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Schools to Reopen or Not

By Yusuf Qudus Olaniyi When I hear students being merry over the fact that schools in the country will reopen for operations on June 8, I shake my head. As much as the story is false as the Minster of Education has come out to debunk it as well as Boss Mustapha; the Chairman if the presidential task force on  COVID-19, I am of the opinion "that there is an iota of truth in every rumor".  As we are all aware that confirmed cases of the Pandemic that has bedeviled the whole world and not Nigeria alone, continues to rise astronomically as more cases are being confirmed. The truth in the rumor is that the opening of learning activities might be around the corner as it has been said that institutions should start drawing up plans to protect their students once learning activities commence. As much as no date has been set yet it is a thing of joy as some students have jokingly said they have forgotten their matric number. As for me, I have forgotten my E-portal password, well that c…

OAU Law, Dentistry, Others Finally Gets Full Accreditation

The long awaited accreditation has been granted to the Faculty of Law,Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. These Faculties have been unable to grant admission to aspirants because of the lack of accreditation. The university has worked tiredlessly and it has finally paid off as the National Universities Commission (NUC), which has the statutory mandate to accredit academic programmes in all Nigerian Universities, has given full (100%) accreditation to all the academic programmes being run by the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
However, programmes being run by other Faculties were also accredited by the NUC while all programmes at the Postgraduate level were also fully accredited.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abi…

Serendipity

By Bernard Nasamu
In Lagos, the city that never sleeps, time was everything. Everyone found a way to be busy, pacing around, doing one bidding or the other. At the same time, it is known to provide the best opportunity for basically anything and everyone. A city characterized with unending road jams, crazy transport system, noisy nooks and cranny, and of course frustrated inhabitants. Above it all, it was a beautiful nest for as many lovers as possible. It was 8pm already. The exact time of the day for B&B food factory entertained lovers with the best steak in the whole of Lagos. Not only was the restaurant beautiful, it was notable for the best customer service, of any restaurant around. And just like in any restaurant in the world, the drama never ends. Every day, there were auspicious dates; breakup, make up, proposal, contract deliberations. All came in different pockets and shapes.  "What could be taking him so long?"  Anything could make anyone late to a special date. …

Nigeria: Under the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari

By Ganiyu Ayanniyi M. Nigeria is regarded as one of the Africa great nations which is expected to lead other fellow African and even non-African countries by examples. But, is the nation showing her great resourceful prowess by leading herself and other nations? That is what many people ask "Where the greatness of Nigeria does now lays?” Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari had faced and is still going through a lot of criticism both from her citizens and non-citizens. This led to brutal condemnation that has been camouflaged as "hate speech" to put the emotions of the government before their duties. The president’s policy is seen as many as being silent through voice but louder through action. This is to say that Buhari is a man of few words but full of actions which might be positive or negative. It is no longer breaking that Prof. Agboola Gambari, a native of Ilorin in Kwara state, is the new Chief of staff of President Muhammadu Buhari. The new chief of staff, who i…

OAU Security Department Intensifies Protective Measures against the Spread of COVID-19 on Campus

The indigenes and school community have been obedient to curfew given by the Governor of the State of Osun. The 6am-6pm rule has been strictly followed and it has helped with containing the spread of COVID-19 While there is still no news on the resumption, the security department is determined to keep the school safe. OAU security department have added measures to keep the campus COVID-19 free.  As at 12th of May, 2020, these orders have been effective;
1. All persons shall be required to wear face masks before they can be permitted to enter the University campus. Please note that this is compulsory 2. The number of persons in a car must NOT exceed four(4),the driver inclusive.  3. All team sports (football, basket-ball etc.) are hereby prohibited within the University estate until there is a decline on the growing cases of Covid- 19.  4. No commercial vehicles is allowed into the campus until full resumption of activities on campus.  5. OAU staff resident on the University campus shall be ex…

Art, Flower and Beauty

By Emmanuel Dominic
Art, Flower and Beauty  Since we are tasked with staying safe and being responsible, let’s talk about the things that make the heart jump. Art, flower and beauty are three concepts that have shaped the human race for centuries. They bring colors, creativity and even nature to life in a unique way. Often, these concepts are combined in the making of a master piece. Art, flower and beauty are intertwined when they are used in the same context.  ART Art is commonly defined as the creative demonstration of skills in expressing emotions with imagery. And this can actively occur when a man is sensitive to capture moments of others, and use that experience to express the emotions conversed. Wikipedia sees art as a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. Some see art as an expres…

COVID-19: OAU to Distribute Relief Materials for Ife Community

By Pelumi Hassan
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, in his support of the efforts of the government and the Ooni of Ife to fight against the pandemic in the country embarked on the on sensitization and distribution of relief materials.  These relief materials are for the Ife community. 
The relief materials includes; 200 packs of OAU bottled water, One cow, 500 loaves of OAU bread, 200 bottles of 250ml hand sanitizer, 179 packs of 5kg Garri and 7½ bags of 50kg Garri.  COVID-19: OAU to Distribute Relief Materials for Ife Community
It was recorded that the Vice Chancellor made disclosure on Thursday during the release of materials to the president of Ife Development Board (IDB); Comrade Lawrence Awowoyin. In a release by the OAU Public Relation Officer; Abiodun Olanrewaju it was noted that the release of materials to the president of IDB was at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile Ife.
The Vice Chancellor also expressed his gratitude towards the Ooni of Ife; Oba Adeyemi Ogunwusi Ojaja 11, …

