It’s table-shaking time! It’s Campus Conflict time!
You know how it goes down on every edition of Campus Conflict and this week the bout is between two of the most popular Universities in Nigeria.
University of Lagos & University of Ibadan.
And we are looking at which of the two Universities have more influential alumni
Influential not Popular.
So basically we are looking at the “impact” some of the alumni’s of this school have had on Nigeria & the world as a whole.
It’s Campus Conflict…
Let’s start with the Alumni of University of Lagos
Unilag is probably the most popular school in the country and one of the most sought-after tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Now, who are the influential figures that have passed through the learning corridors of the University of Lagos?
Here are a few of them;
1.) Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Yemi Osinbajo is no stranger to most Nigerians.
Are you kidding? He is the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
He attended Unilag in the 70s and it’s safe to say that he is one of the most influential figures the University has ever produced.
Even if the country seems to be running on extra time.
2.) Tony Elumelu
Incase you are not familiar with this name.
The numero uno of one of Africa’s leading Banks, United Bank for Africa (UBA)
He was part of the team that spearheaded the recovery of the bank after it had some internal issues a few years ago.
Not long ago, the bank celebrated its 70th year anniversary & opened a branch in London, United Kingdom.
It is no gain-saying that Tony Elumelu is a juggernaut in the banking sector.
3.) Akinwunmi Ambode
If you live in Lagos and haven’t come across this name… you must be living somewhere that is certainly not “LAGOS”
Akinwunmi Ambode was the former Governor of Lagos State and according to some, a performing governor also.
He was recently succeeded by Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
4.) Genevieve Nnaji
Another notable and Influential figure that once graced the corridors of the University of Lagos was A-list actress, Genevieve Nnaji.
Nnaji has appeared in countless Nollywood movies and even produced some herself.
Her recent and most notable production till date was the film, Lion Heart, which was bought by Netflix for $3.8 Million.
Nnaji is one of the most influential figures in Nigeria today.
5.) Oby Ezekwesilli
Known in some quarters as “The Iron lady of Nigeria”. Oby Ezekwesilli is a chartered accountant by profession and served as a minister under the Obasanjo regime.
But in recent times, Ezekwesilli has become popular for her activism especially on the issue of the Chibok girls that were abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Remember the Bring Back Our Girls Movement…yes that one.
Ezekwesilli was one of the big supporters of the movement.
She is also the co-founder of Transparency International and was nominated for a Nobel prize in 2018 for her work in the extractive sector
Other popular figures that graduated from the school was Genevieve Nnaji, Mountain of Fire Overseer, Daniel Olukoya, Bolanle Austen-Peters, The Oba of Lagos, Chude Jideonwo, Dare-art Alade, Linda Ikeji, Richard Mofe-Damijo, etc.
Now, let’s get right into the influential Alumni’s from the University of Ibadan
1.) Wole Soyinka
In case you don’t remember the name…here are a few details to jog your memory.
Soyinka is the first African to win a Nobel prize for literature which he won in 1986.
Wole Soyinka is regarded as a “National Treasure” by some Africans because of his worldwide influence.
Professor Wole Soyinka has taught in some of the world’s leading institutions like Yale, Oxford and Harvard.
He was part of the few writers who fought for Nigeria’s Independence as well as protested against the military.
One of his notable acts was when he seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigeria Regional Elections.
2.) Chinua Achebe
It is safe to say Achebe is of the greatest African writers of all time.
Author of the popular novel “Things fall apart”; a book which is considered the most widely read book in Modern African Literature.
Achebe also wrote other popular books like “No longer at ease”, “Anthills of the Savannah”
Before his death, his last published work was the controversial novel “There was a country” which sparked a lot of ethnic debates.
It is no hidden fact that Chinua Achebe was one of the most influential figures ever to come out from the University of Ibadan.
3.) Grace Alele-Williams
Many might not know her.
But she is one of the most influential females in Nigeria’s history.
She was the first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate degree and also the first female Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria.
Alele-Williams had a lot of “first” and is a pioneer for women education in Africa.
Some even call her “the accidental feminist” and was credited as the Vice Chancellor who combated Cultism at the University of Benin.
4.) Ken Saro-Wiwa
Known activist and one of the victims of the tyranny of the “Abacha” regime. He was hanged in 1995 for his non-violent campaign against Environmental degradation in Ogoni Land.
His death sparked a lot of International outrage and this resulted in the suspension of Nigerian from the CommonWealth of Nations for over 3 years.
5.) Tolu Ogunlesi
One of the youngest and notable Alumnus from the University of Ibadan is Tolu Ogunlesi.
Ogunlesi is an accomplished poet and Journalist with a list of awards and publications to his credit
He was appointed to the role of Special Assistant on Digital/New Media to the Presidency in 2016.
You can find Ogunlesi on twitter going off against political opponents or sharing his opinion on happenings in the country.
Now, it’s time to decide who won today’s Campus Conflict.
University of Ibadan or the University of Lagos, who has more influential alumni’s?
Drop your comments below.
In case you missed the previous Campus Conflict. Click here to read