Education

Writing Science In Children's Level Books Ozodi Osuji To me nothing is lovelier than reading to children before they go to bed. I love reading to kids; please, don't ask me why; all I know is that I simply love reading to children. In my Igbo culture adults tell children stories. I was born in the city, Lagos, but at age eight lived with my grandmother in our village. In the evenings she would tell me and my cousins' stories. They were mostly animal stories. Those stories essentially conveyed our culture to us. Thus, a typical ten year old Igbo…
Monday, 20 June 2016 01:48

What is light?

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Date: June 19, 2016 To: Charles Chidi Achodo From: Ozodi Thomas Osuji Subject: Response to your question on the nature of light You asked: does light have many forms? I am supposing that you want me to differentiate between what religionists call spiritual light and what we in the phenomenal world call light (optics). The answer is yes. God is light but that light is not the light we understand in the temporal universe. As I pointed out in my paper, yesterday, the paper that you were responding to, there is one stream of light and that light is God.…
Nigeria needs to have education that would provide employment for the young in addition to food, roads, light, and water. The learning of scientific knowledge is what Nigeria is in dire need of. Learning is defined as a relatively permanent change in behavior which results from training or experience. More specifically, education is the foremost benefit a nation like Nigeria can confer or bestow upon its citizens. Gone are the days when education was the exclusive privilege reserved for the privileged few. Today, education is a necessity for the survival of citizens and continued existence of the nation. To the…
Thursday, 26 May 2016 02:58

What drives innovation?

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Necessity is the mother of invention. Or is it? A couple of weeks ago, I shared a video about a young man who had invented a ‘lion repellent,’ a device which used flickering lights to distract lions from attacking the villagers’ cattle. To summarize, Richard Turere was charged with herding his family’s cattle like other youth of his age in the village. Every night, the villagers lost livestock to prowling lions. Some villagers came up with the idea of setting up a sentry each night who was charged with killing any lion that tried to steal from them. They rotated…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 22:43

WAEC Results and Its Message

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There is no good news in 2015 WAEC examination results. There are no silver linings. The trend from 2013 to 2014 to 2015 showed decline in the percentage of passes or number of candidates or both. 2015 WAEC examination results have attracted commentaries from those who want to divert attention from it for whatever reasons, and those who want to prove the superiority of one ethnic group over others, and from others who are history challenged. Diversionary tactics deployed include publication of one school renovation by a group of alumni in a state where success in the exam was one…
The purpose of instant is to focus attention on Nigeria. Nigeria, Africa's richest country is sick with many ills that are turning this nation of 170 million citizens into an anarchical society. The question as to what proportion of Nigeria's problems is attributable to the political leaders' ineptitude and what portion is attributable to the lackadaisical attitudes of citizens, is a conundrum that defies easy answer. This essay suggests that perhaps my country's problems are not really problems by themselves but are by-products of a more staid quandary or sticky situation. Remember that since the school is an extension of…
It appears that any Nigerian from any tribe should be proud to improve himself/herself. Coming to America might be one of the ways to get up in life if you know what you want out of life. You have excellent opportunity to jump-start your life, having been through the horrors of Biafra and pogrom, boko haram violence, kidnappings, hunger, nights without electricity, bad economic times, and frequent university shutdowns due to teacher strikes. You might still be unemployed after graduating from the university with a degree in civil engineering. Many successful Nigerians came to America in the 70's when things…
AT the recent Strategic School Management and Outstanding Private Schools Merit Awards organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Education in conjunction with Family Affairs Consultancy Limited, Logos International Secondary School (LOGISS), a mission school located in Awo-Omamma, Imo State, whose motto is “Academic Excellence and Godliness of the Youth” stood out among the other honorees selected from among the countless private schools scattered across Nigeria. *The Director of Logos International Schools, Pastor Bede Ogu (left), and the Principal, Pastor Precious Ahiaogu, displaying the award to LOGISS at the International Conference Centre, Garki, Abuja The event which took place…
The aim of this essay is two-fold. First, we wish to point out how Nigerian schools are failing our children in more than one way and how they can be improved to nourish our good children and offer them a good opportunity to succeed in life. Second, we are going to be discussing ways that Nigerian educational system can take off in a mighty way to turn things around for the benefit of all of our children by focusing on important issues that affect the nation. It is gratifying to note that some of us Nigerians who had benefited from…
The Nigerian immigrants hold the largest numbers of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorates in America. http://www.bet.com/news/national/2012/03/20/survey-nigerians-most-educated-in-the-u-s.html. But discrimination prevents Nigerians from landing jobs and compensations commensurate with their qualifications. That Nigerians are doing so wonderfully well in America means nothing if deplorable things continue to exist at home in our educational scenes. What do we do?. We can return to Nigeria and man the dilapidated structures we call schools; they remind us of hedged chicken coops (“hedgechicken”) rather than the real education. To see what Nigeria’s schools look like, Google ”chicken coop” to laugh your head off. It is imperative that…
Monday, 25 May 2015 22:21

