On February 6, the Executive Director of West Metro Limited (WML), Soji Abolarin, an alumnus, visited the university campus.
He was impressed with the level of development that his Alma Mater has recorded since his graduation eight years ago.
“I am amazed and very impressed with the level of infrastructural development that I have seen. If I were here now, I would be super-proud. But having gone through the system, coming back, I feel like coming to do another degree. I have been to a few schools, and arguably you will not find facilities like these.”
In 2012, two years after graduating from AUN’s Information Systems program, Mr. Abolarin founded AfriQbuy, an online shopping company. But he has since grown to establish another company, West Metro Limited.
“I got an international education with a local twist to it.” That is how Abolarin described the education he received at AUN. He explained how this is a competitive advantage for him as a ‘technopreneur’ who needed to understand the behavior of his target market.
“That means that all of my colleagues that went to school abroad whenever they come back they will now have to start adapting that knowledge they have got to the local situation we have here. I was fortunate to get the international education and with the local perspective at the same time.”
The introductory entrepreneurship course that is compulsory for all students was a huge part of his AUN experience.
“Based on the experience we had here, the right timing, I was able to enter the right market. If I had gone to any other private university in Nigeria, I don’t think I would have been as prepared. As somebody that studied technology, with the little experience I have with hands-on business practice here, and then the coursework, I would say it not only hundred percent prepared me, but it also gave me a competitive edge.”
Another valuable experience for Mr. Abolarin was the opportunity to be involved in student leadership as the SGA President and in helping to organize university activities. That he gained a lot from this first managerial experience is an understatement, he said.
“That was the first time I had to manage a team; I was fully in control of it. It taught me that you are responsible for the people you put in power. Just a general responsibility, being responsible for the students, then thinking outside the box to create a new experience for students. That whole leadership experience, I think it made the difference.”
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa