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Over 41,000 Sub-Saharan Africans Currently Studying in U.S. Institutions—EducationUSA

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The EducationUSA section of the U.S. Department of State says no fewer than  41,000 students from Sub-Saharan Africa are currently studying in American universities and colleges.

The network made this known on Wednesday at the second annual two-day EducationUSA Sub-Saharan Africa virtual fair.

The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering detailed and current information about opportunities to study at accredited institutions in the U.S.

The network of over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories also provides services to the U.

S. higher education community.

This is to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalisation goals.

Mr Eric Kneedler, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, said that American colleges valued international students.

According to him, American institutions have over the past year, demonstrated their commitment to supporting international students and navigating the unprecedented circumstances that came with the pandemic.

“We have witnessed firsthand the adaptability of the U.S. institutions in ensuring that international students continue to access their education with as minimal interruptions as possible.

“Schools have also been innovative and intentional in their engagements.

“This commitment is on display at this virtual EducationUSA fair, where prospective students will receive comprehensive, impartial and current information on study opportunities in the U.S.”

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Kneedler said that American education could be accessed not only on campus, but also from home through online programmes and certifications, or hybrid options that combined in person and virtual classes.

“Whatever you envision for your education, there are numerous possibilities in the United States, for you to achieve your goals and you can rest assured you have a supportive accessible community that truly wants you to succeed,” he said.

Fadzi Muzhandu, an Education USA advisor in Zimbabwe, highlighted smart ways through which prospective  undergraduate students could find “best fit schools”.

According to her, selecting colleges and universities is the hardest part of the U.S. admissions process.

She said that there were over 4000 accredited institutions in the country, making the selection process a tricky one.

Muzhandu added that there were five key steps in the process of applying to American universities, stressing that researching options was one of the most important parts.

“This is the most time consuming process but you have to learn to use resources online, especially google.”

The EducationUSA Advisor said that in strategising for success, prospective students should maximize their chances of admission by applying to as many schools as possible.

She urged students to determine their non-negotiable criteria when selecting schools of interest.

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This, she said can be the quality of the institution, diversity, facilities available, academic strength in courses of study, tuition, and the availability of financial aid for international students.

She also stressed the importance of completing applications, adding that some students work hard in finding schools that offered scholarships and financial aid but would give up towards the end.

“Regardless of how much work you put into the application process, if you do not complete your application, if you do not click submit on your application, no one gets to see your amazing profile.”

She said that with more than one million international students in the U.S., the country was the number one recipient of international students in the world, making it a choice destination for students.

“Students in Sub-Saharan Africa have become the most mobile tertiary students in the world. From this part of the continent we are sending more students abroad than any other parts of the world.

“If you apply and get accepted to attend, you will be joining the over 41,000 exceptional students who are already there,” she said.

The first day of the fair had in attendance 60 colleges and universities from 26 U.S. states with their representatives on ground to connect with African students virtually. (NAN)

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UNILAG Waterfront Needs Adequate Shoreline Protection – VC

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The University of Lagos’s waterfront is in need of urgent adequate shoreline protection as its ageing perimeter fence has collapsed, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said yesterday,

Ogundipe made the disclosure in an interview with the NewsMen in Lagos.

“The rains that Lagos and its environs have experienced possibly due to the impact of climate change and subsequent higher-than-normal discharge of the rivers emptying into the lagoon, possibly led to the collapse of the already aging perimeter fence and embankment with imminent security issues and attendant ecological perturbations.

“In the morning of yesterday, Oct. 19, the chief security officer of the university called my attention to the sad development.

“We quickly rushed there to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the collapsed perimeter fence on the waterfront.

Ogundipe appealed to the Federal Government to urgently come to the aid of the university in that regard.

“We need reconstruction of the embankment,” he pleaded,” he told Reporters.

According to the vice-chancellor, the waterfront of the university is subjected to wave actions and coastal erosion which are associated with risks of land loss, damage to coastal infrastructure and flooding.

He said that the university had maintained an embankment on the shoreline and waterfront serving as perimeter fencing and ensuring that coastal erosion and occasional flooding were addressed.

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“The Lagos lagoon is part of the lagoon complex which comprises a  network  of  nine  lagoons namely: Yewa,  Ologe,  Badagry,  Iyagbe,  Lagos,  Kuramo,  Epe,  Lekki,  and  Mahin, stretching from the Republic of Benin.

 “It lies behind the barrier beach and extends for 210km along the coast.

“The Lagos Lagoon is, on the average, about two to four metres in depth, but it is 10 metres deep at the entrance at the Commodore Channel around the Lagos Harbor, which empties the lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean,” he noted.

He added that the Lagos lagoon was bound in the south by the five cowries creeks, in the   Eastern   flank   by   the   Palavar   Islands, the northern end by   Ikorodu, and on the western border, by mainland communities.

Ogundipe said that the Lagos lagoon waterfront with usefulness as a tourism resource is considered a major artery in the water transportation architecture of Lagos metropolis.

“In this light, the university of Lagos waterfront has already been earmarked for construction of a jetty by the Lagos State Government under the leadership of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“The lagoon is flanked by tidal wetlands and swamps.

“This comprises of the waterfront, known as university of Lagos Waterfront, shorelines of Ilaje-Bariga and shorelines of Makoko community,” Ogundipe said. (NAN)

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Foundation Donates N6m to Children with Cancer in FCT

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Okapi Children Cancer Foundation on Tuesday donated N6 million to children fighting cancer in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The Chief Volunteer and Founder of the foundation, Ms Kemi Adekanye, said the gesture was part of their annual events.

She stated that the gesture is to support children fighting cancer at the National Hospital, Abuja, and the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada.

Adekanye decried the high costs of treating and managing childhood cancer in the country.

She however urged government and other philanthropists to support the patients and families, which will increase the chances of survival for them.

“The organisation had since its inception in 2017 donated over N14.8 million to support the children.

“We have been able to render support to these children, to reduce the costs of treatment, as well as provide emotional support and job opportunities for some of their parents.

“A lot of these children commence treatment and abandon it midway, because of the high costs of treatment and other care,” she said.

She therefore called for more awareness and enlightenment on childhood cancer.

This, she noted, would garner more support and initiation of policies to help manage the disease.

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Consultant Paedetric Oncologist, UATH, Dr Uduak Offiong, while commending the Foundation, said the donation would support parents whose children are fighting cancer, especially in accessing blood platelets.

According to her, many children abandon cancer treatment due to financial constraints.

She therefore appealed to the government to subsidise the costs of treating childhood cancer.

Offiong also urged that cancer should be included in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for less privileged families to access treatment.

Similarly, Dr Oyesakin Adewunmi, the Head of Unit, Paedetric Oncology, National Hospital, Abuja, represented by Dr Patricia Igoch, called for more support and attention to be given to childhood cancer.

On his part, the President, Nigeria Cancer Society, Dr Adamu Umar, decried the lack of awareness and neglect of childhood cancer in the country.

Umar also called on the federal government to include it in the NHIS, while funds should be allocated for its management.

A Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Dr Margaret Olokpo, called for more emotional support to both the children suffering from cancer and their parents.

One of the benefiting parents, Mrs Titilayo Adewunmi, commended the organisation for their unwavering support to them in caring, managing and treating their children fighting cancer.

The organisation recently held a walk and Zoom meeting to educate the public on signs, symptoms and appropriate treatment for childhood cancer in the FCT. (NAN)

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Aisha Buhari Hosts Turkish First Lady, Lauds Nigeria-Turkey Relations

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Mrs Buhari was speaking when she received the Turkish first lady at the side-line of a bilateral meeting between Nigeria`s President Muhammadu Buhari and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at the State House, Abuja.

“I really appreciate Mrs Erdogan for the visit and this will go alone way in strengthening the relationship between my pet project, Aisha Buhari Foundation and her Foundation.

She reaffirmed her commitment to supporting the girl-child education and the less privileged, especially children in the Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDPs).

Mrs Buhari said the visit availed them the opportunity to strengthen their existing relations with a view to finding solutions to the incessant cases of domestic violence, women’s rights and child abuse.

The two first ladies, who met behind closed-doors, expressed their desire to strengthen relationship to secure the future of Nigerian women and children through their individual foundation(NAN)

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