Alum and graphic designer with the Office of Communications has called on Africans to apply themselves to become more productive, rather consumer-oriented.
Ibrahim Ciroma, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia design, spoke on “Making the Most of Your Talents, Interests and Skills,” in the First Year Experience program held on Saturday, November 9. Africans are noted for being predominately consumerist, he said, and urged his student audience to change this orientation and think up ideas to propel them towards greater productivity.
In achieving this goal, he said “there is need to apply ourselves aright.” There should be nothing to limit them in the pursuit of excellence, he added.
Ciroma cited some of the creative works of past students while at school, including the Point of Sale software used at the cafeteria and the Quest on-campus radio. He said there is no reason why current students should not apply themselves to outdo their predecessors.
Ciroma encouraged them to tap into existing opportunities, as the University, he said, “is an ideal place to nurture your talents.”
The students were inspired by the presentation as Ciroma assured them that after four years of studies, they will be able to look back and realize that the period was the best of their life, if they apply themselves properly.
Ciroma also noted that students have to discover what they are interested in and work to develop it. He asked them to first believe in themselves and their capabilities.
The First Year Experience program is one that helps get students on a sounder footing at AUN.