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From Desert to Ivory Tower: the Beautiful Story of Havilla University, Upper Cross River State’s first varsity


Driving along the Ikom–Ogoja highway, about 17 kilometres into the journey, one comes across a patch of dry land stretching into the horizon covered in blizzard of ant hills and stunted elephant grass on both sides of the road. The first thing that usually comes to one’s mind is the urge to empty one’s bowels on this good for nothing land. For years, the place remained desolate, considered not fit for habitation, farming or even grazing by the ubiquitous Fulani herdsmen. Today, the story of that "desert" land is different as an ivory tower risen from the vision of an Ndoma Egba acolyte, Evangelist Jones Tangban who saw fertility instead of desolation; has turned the place into a tertiary institution, Havilla University, Nde-Ikom in Ikom Local Government Area. The school incidentally is the first university, either private or state-owned, in the entire central and northern senatorial districts of Cross River State.