The Osaze Osifo Educational Initiative (OOI) has presented N160,000 educational bursaries to six First Class students of the University of Lagos at its inaugural OOI Fellowship Awards, held at the Senate Chambers of the university.
The OOI is a not-for-profit organisation formed with the broad objective of nurturing young African talent by providing financial support and mentorship to African students in educational institutions across the world. The organisation was established in honour of the late Mr. Osaze Olugbemi Osifo, a firm advocate of the development of young talents and its impact on future leadership. Osaze was an alumnus of the University of Lagos and he passed away on February 29, 2012.
Through the OOI Fellowship Awards, top second year students in engineering, social sciences and business administration faculties, stand a chance to be recognised as Fellows of the programme, to receive annual bursaries and assigned mentors for guidance and career mentorship.
In December 2015, the OOI Trust interviewed 12 finalists shortlisted from applications received from three faculties in the university, working in collaboration with the University Of Lagos’ Office of Advancement. The 6 Fellows who emerged from the highly competitive and rigorous selection process are Richard Chukkas-Prowess of the Department of Systems Engineering, Akindele Olaide of Psychology, Ismaila Mansur of Mass Communication and Fatimoju Adeshola, Isiaq Wasiu and Wahab Mustapha, the trio of which are from the Department of Economics.