The Vice Chancellor of Trinity University, Prof. Charles Ayo, says the university is on a mission to raise young men and women who will rescue Africa from the decadence she has been plunged into by weak leaders.
Speaking at the third matriculation of the university in Lagos, the VC described the students as a crop of generational change agents that will recreate their world and help leapfrog the African continent developmentally.
“They will help Africa solve her problems rather than rely on the west. These young matriculants will make the ideals of African Rising a reality. They are the ones the continent has been waiting for,” he said.
According to him, the best way the students could predict their future is by creating it, noting that “the symbolic importance of the era we are in is multifaceted and multidimensional.”
He explained that Nigeria is currently at the brink of the precipice. “This is a time when insecurity is at its peak in our nation; a time when the economy is in a shambles with massive unemployment and underemployment; a time when there is monumental infrastructural decay – poor roads, energy supply, water, etc.; and worst still in our nation, a time where the threats of food insecurity continue to accentuate.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” In the same vein, Bishop David Oyedepo had posited that Universities on African soil must respond to the challenges in Africa.
“This crop of generational change agents will recreate their world and help leapfrog the continent developmentally. They will help Africa solve her problems rather than rely on the west. These young matriculants will make the ideals of “African Rising” a reality. They are the ones the continent has been waiting for.”
Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor of the University and Chairman of the Council, Pastor Samuel Olatunji, observed that the young university was growing steadily in the pursuit of its mandate in spite of the considerable challenges besetting mankind especially COVID-19, which struck less than a year from the university’s commencement.
He said this is coupled with the habitually hostile local operating environment, which has also worsened. “The progress, so far, is a good signal that we mean business and we are fortunate enough to have a team that can deliver the goods.
“ It has been a remarkable outing in a short time and which has begun to earn our very young University a measure of respect. This is most commendable! Well done!”
Meanwhile, a medical doctor cum entrepreneur, Dr Abib Olamitoye, has said that studying was important to accomplishing a vision.
Speaking as a guest lecturer at the Public Lecture of the Trinity University, Olamitoye said having a vision shows that a man knows where he is going.
Sharing his personal experience with the students and staff of the University on his journey from being a ‘village boy’ to being a successful medical doctor cum entrepreneur, he explained that reading a book or more about any vision anyone has would make him do better.
He said, “When you have a vision, it means you have a place you are going. Reading books, particularly the biography of those who have become successful in the area of your vision can make you know how close you are to the dream and how it feels to getting there.
“You don’t need to re-invent the wheel. Beyond your certificate, it is what you know and who you know that can take you further in life. Learning will help you avoid a lot of mistakes.
“You can’t achieve anything in isolation. You are going to need help from those who know where you are going. You need an annual evaluation of your friends to know those who are still relevant or not.
“You will also need teachers, mentors, and mentees as well as strength. It is not only hard work but working smart that moves you from mediocrity to prosperity.
“Above all, the key to success is to remain focused and keep your destination in mind,” he advised.