Students of Kings University (KU) in Odeomu, Osun State, last week had exciting moments with Miss Ayobami Adebayo, a young author and scholar, who visited the institution for a talk on book-reading programme.
Miss Adebayo, who spoke to them on Undergraduates and the necessity of creativity in an increasingly competitive world, urged the students to design their future plans while in school, noting that their future had started to unfurl the moment they got admitted into a higher institution.
She gave examples of notable youths, who initiated great ideas while they were students. The young author charged the KU students on innovation and productivity, urging them to develop skills that would make them self-reliant after their undergraduate studies.
She said: “Do not allow anyone to look down on you because you are young. Work on and improve your productivity. The time to start preparing for the person you want to become in future is now. The claim that life will begin after university is not true. Social media is useful for achieving your dreams, but do not let it become an addiction to you. You must also understand that where you do not matter in who you become.”
The author of Stay with me, a fictional series, urged the students to not give up on innovation and creativity. According to her, it requires exceptional creativity to survive in Nigeria.
She said: “There is an advantage to be derived from a dysfunctional system. We must begin to work towards doing something great and exceptional. We must create value and we must be consistent in doing so. If we manage our time well and continually improve on ourselves, there is no place in the world we would not compete with anybody.”
After the interaction with the students, Miss Adebayo read from Stay with me, her new work which was published in the United Kingdom and short-listed for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
The Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Diran Famurewa, appreciated the author for honouring the university’s invitation to speak and read from her work.
The VC said: “This programme constitutes another effort we are making as a university to fulfil our vision of raising quality leaders, innovative minds and visionary job creators that will transform Nigeria in all critical areas. These kinds of programmes are critical to the actualisation of our vision. It is for this reason that we have decided to make this kind of event regular in our calendars from semester to semester.”
The occasion was graced by other principal officers of the University and the deans of faculties. There were also performances by students.
The highpoint was the presentation of gifts to the author by the Registrar, Mrs Dorothy Salami, who enjoined students to learn from the rise of the author.
The Librarian, Folu Akindojutimi, thanked Miss Adebayo for donating copies of her books to the institution.