Oxbridge Club gets new executives, plans sustainable scholarship scheme
Members of the Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria (OCCN), recently elected new executives to steer their affairs, even as the new President, Mr. Lanre Fatimilehin stressed the need for sustainable scholarship scheme.
Presenting his report at the 2022 Annual General Meeting held both virtually and live in Lagos recently, he said it is critical to continue building sustainable scholarship funds.
Fatimilehin noted that the club has continued to receive a lot of requests for financial support from students seeking to pursue degrees at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
In response to this, he said the club entered into partnership with the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust to offer jointly funded scholarships for studies at the University of Cambridge.
The president, however, solicited financial support from members, adding that small contributions of GBP5,000 would go a long way in assisting the students.
“It would be wonderful if we are able to offer two grants of GBP5,000 to one student going to Oxford and another one going to Cambridge,” he stated.
Fatimilehin added that ten thousand pounds annually should not be beyond the reach of the membership of the Club.
Specifically, he said that although COVID-19 affected many of the Clclub’s activities in 2020, in 2021, the club was able to execute many of its goals.
According to him, priorities for the new executive are increasing membership numbers and engagement. He also said that growth would come from leveraging platforms such as the annual Freshers’ Event to increase awarenes and track new members.
The president further disclosed that on the first Sunday in April, members and their guests would gather at the Lagos Motor Boat Club to view the 2022 edition of the Oxbridge Boat Race.
He acknowledged the support and invaluable contributions of Chief Phillip Asiodu, Prof. Bomi Ogedengbe, Mr Fela Akoni, Mr Demola Akinrele (SAN) and Mr. Jonathan Millard.
Other newly elected executives include: Vice President (Oxford), Mr. Obiora Agbim; Vice President (Cambridge), Mr. Adeola Adenubi; Honorary Secretary, Ms Oyin Eva Johnson; Honorary Treasurer, Mrs Ehimhen Okoh-Agunloye; Membership Secretary, Dr Onyeka Erobu; and Social Secretary, Mrs Ebun Awosika.