Eco GradOver 300 internally displaced persons and other women from Adamawa State, on Thursday graduated from the American University Nigeria, AUN’s six-week vocational training in recycling plastic bags.

The program was co-sponsored by the United Nations High Commissions for Refugees, UNHCR, the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, ASEMA and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

The training enabled the participants produce household items and fashion accessories from discarded plastic bags.

The women were presented with certificates by a representative of the Adamawa State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Aliyu Bello.

ambThe Rwandan Ambassador to Nigeria, Stanislas Kamanzi, has defended President Paul Kagame’s decision to seek a third term in office in a lecture he delivered at the American University of Nigeria, AUN, recently.

Speaking on “Two Decades of Inclusive Nation-Building”, Mr. Kamanzi defused fears that Rwanda is joining a sinister trend in Africa, in which political leaders hold on to power after their tenures have expired.

Currently, some African countries, including Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are suffering the effects of sit-tight leaders, and only last year in Burundi, the president’s decision to seek a third term caused violent clashes in the country.

However, Mr. Kamanzi expressed confidence that Rwanda would be different from these other African countries; he added that his country has come up with effective measures aimed at keeping the peace, reducing poverty, addressing cases of malnutrition as well as empowering women.

He also spoke of Umuganda, which he said, is a measure Rwanda initiated to reconcile the communities and people of the country.

Sprts2eFans of the AUN Premier League witnessed another action-packed weekend, with 12 goals scored in three games that took place at the GTB Field.

The best of the weekend’s actions was seen in match day 2 in a keenly contested game between Shalfati FC and Java FC. Having struggled in their last two matches, the pressure was on both teams to mount a challenge for SGA Cup qualification, which begins later in the season.

Shuaibu Ibrahim put hosts Shalfati FC ahead inside the opening minutes of the first half before Ibrahim Babatunde of Java equalized with a well-timed close range finish.

Sophomore Fahad Fahad grabbed his first goal of the season with a volley from inside the 18-yard box to put the home team ahead, and Shuaibu Ibrahim scored his second goal of the day 20 minutes to the end of the game to make the scores 3-1.

mrmissMr. AUN, Bakia Ayuktabe, and Miss AUN, Vivian Amah, on Saturday, February 13, launched a fundraising scheme to help put less-privileged children in Yola, Adamawa State, in school.

The scheme is a raffle in which participants can win up to N100,000.00 when they buy a N500.00 ticket.

According to them, funds raised through the scheme would be used to launch a social development initiative called ‘Put A Child In School’, PACIS, which is aimed at sponsoring select less-privileged children through secondary education in and around Yola.

In an e-mail they sent to students, Ayuktabe and Amah also said that the scheme would encourage students to take active part in the University’s community development efforts.

“It is a very good initiative that will encourage fellow students to give back to the community.”

They added that they expect to raise about N500,000.00 through the raffle, which will then be deposited in a bank account that the University will monitor closely.

FullSizeRenderre 3The American University of Nigeria (AUN) on Thursday launched a programme to feed and teach girls in Adamawa State, to read.

Known as “Feed and Read,” the initiative is funded by the Irish Government as an extension of the Technology Enhanced Learning for All (TELA), a corporate social responsibility project of the university.

The event which held at the former communications department building in the university’s North Campus, attracted dignitaries within and outside Adamawa State.

Speaking at the occasion, AUN’s President, Margee Ensign, said the launch of the pet project was a dream come true.  

“When I look at all the strong women who are here, we can do it. We can make this a national programme,” Mrs. Ensign said.

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The American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Thursday, February 4, hosted one of Africa's most prolific writers, Prof. Boubacar Boris Diop, in “An Evening of Readings, Drama, and Discussion.”

Venue was the Robert Pastor Library auditorium of the University, and as the title of the event suggests, students took turns to celebrate Prof. Diop through readings, drama and discussion, following the opening remarks by the Interim Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Science, Dr. Jacob U. Jacob, who said that the event was meant to celebrate the iconic literary giant. According to Dr. Jacob, “We are extremely lucky to have him at AUN.”

Then came Ross Hart with the reading of his review of one of Prof. Diop’s many novels, Murambi, the Book of Bones. Hart, whose reading captivated the audience, concluded that the book “is quite a read.” Students of the AUN Academy also thrilled the audience with readings of excerpts from Prof. Diop’s Marina Nkusi. Chinenye Jewe and Yvan Kamanzi, first-year students, concluded the readings session with riveting readings of extracts from yet another of Prof. Diop’s books: Michel Serumundo. The AUN Theatre Group also treated Prof. Diop and the audience to a drama based on a scene in Michel Serumundo.

The discussion segment of the evening, anchored by French and writing instructor, Mrs. Emilienne Akpan, was particularly revealing, as it saw Prof. Diop field questions from members of the audience. Here, Prof. Diop spoke about his visit to Rwanda in the 90s and the subsequent inspiration for writing Murambi, which is essentially based on the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

footblIt was goals galore, weekend, as the Spring 2016 season of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Intramural Soccer League kicked off at the GT Bank Field. Six teams battled for their first win of the season with the best of the weekend’s actions being the match on Sunday between two bitter rivals, Mushish FC and Shalfati FC. In the thrilling encounter, Mushish defeated Shalfati 4-0. Talismanic captain Aliyu Waziri got his team off to a perfect start when he carefully placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the post to cap an excellent counter-attack for his team. Yusuf Olabisi then capped his majestic performance with a well-timed half volley from 12 yards to give Mushish their second goal at exactly 10 minutes to the end of the first half. The second half was similar to the first, as Mushish controlled possession. However, the second-half goals did not come until Mushish’s new signing Ikechukwu Ilomuanya was introduced to the match. Attacker Ilomuanya set up his teammate Chiedozie Mbaka from a set-piece for their third goal before scoring the fourth from close range. Defending champions LXB FC had on Friday defeated the league’s new comers, African Warriors. A fine display of attacking football and control saw last semester’s champions run riot, thrashing the Warriors 5-1. Two goals from last season’s top scorer Michael Egor put the champions ahead in the opening 30 minutes,

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