One of Nigeria’s leading financial brands, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) has unveiled its maiden set of campus ambassadors. Among the selected youths are two students of Obafemi Awolowo University; Tiamiyu Barakat of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Fadaini Asalewa of the Faculty of Law.
The selected campus ambassadors numbering 15 were inaugurated at the UBA House in Marina Lagos between 27th and 29th January 2017. According to reports, the successful candidates were selected from a pool of hundreds of entries following a rigorous screening exercise in line with set criteria.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Deputy Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Victor Osadolor said “Two hundred of you went through the process and 15 of you came out tops, which proved that you are leading lights, energetic and enterprising with great potentials which is exactly what we want to explore.”
The selection of Barakat and Asalewa from numerous entrants may not come as a surprise to a large number of OAU students because of their track records within and beyond the university sphere. Tiamiyu Barakat, popularly known for her project, the House of Babiti is a preacher of one of the United Nations’ SDGs – sustainability of the ecosystem.
The budding regional and urban planner has successfully organised several events and programmes aimed at educating people on how their actions and inactions change the climate and affect the environment. Late last year, the young gem was appointed the Project Assistant for ‘Saving One Million Live Project’ in Osun state where she was saddled with the responsibility of tracking the $1.5m earmarked by the Federal Government and World Bank to improve the Primary Health Care Centres in the state.
Apart from the OAU, ambassadors were also picked from the University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, University of Abuja, University of Port Harcourt, Ahmadu Bello University, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Abia State University, Babcock University and Rivers State University of Technology.
Among many other duties, UBA campus ambassadors are expected to help in developing and managing relationships with university bodies and individuals, implementing UBA’s marketing mix on campuses through supporting student events and co-ordinating projects on campus.