Afe Babalola University students receive 5 million Naira reward

Aare Afe Babalola, the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), has awarded N5.05 million to exceptional nursing students at the institution. This gesture underscores his commitment to promoting excellence, scholarship, and industry, serving as an inspiration to others.

Aare Babalola, founder of Afe Babalola University

Babalola made this announcement during the induction ceremony of newly qualified and registered nurses from ABUAD. He emphasized that the university was established to transform tertiary education in Nigeria and produce graduates capable of effecting positive change globally.

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The reward distribution saw the best graduating and best-behaved student, Rosemary Oriwoh Osamudiamen, receiving N350,000. Other distinguished students were awarded N100,000 each, and the four male students in the faculty also received N100,000 each. In its 15 years of existence, ABUAD has achieved significant recognition.

It was rated the No. 1 University in Nigeria by the Times Higher Impact Education Rankings in 2021 and 2022, and is ranked 221st globally. Babalola, a strong advocate for quality education, believes it is key to solving Nigeria’s educational challenges. He remarked, “Quality education will end illiteracy, bigotry, religious intolerance, and needless conflicts.” Reflecting on Nigeria’s development, he noted, “When I was born over 90 years ago, Nigeria had no tarred roads, electricity, or pipe-borne water.

Europe was similar in the 1600s, lacking these modern amenities.” Babalola encouraged perseverance, stating, “Nigeria should not lose hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Since our first convocation in 2013, we have graduated 1,420 students who are now agents of change and leaders of reformation.” He also lamented the declining involvement of alumni in universities and the low participation of men in the nursing profession.

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