Go Forth and Soar
H.E. Professor Olugbemiro Jegede Secretary General Association of African Universities (AAU) Accra – GHANA
An invited Keynote Speech at the Special Congregation for the Award of First and Higher Degrees and the Presentation of Prizes of the 6th Convocation Ceremony Holding at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria on Friday July 22, 2011
I wish to thank the Proprietor and Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo, Bishop and Founder of Living Faith International; the Board of Trustees; the Vice-Chancellor; Principal Officers and the Senate of this University for the invitation to give this keynote address today. I bring you greetings and felicitations from the Association of African Universities (AAU), a Pan African Organization that is 43 years old in the business of representing African Union as the apex organization for higher education in Africa. Above all, I wish to pay gratitude to God for ensuring that I come here today even though several competing urgent and important matters gave me some hassle in rescheduling this visit. There are two ceremonies I always love to witness in the university. They are matriculation and convocation as they brighten the faces of students, parents, families and friends of the celebrants and by implication reinvigorate the management of the university to stand firm and pat themselves at the back for the great job they are doing. These are great opportunities I thought I would miss as I completed my seven-year term, nine months ago, as Vice Chancellor of the one and only National Open University of Nigeria. But it has pleased God that I could literarily attend thesetypes of ceremonies every day of the year and still not cover all the universities in Africa. I appreciate that time is of essence, so let me go straight to the role I have been invited to play here on this day that the Lord has made in which we are rejoicing!