On February 23, President Dekle hosted three lucky students to Friendship Tea.
At this event, Chidera Dike, NES major; Blessing Onyinye Ibelegbu, Law major, and Abdulsabur Kosemani, ICP major, had tea with the President in her office where they shared their dreams and aspirations with her.
Friendship Tea is an initiative of the Academic Advising and Retention unit where students can meet and dialogue with great leaders at AUN as well as getting to know the advisors.
President Dekle received the lucky students in her office and interacted with them. She got to know their likes, motivation to join AUN, and their opinions on various matters.
“One of the reasons I am in the academia is that I am around young people and it keeps me young . . . being around young people is so energizing.”
To select the three lucky students, the Academic Advising and Retention Office organized a raffle draw in which all students were eligible to submit their names. A total of 63 tickets were given out, and seven people shook the box containing the tickets. Three student-volunteers were called upon to pick.
One could say that Ms. Dike was in luck. She won the last ticket on the final dip. As one of the three student-volunteers tasked to pick the winning tickets, she coincidentally picked hers. The future medical doctor said having tea and interacting one-on-one with the president of the University is a privilege.
On her part, Ms. Ibelegbu found the meeting very interesting. She said it was the second time of meeting with the president on a personal level, the first being when she visited on the first day of class last semester and distributed apples.
Mr. Kosemani said the session with the president was worthwhile and very engaging as they shared their ambitions with her and also discussed politics.
During the engaging discussions, the students learned of the university’s strategic focus. They asked questions about new programs such as medical and engineering studies and got to know about AUN's expansion plans.
They were curious to know of the standing desk in the President’s office, which was made entirely from Nigerian wood and the President did not hesitate to explain how she had it customized.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa