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By Maryam Ibrahim

A Senior Researcher with Academic Search Inc., Maya Ranchord, has been named consultant to search for a new president for the American University of Nigeria (AUN).  

Ms. Ranchord has worked with Academic Search Inc, a firm with nearly 40-years’ involvement in searches for presidents and senor administrators for higher institutions.

The AUN Board of Trustees announced the appointment on Tuesday in a decision that followed the resignation of the former President, Margee Ensign on February 25.

In an email to the AUN community, the Board Secretary, Idi Ali said the consultant will help in laying the ground work, develop criteria for the position and solicit nominations and recommendations for prospective candidates.

“…The consultant will lay the groundwork for the critical next steps, develop the key criteria required for the position, and will utilize the firm’s extensive network to solicit nominations and recommendations,” a part of the mail reads.

“She will prepare a written profile describing the key institutional needs and priorities, and a related set of desired characteristics and talents for our next president.’’

The board said during the search, students, faculty, staff and alumni will be given the opportunity ask questions which would help in identifying the best candidate for the post.  

Ms. Ranchord is expected to be on campus on March 28- 29.

Ahead of the meeting, Ranchord had structured questions that will be discussed with the AUN community.

Mr. Ali said the Board’s Search Committee will provide the university community with regular updates on the progress of the search.

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By- Wadi Ishaku

Award-winning Disc Jockey, Demilade Kosemani, popularly called DJ Maestro, said he will never forget his humble beginning in the American University of Nigeria, AUN.

Mr. Kosemani, a third-year student of International and Comparative Politics, ICP, became a music sensation shortly after he joined the AUN.

Just last year, DJ Maestro received the Teen’s Choice Award for “Teen DJ of the Year,” an award which recognise young talented teenagers in Nigeria.

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By Laweesah Sidi

I am the second child in a family of five beautiful girls and we have lovely parents. We are a close-knit family. However, as a young girl, I was quite stubborn. I always had clashes with my elder sister over very insignificant things. When I look back, I realized how foolhardy I was.

I could also remember hilarious moments. There was a time our neighbor was organizing a birthday party for her son and we were invited. Like a typical child, going to parties made me happy because there would always be  goodies.

At this party, we played games, and danced. When it was time to cut the birthday cake and it was brought, it turned out to be made from “Jollof rice.”  All the children started laughing. Throughout the week, none of us could forget the “Jollof rice cake”.

Doesn’t every family have their fair share of drama? My family had and still has a lot. Why? Because it is full of people with dramatic personalities.

My mom loves freestyling songs and can start a song out of nothing. Probably from someone’s words or a tune she heard. She just loves singing. When she sings, we join her by dancing, humming and drumming. I love drumming more.

Sometimes, she told us stories she heard during her childhood and they taught us lessons in life. She also told us about dramas she had watched and made the stories lively by acting them or sometimes asking us to act.

Mum loved recounting to us how she met my dad and their courtship. I loved listening to that, after all, I’m a girl and girls love romance.

I sometimes fantasize about my dream husband and how he will whisk me away into a life full of love and happiness. Anytime I listen to my mom, my faith in romance is renewed and I wish fervently for mine to start.

My mom is approachable and nice but she can also be stern when she must be and would punish us if we exhibit bad behavior. She ensured we study every night and won’t allow us watch movies except during holidays. However she made the house lively in some way.

I also remember playing pranks on my younger sisters and scaring them when they did something I don’t like.

I could remember putting my mom’s powder on my face to look like a ghost and scaring my sisters. Thinking I was a ghost, they were scared silly and shouted for help and that got me into trouble with mum.

In all, I had a very interesting and beautiful childhood. I couldn’t ask for more.

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By Maryam Ibrahim 

Former Abia Governor, Orji Kalu, has advised President Mohammadu Buhari, to rejig his economic team in order to develop strategies to reduce economic recession.

Mr. Kalu is quoted by the Sun newspaper to have said this at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos on his way out of the country.

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