Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, has embarked on a community service initiative by offering to teach students of Education Management at Ekiti State University (EKSU) without charge, as part of her commitment to their development.
Dr. Oyebanji, who began her academic career at EKSU and taught there for 12 years before moving to the University of Ibadan for family reasons, returned to the classroom in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday. She spent approximately two hours sharing her knowledge with the students.
Her decision to engage in community service by teaching stems from her desire to step out of her office and actively participate in the academic work of instructing and imparting knowledge to students within the classroom setting.
Dr. Oyebanji, a senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan who is currently awaiting her Associate Professorship, expressed her excitement at returning to EKSU, where she originally began her academic journey.
She had previously expressed her intention to periodically lecture students at EKSU and had also indicated her willingness to teach at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), demonstrating her commitment to mentorship, service, sacrifice, and humility in her position.
During her visit to EKSU, third-year (300 Level) students in the Department of Education Management were thrilled to see her in the classroom, where she taught a course on “Leadership in Formal Organizations.” Dr. Oyebanji covered various leadership theories, including Trait Theory, Behavioral Theory, Situational Theory, Contingency Theory, and Path-Goal Theory, while encouraging students to participate and share their thoughts.
She emphasized the importance of public speaking as an essential leadership and communication skill and encouraged students, especially females, to develop this skill.
After the two-hour lecture, Dr. Oyebanji expressed her fulfillment in engaging in community service at the state university and contributing to the molding of future leaders’ character and personality within her community.