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Students reflect on ills within Nigerian universities in new anthology




STUDENTS and graduates from over 70 Nigerian universities have shared their campus-based experiences in a newly launched anthology, the Memoirs of Nigerian University Students (MONUS).

The publication of over 100 true-life stories is an initiative of a Tell!, a start-up run by students at the University of Ibadan.

The institutions featured in the anthology include the University Of Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, University of Lagos, University of Benin, Babcock University, Ahmadu Bello University, FUOYE, and various others.

“With stories cutting across themes such as sexual harassment, cultism, rape and institutional irregularities, the publication serves as a means of reflection on the state in which our universities have degenerated into,” the start-up said in a statement shared with The ICIR.

“The organisers hope that the stories can attract both national and international attention to University education in Nigeria for the purpose of inciting sustainable change and development in the universities.”

They also said proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be partly used “to support at least 10 students from low-income families across various universities, with a sum of N100,000 education grant”.

MONUS was guest-edited by award-winning investigative journalist, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, and its foreword was written by Tijani Mayowa, Business and Development Editor at TheCable.

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It was created in partnership with Okadabooks, Bambooks, and the University of Ibadan Literary and Debating Society.

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