The Most Productive Way To Spend A Compulsory Break✨

By Moyinoluwa Babalola It is much easier planning a break when you have an afore knowlege of its coming. You start sending in applications to organizations, companies and corporations on hiring you as intern or you start saving up or asking your parents for money to learn a new skill and most importantly your mind is even prepared for it.
Having a break where your mind is not even prepared for it can be really difficult as much as i hate to say it, that is what we are experiencing right now.
Should we be angry and just lazy around, sleep, surf the net, watch movies and eat all through. Atleast no one can blame us, we weren't prepared for it.
No! There are 1 billion ways to make this break productive even if everything is virtual. I don't want to bore you, we will be discussing just five and i tell you, you are not ready for the great things doing these will bring. 1. TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE: The good thing about this is that various of schools and platforms are giving out these cours…

"All Samples collected from Ife are Negative for SARS-COVI 2 Virus" -Prof Onayade.

On the 25th of March, 2020, a Covid-19 case was confirmed in Osun State. This generated the rumour on social media about a confirmed case in OAUTHC.  This rumour appeared to be false as Prof Onayade from OAUTHC said, "Dear colleagues, I am glad to report that all samples collected from Ife are NEGATIVE for SARS-COVI 2 virus. All exposed persons should calm down. However, note that 80% of persons who are infected and able to transmit the infections are asymptomatic. This means the real risk to us are not the patients in the hospital but the many people we come across in during daily social interactions in offices, markets, churches, mosques, etc. Consequently, let us keep safe via scrupulous hand washing, social distancing, cough etiquette and other preventive behaviour at this time. The protocol will be distributed to all service points tomorrow and we will continue to strengthen our preparedness and plans to keep you all safe. God bless us all." However, it was reported that t…

Stay Safe

By Ayodele Jomiloju
Majority of us smiled at the new year prepared to set our visions right, loads of resolutions stuck in our hearts, lots of promises were made and we vowed not to recede, unfortunately or fortunately for us today it feels like the end of the world. It could had been any other time but it choose now and our preparation still matters as we can't afford to ignore precautions and run after the cure.
 People are dying and a choice to either learn or live under the shadow of rumours that have been created to make us feel safe. There are tens of invalid conclusions spreading day after day. Everytime I hear this rumor I tell myself we don't need it. All we need to do is guide ourselves, take the recognized precautions and try to stay safe.
 Hygeine is a universal culture, thorough washing of hands (for about 20 seconds) with an anti - bacteria soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizers, social distancing, avoiding large and crowdy gatherings, reduce traveling, sta…

OAU Management Follows Federal Government Directive, Closes University

The school has finally done a press release to confirm the lock down of the school. OAU PRO confirm this.
"OAU CLOSES DOWN, SENDS STUDENTS HOME.
In compliance with the directives from the Federal Government, as announced by the Honourable Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, that all Federal Universities be shut down in order to curtail the spread of Corona Virus in Nigeria, the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have announced the closure of the University until further notice.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that  all students of the University have been directed to proceed on break, and those in the University's halls of residence have been asked to vacate their hostels and go home.
Accordingly, students are expected to be leaving their hostels and the campus beginning from Monday, 23rd March, 2020, latest by 5:00pm.
In view of this, parents and guardians of our students are advised to ensure that…

"The Security Department doesn't have the Authority to Declare the School Closed."-OAU Security Department

It seems like the students are thrown back into their state of oblivion as @OAUSecurityDep prior to their tweet at about 5am this morning recently tweeted that they do not have the authority to declare the school closed. Students are advised to wait on the Circular that would be released by the school soon.

OAU declares School Closed Down According to the Directive of the FG

As early as 5am this morning, the students of Obafemi Awolowo University were put out of their mystery and confusion towards the decision of the school regarding the release by the Federal Government to close down all federal tertiary institutions.OAU Security Department confirms that the school would be closed according to the directive of the Federal Government.
Students are expected to head home today. To avoid stamepeding, buses will be allowed into campus as early as 5:00am.

