About the March 2023 Alumna.
Our alumna of the month is Chinenye Balgun (Okwudili), a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
'Neye moved to the United States of America soon after graduating from Lead City University’s Department of Politics and International Relations in 2011. She joined the United States Army as a Petroleum lab Specialist, then went to Airborne School and graduated as a Paratrooper. She won the soldier of the month award in March 2022, got promoted to Sergeant, and got accepted into the Officer Candidate School, all in the same year. She was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in March 2023. Today, she is a transportation officer, and is currently working on getting her Master Degree in Healthcare Management at Liberty University, Virginia, USA.
Second Lieutenant Balgun has written and produced 8 movies. Her creative and artistic skills were nurtured while at Lead City University by the Performing Arts and Culture department (now the Department of Performing Arts and Film Studies); she remembers with fondness the support and mentoring she received in this regard from Mr Isioma Kasim. She also fondly remembers Professor Alaba Ogunsanwo, who set an example of what a mentor should be and who, till date, is still vested in her success journey. She met great people and formed lasting friendships with colleagues, people like Chioma Chuku Allaputa.
2nd Lt. Chinenye Balgun (Okwudili) is extremely grateful for the part Lead City University, Ibadan, played in her life, grooming her and nurturing her creative, academic and social skills that have helped her succeed thus far. The University community rejoices with our March alumna one her recent promotion. We are proud of how far she has gone and we look forward to more incredible achievements from her.
The Alumni Spotlight Team
- Full Name: Second Lt. Chinenye Balgun (Okwudili)
- Course of Study: Politics and International Relations
- Graduation Year: 2011
- Current Professional Title: Second Lieutenant
- Name of Employer (or indicate self-employed, retired): United States Army
- Phone: 08033441284
Social Media Handles/ Page Links
Instagram: Neye Balgun
Q1: Why did you choose to study at LCU?
I had heard a lot of good things about LCU and I wanted to experience it all for myself.
Q2: What is your favorite memory of LCU; a class, a lecturer, an activity or an experience?
When 9ice (Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande) visited and performed during one of the social events on campus.
Q3: What have you done since graduating from LCU?
I wrote, produced and acted in movies. I joined the US Army
Q4: What is your current job role? And what does it involve?
Second Lieutenant. This entails leading and directing soldiers in my command.
Q5: How did your education at LCU help you get to where you are now?
The sound education I received at LCU provided a great foundation for the life I am living today.
Q6: What advice would you give to prospective students of LCU?
If you are looking for a great place to study, have your desired attributes in mind, do your research and decide if LCU is a good fit for you and your career choices. If you do choose LCU (which I am sure you will after doing the research), remain focused, keep your eyes on the prize.
Q7: What advice would you give to LCU’s current students?
Work hard and dream big. Nothing will be out of your reach.
Q8: Mention one or two of your proudest professional or personal accomplishments since graduating from LCU.
My Promotion to Second Lieutenant in March 2023.
Q9: If you had it to do all over again, would you still choose LCU?
Yes, I will. I had the privilege of being tutored by great minds, I met life-long friends (Professor Alaba Ogunsanwo, Mr Isioma Kasim and Chioma Chuku)
Q10: If the opportunity presents itself, will you be happy to support the University or other LCU Alumni?
Yes, I will.