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Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka


The vice chancellor, University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka has urged students to combine entrepreneurship with their studies, saying life will be more bearable and rewarding with creativity.

The vice chancellor who stated this while receiving a 300- level student of the institution, Kareem Babatunde Yusuff, who pleaded with Prof Olayinka to patronise his shoe-making business.

Yusuff sighted the VC at Sultan Bello Hall where the UI boss had gone to appreciate the immediate past deans and welcome the incoming ones into the office. The student quickly ran to his hostel to fetch one of his newly-produced shoes, begging Olayinka to patronise him.

Prof. Olayinka later invited the student to his office where Yusuff narrated the story of his passion for shoe-making to the admiration of the vice chancellor.

The Animal Science student said, “I developed passion for shoe-making when I was in junior class in secondary school. I went on apprenticeship and I have learnt that if I could combine education with this vocational skill, I will surely make it as I don’t see myself searching for a paid job after graduation with what I am doing.”

Responding, Prof. Olayinka said if students could embrace entrepreneurship and combine it with their studies, life would be more bearable and economically rewarding for them, pointing out that this kind of mentality will also reduce the level of unemployment in the country.

“In UI, we know the importance of entrepreneurship and this is why we established Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation where our students are being taught how to develop vocational skills, package their innovation for their economic benefits. This is the way to go to reduce crime and unemployment”, Olayinka said.

While admiring the quality of the shoes, the vice chancellor asked the student-entrepreneur to go and produce his size, promising to buy in order to encourage him and grow the business.

The VC, who urged other students to look inwards and emulate Yusuff disclosed that he has heard of many amazing stories of some undergraduate students who are really making waves in fashion designing, food, music and entertainment among others.“This is the kind of innovative story we will like to be listening to, not the narrative of those who will be threatening the peace and stability of the university,” Prof. Olayinka stated.


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