HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE correspondents, ODUNAYO ADENEYE & KIKELOMO ONIGBANJO visited different campuses to sample students’ opinions on how they are coping as students studying in Nigeria Universities. Tosin Abinde, a 100L student of Fine-Art Education, UNN-Yabatech Campus shares hers. Excerpts;
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: INTRODUCTION
TOSIN: My name is Tosin Abinde. I am from Oyo State. I am in 100 level Art-Education department, University of Nigeria Nsukka in affliation with Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech campus.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: DO YOU STAY IN THE HOSTEL?
TOSIN: I stay on campus.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW IS THE EXPERIENCE STAYING ON CAMPUS LIKE?
TOSIN: Arrrrgh!!!, it’s not easy ooo! Sleeping late, waking up early, so I can have my bathe before others wake up, those kind of hustling lifestyle.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: DO YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGE WITH YOUR ACADEMICS?
TOSIN: I couldn’t draw my first assignment – a human statue, because I have never really done fine-art all my life.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND STUDYING FINE-ART EDUCATION?
TOSIN: I chose fine-art education simply because I don’t want to do what every other person is doing – Going to the office, wearing corporate outfits. I want to do something with my hands, coupled with the economic realities in Nigeria now, where everyone needs to get a vocational skill. Also, Nigerians naturally cherish and love arts; we have foreigners coming to check out our fashion and art work here in this school.
I also want to be an entrepreneur. Mere looking at an artist with the way they are dress, you think they are broke, but art works are very lucrative.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: WAS THE DECISION TO STUDY FINE ART FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL?
TOSIN: No, it wasn’t from secondary school, but you know the educational system in Nigeria, where you choose a course and you are given another course. A lecturer was asking me if I can cope since I don’t have a prior knowledge or background. Although I was an art student in secondary school, I wanted to be a Political Scientist. But I told him I can adapt to any situation I find myself in. I can even express myself through my art works.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: ARE YOU ASPIRING FOR ANY POLITICAL ROLE IN SCHOOL?
TOSIN: Yes, I would love to, if the grace is given to me by God.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: RELATIONSHIP WITH LECTURERS, ANY SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
TOSIN: No, No, they are really cool.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: SO, AFTER YOUR FIRST DEGREE, WHAT CAREER-PATH WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE AS AN ARTIST?
TOSIN: I would to be a full time painter, own an art studio, then do my masters in Sociology – to understand the society.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: SO, HOW IS YOUR SOCIAL LIFE AS A STUDENT ARTIST?
TOSIN: As a student artist, you just have to be simple and time-conscious, because we rarely even have that luxury of time to play around, our time is restricted.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: SO, WHAT FUN ACTIVITY, DO YOU ENGAGE IN?
TOSIN: I love analysing politics, maybe movies once in a while, but I don’t like parties, clubbing and all the noise.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: LET US GET PERSONAL, DO YOU HAVE A BOYFRIEND?
TOSIN: Yes I have a boyfriend.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOPE ACADEMICS IS NOT AFFECTING YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
TOSIN: It is ooo, infact I don’t even have time for myself, not to talk of my boyfriend. But he is also trying to understand now, because the relationship is close to a year, and it has not always been like this. My boyfriend is my kind of person, he likes what I like, that is one of the reasons the relationship is still on.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: COURSE-MATERIALS/LECTURERS HAND-OUT, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
TOSIN: Wow! Being a fine art student, you just have to spend lots of money, because most of the things we do are practical.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: SO, IF YOU HAD ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY FINE-ART AGAIN, WOULD YOU STILL GLADLY ACCEPT IT?
TOSIN: Yes, I would again and again.