Chevening Scholars for the 2021/2022 session have been charged to wave higher, the flags of Nigeria and the United Kingdom during the one-year Master’s programme in the United Kingdom.
The charge was given during the pre-departure event held for the scholars at the residence of the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, in Lagos.
Speaking to the scholars, Ben Llewellyn-Jones who noted that the Chevening award is extremely competitive, commended all the scholars and urged them to make the best use of the opportunity, “It is a new journey that you’re about to begin and the most important this is the network you’re about to join John Momoh, CEO, Channels Group, who is also a Chevening alumnus while charged the scholars to “go there and be the best you can for the British and the Nigerian Government.”
“The next couple of days would impact on your life and help you to make a change in the world, so you need to make the best use of it.”
He also commended the British Government and the High Commission for the support to the Chevening program which helps to develop leaders.
Luyi Adekola, a Chevening Alumnus, 2019, who was in attendance to speak to the new scholars, advised that “you need to reflect and understand why you are going to the UK, you need to be flexible and network with the Chevening community as much as you can.”
He said, “nobody will tell you there’s pressure on you but you have to know there’s pressure which means you need to focus on your academy and make your country proud.”
One of the scholars, Elizabeth Williams, whose works revolve around sexual and reproductive health and rights for young persons, shared her excitement about being a scholar and the opportunity to advance her academic and network in the UK.
Another scholar, Adebukola Adebayo, said, “I am excited to be one of the scholars and I will be studying Governance and Public Policy in the UK. I’m coming back to make positive changes in the way governance of disability rights are done, we have laws and policies on disability issues, what is lacking is governance and that’s what I would be focusing on, upon my return.”