Students of Linguistics, French and Business Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, yesterday, 27th June, 2019, hosted annual German day celebration. The event which took place at NEEDS Assessment Hall attracted many staff and students of the university to grace the occasion.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba represented by the Dean, Post Graduate Studies, Prof. S.I Osakwe remarked that AE-FUNAI is a serious institution that is in a hurry to develop globally in teaching, learning and research and as such, events like German Day celebration is taken to the next level even as students are encouraged to study German language.

Prof. Osakwe speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor

Declaring the ceremony open, Prof. Nwajiuba said that this is the second edition of the event in AE-FUNAI and maintained that learning German is not the end in itself.  “The learner has to be cultured, because if you are not well cultured, you can’t fit in. Germans are time conscious, truthful and neatly dressed…” he said. He urged the entire participants to make sure they pick something from the whole exercise.  Prof. Nwajiuba expressed delight in the seriousness of the students and charged them to encourage their friends to learn other languages as the university management will support them always.

Dr. Onyekachi Eni, addressing participants on behalf of Dean, Faculty of Humanities

In his welcome remarks, Dr Eni Onyekachi representing Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Romanus Ejiagha, stated that the event marks the second German day in AE-FUNAI. He added that learning other language is good even as Nigeria makes English a national language and institutionalised it by national education policy.

Dr Onyekachi  added that the reason why the national policy on education advised students and indeed everyone to learn other languages is to enable them interact freely and ready to communicate with others when they leave the shore of Nigeria.  He also commended the organizers for the insight and vision and said that the faculty is assuring students every support and encouragement to learn German language so that they can soar.

Prof. Dr Jonny Ogunji, Director, Academic Planning, harped on the relevance of learning German language and the opportunities it offers. He also stated that Germans emerged favourite destination for people willing to purse higher studies adding that the varsity in Germany is of very high standard in terms of world ranking, reputation and international recognition. He stressed that Germany is also known globally as industrial hub.


Prof. Dr. Johnny Ogunji, DAP, delivering his speech

According to Prof. Dr. Ogunji, learning experience in Germany is not restricted only to the class room interaction; Germans believe that a lot of learning comes not only from the professor- student relationship but also peer-peer interaction. He pointed out that “the advantage of studying in Germany is that they have excellent reputation throughout the world; they produce significant and internationally applicable advances in research and innovation”.

Cross section of participants at the event

Ogunji who was the guest speaker at the event also  told his listeners that relating with Germans in work, study and attitude, will make them more employable and will also make it easier for any student to live and work in Germany. He told them that for one to know how to speak German fluently, such person can access any country while encouraging student to learn German no matter how hard it appears.

Side attractions at the German day celebration were drama presentation, dance and games


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