AUN is Africa’s Salad Bowl – AUN Student
If someone were to visit AUN for the first time and learn that there are 1,093 Nigerian students, it would come as no surprise. Perhaps if you tell that same person about the nine Cameroonians who enrolled at AUN this semester, it could be attributable to the fact that Adamawa State shares its Eastern border with the Republic of Cameroon. But when you tell them there are 16 Rwandans, a Ghanaian, plus a Nigerien student, the whole scenario becomes a puzzle.
“As of September 21, 2012, the number of enrolled students was 1,124. This includes 1,067 undergraduate students and 57 Foundation Program students. There are approximately 25 students in the PGDM program for MBA acceptance,” stated Ms. Monique Davis, the University Registrar, in an online interview. AUN’s population is beginning to reflect what has made most of the world’s developed countries successful – different people, from different places, coming together for the same purpose.
“I support diversity…from diversity you get brilliant ideas,” said Olamide Oshodi, a petroleum chemistry major.
With students from just about every part of Nigeria, and a number of faculty and staff members from overseas, AUN is setting an example for the rest of Nigeria as a place where different people coexist in harmony.
“When I came to AUN, one of the first things I noticed was all the different people from countries with different styles. It gives us an opportunity to learn from each other,” said Abo Atabo, an economics major.
In the near future AUN may see more Africans from east, south, west, and north bringing their own ingredients to add to Africa’s salad bowl.
Commentary by Olumide Oyekan, Class of 2012.
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