Mrs. Hope Orivri, a PhD candidate at the Mass Communication department, University of Lagos (UNILAG) has won the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for doctorate students across African institutions.
Orivri, who is also a certified WASH specialist and expert in Communication for Development (C4D), teaches undergraduates and post-graduate students at UNILAG when requested to.
The veteran maritime journalist and Publisher of One Page Africa, Orivri, revealed this while speaking with journalists at the weekend when she marked her birthday.
The continental competition was organized by The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) as part of activities to mark 2023 Nelson Mandela Week in partnership with the South African Consulate in Lagos.
Mrs. Orivri, representing the UNILAG Mass Communication Alumni Association (UMCAA) won the competition with her presentation on “Utilisation of WASH Behaviour Change Messages among Mothers of Under-5 Children in Lagos Urban Slums.”
By winning the competition, Orivri also clinched a fully sponsored weeklong research exchange opportunity at the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Another UNILAG student, Ms. Bolajoko Kolawole emerged 2nd with her presentation on “Beyond Elitist Parents and Lazy Children: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Intergenerational Language Shift among the Yoruba ‘Educated Elite’ in Lagos.
Mr. Anele Mdepa from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, came 3rd with his presentation on “Exploring studentification for NSFAS student recipients living in a black township situated close to Stellenbosch University”.
The 3MT initiative involves discussing a students’ entire thesis in just 3 minutes and the competition was organised to celebrate impactful developmental research on Africa by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students the world over.
Originating from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, 3MT was conceived to help PhD students to develop the skills to effectively discuss their research in 3 minutes, in a language suitable to a non-specialist audience.