Where did energy and matter come from

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This paper was originally written to help someone grasp basic science; later, I reformulated it and used it to ask philosophical questions. Help me to answer those questions. You can send your answers to me or simply publish them. WHAT IS ENERGY AND MATTER AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? Ozodi Osuji Science tells us that matter exists in three forms: solid, liquid and gas. Let us see if that is true. Get a solid (rock, wood, human body etc.). Any solid can be melted when heated. Each solid requires a certain level of temperature to melt it. You are…
Friday, 17 October 2014 19:52

Ebola and fear based thinking

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We are currently in the grip of fear engendered by the outbreak of Ebola in some West African countries (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leon). Americans are afraid of contracting the virus and dying from it. The country is in a state of hysteria. Since Ebola is associated with Africa just about all Africans are now deemed careers of the virus. An Ethiopian guy who works as a garage (parking) attendant said that when white folks come to park their cars some of them ask him when he is going to be quarantined! The report that one of the nurses that…
Let there be no doubt that the Nobel Prize is the prize much sought after in all fields that the prize is awarded. Let there be no doubt also that Mr. Achebe would have been glad to have received it. But it is also clear that he won a prize much higher than Nobel. Nobel literature award is selected by a team of distinguished, learned, detribalized, scholars based in Sweden who follow established standards in selecting a book and an author from nominated list. They analyze each work for quality and impact and make a recommendation. Yes, these people have…
Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:28

Understanding Education

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The discussion between Drs. SKC, Ozoke, Agozino, et al (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Waawa/conversations/messages/46678) needs a little clarification. Education means different things to different people. To some education means going to college earning a diploma, and getting a job. To others it means learning a skill in an institution (technical school, teachers’ college, computer school, etc.) to get a job. To others it means learning skills that would lead to logical thinking, reading and understanding complex issues and coming up with a solution. I call this last one wholesome education. It is because of these varied interpretations of education that we always seem to…
Saturday, 10 May 2014 20:00

The law of karma and racists and Africans

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Jesus Christ said it all: do unto others as you want them to do to you. Generally, a human being wants to be loved (some sick folks, masochists, apparently, want to be given pain) and therefore should love other people. In loving other people one has invited them to love one in return. One has done to people as one wants them to do to one. If you love people they, in turn, would love you. If you give pleasure to people they will give you pleasure. Conversely, if you give pain to other people you have done to them…
Driving is a means to achieve objectives associated with everyday life in our society. At the same time, driving requires a serious responsibility that determines the driver’s safety and that of the other road users within the vicinity. We drive to work, visit friends and relations, and travel to different places-short and long distances-for personal or public activities. A person that cannot plan, organise and manage his precious time effectively and efficiently, he then result to do all things in a hurry. As a result of this, many people drive faster without minding the speed limit and caution signs posted…
If one saw the pictures posted recently on several websites (by Mr. Okenwa Nwosu?) one would understand and support the ASUU strike. As some one who had in the past supported firing all ASUU members if they undertake another strike (before this latest one), I am appalled at my about face on this subject. Anybody who has been to any academic institution: high, low or middle institution would know that no education goes on in what we call academic institutions in Nigeria. Not at least in the so called government institutions whether they are primary, secondary or university. For education…
Friday, 13 September 2013 02:14

