TEDxUI COMMUNITY HANGOUT IN EIGHT PARAGRAPHS FOR THOSE WHO MISSED OUT

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After over 365 days when students of University of Ibadan last had a cause to come together in one place; the last time being a congress that led to the proscription of their Students’ Union, TEDxUI gave them more than enough reasons to come together again for a mutual cause at a Community Hangout.

Image results for tedxui Stemming from the need to build a community around itself and presenting an unbiased platform where voices can be heard, TEDxUI invited student leaders of different sects and organisations on campus to discuss issues of importance. This happened on Friday, 29 June, 2018 at Faculty of Arts Small Lecture Theatre.
Issues ranging from Fashion, Social, Philanthropy, Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Health, Art among many others were discussed, pulling everyone in attendance into the pool of awareness of the numerous string being pulled around them. According to TEDxUI Licencee, Ogheneruona Onothoja, ‘unlike the avengers, we don’t believe in getting united only in the presence of adversity. This word, Unity is equally a symbol of peace, progress and prosperity’.
Present at the event was Tomi Kolawole, CEO of Unibadan Fashion Week, Tobi Ayodele, the president of JCI UI chapter, Ogunlana Derin, Team Leader of ENACTUS UI, Kizito Okorowu, Co-founder Dr Lex, Opara Chizaram, the president of Tax Club, Chineye Nzom, founder of Ibadan Volunteers Hub, Valentine Igbonekwu, the SIGMA chief, Gbenga Sadik, the President, The Literary and Debating Society, University of Ibadan, and Robiat Ogeroju, Vice-President of UCJ.
Tomi Kolawole spoke about how we all have a seed for excellence if we could exercise it. We need to make sacrifices, think big as great men with ideas shape the world and decide whatever we want and go for it. Ogunlana Derin emphasized the need to start giving help and stop receiving help. He opined that we all be social entrepreneurs and learn to identify problems in the society, use the possibilities we have to enable progress by taking action. Kizito Okorowu’s conversation centred on the recent Bodija Crisis and how we could help by building ideas that have global meaning. Opara Chizaram hammered the fact that we should put our money into government policies so we could hold them more accountable.
There were interludes adequately filled by a wonderful spoken word poetry performance by Yusuf Balogun Gemini titled Shilo, a ground shaking performance by Scott the Rapper and a captivating and funny story time session with Titus.
Chineye Nzom spoke on volunteering and encouraged the audience to find what they love doing and start doing it. Valentine Igbonekwu talked mostly on SIGMA’s philanthropic schemes. Gbenga Sadik gave tips on Public Speaking and emphasized why it is a must have skill in the 21st century. Robiat Ogeroju, who was representing the President of UCJUI centered her speech on courage relating it to the audience from the perspective of Journalism.
Ending on a high note, the networking session of the after-event buttressed the TEDxUI Licencee’s opening message that ‘we may not have 45million naira to give you assurance (pun intended); but (I assure you) the power of our shared ideas and resources would change the lives of several hundred students forever’.
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This article was written by Aminat Lawal and Edited by Mujeeb Jummah
Coutesy: TEDxUI Content Team 2018

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