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Press Release: OAU Welcome Osinbajo, Honours Jeyifo

The attention of the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has been drawn to a release written by a  supposed student of the University, expressing a personal opinion that the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was not welcome in OAU. 

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju,  stated emphatically that the Council, Management, Senate, Staff, STUDENTS, and the entire Community of OAU hold the office of Vice President and the person of Professor Yemi Osinbajo in  highest esteem and shall never hesitate to continue in that manner.

In fact, the OAU Community, particularly the Students, are eagerly waiting for a day when either President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, or both of them, will come to OAU on a visit.  The community is ready to give a rousing welcome to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria and renowned Professor of law whose brilliant performance in the present administration has done the academic community proud.

We hereby advise the general public to disregard, in it's entirety, the release by anybody which runs contrary to the motto of the university: For Learning and Culture.

We want to use this medium to reassure the student that the present University academic calendar is on course and remains sacrosanct.

Meanwhile, the University, as approved by its Senate, has decided to award an Honorary Degree to a very distinguished Nigerian academic and radical intellectual activist, Professor Biodun  Jeyifo, English Professor Emeritus at Cornell University and, currently, Professor of African and African and American Studies and of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, in the United States of America (USA) during its 43rd combined convocations.



OAU Management Retreat: Ogunbiyi Charges workers on Productivity

The Chairman of the Governing Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, has charged all categories of staff to do everything within their power to ensure that the glory of the University is restored and make it   even more glorious so that the dreams of the founding fathers  in establishing the University in the first place would not be distorted.

Dr. Ogunbiyi gave the charge at a three – day retreat organized by the Governing Council for all the Principal Officers, Provosts of Colleges, Dean of Faculties, Heads of the Departments and Units, Union Leaders and other stakeholders in the University. He stated that though there were many problems confronting the University, none should remain insurmountable given the caliber of intellectuals in different departments domiciled within the University.

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that Dr. Ogunbiyi frowned at the current system in operation in the University which makes documents that could be treated with dispatch to be unnecessarily delayed, stopping at so many tables, thereby frustrating their intended purposes; or a situation where the Vice-Chancellor is unnecessarily over-burdened by being made to attend to every document. He wondered how the Vice-Chancellor would find time to attend to other pressing matters, particularly the aspect of fund-raising. The Chairman, thereafter, counseled the Bursary, Registry, Audit and all other necessary departments and units of the University to do a mini retreat for their staff and impart them with the outcome of the main retreat so that the entire University system would be running smoothly

Going down memory lane, he highlighted different achievements which made then University of  Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University) the  cynosure of all eyes as the Centre of Excellence to include  the numerous academic laurels won by staff and students in competitions within and outside the country, spectacular breakthrough in researches in virtually all faculties, medals won in both Local and International Sports competitions and other forms of attraction particularly the horticultural excellence of the landscape and architectural  masterpiece of the buildings; urging the crop of the current staff not only to maintain the standard but to also build on its  enduring legacies.

The Council Chairman, then, tasked all the participants to come up with suggestions, comments and innovations that would bring about rapid transformations to Obafemi Awolowo University and make it a truly “ Great Ife” in all ramifications.

Welcoming the participants, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, enjoined them to justify the purpose of the retreat by concentrating fully with open mind and putting into practice all that they would learn within the three days, stressing why the retreat was taking place at a resort, in a serene environment, away from academic and administrative distractions of their respective offices.

He appreciated the Chairman of Council and his team for their thoughtfulness in bringing out the idea of the retreat and for believing in the ingenuity of staff to bring about the desired turn around for the overall development of the University.  

In a highly incisive, soul-searching and thought-provoking lecture, titled: THE NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM : IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE AND GLOBAL RELEVANCE,  a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Bamiro, urged Universities to rise up and occupy their pride of place as problem solvers and produce graduates who would intensify researches into finding solutions to myriad of problems confronting the society. According to him: ”A service intensive university, as distinct from the seemingly narrow perception of a world class university, applies and also imbibes in its graduates, research-driven world-class thinking to the analysis and provision of solutions to the socio-economic problems of a nation state, thereby guaranteeing her sustainable development and a place of pride in the comity of nations”.   

Professor Bamiro enumerated the expectations of the society from the University and urged its leadership to be up-and-doing in order to justify the confidence reposed in it; advising those in the academic, administrative, and technical organs to devise means and innovations that would make life more meaningful to their immediate environments.

The Professor of Mechanical Engineering, while alluding to a 2017 submission of the Global University Network for Innovation which emphasized that “Universities face a dual and potentially conflicting responsibility to address both the local demands of society based on the race for global competitiveness and local and global demands to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable society at local and global levels”, said OAU should redouble its efforts and compete with other Universities in the quest for pragmatic solutions to the problems bedeviling the Nigerian-nation and the African continent as a whole.

Professor Bamiro, who recalled that OAU had a retreat few years ago with the theme: “Policy Frameworks for Transforming OAU to World-class University status”, commended the University for the conscious efforts made since then in the evolution process, adding that transforming into World-class University is a desire that is gaining currency all over the World now as a measure of excellence in the global intellectual space.

He therefore enjoined all the participants to regard the retreat as the drawing board for charting the plan that will reposition the University on the pedestal to its rightful and leadership place in the comity of World’s renowned Universities.


The Faculty of Technology OAU, Cordially invites you to her Faculty Lectures

Gbade Alabi - Executive Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

Gbade Alabi is an astute and accomplished businessman, whose experience touches on almost every aspect of modern day business, including IT processes, Business Development, Marketing, Accounting and Business Administration.  

