30 January 2013

Nigeria: Student Floats e-Magazine

Struck by a need for a reliable networking facility among students, alumni and staff of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) for free flow of information across the school's multi-campuses, a 400 level medical student of the school, Ayeni Ayodeji, has floated an e-magazine and social network platform.

The online magazine, www.oouchannel.com provides campus updates, latest events, general news, jokes, campus faces, student articles and photos, while the social network allows members to add friends, meet other students, share status updates, join/start forum discussions, upload pictures, etc.

Giving reasons for founding oouchannel, Ayodeji said it was aimed at making students interact better with one another, where the alumni can easily connect with the school and updates about the school's activities are reached as quickly as possible.

"After spending some time as a pre-degree student in OOU in 2008, I became disturbed as there was an urgent need to build a campus network to enable students interact better with one another, especially as the school runs a multi-campus system.

"I started developing www.oouchannel.com in March 2009, improving on features and building a mobile version for the site. Also, many people had a very wrong impression about OOU and I knew the website would be a window for the world to see what a great citadel OOU is - like the numerous gold medals won by the medical school in 2011-12.

It became live about a year later, though development continued. In 2011, a mobile edition was launched while the social network on the site became accessible in 2012 and students across faculties and many alumni are currently registered on the site."

On challenges faced in the course of the project, Ayodeji said the major challenge was funding. To ensure the completion of the project, he said "I had to save a large chunk of allowance and change to a cheaper apartment to keep up with cost."

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