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The first thing that comes to my mind anytime I think of the commencement of my sojourn in my university as a Food Engineering student is the joke one of my friends in Electrical engineering invented. He would say “which one is food engineering again, what are you people repairing in food? Are you repairing a spoil food right? I would laugh heartily. It was a joke I started using myself whenever I was asked what Food engineering was about. Of course, as at then I had no real clue as to what being a food engineer really entailed. But I have spent more than three years in the study of this field, trying to defend it as much as necessary, soaking all the essential information in this field, diligently applying myself to fulfilling all the requirements necessary for the award of a B.Sc in Food Engineering. I’m not yet through with the journey but I have really learn a lot.


The fact that “Food Is a Necessity“, very essential for our existence is an assurance that I would always be relevant. I have always wanted to be an engineer, to be immersed in technology, to learn and then apply the knowledge to solve problems. What better problems to solve than the one of food. As I grew in this field, piling the knowledge, I started realizing that the joke of my friend had an unintended pun. The problem of food spoilage wasn’t a joke. The wastage due to this spoilage wasn’t a joke. Of course at the end of my scholarship I should be able to contribute in solving the problem of food spoilage. To be honest I have learn a lot. I have become cognizant of the food situation in my country and its corollary on the economy. I have simultaneously accumulated knowledge and skills to improve and better the food security and condition of my country. And just recently I have being privileged to meet senior colleagues, people, agencies, firms in my field that are already making progress, impact, headway, solving food related problems passionately and even applying some solutions that have fleetingly crossed my head.


My name is Nwankpa Chijoke Godwin, a food engineering student wrote from the Department of Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun-State, Nigeria. He is a member of #foodpreneurnewsfamily. Email: [email protected]


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Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.

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