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Helping people to achieve their life goals and do whatever comes next both personally and professionally is at the heart of the founder of the African Leadership Institute (ALI) Open Online Course Learning (MOOC) Platform, Oladokun Oluwasegun.

In pursuit of his mission to develop a new breed of business leaders, educated to global standard, who can create jobs, increase income, and create value for their stakeholders, ALI has grown to become one of Africa’s most sorted after online learning platforms connecting thousands of students and professionals with courses created by experts in different fields.

For the 23-year old founder, schooling and education are not the same and he believes young people across the world can do better if they are taught in a more practical, backed-by-experience way.

His zeal and curiosity prepared him for a life beyond the expected. Steered by his love for create solutions to problems in is surroundings, Oluwasegun became an online learner in his first year as an undergraduate in the university in other for him to learn the skill of web development after he had the idea to create a social e-commerce platform that will enable students to sell and purchase products in a fun and interactive manner.

It was then that Oluwasegun began to use the Internet to expand his knowledge as he could not afford to pay a developer who would build the platform. In a short period of time, he was able to improve his skills every day.

A world where anyone can learn anything While he was learning online, Oluwasegun discovered the best teachers aren’t always found in a classroom.

After experiencing how much online learning improved his life, Oluwasegun made it his mission to give that same opportunity to anyone, anywhere, especially in Africa.

He wanted people to benefit from the knowledge of others who have been in a particular industry long enough to know what works and the best approach used outside the walls of their school. He imagined a world where anyone could learn anything—from any expert in the world.

TechEconomy.ng learned that after he finished his Mini MBA course at Accra Business School, Ghana, Oluwasegun came back to Nigeria and started teaching people Leadership and Management Online.

Nine (9) months later, he launched the ALI online learning platform. Three (3) weeks after launching, over 4,000 learners from a different level of academics are currently learning standard courses from experts to increase their knowledge and productivity.

The learning experience that helps transform lives Oluwasegun had the vision to use the power of gadgets and the Internet as a learning destination for everyone.

He is the reason why the African Leadership Institute is dedicated to helping people from every academic background transform their lives and careers through practical out-of-classroom learning.

Oladokun Oluwasegun

Oladokun Oluwasegun

ALI learning experience

Every course on African Leadership Institute (ALI) is taught by professionals from top companies and organisations, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere.

Surplus free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums, as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.

  • 100% online
  • Learn something new
  • Free courses designed for you
  • Paid courses starting at about $5 (USD)
  • Earn a Course Certificate

ALI have tailored their courses and classes to suit your career needs, your academic requirements and your timeframe.

1. Study in a dynamic global standard online learning environment and redefine your cultural boundaries

2. Learn from our highly-respected teachers – who consult to financial institutions, corporations and government agencies worldwide – and benefit from world-class research and advanced business thinking

3. Take charge of your personal and professional development and access a wide range of practitioners on your Business and Leadership journeyGain confidence and get to know your new study group in a range of team-building exercises and social learning experience

4. Experience ALI Innovative Tailored Core – cater to a specific area of interest or maintain a general management overview

5. Enjoy a dedicated commitment to academic excellence – ALI courses are robust and designed for maximum career impact.

Oluwasegun believes that through ALI everyone should be able to do whatever comes next especially when it comes to creating a solution to problems either to make a profit or contribute to society or simply just satisfying the need to learn new things.

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400-level student of Ajayi Crowther University builds solar-powered automated hand washing unit

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The presentation of solar-powered automatic hand washing, rinsing, and drying Unit built by 400-level student of Ajayi Crowther University - Image Credit: ACU/facebook

A 400-level student of the Department of Physics with Electronics, Ajayi Crowther University, Joshua Aderinola, has built a solar-powered automatic hand washing, rinsing, and drying Unit.

The project supervised by Dr. P. C. Amalu, a Senior Lecturer in the Department is Aderinola’s own way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

At the presentation of the project to the Management of the University on Wednesday 20th May 2020, the Special Assistant to the Governor of Oyo State on Students Matters, Mr. Olojede Victor said that it is a thing of joy see that students in the state are rising to contribute their quota to support the government at this trying time.

While receiving the device on behalf of the Management, the Vice-Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo F. Asaju commended the student and also used the opportunity to appeal to other students to go out and find societal problems they too can solve, hoping that very soon, Ajayi Crowther University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences will find a cure to COVID-19.

Present at the test running of the prototype, is the Vice-Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jacob Adeniyi, the Bursar of the University, Pst Samson Olojede, the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs) Beatrice Fabunmi, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof. Ebenezer Olayinka, the Chairman, Committee and Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Joel Ayodabo, Dean Student Affairs, Prof. O.F. Alabi, the President of the Students Association, Kehinde Timileyin among others.

