"If all you choose to achieve in University is your certificate, you have chosen to fail in real life"- Mr. Tunde Onakoya

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Ajibola Mojeed and Musbau Sulaimon
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At the Freshers' Orientation Formal Opening ceremony held at the Islamic Centre, University of Ibadan, Mr. Tunde Onakoya encouraged students to seek beyond certifications during their stay on campus.

The event which started in the early hours of Saturday 26th of February, 2022, had a good number of freshmen in attendance. It officially commenced with a welcome speech from the Amir of the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, University of Ibadan branch, Mallam Obakemi Ibrahim, and followed by an Opening Remark by Dr. Ajagbe.

The newly-matriculated Muslim Students of the University of Ibadan were advised to be versatile and do more than their courses of study in the University because it's better to be a jack-of-all-trade; a master of none than to be a master of one trade.

The advice was given by the CEO of Ednutola Automotive Services, Mr. Tunde Onakoya who was the keynote speaker of the topic: "Carpe Diem" at the Formal Opening Event of this year's Orientation Week Programme.

Cited himself as an example, the keynote speaker said he studied Computer Engineering as a course of study but he practises today as a Motor Mechanic.

He stressed that the problem of the world today, especially in Nigeria is not unemployment but unemployability; and further advised the students to be teachable.

"Many people do not know beyond what they are taught in school. Unfortunately, life offers them jobs different from their courses of study. Listen, if all what you choose to achieve in University is your certificate, you have chosen to fail in real life. You need to move out of your comfort zone," the successful entrepreneur admonished.

Speaking further to charge fellow Muslims, Mr. Onakoya said many people ordinarily hate Muslims but such individuals would not have any other choice but to give their jobs to them if they are the best in what they do.

"Don't let people patronise you because you're their Muslim brother or sister, rather let them patronise you because you are the best in your chosen career. Be exceptionally extraordinary, all and sundry will be your customers," He advised.

In attendance also were the Head of Department of Agricultural Economics, Professor Yusuf, I. A Oyediran from the Department of Geology and Dr. Jagun, a lecturer from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Chairman of Students Advisory Council, and a host of others.

Also present at the event was Prof. Dawud Noibi(OBE), a retired Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan who received an award from the organization for his continuous and immense support.

He, likewise, shared brief insights on university education to the audience , and encouraged them to be pacesetters and vanguards of Islam.

Towards the close of the event, Muslim students on First Class and its equivalence were commended through the office of the Director of Studies with awards of excellence and cash prices.
 
The event also featured a Military parade from the paramilitary arm of the society and a rendition of Arabic Poems. 

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