It’s was a wonderful week and one that can’t be forgotten anytime soon for students of the University of Ibadan as the Student’s Union held her week-long celebration after almost 5 years of dormancy. The student expressed the social parts of their lives again and this time to the fullest as it was the only opportunity that was available to everyone in the already tasking semester laden with academic work.
The Akeju led administration themed the 2021 edition of the S.U week “REVAMP” and truly it was a revamp and many student social life got awaken again after a long time dormancy. The week-long celebration ran from 21- 25 September 2021 with a whole lot of mouthwatering activities.
The week-long celebration started on Tuesday 21/9/2021 with a rally. The rally kicked started at the SUB park within the university campus and toured around the halls of residence and even some significant places off-campus. The rally was tagged “Walk Against Suicide and Drug Abuse” and it was held in collaboration with the Asido Foundation. It doubled both as an awareness rally for the S.U week and also a medium of public sensitisation against suicide and drug abuse which has gain prominence amongst young people in recent times.
Day 2 of the S.U week was characterized by the opening of the Trade Fair. The trade fair was at the SUB car park and ran all through the days of the S.U week celebration. The trade fair housed over 40 different stands from over 40 different business owners who had their goods and services on display all through the week. The trade fair was open to both students and non-student business owners and buyers also. It is believed that the S.U inculcated the idea of the trade fair into the S.U week to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students and also provide them with a platform to showcase their goods and services to a large audience. There was never a time the trade fair was void of individuals it was always bubbling as long as it was opened.
It was fun galore all through Thursday. It was well anticipated and surely it never disappointed, it even beat people’s expectations. It was the gyration and “ASUN” night. It all started looking set to be one of its kind in the history of the University of Ibadan S.U week when pictures of the gigantic cow to be used for the ASUN surfaced and it quickly circulated amongst students. As expected, classes got stabbed, appointments got broken, tutorials got cancelled as students trooped out en mass to the SUB foyer at the Kunle Adepeju building for the duration which was held later that evening. Who else would have done the job better than DJ Gabi, an alumnus of the department of Human Kinetics, University of Ibadan? He serenaded the attendees with tunes and good vibes with back to back hits and even some evergreen hits from way back. It was a bomb of an event and trust me if anyone missed it, you missed a whole lot, but not to worry, we got you covered. See pictures from the gyration night below.
This was the day everyone had been waiting for. It was the finals of the S.U Inter-hall football competition. The competition had started earlier before the commencement of the S.U week, but the finals were held within the S.U week. In the male category, the final had Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall Vs Sultan Bello Hall and for the females, it was Queen Idia Hall Vs Obafemi Awolowo Hall. Before the finals, both teams in the male category had a wonderful run, Bello had to play a rematch of their semi-final match against PG Halls after they had fielded an ineligible player in the first encounter, although they still emerged victoriously. Also, Zik had beaten Bello neighbours, Ransome Kuti Hall on their way to the finals. Before the finals, Bello had won 7 out of the previous 9 editions of the football competition but history soon added a new paragraph as Zik beat Bello 3:1 in the finals to clinch the trophy. The female category ended with penalties as both teams played a 0:0 stalemate after regular time. The height of the finals was a celebration of the supporters from Zik hall, as expected it was a weird one but entertaining. There was also a novelty match played in honour of Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State that same day.
On this day, “a royal emerged from the ashes”. The Mr and Miss U.I pageantry was held at the NFLT Faculty of Science. It was one of its kind. It was a pageantry competition to crown the face of the U.I with regards to beauty and handsomeness. The show also had in conjunction, the S.U award night where awards were handed out to students who have won awards in different categories based on votes of the general public. The Mr and Miss U.I emerged from this event and also the students got some musical performance from their favourite artists. Lest I forget, U.I students sprayed money while receiving some awards, the money bag award precisely. Yea, some Obi Cubana vibes, they brought Anambra stuvs to U.I…..kpk
Although the week was celebrated from 21-25 of September 2021, even on 26, S.U week was still ongoing. The University of Ibadan S.U viewing centre was commissioned at the SUB foyer of the Kunle Adepeju building. The project was facilitated by Jimmy Eniola and alumni in the diaspora. The viewing centre was commissioned by the Ag Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ekanola on 26/9/2021 and definitely, it was to the glory of God and the service of mankind. The viewing centre also has a game section that allows UItes to have some refreshment and an opportunity to bond with other students after a long and tired day of class.
The activities of the Akeju led administration in the 2021 ASUU week is worth all commendations it can get, all through the week there was no dull moment and for emphasis sake, the REVAMP S.U week celebration was wonderful and it’s worth being awarded as a project topic for students to research upon and document its success, it was indeed a wonderful week.