Parenting Leaders 2: Work is Honorable

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“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Hello, Demola! How are you? How is business? Hope all is well.” “Ah! Ah! Benji, long time! To what do I owe this call?” “My friend,” Demola responded. “I wondered if you could give Kola, my son a job. He needs to start building his career.” “Hen hen, so why is he not calling me to ask for the job himself?” Benji inquired. “Ehm… ehm,” Demola stuttered, “he has gone out with friends but I will send him to…
Monday, 26 August 2013 16:36

Watch your Words in Cyberspace

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“You idiot! You are a bloody fool! Who do you think you are? Do you know who I am? You think you can just address me anyhow and get away with it? I will show you…” Fighting words for sure, but to be sent via email? Never! I recently withdrew membership of an organization wherein exchanging words like the foregoing were a common occurrence. Hot words were traded in lengthy emails, on groups, and list serves that reached audiences of thousands internationally. From this experience, I realized that many communicate similarly believing that cyberspace granted them carte blanche to be…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 06:34

Another Lesson from the Hare and Tortoise Story

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Remember the story about the hare and the tortoise? Okay, so the hare and the tortoise decided to have a race. “I’ll beat you, hands down,” boasted the hare, “you won’t even see my tail.” The tortoise nodded, “we’ll see.” So the race began and true to his words, the hare took off and soon disappeared from the tortoise’ view. Rather than becoming discouraged, the tortoise plodded on at his own pace. After about a mile, the hare spotted a nice bush of carrots by the road side. Noting the tortoise was nowhere in sight, he stepped aside for a…
The abysmal inadequacy of public primary school teachers in Ngor okpala local government area should be a source of concern to all who holds the education of their wards close to the heart. A situation whereby a single teacher is charged with the responsibility of handling three classes from Monday to Friday could be best described as tedious, energy sapping and uninspiring. Truly, the above situation is what most public primary school teachers are going through in Ngor Okpala, particularly in Umuodagu Ntu primary school. This scenario according to sources who wouldn’t want their names mentioned in print most times…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

Training for Leadership and Management

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When Nigerians gather, a likely topic for conversation is: the trouble with Nigeria, and what to do about it. Invariably, they identify corruption and lack of political leadership as among the problems with Nigeria and Africa. In this essay, I will explore how to train for leadership and management in Nigeria and Africa. Leadership is the art or science of identifying what a group of human beings need to do, to more effectively adapt to the exigencies of their environment, and doing it. The world is such that it does not provide human beings with what they need for survival.…
This paper says that if what Muslims want is to attain parity with the West, or surpass it that not learning what the West knows is the worst way of going about it; it says that education in science and technology is the best way for Africans to catch up with the West and begin to compete with them amano amano, man to man. A Question For Boko Haram: Is Opposing Western Education Good For Nigeria? Ozodi Osuji The media reports that the name Boko Haram means opposition to Western education. In effect, the Muslim group in Northeastern Nigeria called…
Americanah, when it was published and launched in April, I face-booked it that anyone in diaspora, including those coming abroad for the first time for diaspora lifestyle should read it. It made eloquent sense as reviewers have come to show. The entire work shows in new ways as captured, imagined and experienced by the author a vivid exploration of being African in America, and indeed, any where else Nigerians and Africans converge with their complex dreams in pursuit of more valued things of life. Americanah, a novel, is the very most recent entry by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and it is…
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:13

Teaching Immorality In Schools

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If anyone had told me a few years ago that a time will come in Nigeria when the authorities will approve the teaching of sexual immorality as a subject in junior and secondary schools, I would have thought that the person had lost his mind. But now, before our very eyes, it is happening, and I lack words to describe the shock among many Nigerians! Not too long ago, I was shown the topics being treated under the subject called "Sexuality Education" or "Sex Education" which tender kids in both junior and secondary schools in Nigeria are now being forced…