Gloryland hostel popularly known as the Land of the Nobles, is a residence exclusively for Clinical Medical and Dental students of Obafemi Awolowo University. Every session, residents of the Hostel celebrate the Hall week with a line up of lively activities.
This year’s event held from August 28th to September 2nd, 2023 and it was indeed an experience from start to finish. Below are highlights of the events that took place.
Friendship day (28th, August, 2023)
Gloryland Week’23 kicked off on a bright Monday with the first event tagged “Friendship Monday” where Glorylanders were encouraged to celebrate friendships. To facilitate this, a Photo booth was strategically placed at the basketball court and the residents took it as an opportunity to take some pictures with their friends, classmates and roommates.
Games night (29th August, 2023)
Glorylanders took the “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy” statement to heart as they came out in their numbers to live the moment. At about 5:30pm, the chess masters and the Ludo lords took turns in displaying their strength in the hostel’s common room. The Ludo game started with 16 players, and ended with Oladiran Segun emerging as the Winner of the tournament.
Cooking competition (30th August, 2023)
Wednesday took a different turn as contestants for the position of the “Hilda Bacci” of Gloryland put their cooking skills into actions. The competition started with 3 teams (A chef and an assistant each), music, and lot of love from fans. The contestants were;
Gbeminiyi, assisted by Silas (team A)
Chidera, assisted by Cassandra (Team B)
Yinka, assisted by Rahmat. (Team C)
Gbeminiyi and Silas claimed first place with their delicious Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup. Chidera and Cassandra emerged as the second winner with a well plated three course meal including Semo and Ogbonno Soup. Yinka and Rahmat came third with therir Amazing Jollof rice, and plantain.
The Cooking Competition ended with glorylanders screaming “Gbeminiyi Gbemidebe” into the air, as everyone cheered the winner and bade farewell with their nose filled with aroma from the unique event.
More Games (31st August, 2023)
On August 31st, 2023, additional gaming activities took place. These included a PES competition with 16 contestants, with Ehinimitan Tosin (Sasuke) emerging as the winner. In addition, there was a basketball competition, and Chidera Raptors secured victory. Furthermore, they also featured other sports like table tennis, Scrabble, and more.
Bonfire night (1st September, 2023)
On friday night, from 8pm till past 12am, members of the Hostel gathered under the stars for a bonfire and games night. The bon-fire night was filled with energetic activities ranging from interclass tug of war competition between Part 4 and Part 5 females and Part 4 and Part 5 males. Everyone danced around the bon-fire and some engaged in a game of musical chairs. There was a face painting booth too. And intermittently the moderators read anonymous “shoot your shot” messages from an open link that had many blushing as others cheered on.
There was also a game of Charade with three groups, Team Idan, Team Gbotija & Mr Muscle which Team Idan won. Prawn Crackers, steaming hot Asun and Fruit Punch were also available as refreshments
The delightful moments around the warm fire as Hall residents created memories of a lifetime was an experience many will remember for a lifetime.
Orphanage visit (2nd September, 2023)
The week event continued on the 2nd of September, 2023 with an extension of love towards Covenant Orphanage and Welfare center, Opa, Ile-Ife. A team of 10 Glorylanders visited this orphanage and taught the importance of hand washing, and oral and personal hygiene to the children. Donations, both in kind and cash, were contributed and a mini-party was arranged for the children at Covenant Orphanage and Welfare Center.
Final Games & Awards (3rd September, 2023)
The long anticipated and enjoyed week came to an end with a final football match between the top 2 qualifying teams, Dynamic FC and Al Nassr Fc at Estadio de Gloryland. The football match started around 2:00pm, with Al Nassr claiming the title as the Winner of Gloryland’s football competition.
Lastly, the award results that featured various Glorylanders for their activities in the past one year:
Face of Gloryland (Male) – Orifowomo Tolorungbin
Face of Gloryland (Female) – Adelagun Yinka
Sportsman of the year – Fakeye Oluwaseun
Sportswoman of the year – Obaniyi Totele
Best Dressed Male – Orifowomo Tolorungbin
Best dressed (Female) – Salami Muteeat
Bookworm (Male) – Akinremi Samuel
Bookworm (Female) – Ilerioluwa Oluduro
Gloryland Couple – Aderoju and Favour.
Hostel Hilda Baci (Male) – Ajeleti Gbeminiyi
Hostel Hilda Baci (Female) – Antie Sandra
Gloryland Entrepreneur (Male) – Chidera Mbonu
Gloryland Entrepreneur (Female) – Atobatele Ifeoluwa
Exco of the year – Oku Bassey
Most active block rep ( Male) – Obayemi Tomiwa
Most active block rep ( Female) – Omoruyi Gloria
Committee of the year – Power and Water Committee
In addition to the amazing events of the week, the organizers of the event treated every Glorylander to a free Sunday night meal ranging from Pounded yam and Egusi, Pounded yam and Efo-riro and Jollof Rice.
Here are some comments from Glorylanders about the week’s activities.
A big thank you to the executives and organizers of the Gloryland week.
It has been a rewarding one. Thank you all. And thanks for the food >>>>>>>>>Chidinma Nwodo (Part 4, Medicine)
It was fun and lovely, I’m looking forward to next year’s ownRidwan (Part 4, Dentistry)
Gloryland, thanks so much for tonight oooo. The planning of the whole week to how it was rounded off was top-notch. Kudos to the committee and everyone involved.Oluwatobi Osunmakinde (Part 6, Medicine)
“Gloryland week was fun. I enjoyed participating as a Judge in the cooking competition. Kudos to the Chairperson of the planning committee and “we the assistant Chairpersons”, if you know you know….😂”Oluwabukola Afuye (500L, Dentistry)
It was really nice, engaging, and absolutely fun –Obayemi Tomiwa (Dentistry 400L)
We also got a statement from the Chairperson of the Gloryland week Planning Committee, who doubles as the current Vice-President of IFUMSA
The Gloryland Week celebration was aimed at bringing Medical Students away from the books and the stress of Medical School to have fun..
The theme of this year’s celebration was: MEDI-FEST: Celebrating Health With A Splash Of Fun
To the Glory of God, the week was a Success and every member of the Gloryland Hostel had an amazing time.
I’m grateful for the privilege and the trust bestowed on me to serve in the capacity of the Chairperson of the Planning Committee..
It was a really challenging and intriguing ride. Despite all difficulties, God came through and worked things out.
I can not but mention the support I got from my team members and amazing friends throughout the period. Working with them was bliss.
With joy in my heart, I can proudly say that Gloryland Week, 2023 went well and It was a Success!!!Hon. Evelyn Atoyebi (Part 5, Medicine)
The Chairman of Gloryland Hall, Hon. Bassey Oku also has this to say.
It was awesome seeing all clinical students drop their books to have some fun, socialize with each other, get to know each other and participate in one or two activities. I’m also grateful for the support I got from all Glorylanders and even medical students outside Gloryland. It was so so massive. From the meet and greet to the cooking competition, to the football match, and The Grand Finale where we fed everyone sumptuously.
Most importantly, I’m glad we built on the last Gloryland week and made it better. We are also hoping that subsequent tenures will do better than we have because the purpose of Gloryland week is to strengthen the social bond among medical students and our influence within this Hospital community, and we were able to achieve that this year. All thanks to everyone, the LOC committee, Glorylanders and even MediVoice for covering our event this year.Oku Bassey, Gloryland Chairman (Part 6, Medicine)
The Gloryland 2023 week came to an end with joy on the faces of Glorylanders, as well as appreciations to the organizers of the event.