Nigeria urgently needs reorientation from short-term standalone projects to long-term master plans that factor important, interlinked issues to meet present and future needs … More Nigeria’s War Against Holistic Planning
Nigeria – a country where research is forbidden and blame is distributed ignorantly … More Where are Nigeria’s First-Class Graduates and Professors
Life may be too short, but not short enough to warrant unhelpful excuses … More A Somewhat Subdued Rant
With a pen, paper, and maybe a printer, the federal government can achieve Boko Haram’s dream. You don’t really need bombs to close schools. Simply price education above the reach of the population … More The Murder of My Alma Mater
In the Bible, Jesus gave a parable about a person who lost one sheep out of a hundred. This person could not accept the loss of even one sheep—one percent of his sheep. He went out to find it, and rejoiced at its discovery. This parable tallies with the “no one left behind” policy of … More In Memory of Eleven Million Missing Nigerians
Developed countries attained their present status by making the best of their human resources, and training them to become productive members of their respective societies. In Nigeria, despite the hubbub about moving from third world to first world status, our human capital development strategy is abysmal. Why else would our ivory towers be bastions of … More Evil in the Towers
At face value, education is “hyped” as being very important. Civil society organisations and other groups routinely buttress the value of education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where millions are related to poverty. Even the usually detached government has decreed compulsory basic education. Despite all the uproar about education, some persons still see it as valueless. … More Education’s Relative Value
One of my students in the final secondary school level spoke the words above. Although these words were spoken in a rural area in northern Nigeria, they are representative of the educational inclination of a considerable number of parents across Nigeria.
Different cultures have diverse mindsets about education. Sometimes, these views are convergent; at other times, they are as divergent as parallel lines that can never meet no matter the reference direction. In Nigeria, the various approaches to education from the North to the South span diverse shades of the colour spectrum, from black at one … More Education meets Culture
With the continuous poor performance of candidates in various external examinations, one does not need any powers of divination to recognize that there is a problem somewhere. While the cause appears multifaceted, it is clear that one of its faces is the proclivity of many students for fun and entertainment.