C&S MEMBERS CHANGING REVOLUTION OF EDUCATION IN AFRICA
Education is a great growth factor and it bridges the gap of exposure of every individual. It is said, that no nation grows beyond her system of education. Nelson Mandela also said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which can change the world." This has made great minds from the Cherubim and Seraphim Church to put it upon them to revolutionalise the educational system of underdeveloped countries in Africa. A core Cherubim & Seraphim member, Choir Master of Unification Student Fellowship, Dr. Abiola Shokunbi Michael, Registrar of Universite Prostestante De L’Afrique De L’Ouest, Republic of Benin, and his team have been moving the train of university education in different countries of Africa and making great impact to see growth and development in African nations.
18th October, 2019, witnessed another memorable day in the history of the university and in the lives of students that have been well taught, trained and nurtured under the tutelage of professors in the noble university, and which the university found worthy in their respective field of study.
As she celebrates her 2019 Convocation and Conferment of Honour, it was indeed a day of unspeakable joy for many parents and students. An event covered by a correspondence of Seraph Stories was able to acknowledge outstanding fellows with Honourary Doctorate Degree. Three hundred and sixty-five (365) graduates were released to the labour market and three Honourary doctorate degree were awarded to the following personalities: HRH Alayeluwa Oba Samuel Olusegun Shobowale Benson - Onigbakule-Lubajo 1 (The Olojodu Of Ojodu Land), Mr. Itite Lewis Aitufe, Mrs Modupe Odunlami Jpil
Speaking at the event, the Coordinator of the University, Dr.Faessol Chitou Sanny took the audience through a brief history of the institution as a missionary university which started in the year 1920. The culture of the university where students are under strict supervision to ensure proper moral and educational standards are achieved, one of which is the culture of students to always be properly and decently dressed in the school approved uniform between Monday to Friday, and Polo t-shirt for Fridays. This is a dressing culture that applies to all Universities in Republic of Benin. The University also boasts of its dominion and space in other African countries like, Togo, Cote’d voire and Cameroon.
The registrar in his speech said: “Our values as a school is clear and we run with it. We understand the challenges posed by our peculiar environment as Africans, it is obvious and enormous hence our multi-pronged effort in making sure that we do not compromise quality on the altar of affordability. The balance, though delicate, has been one of the area we have done beautifully well at the risk of blowing our trumpet ourselves.
He furthered his speech that "…The result of our selfless efforts are right in front of our eyes with the set of graduating students we are seeing today.
"I am proud of the job we have done and that any of our students can compete favourably well anywhere they find themselves around the globe and that is to the glory of God.”
The graduating students were implored by the Registrar to uphold the value of the University and to be good ambassadors of the school, their parents, the society and the nation. "Seek what you can add to the society at all times. You are meant to live above board and set new standard," He said.
Hence, he admonished the matriculating students and said, "The university will you give you wings to fly and make sure you remain focused on your purpose in the university. To parents and guardians at the event we are firm in getting you refined graduates. We hold discipline as high that we would not condone any act of indiscipline."
Present at the convocation and conferment of honours was a well known Seraph Dr. Jide Atansuyi, the former Chairman of the Central Executive Council who was the keynote speaker and the Commissioner of police, Lagos state command ably represented by the Assistant Commissioner of police, Bode Ojajuni.
The event also experienced the launching of UPAO vision 2020 to assert the great plans of the governing council of the University. It ended with undiluted joy and series of photo shots from parents, guardians, graduands and awardees.