By Funmbi Cole

 

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L-R: Mbali Mokgatla and Kebone Mofokeng on the night of the pageant 

A beauty pageant organized by the Campus Activities Board of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), has generated controversy and almost pitched two friends against each other.

Two bosom friends, Kebone Mofokeng and Mbali Mokgatla, all South African students, had among other students, contested for the Miss AUN crown.

The grand finale of the pageant, which took place at the university’s Commencement Hall, Friday, saw Mofokeng emerged as Miss AUN.

By Ogadinma Christon-Quao 

 

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The Founder of AUN, Atiku Adubakar and other Dignitaries showing their support to the competitors.

The Office of Institutional research and effectiveness at the America University of Nigeria (AUN), in Yola, Adamawa State, on Thursday organized a technology based competition for students in the state.

Over 280 students from 20 schools in Yola gathered at the university’s cafeteria, to participate in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Wizkid competition. STEM project is aimed at educating youths in the community, inspiring youths to pursue careers in Science, Technology and Engineering and creating a forum for students to interact and share insights.

In his remark, the AUN STEM-WIZKID project director, Dr. Fidelis Ndeh-Che encouraged the competitors to work hard in making Nigeria a better country “You are the future technologists and mathematicians, that would transform the Nigerian economy , you are moving from  consumers to manufactures and this can only be achieved by hard work” He said.

The Founder of AUN, Atiku Abubakar in company of some dignitaries in the country paid a visit to the competitors to show his support and also encouraged students to keep up the good work.

In an exclusive interview, Dr. Ndeh-Che spoke extensively on the benefits of the STEM program to youth in the Northeast region.

“This region is currently recovering from the insurgency caused by Boko Haram. Most member of this terror sect are youths. When people feel that there is no hope they resolve to any means in order to survive.” Dr. Ndeh-Che said.

With programs like STEM Wizkid, he said, the youth can consider more resourceful career paths to succeed. They can thus make Nigeria a better country while also helping to build peace.

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Participants at the 2016 STEM Wizkid competition

 Dr. Ndeh-Che further acknowledged the efforts of the mentors who are students of AUN for their hard work. He urged the students to endeavor to interact with the local communities.

 “Most students don’t know the problem of education. Interacting with the local community gives the students insight, and helps them learn to be good role models”. Dr. Ndeh-Che said

The event ended in a joyful note as three school emerged winners. El-shadai Model school Yola, came first in both science and mathematics category, Upper Benue Staff School Yola emerged as winners in Technology and finally Sanda Girls Yola won the Engineering category. However this did not stop the camaraderie and excitement among the competitors. 

 Miss Alexander Mbasty a student of Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Karewa, also a member of the STEM-WIZKID club, expressed her delight and spoke on the importance of the program to the youth in the community.

“I feel very excited to participate in the STEM-WIZKID program. Although someone took my place- I am still very happy, and I pray for everyone to perform well. This program would be beneficial to the future generation, because it creates an opportunity for us to gain skill and Knowledge in computer, science and technology.

“I thank AUN for organizing a program like this and I pray programs like this should continue, as it has a good impact on the society” she said. 

The Assistant Vice-President, Security and Safety Operations, American University of Nigeria, (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State, Lionel Rawlins, has emphasised the need for students to be security-conscious always. In this interview with CMD students; CHARLES ILOMUANYA and WADI ISHAKU, the AUN’s security chief offers advice on how students should conduct themselves within and outside the campus.  

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Students of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, Adamawa State, Friday launched, “#IAmABeliever,” a campaign to check religious extremism in the country. 

Organisers said the programme is a movement to foster peace, tolerance, respect and honour for every religion.

The campaign is part of the Global P2P (Peer-to-Peer) Challenge Extremism competition, funded by the US State Department for Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau, EdVenture Partners, and Facebook, to challenge violent extremism among youth across the world. 

Who cuts these flowers and maintains these lawns? Why isn’t there a single trash on the ground? Funny enough, there aren’t many dustbins around. This is what you find at Africa’s first development university, the American University of Nigeria (AUN).

As soon as you walk into AUN, you see clean roads and neat buildings. The serene view of this community would captivate anybody. However, as time goes on, it is possible, many could forget to appreciate the beauty of this remarkable institution. But an environment like this should inspire people every day and every time.

research radioA research team from SAS has designed a more transactional model of Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) that can be useful for teaching basic literacy and numeracy in societies recovering from violent conflicts.

The research team, made up of the Chair of Communications and Multimedia Design, Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, and two AUN alumnae Kenechukwu Nwagbo and Zamiyat Abubakar, suggests that the new Transactional Radio Instruction (TRI) model can be used in crisis and post-conflict societies where there are no schools or trained teachers.

Their work, “Where there is no school: Rethinking Interactive Radio Instruction in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies,” was presented recently at the maiden edition of ‘Media Futures’ – a roundtable discussion on contemporary media issues, organized by SAS Research Seminar Series.

Drawing on behavioral and communication models, mainly the works of Albert Bandura and Marshal McLuhan, the team argued that learning takes place in a social context and that the medium of instruction is in itself a symbolic learning environment. It must necessarily aim to replicate the real-life learning environment, including the many social problems, taboos, beliefs, and persons who interact and interfere daily with learning.

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