Director Urges DOF Scholars to Imbibe Leadership Ideals
Beneficiaries of the David Oyedepo Foundation (DOF) Scholarship Programme have been enjoined to assimilate leadership ideals in the course of going through the programme.
The Director, DOF, Mrs. Kemi Oyedepo, gave this charge at the second orientation programme for beneficiaries of the scholarship in Covenant University, held on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the Africa Leadership Development Centre on the university campus.
Addressing the gathering, comprised of old and fresh students, on the purpose of the scholarship and what is expected of the beneficiaries; Mrs. Oyedepo said the scholarship programme is to contribute to building well rounded individuals, particularly within the African continent. The vision of the DOF President, Dr. David Oyedepo, she revealed, is to ensure that, as much as the foundation can, it gives various individuals, who need the scholarship and who meet the requirements, access to quality education.
“As God has blessed him, he’s trying to do his own part in the society. He also desires among other things to see leaders emerge in their various fields of endeavours with a contribution-oriented mindset both in Nigeria and in Africa and beyond. We want you all as scholars to imbibe certain values going through the scholarship programme,” she said.
The values, she highlighted, include Work Ethic, Leadership Values, National Development Consciousness, Contribution-Oriented Mindset and Christ-Centered World View.
On DOF’s expectations from the scholars, Mrs. Oyedepo said beneficiaries must embark on work study programme; community development programme; six-week volunteer service programme; monthly reports of their meetings with their mentors; submission of a proposal for their workplace; and community development programme.
The scholars are also expected to read four selected books and make a comprehensive summary of them; belong to clusters, which will build team spirit, with leaders of the clusters sending monthly reports; and the scholars to have academic mentors.
In the wake of Mrs. Oyedepo’s address, some of the scholars, who have been enjoying the DOF scholarship for some years, took turns to narrate their experiences.
Wali Ebovi, a 300 Level student of the Department of Economics, who expressed appreciation to DOF for the opportunity afforded him, revealed how he and five others initiated a community development project, which centered on road traffic. “We launched a road safety awareness campaign, painted roads and we were able to mobilise the community,” he said.
Nnamdi Ibeanusi, a 200 Level student of the Computer and Information Science Department, who was involved in a volunteer service, narrated how he paid regular visits to an orphanage near his home, where he taught the kids English and Geography among others. “They literarily depended on the benevolence of people, and they became an integral part of my life for that period,” said Ibeanusi.
And while Victoria Ahiamadu, a 300 Level student of Economics, who read books of the summer in 2015, disclosed how the exercise helped to develop her, Damilola Olojede, a 300 Level student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, shared her experience as a volunteer. She said she visited an orphanage and worked with the people there. “In all, I have learnt a lot; how to develop myself and be independent, thanks to DOF,” she added.
The Senior Project Officer, DOF, Ms Iruka Obi, in her remarks at the occasion, asked those already benefiting from the scholarship programme to see the orientation programme as a refreshing exercise, as it is for them to be a point of reference to the new scholars that may approach them for guidance.
And to the new scholars, she said the task set by the foundation might seem demanding, but it was set because the foundation believes they can do it.
Over 200 students have so far benefitted from the DOF scholarship programme, with 87 scholars currently enjoying the gesture at Covenant University.