When Chika Okpala, Ozokwo others vote for NOUN
APART from bringing about 7000 students from different campuses together to celebrate after vigorous years of studying to get a university degree, the 4th National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) convocation saw two students emerge in the first class category.
The event also witnessed two prisoners from the Enugu Maximum Security becoming university graduates, having taken the school’s courses, while still serving their prison terms.
Held, last weekend at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, other aspects of the ceremony that kept a permanent smile on the face of the school’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ado Tenebe was the conferment of ambassadorial honour on 11 Nollywood practitioners, seven of whom were present at the ceremony.
The Nollywood personalities who will henceforth serve as NOUN Ambassadors are the actor turned attorney Kenneth Okonkwo, Chief Chika Okpala (aka Zebrudaya), celebrated Kannywood actor and singer Sanni Danja, notable actor Francis Duru and Kannywood actress Ramat Hassan.
Others are the dependable actress Patience Ozokwo (MFR) and frontline movie marketer and producer, Okey Ezugwu. Each of them took turn to assure the VC and guests of their commitment to work towards the actualisation of the vision of the VC, which is to bring the NOUN study centre to Nigerians’ doorsteps.
The VC had earlier stated that the school has increased its study centres to 63 and is still counting.
Guests at the well-attended investiture ceremony include the Special Advicer to the President on Political Matters Prof. Rufa’i Ahmed Alikali. Professor Alkali had earlier delivered a lecture titled, ‘Open and Distance Learning and Democratic Transformation in Nigeria.’