Monday 20 October 2014

My YYAS Experience by AraOluwa Adaramola

Araoluwa, an A2 student of the college, attended a YYAS programme in Ghana during the summer break. She shares her experience here with Oxpress:

I almost didn’t get a chance to apply for the YYAS program. Even after I did, I thought my chances were slim. So after receiving my-I’ve-been-accepted letter you can only imagine how happy I was. When I eventually joined the Facebook page I was eager to meet the 21st century teenagers who, like me, would be reading during the summer holidays.

It was wonderful putting faces to the names that were posting comments on Facebook. From the airport, everyone was extremely friendly.  By the time we were in the bus en route to the Yiri Lodge, anyone would have thought that we had known each other beforehand. Being that Nigeria is the only country I’ve been to in Africa, it was my first time on Ghanaian soil and as I was meeting all these vibrant young Africans, I felt like an explorer.

My favourite parts of the program were the seminars. Prior to the seminars, all we were given were university –level readings. Obviously my mind went into overdrive. How would it go? Would I have to learn everything? I don’t understand! But I enjoyed every single one of them. Usually we would start with an introduction. Then the instructor would throw open the “discussion” floor. It was amazing how we could discuss, throw questions and add new dimensions to issues for over an hour and wouldn’t feel the time fly.

I also enjoyed workshop sessions where we handled the SATs and college applications. Before then both processes seemed scary. The difference for me was the human factor, being able to talk to the undergraduates who were in my position a few years ago, to ask questions and to hear the goofy things they would never ever tell an admissions officer.

“Project group” was my most challenging session. Our theme was Politics and Elections and I was a rookie. To top it off we were asked to produce a 1000-word essay and a presentation on a problem, related to the theme, in just 3 days. In my group we were able to break down the essay so we could handle it individually, the easy bit, and then build it up into the finished piece. It was really interesting how specific the problem had to be. So we started with – The misallocations of funds by government officials. Be specific! The misallocation of funds by government officials in Ghana. Be even more specific! The misallocation of funds allocated to the educational sector (particularly the primary and secondary schools) by government officials in Ghana. (I’m not completely sure we had it at that).

The beauty of this program was that it was really eye-opening. I left there with a desire to become super woman, okay maybe not exactly superwoman. But now I’ve come to understand the importance of political and financial stability in any economy, and the possible roles I will one day have to play to achieve just that. I have heard that Africa has many problems, but have come to realise that there are even more solutions. I have come to appreciate my strengths and now I am even more determined to work at them.”

AraOluwa Adaramola


My YYAS Experience by AraOluwa Adaramola

Thursday 9 October 2014

Independence Day Celebrations @ OTC

In the spirit of love for motherland, the college students and members of staff, on the 3rd of October 2014, came together to mark the 54TH Independence Anniversary event with pomp and ceremony, in what has become a yearly celebration at the college. With the Managing Director of the college in attendance, one could only imagine the importance attached to the event.

The programme commenced at about 3:30pm with an array of interesting presentations by the 4 Houses in the college, namely Soyinka (Red),Balewa (Green),Azikwe (Blue) and Awolowo (Yellow). They all put spirited efforts along with the support of the House tutors, to outwit the other Houses, through dramas, songs, mimes and other creative displays. In the end, Balewa House emerged the overall winner, while Awolowo came second.

The anniversary cake was also cut to the admiration of those present.Awards were also given to best dressed male and female for both  students and members of staff. The culmination of the event that ended at about 5:30pm was the singing of the theme song, ‘We are the future’ by both students and staff. What a day, with participants working with common goal to make the occasion a success. That is what we need in Nigeria!

Independence Day Celebrations @ OTC