#SHIPAfrica Mentorship Sessions are at Hand

African students gave us their best, now we are giving them our best. The mentorship program of the #SHIPCampaign seeks to link our top 5 winners with very established and prominent professionals in Nigeria/Africa to enable a mentor-protege relationship for growth and personal development, especially career-wise.

To be part of it please look out cos in February 2018, the scholarships will rollout again

Thank you so much for being with us. Thank you winners, thank you judges, thank you mentors πŸ™‚

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#SHIPAfrica Scholarship: Letter to the Finalists

 

 

 

A few hours to announce the Winner of the #SHIPAfrica #SHIPCampaign Scholarship and I wrote this email to all of the five finalists:

 

Dear Candidate,

This message is personally from Love.

I really want to let you all know that I am proud of you beyond words, Uzoma, Obende, Sunday, Ifeoluwa and Martha (in no particular order).

I wish that I had increased the number of winners and I still wish I could give a consolation prize.

But you do not need to be consoled. There is no loser. You are with me and you should know that you have someone to talk to if you need any assistance. I do not have all the answers, I am a student just like you. I know what it feels like to study in Nigeria and how frustrating the system can be sometimes. Studying abroad really opened my eyes to many things and I know that it is possible to replicate some of the best practices at home.

I loved all your essays and you are all winners.

I have tried as much as possible to get you nothing but the best mentors. Not just mentors that I could reach but mentors who are objectively the best in their field and in mentoring young people and doing great things for Africa and that I feel honoured to know.

The goal is such that you will value your mentors more highly than the N100,000 and whoever wins will also feel more accomplished knowing that they have been assigned to a certain mentor, than basing their accomplishment on the cash prize.

The judges keep sending in comments and recommendations and I can tell you, as a thing of pride, that you people have made it very difficult to pick a winner. I want you to see the cash money as a trophy (whoever wins it), the mentors are the real prize!

Here is a list of the mentors, you will each be assigned to one.

  • Anne Ezeh
  • Linus Okorie
  • Ayo Adegboye
  • Rex Idaminabo
  • Dr. Mininim Oseji*

One mentor is yet to respond, hence the 4 names above (*honoured to say that 6am this morning, Sunday morning, Dr Oseji replied my message, sent to her just yesterday). You can do your research on them and let me know if you have any particular preference. However, we have analysed your profiles and locations and may have to assign you based on the mentor we feel would match your profile and your future projects. The mentorship process will start in September/October since most of the mentors have to travel for the summer or for conferences.

Be nice to them. Show them what you are made of, let them know you are ready. For some of you, this is the beginning of a life-long partnership, for some of you, the mentors may just give youΒ  a few words of advise and the link will be cut off. But these are very busy people and I hope you understand. These are people who have believed in me and watched me grow. The speed of their positive response to mentor you is beyond me, and I hope you make them feel proud to know you, and not just the other way round. I have bragged about you to them, keep doing Africa proud!

 

Thank you and Kind regards,

Love

 

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS

Financial Aid Scholarship.

Don’t delay, visit the Facebook Page GOURMET FRENCH for all the info.

Check out this video:

 

THE SHIP SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY/VIDEO CONTEST RULES AND HOW TO ENTER

Win N100,000 by being that one student that can help with ideas that will affect millions of students in Africa and improve the system of Education in Nigeria, the prize is N100,000 and one on one mentorship sessions with top ranking professionals in their fields (to be named after winner has been announced).

The title of your essay/video is EDUCATION IN MY COUNTRY WOULD BE MUCH BETTER IF…

APPLICATION DEADLINE

30th April, 2017, 11:59pm (GMT+1)

THE CHALLENGE

The idea is to create a solid business case for improving the educational system in Nigeria, so that more foreign students can study in Nigeria as much as Nigerians study abroad. Your essay should be based on your observation from a national or international, personal, cultural or academic perspective, stating what should be adopted, what should be improved upon and traditions that should be eliminated to improve the quality of graduates, to improve the equality of schools and to improve the quality of teaching and student evaluation methods.

Be as personal as possible, we are seeking to connect with the contestants and match them with mentors.

 

ESSAY/VIDEO EVALUATION

Essays will be read by a panel in three rounds and judged based on originality of content, pragmatic solutions, sound theory, quality of thought, proficiency in writing and expression. Videos will be judged by the same panel using the same criteria. Be as creative as you dare in your videos without losing the message. We highly encourage thinking outside the box, with imaginary but feasible timelines.

Essay : 750 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography, give proper credit for citations and consultations using MLA or APA methods)

Video: 10minutes max (less than 10minutes is allowed, but any video longer than 10minutes will not be evaluated) Feel free to film with your phones and upload to an online video platform. Teamwork in videos is acceptable.

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to participate, you must

  • Be passionate about education and literacy in Nigeria (or candidate’s country)
  • Be currently a student in the university either in first year, second year or third year
  • Be studying in Nigeria (students of other nationalities can apply as long as they are studying in Nigeria, and they can base their essay on their country or on Nigeria)
  • Either write in English or In French/Videos should be in English or in French

 

NOTIFICATION

Preselected candidates will be notified by the 21st of May and given their telephone interview appointments.

