Education

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…
Monday, 11 February 2013 14:14

A Reappraisal Of Chinua Achebe

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Ejike, after our phone conversation the other day and your pointing out that you are reading Chinua Achebe’s “There was a country”, and mentioning what he said regarding the Nigerian Air force killing hundreds of market women in our Afo Umuohiagu market in February, 1969, I decided to reread the book. I began at page 212 (where he talked about the killing in our town) and read to the end, including the appendixes and then from page one to page 212. In other words, I read the entire book. I must tell you that performing this exercise (it kept me…
Saturday, 02 February 2013 12:53

Driving Safe: What Is Involved For Nigeria?

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To be safe on the road while driving or taking a ride is a solid human right. But what is involved to make for a safe driving? How safe are road users in Nigeria and elsewhere? Here is a submission that helps to describe what to to do and expect. Prompted as I just finished a small discussion with a friend over a beer on driving safe and staying safe on the roads that we use, I got asked out by a friend. To thank me, this friend said “Hey Pat, I cannot end this meeting with you without asking…
Understanding what human rights are is a condition we need to live with everyday. While some know what a right is and how to pursue one's rights, many others live in sympathy of their own human rights. But we can do something about it by developing best practices to exercise fair and judicious steps. I have often made references to the eminence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in some of my writings. But it continues to appeal to me to know that many people when they talk about human rights, they fundamentally and weakly…
Friday, 05 October 2012 23:48

Black Baby Beat-Down

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When Duke Ellington was asked how it felt to enter hotels from the back and play in the front, to hear the cheers of White crowds while knowing there were precious few of his color being allowed to see him, he said, "I took all of the anger necessary to pout and wrote me some blues.” When Bill Berry of the Urban League was asked about how it felt to do a thankless job under such scrutiny (I'm paraphrasing) he said, "Don't waste time in wondering why, I just do the hell out of my job." Before I had a…
This is a hilarious moment for Nigeria. Of course, I am not mad. I am only reflecting on the period in time and circumstances we have found ourselves as a people. Not too long ago, Shagari was indecisive, Buhari/Idiagbon too serious and impenetrable, Obasanjo was too amorous and unforgivable. Now we have it. A serious comedian as president. Jonathan no go kill man for this obodo Nigeria! Mba. I just dey play with my tumbra of gin tonic. The weather cold pass wetin son of man fit just manage with ordinary heater. My Igala friend suddenly informed us of the…
By Mirjam Rülke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dear Dr. Iroegbu, Posting articles in the websites since the discovery and launching of the internet, electronic writings and publications have come a long way. This is more so at helping researchers and social networking for critical research, education and policy directions. I have truly benefitted from reading insightful articles from various experts. Particularly, I have had the pleasure to follow closely essays written by Dr. Patrick Iroegbu about issues on indigenous knowledge systems, medicine, gender and cultures. I want to highlight the fact that while it is important to appreciate articles posted by seasoned scholars…
Great expectations are usually piled on our universities as very essential intellectual factories for the production of reliable human resources for achieving our lofty dreams and aspirations as a people. That is what it should be. Every year, the universities are expected to give the country quality graduates whose formal education and other forms of grooming ought to duly equip with sound intellectual, psychological and even ethical properties to assume very important and strategic positions in both private and public institutions for the advancement of national development. But what appears to be seriously in doubt now is whether the National…
The measures of a man can stem squarely and be taken from the society where he was born, raised and expressed himself. Dim Ojukwu was one of such men whose virtues and courageous manner of historic being and becoming require capturing from the quotable measures of his life and times. This entry begins the many parts of the quotes I will try to bring together. As a philosopher, historian, soldier and leader with a difference, one way we can truly understand his impact in words and in deeds is to build a special kind of knowledge bank in a collection…
Is there a black heritage in the eyes of the westerner when the story of black peoples is told and shared as history? Yes, there is – whether accepted with or without controversy or simply placed on the front burner of ethnic and racial debates. In order to understand that black peoples count and matter in the world history of achievements and developments, the February of every year is critically marked as the Black History Month. The month, apparently, is intellectually and ceremonially or festively fashioned to capture the experiences of blacks and black peoples' contributions to the development of…
I observe that most writers on the listerves I belong to have nothing good to say about Nigeria, time after time. The same song is played again and again in different variations. The focus is on the country's inadequacies in its various manifestations over the years as crystallised in the current social dispensation. I am of the opinion that these commentators and I are not referring to the same country, although the country we know about occupies the same geographical space and is known by identical forms of formal identification, such as its flag and history. The country I understand…
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:39