OAU Joins in the Fight against COVID-19

It is no news that the world is fighting COVID-19 also known as Corona virus. The virus is said to affect the lungs. It causes illnesses like cold, fever, running nose and difficulty in breathing.   An unaffected person can contact the virus when droplets from the eyes, nose and mouth of an affected person comes in contact with the eyes, nose and mouth of the unaffected person.  It is advisable to wash the hands as many times as you can, you can also get hand sanitizers and a face mask. The use of warm water and salt is also a preventive measure against the virus. However, the school management revealed that there is an Emergency Response Team set up for the fight against COVID-19. Students are to stay safe and alert for the hotlines which would be released soon.  Till then, students are advised to call Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Toll free number in case of any report;  080097000010 SMS 08099555577 Whatsapp 07087110839

NASELS Election Hits Rock

By Bernard Nasamu
The National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies (NASELS) held her election on the 19th of March. The election started at 10am and was properly conducted by NASELS Electoral Commission (NEC); chaired by Hon. Gaddafi. The election started out peacefully were going until an unknown student of another department casted her vote. This led to an uproar between the electoral commission and some students. In the long run to this development, the incriminated student in question was questioned and eventually turned out to be from the department of Economics. This information prompted a heavy decision from the electoral commission, and 10 votes were deducted from the aspirants she voted for; Hon Que D who is running for the post of the President and Faith, the post of the Vice President. An anonymous voter stated that "This decision isn't constitutional and doesn't encourage the franchise of every student." The student also stated that the …

Refund of Freshmen Acceptance fee

By Ifeoluwa Adegboyega
All OAU Fresh Students that have paid acceptance fee are required to log-in into their eportal account to fill their bank details between Monday 16th March, 2020 and Sunday 22nd March, 2020 for the purpose of refund of Acceptance fee.

 However, students should take note that, normal registration of courses on E-portal for Harmattan Semester 2019/2020 ends Sunday 15th of March , 2020. All students are required to print the evidence of course registration from eportal as a proof of registration.

Dressing for the season✨

By Moyinoluwa Babalola
Our long awaited dry season is here and it is funny how we want it to go away so quickly given that we were also already tired of the cold weather.
Be it as it is, we need to be prepared. How best do we dress this season and still look our best?

1. Go for clothings made of cotton, linen or jersey . These fabrics will not constrain your body or cause you to sweat in the heat.
2. Avoid clothings made of polyester, nylon or silk.They will definately make you sweat and hot.
3. Stick to light colored fabrics. This is just perfect for the weather, totally avoid black clothes as they make one very hot. 
4. Go for looser cuts and styles. Avoid clothes that are too fitted and tight rather clothes that are loose and comfy e.g clothes with A-line cut.
5. Opt for shorts or skirts over pants. Pants cover your whole legs and will harbour heat but shorts or skirts allow for fresh air on the legs.
6. Wear short sleeve ot sleeveless tops. I can't imagine a long sleeved shirt or top d…

Sugar Rush Free Screening by Imagine Cinemas

In respect of the resumption of stalites and freshmen, Imagine Cinemas is projecting a free screening of the record breaking  movie SUGAR RUSH. Sugar Rush is a JADE OSIBERU movie that hit the Cinema at the beginning year.  The movie will be projected in Amphitheatre on the 29th of February by 5pm.  To attend, you need to register through this link
https://surveyheart.com/form/5e52b180d560885897a3c7d1. Imagine Cinemas also promised some other side attractions include: 1. Giveaways 2. Dance Competitions 3. Engaging activities 4. History of OAU 5. Welcome talks by notable and responsible students.

Happy Resumption Freshmen!!!

OAU Peeps News Agency congratulates freshmen on their admission and resumption into the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU). As you resume today, bare it in mind that you are coming to another world entirely. So, prepare to gain new experience and memories. We hope that you get the best out of OAU. 

Our advice is that you fear not, being an undergraduate is not as hard as you think.  So buckle up, grab opportunities, tread carefully and most importantly learn and have fun at it. Congratulations once again.

OAU Resumption: Payment of Acceptance Fee Suspended, Payments Already Made To Be Refunded

The school management has notified the school community of the suspension of the payment of freshmen acceptance fee. The management is working towards refunding the payments already made after due reconciliation.   However, the payment of the main school fees and allocation of bedspace for freshmen will commence at 12pm on the 19th of February 2020.

Silent Tears

By Okafor Eberechukwu 
Oh! How shame engulfed me. It was wrapped around me like a wet cloth worn during the harmattan season, shivers running down my spine. Silent tears dripped down my clear and flawless skin. My skin was admired relentless by my peers but I still thought to myself. ”Not again!” I wished beauty could be swapped for the problem I was facing. I wished the cold ground could just open and swallow me. The thought of a 24years old girl wetting the bed was unimaginable and an embarrassment! Why couldn’t I control my bladder? Why did it have to be me facing this type of problem? Why me! Why me! The silence of the brightened room hit me hard as only the birds chippering outside with happiness was my only companion. Probably waking up to start a new day gave them so much hope and I thought. “Why were the birds given the privilege and I wasn’t”. It was only around 2am and I had slept around 12am with the feeling that if I didn’t sleep for long then I could escape this horrific exp…

"No More Space for Transfer Students from other Departments for the 2019/2020 Academic Session." Department of Sociology and Anthropology

By Emmanuel Dominic 
From the Office of the Acting HOD of Sociology and Anthropology Department in person of Dr. O. A. Ajani. A notice was pasted a notice stating that there is no more Space for transfer students from other Departments for the 2019/2020 Academic Session.  However, students are not too worry. As students who wish to be transferred to Sociology and Anthropology can still go to the DAA office to change to their desired course. Due to the lateness of the notice.