The winner of the 2014 beauty contest of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) was presented with a luxurious new car and provided some other unnamed perks.
The generous reward granted to the 4th-year student Damilare Babajide was considered by some to be too much in the situation when the winners of the more challenging UNILAG debate contest receive mere computer and some cash, according to Sahara Reporters.
A lecture, who pleaded for anonymity, lamented over the issue recalling the prize given to the September 10 winner of the debate competition. The winner of the debate contest Zainab Olaitan received N100,000 and a laptop.
The last year’s winner was awarded even less cash, N50,000.
The lecturer said:
“I understand that the university management was planning to give the same paltry sum of N50,000 cash prize this year to the winner of the debate, but decided to double the cash prize because of criticisms from some lecturers and student leaders.”
It was not possible to find out the exact sum received by the beauty queen, who however called the perks “encouraging” while interviewed by Sahara Reporters correspondent.
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Several other students who commented on the huge gap between rewards for beauty and intellectual contests, said that such outcome is likely to affect the academic morale of alumni.