebrate being humans. Loving is good for the soul.”
“It [love] grows slowly, sinking roots first before branching and blossoming. It is not a silly weed, but a mighty tree that weathers every storm. You will find, when you have someone to love, that the face is less important than the brain, and the body is less important than the heart. You will also find that it is no great tragedy if your love is not reciprocated. You are not doing it to be loved back. Its value is to inspire you.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa