Rwan­dan Am­bas­sador’s son wins ‘Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy Con­test’ at AUN

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Afi­nal- year stu­dent of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia De­sign ( CMD) at the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Nige­ria (AUN), Yvan Ka­manzi, has emerged as the win­ner of the just­con­cluded Birds of AUN com­pe­ti­tion.

Yvan is the son of the Rwan­dan High Com­mis­sioner to Nige­ria, H. E. Sat­nis­las Ka­manzi. Soft­ware En­gi­neer­ing ma­jor, Chuk­wuma Stephen emerged sec­ond- place win­ner, while As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor of English Mo­hammed Tris­tan Purvis, won third place.

AUN Pres­i­dent, Dawn Dekle, who ini­ti­ated the ‘ Birds of AUN Com­pe­ti­tion,’ an­nounced the win­ners early De­cem­ber, at the lobby of the Robert Pas­tor e- li­brary build­ing. Global con­ser­va­tion watch­dog Na­tional Geo­graphic had des­ig­nated 2018 as the Year of the Bird, ‘ bring­ing at­ten­tion to the threats birds face and reignit­ing con­ser­va­tion ef­forts.’

Dekle had in­tro­duced the con­test in Jan­uary after she no­ticed the many beau­ti­ful birds on the cam­pus.

Pres­i­dent Dekle, who is lead­ing the univer­sity through a strate­gic sus­tain­abil­ity agenda, had chal­lenged stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff to watch and pho­to­graph ‘the mag­nif­i­cent birds that in­habit our cam­pus,’ and share their ob­ser­va­tion.

Men­tioned in Ka­manzi’s win­ning en­try was the blue-headed Cou­cal (Cen­tro­pus monachus), a bird, he said: “chooses to re­main aloof.”

“Like all cou­cals, the blue- headed has very long claws that al­low it to feed on tiny in­sects and am­phib­ians. Their voices are deep with res­o­nant ‘coo’ phrases. They sit up­right as they perch and sing on top of trees and branches. They are in­ter­est­ing to watch and do in­ter­est­ing things. The blue-headed Cou­cal can be found lurk­ing around tree­tops be­hind Dorm EE’S open fields and the AUN huts be­hind the School of Law”.

The win­ners re­ceived N90,000 in cash prizes plus cer­tifi­cates.

Six semi-fi­nal­ists were recog­nised, and each re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of par­tic­i­pa­tion. They in­clude Cyril Oni, Ifeatu Uzod­inma, Jes­sica Gwadi, Ter­doo Orje-ishegh, Chiedozie Joseph, and Ruth Unde.

AUN pres­i­dent Dawn Dekle (2nd l), with the win­ners - l-r Prof Tris­tan, Ka­manzi & Chuk­wuma

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