Winner will be announced on the 30th of June, 2017

For proof of enrollment in a university, instructions will be given during the telephone interviews.

Please note that we have a human face, so feel free to send us messages on enquiries concerning the competition. Please do not write to us AFTER the essay concerning your status as a candidate.

SUBMISSION

Video url should be sent to gourmetfrenchng@gmail.com

Essays can be sent directly as the body of an email or attached in PDF or Word formats to the same email address. Enquiries should also be sent to the same email address.

You can only submit one entry for this scholarship/competiton.

Best of Luck!!!

 

 

Starting With What You Have: The Scholarship

It has always been my dream to provide affordable or free education in my society, (to mention but one of these basic necessities I intend to help people with to improve their quality of living).

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My life is not perfect,…yet…but I have always had the culture of sharing my resources with people who have less, who need it, people I know and those I don’t. My siblings and I learnt it from our parents.

I had a friend of mine from my department in my previous University place an announcement for applications for Financial Aid for students from low-income homes in the Department’s Facebook Group.

I didn’t want them to know it was me, and they had to send the essay “How Education Has Changed My Life” to an email address that I have, and I’m sure they wouldn’t guess was mine. I graduated in 2011, so they wouldn’t guess…I think, I’m sure.

Another friend of mine wants me to make it a real scholarship with my name attached to it, but I’m like, I really just want to share from my own monthly scholarship money for now, I’m not some rich lady (yet) trying to give away a huge sum. I want to start with connecting first of all, starting from my own home university where I graduated from, to connect with someone like me, someone who is eager to learn, who seizes opportunities, someone who needs the cash to live relatively more comfortably while they study, and not to stress about the many financial cares of this world…lol

When I was still in the University of Benin, I would just walk up to the freshman class in my department and reach anyone I was led to with what I had, just to encourage them.

(In another post I will share with you how somehow in 2015, one of the students in 100 level I encouraged with a small cash gift (in 2008) for being a good goalkeeper for our team, helped me in Abuja on the eve of my passport appointment (about 2 a.m September 2015), when I was stranded. I didn’t even know his name, but my friend Emmanuel kept calling his name as if I knew him and it didn’t ring any bell).

Giving is my life, education is one of my passions and this could get big in future, it will get big, but my dilemma now is, should I tell them it’s me? I have a good reputation in the department, but I don’t want too much formalities to slow down this process, the deadline is 30th March, no one has responded yet.

My friend who lectures in the department made an announcement to the students and some of them screamed “How Much?” I laughed and said “That’s cute but that’s not what I’m looking for. I want to connect with someone, someone who doesn’t care how much it is, someone who has a hunch and the passion and goes for it, someone like me, it sounds selfish but someone like me”. The amount is relatively big anyway, it’s my biggest giveaway, and I’m happy just thinking about it, knowing that I’m going to put a smile on someone’s face from behind the heavy drapes without showing my face I guess, and peep and watch as that person or those two students rejoice, as I do, everytime my application goes through.

Now I know what it feels like to be on the other side of a scholarship application, or perhaps. It seems small now, but I know it’s going to get bigger. And I’m glad already. It’s something I should have started as part of my NGO in 2015 before I left for school, but it’s never too late. Let’s help improve someone’s life, let’s make education less of a burden, let’s promote a good cause.

 

Don’t Panic, Take it Easy, It will pass

aludo-love-hovasabeeThis may not work for everyone but here’s my story,

Toward the end of last year, I was super stressed. O I thought I was going to just fail all my exams and retake or forfeit my scholarship. There was so much to read that I hadn’t opened, plus we needed to find a place in Madrid, and two more exams to go, out of which I have to write three papers, while everyone in my class writes two.

So Lupo’s deadline is on the 7th, the next is on the 14th, o God no.

On Friday morning, I still didnt have a topic. That was the 6th. Just kill me.

 

I wrote an email to my prof saying that I wanted to retake…so imagine requesting to retake when the due date hadn’t even come. At 6pm that evening, I tried to get to it. I prayed. God help me.

6,000 words, tomorrow, I don’t have a topic. Prof is yet to reply me, maybe he doesn’t want to because of the holidays. Immediately after a topic hit me, I felt a rush, I went to bathe, and I Β was hungry, but Hola, in Madrid, all the stores were closed, it was the Festival of 3kings. The chinese were awake but they only accept cash.

 

I had a topic, I had a card, I was hungry, it was 8pm, I hadn’t eaten all day, my deadline is tomorrow. Can’t kill myself, I went back home, made spaghetti and slept.

What ever should happen should come and happen abeg…I woke up at 1:30pm Β the next day…lol…but guess what, I submitted before 7th January midnight, I didnt add all my references because I didn’t want to be late to submit, but I read it this evening and it looked good.

I hope I get good grades. It was ok for a one night stand…