A graduate of the University of Ibadan and subsequently the Harvard Business School, Gbade doubles as Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of CBC emea group of companies. He is today a well-known player in the Nigerian, British and American IT business circles and a household name among global IT solution providers like IBM, SUN,NETAPP, DELL, EMC and MICROSOFT. 

After secondary school, Gbade worked briefly as a clerk at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Tinubu Lagos.  In 1968, Gbade quit his job upon passing the common entrance examination to University of Ibadan.   He graduated in 1972 with a second-class honors degree in Physics.

After University, Gbade started his professional career filling various roles.  He worked as a secondary school physics and math teacher at Ansar-ru deen College Isolo.  While working as a teacher, he took a postgraduate computer science course at the University of Lagos.  He then went on to work for the Nigerian Electric Power Authority, Nigerian Custom and Excise Commission, the National Census Board, and later became the head of the computer operations at the Royal Exchange Assurance of Nigeria (REAN)

Entrepreneurship was a burgeoning desire all through his career at different organisations, and  his first foray was the establishment of a computer services company named Betam Computer Services Ltd.  The company did not take off as hoped, but unperturbed by the failure, Gbade went on to establish City Business Computers Ltd.  City Business Computers (CBC) started out as a small outfit producing custom programs and selling personal computers to organisations, in Nigeria and  Africa.  Gbade completed the Owner President Managers Program at Harvard Business School.  Lessons learned from Harvard equipped Gbade with knowledge with which he re-branded City Business Computers as CBC emea (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and formed six subsidiaries to focus on providing services to the growing Nigerian economy and beyond.  Under the guidance and leadership of Gbade, CBC is one of the leading brands in the information technology space in Nigeria. The CBC Group is today a giant technology corporation with business focus on ICT, energy, security and real estate.

He has received several honours from prestigious national and international organisations, business and IT certifications from various global IT solution providers.

He is a professional member of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN). 

He is married to Mrs. Foluso Gbade-Alabi (Nee Fagbohun), and blessed with seven children and four grandchildren. 




OAU IEEE Team competes at the 2018 IEEEXtreme global challenge (Updated)

IEEEXtreme is a yearly global challenge organized by IEEE in which teams of students compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

The student branch of IEEE in OAU (IEEEOAU SB) has been participating in XTREME for about 6 years now, out of which OAU has produced the winning team in Nigeria, 5 times.

This year was no different. On October 20th, 2018, IEEE OAUSB presented 7 teams for the 12th edition of Xtreme. All 7 teams presented, were placed among the first 10 teams in Nigeria, with Team Kratos OAU and Team Aries OAU emerging the 1st and 2nd positions respectively beating 23 other teams to the premier spots. The teams had undergone months of training on different concepts in Computer Science and Mathematics ranging from Data Structures and Algorithms to Combinatorics.

Although we could not meet our global target of having a team from OAU finish in the top 100 positions in the world, we were able to maintain our premier spot in Nigeria and further extend our dominance.

IEEE OAU SB has plans to intensify training sessions and preparation for future editions and would not relent until our teams break into the top 100 spots in the world and put OAU on the global map.


Hult Prize at OAU Information Session

The Information Session for the Upcoming Hult Prize Oncampus event took place on Friday, 26th of October, 2018, and it was nothing short of amazing. With over 100 Students in attendance, Students were oriented on the different stages of the Hult Prize Competition and several teams were formed during the networking session. Also a case cracking session was conducted to explain the challenge for all teams to brainstorm, which is: “Youth Unemployment – Develop an idea that would provide meaningful jobs to 10,000 young people within the next 10 years.”

The Hult Prize powered by the United Nations in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Hult International Business School is the World’s largest student (Undergraduates and Postgraduates) Competition for Business Ideas. Students (3 or 4 in each teams) from all around the world gather together to solve a particular challenge announced by Ex-President Bill Clinton annually and $1,000,000 is awarded to the winning team at the United Nations. The Competition all starts with each campuses hosting their respective Oncampus Events known as the quarter finals round after which winning teams from each Oncampus events proceed to the Semifinals stage of the competition. However, the main aim of students is to reach the accelerator where all ideas are funded, and the accelerator takes place after the regional finals. All Oncampus participants are mentored and awarded Certificates endorsed by the United Nations and signed by Ex-President Bill Clinton and the CEO of the Hult Prize, Ahmad Ashkar. Hult Prize at OAU event is looking for the top 3 teams with amazing prizes to we won on the event day.

During the Information Session at Ajose Lecture Theatre, newly formed teams were urged to register on the website www.hultprizeat.com/obafemi to participate in the competition as the closing date for team registration is on November 28 and registered teams are added to a mentoring platform where they are supported by the Hult Prize team Coordinators through team trainings. The Oncampus event is set to hold in Obafemi Awolowo University on December 8 where the top teams from the competition will be selected to represent OAU in the Regional Finals stage (Semifinals) in any 3 of 25 cities around the world to compete for the $1,000,000. Registered teams will pitch their ideas each with 6 minutes to High Profile Judges on the Event day.

The Hult Prize isn’t about the competition. It is about inspiring Students to be Job Creators rather than simply Job Seekers by coming up with for-profit business ideas to solving pressing social challenges such as Youth Unemployment.

For more information and enquires about the Hult Prize Oncampus event in Obafemi Awolowo University, kindly send a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Campus Director on 08185592630. To register your team kindly visit www.hultprizeat.com/obafemi

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