Gist: See The first University in Nigeria to be ranked in Africa’s top 20

The Vice-Chancellor the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, has announced that for the first time in history, a Nigerian university was ranked 20th in Africa and 1,842nd in the world.“

I am happy to restate that a remarkable thing happened to the Nigerian university system this year, courtesy of UNILORIN.

“For the first time since ranking began, a Nigerian university was ranked among the best 2,000 universities in the world”, he said.

The professor of veterinary medicine, who spoke with reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on the institution’s 30th convocation lecture, said the latest ranking of international colleges and universities placed the university first in Nigeria, 20th in Africa and the 1,842nd in the world.

Continuing he said, “Though we are not satisfied to occupy the position we are on the global stage until we are ranked within the best 200, the achievement of the university will be underscored when it is realised that 11,307 colleges and universities are sampled in the ranking in 200 countries.

“The United States alone, not to talk of other advanced countries, has much more that 3,000 universities.

“The modest work being done at the university has made it the darling of admission applicants in Nigeria; the university was the eighth most preferred in 2011 and fifth most preferred in 2012.

“Last year, we became the 2nd most preferred university in Nigeria and this year we became the number one choice of applicants with over 105,000 applicants, the second most preferred university having 74,000 applicants.”

On his achievements, Ambali disclosed that: “We have embarked on 10,000 hectares of oil palm plantation. We all know that the Malaysian economy relies much on oil palm and there is a report that they took the seed from Nigeria a few decades ago.

“However, our country imports about 500,000 metric tonnes of palm oil annually while Malaysia exported about 24 trillion metric tonnes of palm oil in 2012 to the United States, the European Union, China and India.

“The export earned the country some 20 billion pound sterling (about N5.314 trillion).”

The VC put the number of graduating students at 6,328, with 5,438 getting first degrees and 890 higher degrees/diploma.

He said: “In the first degree category, 48 made first class; 1,290 second class upper; 2,814 second class lower; 1,067 third class; 84 pass; 18 diplomas and 217 MBBS.”

60 women abducted by Boko Haram in Adamawa state! see details

There are reports that about 60 women were abducted by members of Boko Haram during fresh attacks at Waga Mangoro and Garta villages, both in Adamawa State this past Saturday October 18th.

Residents of the villages who confirmed the abductions to reporters said the sect men came in motorcycles in the early hours of Saturday morning, killed many, burnt down their homes and abducted 40 women from Waga Mangoro village and 20 women from Garta village.

Resident of Garta community who confirmed the recent abductions told reporters;
“The insurgents are still in the area. They slit the throats of three men in Garta and abducted many young women. We also heard from residents of Waga that they killed two men and took 40 women away,” he said
Ahmadu, a resident in Waga Mangoro who also confirmed the abduction said the Boko Haram members used the abducted women as human shields during reprisals by Nigerian troops. He added that the attackers took with them food items, animals and household items belongings of villagers.

In a related development, members of the House of Representatives yesterday October 22nd approved the $1bn loan President Jonathan had requested for to enable the military purchase more weaponry.

Source: Thisday

Pics: D’Banj and Akon Shoot Video for Frosh. see pictures!

Konvict Music and Db Records might have something big coming for you guys. Akon gets D’Banj on this new track called – “Frosh” which hasn’t been released yet but the radio rip of the song has been released and now it looks like we are going to be getting a double dose from Akon and D’banj who shot the video in Atlanta. DeeVee also made it for the video shoot.

See Which Celebrity Said “I’m A Big Fan Of Wizkid, Collaboration Might Not Happen” Must Read!!

Davido in a recent interview at his house by AvantTV revealed, “I’m a big fan of Wizkid. We might work together, we might not. If we do, it’s going to be crazy no doubt.”

Davido who also revealed that ‘HKN’ means ‘Honorable Kings of New-school’ also laid to rest several rumors as well as cleared the air on the botched deal with ‘Orezi’.

When asked why HKN didn’t sign Orezi as earlier speculated, he said, “I was just hanging with Dude one day and I decided to tell him, Dude, lets just be friends. And that was it.”

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Music Has No Language – Phyno Says

A rapper and producer, Phyno (Chibuzo Nelson), on Friday, in Lagos said that language was not a barrier to the appreciation of music as music had no language.

Phyno, who is renowned for doing his songs in Igbo language, said that he was grateful to God that all his hard work had eventually paid off. “At first I was bothered but if you knew things about music you will understand that music has no language.

“One of the biggest songs between last year/this year is `Khona’ and we in Nigeria, we don’t even know what they are saying, so that’s how music is for you.

“You don’t need to understand what they say; just go with the flow as long as they come clear when it comes to their visuals so that’s why I take more time in my videos too.

“Being consistent is like one big challenge that every artiste that is already out has to face unless you are not out and you just have to fight for coming out or just to be relevant. “But once you are out, the biggest challenge has to be consistency,’’ he said.

Phyno disclosed that he was currently engaged in a “collaboration album’’ with “Olamide’’(Adedeji), a renowned rap artist who raps mostly in the Yoruba language, and described their union as a “divine blessing.’’
Phyno is signed on to Sputnet Records and has hits like `Alobam’, ‘Obago’, ‘Man of the Year’ and the smash collaboration, ‘Ghostmode’, featuring Olamide. His full album titled, ‘No Guts No Glory’, was released earlier this year.

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