- A UNILAG graduate, Idris Rufai, has become the only African on the executive body of the Students’ Union in the UK
- In an interview with Legit.ng, Idris revealed his success came after ousting six white people in the election.
- Idris further expressed his joy at being in a white-dominated country and making decisions on behalf of over 25,000 students.
A Nigerian and a graduate of the sociology department of the University of Lagos, Idris Rufai has become the only African on the decision-making body of the Students‘ Union of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK.
While being emotional as he tells his story exclusively to Legit.ng at Chafford Hundred, London, on Saturday, Idris explained that he was in Nigeria when he was admitted as he had strategically chosen which institution was best for the course.
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Rufai said an application for positions in the Student Union had been seen even though he had not yet applied for a visa.
The aspiring development expert noted that he was consequently elected to the position of Postgraduate Teaching Officer where he represents more than 5,000 students worldwide in nearly 150 countries around the world.
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Rufai eclipsed six whites in an election
He added that success came after beating out 6 whites, revealing that the student union body is made up of about 57 members (executive members, union council and all that).
Rufai grew more emotional as he spoke about attending meetings and making decisions on behalf of more than 25,000 students in a white-dominated country.
Rufai expressed his gratitude to
He therefore expressed his gratitude to God for the great motivation, noting that he ran and won an election in a foreign country while still in Nigeria.
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The Nigerian, who applauded the Legit.ng for promoting the success of Nigerians at home and abroad, gave an article that every country needs to nurture its young people with the confidence that they can succeed if they try.
“I study at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.
“This critical history is a great motivation for me. I used to tell people that if I wrote a book in my head, it would take up plenty of space.
“I was in Nigeria when I was admitted to the Institute of Development Studies. In the meantime, I strategically chose this school because it is the best in my field all over the world.
“After getting an offer, I just saw an application for student union positions and at that point I didn’t even apply for my visa. It was almost late.
“Down and behold, I have applied for the position of Postgraduate Teaching Officer, in which you represent over 5,000 students worldwide in nearly 150 countries around the world.
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“And I competed against six (6) whites. I was surprised to have won. The student union is made up of about 57 members (executive members, union council and all that).
“The body’s executive committee is in fact the Union’s decision-making body. I am the only African in this committee.
“Attending meetings and making decisions on behalf of over 25,000 students in a white-dominated country.
“I’m proud because it’s a big motivation for me because I stood for election in a foreign country while I was still in Nigeria and won. It’s a big motivation for me.
“Every country must nurture its young people with the certainty that they can succeed if they try.” He said.
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