D-Day’s Picture: CRUTECH Student Proudly Displays Matriculation Gift’s Sack of Garri
In this era of “swag” where most people love to “package” themselves in order to look trendy, how would you feel if your parents or loved ones offer you a basin of garri or a sack of it as a gift, on a special day or “D-Day (Day of Days)”?
Again, if you were a newly admitted undergraduate, how would you have felt if your parents chose to offer you a sack of garri and took it to the venue of your matriculation ceremony without offering a vehicle to transport the sack to your place of residence?
Well, a newly admitted student of Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH who preferred not to disclose his name, showed the public that he would rather proudly carry the sack of garri on his head than pretend to have “swag“, when “there is no food to eat”.
He showed this yesterday during the 16th matriculation ceremony of Cross River State University of Technology. While other matriculating students were seen taking pictures that displayed their trendy looks, he was seen proudly carrying a bag of garri on his head. This made him look unusual, considering the occasion.
According to him, “the best swag is in the stomach, not in physical looks”. He added that there is nothing special about publicly carrying a load of garri on his head, despite his “nice clothes”. He said: “My parents brought this bag of garri for me from our village and I am grateful to them. I come from a village where garri is produced. I cannot pretend about it. Honestly, I am proud of it.”
The student told this reporter that although other students may be laughing at him for boldly carrying a sack of garri on his head during a matriculation ceremony, such students would sneak to him at night time to beg for a taste of the same garri. He condemned this practice and enjoined other students to be humble, natural and unpretentious.
Meanwhile, a total of 5,500 (five thousand five hundred) students are expected to matriculate at the end of this academic session’s matriculation exercise in all campuses of Cross River University of Technology. Calabar and Obubra campuses of the university held their matriculation ceremonies yesterday while Ogoja and Okuku campuses respectively, would hold theirs today.
In Calabar, Professor Anthony Owan-Enoh,Vice Chancellor of the university, charged the matriculating students to obey the rules and regulations of the university and take their studies serious. He said that that is the essence of their being in school. He further advised the students to avoid any involvement in cultism and examination malpractice, as the institution frowns seriously against such wrongdoings.
On their part, most matriculating students expressed joy and gratitude to God and the university’s management for making the long awaited day come true, while promising to be of good conduct and serious minded towards their studies.
Dignitaries at yesterday’s event included the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Owan-Enoh, the Registrar, Mr Gabriel Beshel, DVC academics and Administration, Deans of the faculties, other staff of the institution and the students.
Reported by Ushie Beshel, Year 3 student,
Department of Mass Communication, Cross River University of Technology.