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IMT Enugu Engineering team builds automated hand washing machine to curb COVID-19 spread

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IMT automated hand washing machine

 

  • Rector, Professor Austin Uchechukwu Nweze promises to support mass production

With over five million confirmed cases and close to four hundred thousand deaths across the world, the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has threatened the entire world on a historic scale.

While the early transmission affected China, South Korea, much of western Europe, and the United States, the virus is currently spreading rapidly across the African continent. Nigeria has recorded close to seven thousand cases as at the time of filing this report.

Due to biological nature of the novel coronavirus, named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with faster spreading and unknown transmission pattern, it is difficult to contain the transmission of the disease globally.

The pandemic presents a major threat to already-stressed or makeshift health systems. But technology could help curb the spread.

The World Health Organisation (WHO, has recommended that washing of one’s hands with soap regularly and thoroughly and/or using alcohol based sanitizer remain major steps toward containing the spread of the virus.

This particular recommendation has led to innovations; from robots to a virus-killing snood and a portable isolation capsule, these new prototypes demonstrate what humans are capable of in the face of adversity.

To this end, the engineering team of the prestigious Institute of Management and Technology, IMT Enugu, embarked on innovation expedition.

IMT is notable as a top institution with a drive to effect positive academic, technological and socioeconomic changes in Nigeria.

The engineering team has delivered a Touch-Free Automated Hand Washing Machine.

A prototype of the machine was unveiled by the Rector, Professor Austin Uchechukwu Nweze and supported by the Deputy Rector, Engr. Sunday Udeh; the School Registrar, Drs. Mrs Ijeoma Aneke; the Deputy Director Degree Programmes, Dr. Mrs. Ogochukwu Okanya and Director Consultancy Unit, Surveyor Oliver Odenigo.

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The Public Relations Officer of IMT Enugu, Barr. Mark Akunna Eze, told TechEconomy.ng that while unveiling the automated machine, the Rector expressed delight over the innovative prowess of the engineering team.

“In fact, IMT has recorded many firsts since the assumption of office oo Prof. Nweze. It is not surprising that the team came up with such novel idea and turned it to practical solution to curtailing the spread of COVID-19.

“Interestingly, the Rector has disclosed that management will support mass production of the machines. They will be deployed within the campus and interested members of the public can also place order. One thing is certain, IMT Enugu is now notable for entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs are known during crisis like the world is faced with today”, he added.

As it stands, the group has the Institute’s backing for mass production of the automated machines for sale in the open market.

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OAU OAK-Park innovates against COVID-19, unveils unique nose masks ‘The IfeMask’

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The IfeMask

As the nations of the world groans and grieves under the siege of Covid-19 pandemic, African scientists are being challenged to help Africa look inwards and create effective homegrown solutions in combating the pandemic.

Stemming from this, the World Bank sponsored Africa Centre of Excellence, a technology innovation park of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, is leading the way through the production of Nose Mask, a key Personal Protective Equipment as part of the concerted response against COVID-19.

As widely advised and mandated by the Federal Government of Nigeria, wearing face masks can help reduce the community spread of respiratory infections such as  COVID-19.

Thus, wearing of face masks is crucial at a critical time that we are in.

The Dean, Faculty of Technology, OAU, Professor Adesola Aderounmu, in a message to TechEconomy.ng, said that ‘The IfeMask’, as code named, is a wholly locally designed, developed and produced nose mask by the World Bank sponsored OAU ICT-Driven Knowledge Park (OAK-Park).

Prof. Adesola Aderounmu

Prof. Adesola Aderounmu – Photo Credit: OAU

According to Prof. Aderounmu, the immediate past president of the Nigeria Computer Society, “The mask is unique. It draws its uniqueness in its durability, reusability and comfortability.

“The reinforced rubber material and acrylic painted body makes it possible to be washed and decontaminate after each use.

“The mask does not change shape on reuse and is comfortable to wear”.

TechEconomy.ng close examination of the mask shows it also embeds an N95 compliant high-efficiency particulate air filter material which allow for breathing while trapping foreign objects.

The filtering material can be changed after each use. The detachable mask is easy to assemble and dissemble within 2 minutes.

“The design, developing and production of IfeMask aligns with the vision of the World Bank, to create regionally-recognized and acknowledged Centres in Africa that is driven by high quality, commercialized research and technology; and in the case of OAK-Park, to also advance the growth of ICT industry”, the Dean said.

OAK-Park has been a trailblazer in this regard with other products such as drone and finger print scanner all locally produced in its line.

He added that, currently, the Park is engaging potential manufacturers for a large scale production of the Ife Mask in order to make it widely available.

Figure 1-3 shows the IfeMask on display with other prototypes of the Park.

The IfeMask

The IfeMask

The IfeMask

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