Jidenna Honours Late Dad With Launch Of Scholarship Scheme In ESUT

​Nigerian-born American rap artiste, Jidenna Mobisson and his sister,

Nneka, have endowed a scholarship in Enugu State University of

Science and Technology (ESUT), named after their late father,

Professor Oliver Mobisson.

The late Professor Mobisson was one of the pioneer lecturers at old

Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH), the

parent University of ESUT.

While in the university, Professor Mobisson, working with other

Professors in Department of Computer Science and students, invented

the ASUTECH computer, the first commercially produced personal

computer in West Africa.

Speaking at the scholarship endowment ceremony at ESUT permanent

site Agbani on yesterday, Jidenna Mobisson recalled that when his

father invented a personal computer, nobody believed that an African

could do such a thing.

“He worked with professors and students of this institution to create

the first commercially produced personal computer, here in this

university.

“My sister Nneka and I want to honour those who made sure that

things were done here. So, in honour of those people, my sister and I

are going to endow a scholarship in Computer Engineering. The

scholarship will be given to the best student in third year.

“This will be done in honour of those who are making sure things are

done in Enugu” Jidenna said.

Reacting, the Vice Chancellor of ESUT, Professor Luke Anike

commended Jidenna and his sister, Nneka for the gesture, saying that

what they have done was in line with what the university wants to

achieve in technology.

“We are the first university of technology in Nigeria. What you have

done is a thing of honour. Your father was one of the best staff and

he pioneered the Department of Computer Science and the Industrial

Development Centre (IDC) in this institution.

“What you have done is what your father believes in. I am sure if he

is here now, he will be happy. We hope this gesture will encourage our

young people to work hard” Professor Anike said.