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From the 12th to the 14th of August 2022, The Sapphires Development Initiative (TSDI) organized a virtual research writing workshop. One major thing TSDI aims to achieve is a fundamental change in the status quo of communities through harnessing the potentials of young ones. Research reveals issues plaguing the society ranging from the health sector to the educational sector and more. It also reveals the aspect and proportion of modification/improvement needed in each sector. Research writing is further an added advantage for students as it exposes them to the nitty-gritty of their fields and positions them to be change makers in their fields and communities.

The 3-day research writing workshop was also organized with the aim of building the capacity of Nigerian students who have had their education paused due to the Academic Staff Union University nationwide indefinite strike. On the first day, the speaker, Miss Adeola Oyewole explained the details associated with writing research especially with regards to the social sciences. This was followed by an exercise on paraphrasing which the E.D, Mr. Binuyo Olutomiwa asked all participants to do after he taught on paraphrasing and citing a journal and article.


The next day was dedicated to the science students as Mr. Emmanuel Ojekunle taught on research writing in the science and technical field. Following this was an engaging moment where the E.D refined 10 participants’ research topics and ideas. On the 3rd and final day, Miss Adeyosola Aderogba taught on research with regards to the basic medical sciences. While Miss Adeyinka Teriba explained the aspects of research as it relates to animals. Finally, the E.D wrapped the program up with a recap of the 3-days workshop and debunking some myths about research writing.

In attendance were 80 participants who testified about the lessons learned, myths debunked and a newly found passion for research writing. In the end, capacity was built and more than half of these participants are well on their way to becoming great researchers, global leaders and world changers.

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