What Is Western Education?

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Western education may be defined in various ways. Metaphysical and Epistemic Description One of these methods of definition is in terms of the nature and sources of the metaphysical and epistemic roots of knowledge that structure an educational curriculum. Structural Character of Cognitive Systems By 'nature' in reference to a body of knowledge or a structure of ideas, I refer to the contents of a body of knowledge in terms of an organisation of a body of ideas into a correlative unit. This involves a consideration of the individual character of each of these ideas and the manner in which…
With active social media, telling stories be they personal experiences, local issues, national incidents or events have become a way of shaping who we are. So is true with Chimamanda Adichie's video clip celebrity on the danger of a single story speech. This article describes the boom and its significance. But more importantly, Nigerians are learning the power of telling their stories, and not simply anymore allowing the government of the day to tell the stories of Nigerian life and events alone as before. With the power of collective story telling about events in Nigeria, a government for the people…
Often times racism and investment education collide with the rancor of poverty, black containment, and race stereotypes. This brief expose takes on Harvard Financial Educator, Dee Lee, on the notion that blacks cannot read let alone emancipate through financial investment. I was not shocked out of reason, nonetheless, to read an e-mail article forwarded to me by a community person of mine on financial racial education by a financial educator at Harvard, Dee Lee. Evidently, Dee Lee’s concern is that black people cannot read and take opportunity to invest wisely and come out of financial poverty and enslavement. She argues…
Friday, 18 November 2011 14:48

Whither Nigeria’s educational system

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Illiteracy is catastrophic and it exposes citizens to poverty, ignorance, maternal mortality, hunger, violence, abuse, exploitation, trafficking, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Is any of these abstractions and qualities amply unavailable in Nigeria? When I insisted to go to school in the good olden days, I was denied the opportunity to be enrolled basically because my arms could not touch my ears from above my head. This was the main yardstick for qualification into the primary school. Before then, people were forced to go to school for western education. Later on, people began to discover the importance of education as the…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 12:58

NYSC Corps Members unveil Young Talents

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These days in Nigeria and with the global economic situation, classroom education is not enough to give youths a source of income. In fact, education does not guaranty employment rather, it makes students employable. As such, youths who have seen the four walls of high schools and universities with the evidence of due certificates are not necessarily going to get jobs after graduation. This is because certificates do not provide jobs. Instead, they confer the right to be given jobs upon potential job seekers. The reality is that the Nigerian labour market cannot absorb the number of students graduating from…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 10:14

What Is Success And Failure?

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In this world, many people want to be successful and fear failing. Society, by and large, tends to reward those it considers successful and ignore those it considers failed persons. The average human being admires successful persons, whom he wants to be like, and has little or no use for failing persons. So what exactly is success and failure? Let us begin with the seeming positive, success. There are two types of success. There is the success of normal persons. Here, a chap goes through the expected schooling, acquires relevant job skills and obtains a job and works his way…
Mr. Aluko wrote as follows: So for Obi Aduba to even SUGGEST that Ojerinde or the Federal Ministry of Education CONNIVED to lower the grades so as to get certain regional advantage for some people is simply and wildly preposterous.I was right there when it all happened:it was all democratically arrived at in broad daylight Here are may exact words in this regard Yet given the data that are represented by the above statistics, our very, very smart VCs decided that the minimum admission criterion for admission should be set at 180, 5 rungs below the maximum score (400) even…