American University of Nigeria Yola
Mr Tunde Animashaun who works as the Senior Manager, Retail & Business Services at AUN & talks to Frankly Speaking with Glory about his re-branding of AUN Yola State Nigeria.
Life in Yola
I live in Lagos state, Nigeria; one of the most populated and lively cities in the world. Anyone who knew me while I was still a student in the university considered me lucky and “foreign or janded”. To them, Lagos state was the “Yankee”of Nigeria. Well, I couldn’t argue because I sort of felt a bit that way. Then, when I went to Yola in Adamawa state for NYSC, friends and family went into a fit on my behalf. They weren’t happy at the reality of me going to serve in Yola. However, I did.
With time, I got to find out that several misconceptions about the place were truly false. It saddened me to realize then that, most of what I had heard about the North East weren’t completely true. The media was too quick to carry the tales of woes and displacement in those areas, perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgents. Thus, they failed to extensively propagate the stories of recoveries, reconciliation, restoration and peace of most of those areas, especially Adamawa state. The beauty, culture, art, people and life of these areas had become overshadowed by the sound of fear that resonated with their names. As a result of that, investors too were quick to pack up and leave.
I saw and met people in Adamawa state who loved the peace and serenity of the area and wished that there were more social activities, institutions and innovations that could keep body and soul together away from the hustles of Lagos. With time, some of them had to leave to seek the “fast life” outside Yola.
Fast forward to now, a lot of work has been going on through the efforts of individuals, groups, organisations and institutions in Yola. The American University of Nigeria Yola is one of the major agents of change operating in all levels to see to it that the later glory of Adamawa state is greater than the former. For the prestigious, all hands must be on deck to restore Yola.
I particularly met an outstanding fellow, Mr. Tunde Animashaun who works as the Senior Manager, Retail and Business Services at AUN Yola Nigeria. Quite an intelligent personality he is. At first, I was intrigued by the great ideas he shared with me about his own steps to re-branding Yola but I was more wowed with the materials he had created with his team to actualize those ideas.
He had made; customized T shirts that had, artistically designed, the famous Yola calabash sculpture that sat elegantly in the middle of the town.
Tunde Animashaun’s Inspirations
- MY EXPERIENCE AT THE “IE ALUMNI SERIES”: IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING & MAINTAINING A CRITICAL NETWORK
- Pissed! Covenant University and 200 Suspended Students
- AVOIDING VIOLENCE AS A YOUTH IN THE SOCIETY