Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike French Centre, yesterday, July 14, 2019, organised French Day to mark- France Independence – Le cartos lieu as way of consolidating the existing collaboration with French Government. The event which attracted Principal Officers, staff and students of the university and other dignitaries from outside the university to grace the occasion, took place at NEEDS Assessment Building.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba during the event , remarked that AE-FUNAI is a serious institution that is ready to get to the top and to develop academically in a competitive global economy through learning and research and as such, events like French day celebration are taken to the next level. To him this will encourage students and staff who are studying French to be more proficient and he encourage others to show interest in the language. He further said that AE-FUNAI is collaborating with French government and has more than forty students that are pursuing their M.Sc. and PhD in France.
Speaking further, he said that he will continue to support French Centre and added that before the year runs out, work will commence on the French centre.
In Dr. Chinwe Okolo’s presentation, she said that France had their Independence on 14th July, 1789, which they gained out of the revolutionary actions of the three groups known as estates – the Clergy, Nobility, and the Commoners as the third estate. The revolution was triggered by different issues bordering on cultural, social, political and labour.
Directors, FRANCO/AE-FUNAI Centre, Dr. Nnenna Nwosu-Nworuh, expressed her unreserved gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management for making the centre possible and stand tall in the university. She welcomed participants from within and outside the country including Ghana, Cameroun and the international students who were there to grace the occasion and called on staff and students to register with the centre as the benefits of speaking French are enormous.
Highlight was a cocktail party for all the guests to acknowledge their presence.