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Sahara Group School of Extrapreneurship breaks ground at UNILAG 

The sod-turning ceremony of the Sahara Group School of Innovation and Extrapreneurship Building at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has opened a world of endless opportunities and global competitiveness for young Africans, Ejiro Gray, Director, Governance and Sustainability, Sahara Group has said.
Speaking at the groundbreaking event on Friday, October 28, 2022, at the Faculty of Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, Gray said the leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate was delighted to collaborate with the University of Lagos to deliver a world-class facility that would inspire future generations of innovators and extrapreneurs.
She congratulated the Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, Management, staff and students on the University’s 60th anniversary, applauding the institution for sustaining the tradition of excellence and actively promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
Gray said the Sahara School of Innovation and Extrapreneurship would be open to young people desirous of making a difference and birthing solutions to future challenges today, with emphasis on areas such as the future of energy, entrepreneurship, data science, digital arts and culture, artificial intelligence and robotics, and fintech, among others.
“This project reinforces our commitment to giving back always and serves as one of Sahara Group’s contributions towards building a formidable legacy for sustainable development. For over 26 years, innovation and extraprenuership have driven Sahara’s growth across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. We are confident that working with the University of Lagos, a foremost institution of global repute, the school would deliver sustainable value for the benefit of Africa and the world at large,” she said.
According to Gray, a timeline of 24 months has been set for the completion of the project with clear sustainability indices in terms of seamless maintenance, inclusiveness, transparency, relevance and scalability of modules/inventions, access to strategic/financial advisory and collaboration for regional and global impact.
Gray also announced the launch of the Sahara Scholar Award aimed at “energising excellence” through rewards to university students with outstanding performance in select disciplines. The Sahara Scholar Award will commence from the University of Lagos as a pilot scheme, and progressively expand in scope across Africa.
According to her, “the project is targeted at producing Sahara Scholars that are MAD, that is: *Making a Difference* globally in their respective areas of endeavour”. “The unique thing about the first phase of the Sahara Scholar Award is that it is wholly funded by the Group Executive Directors of the Sahara Group as a way of giving back to the University of Lagos where most of them received their university education and some also had parents who taught at the university. The award will be N1 million yearly for each category, including provision for annual sponsorship of exchange programmes for lecturers within Africa,” she added.
Categories under the Sahara Scholar Award include: One-off prizes for 26 outstanding students to mark Sahara Group’s 26th anniversary, Temitope Shonubi prize for Best Improved Student in Architecture, Moroti Adedoyin-Adeyinka Prize for Best Graduating Student in Economics, Wale Ajibade Prize for Best Improved Student in Economics, Ade Odunsi Prize for Best Student in Finance , and Kola Adesina Prize for Best Graduating Student in Business Management.

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