‘Kings varsity will raise future leaders, entrepreneurs’
Televangelist and founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, is renowned for his firm belief that Africans can transform Africa if uncommon leaders that have the recipe to provide solutions to the litany of worries plaguing the continent are raised.
It is with the burning passion to banish these multi-sectoral problems that KICC founded Kings University, which he maintains, will give birth to graduates with the requisite cutting edge to drive the needed change.
Ashimolowo, who spoke shortly after a facility tour of the school located at Ode Omu, Osun State, explained that the information technology-driven school would, among other things focus on spirituality, raising future leaders and raising entrepreneurs.
“Having lived in the United Kingdom for 31 years and having travelled across Africa, it has become very obvious to me that the change we need in Africa is not from outside, but within Africa. So, our university will focus on four areas, which includes raising future leaders, raising entrepreneurs, being information technology driven as well as focus on spirituality.”
The cleric who said the institution was “thinking Africa first and the globe second,” added that no efforts would be spared in raising people that are heeled in doing global businesses in accordance with international best practices.
“In our university, we want a situation where students can watch videos of lectures online and offline after leaving lecture halls,” Ashimolowo stated.
Lamenting Africa’s pathetic description as the continent with the most minerals and the highest rate of poverty, Ashimolowo stressed that, “Africa lacks leadership. Everything rises and falls on the quality of leadership you have. We didn’t establish a university because we want to copy anyone, but we are interested in making change in Africa.
“I will also be in the university and teach students subjects that will motivate young people to succeed in the world and to let them know that being Nigerian or African does not preclude them from changing their world. We carry capacity; we just need the enabling environment. We are not allowing student unionism here just as we are not allowing cultism,” the cleric stated.
Ashimolowo, who is also the chancellor of the institution continued, “We don’t want anyone doing a degree in our university to live outside. All our students are living on campus. If we can’t accommodate you, we won’t admit you. We are not compromising values, because once you compromise values, it will take years to regain.”
Speaking further he said, “The next phase of my dream is also to start a technical college .It will be a school where you can come and do examinations like Pitman, City and Guild, motor engineering, building technology and carpentry. It will be an occupational capacity college, and it will be strictly for indigenes where the university is located.”
Pastor Femi Faseru of KICC, Lagos, who took reporters round the facility, informed that the university will commence academic activities in January 2016.
According to him, the university, which is built on over 340 acres of land, has seasoned lecturers, boarding facilities, staff quarters, well-equipped laboratories, e-library, health facilities and sporting facilities.
The university, which is setting sail with faculties of sciences, humanities, management and social sciences, is giving out an unprecedented offer of 120 full scholarships to exceptionally brilliant students. This number will account for 40 per cent of the expected 300 pioneer students.
The scholarship, which is valued at between N450, 000 and N500, 000 each, covers total tuition, accommodation and other expenses (excluding feeding), and can only be sustained on the condition that the student continues to keep an excellent academic record for the duration of the course.
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