31 Dec 2012

The effects of the Nigerian Culture on Education, Intelligence & Creativity (part 4)

Another element of the Nigerian culture that affects the education of her people is the disposition of the majority towards sharing of knowledge.

Nigeria happens to be an environment where unhealthy competition has been allowed to inhibit what ideally ought to be a free flow of knowledge and information between people, with many such occurrences observed between students in higher institutions, lecturers and students, colleagues at work, and so on, all of which are areas of concern.

24 Dec 2012


This part goes further to examine other elements of the Nigerian culture which directly or indirectly affects the quality of education of her people.

21 Dec 2012


I had never questioned the essence of my getting an education until I got into the higher institution. When i was in primary school, and up until secondary school, I had always believed that I was going to school for various reasons; first, my parents wanted me to be somewhere while they worked. Second, I was there because I also wanted to be what my parents were, so that I’d also be going out in the morning and coming in at night like my parents did someday when I grow up. However, my rather naive thoughts began to change when I did get admission into the University of Lagos.

20 Dec 2012


The Nigerian culture as many understand is a rich and vastly diverse one, characterized with a number of prominent elements. For the purpose of this study, the elements with the most obvious effect on education are considered in succession and the identified effects are brought to the fore.

I must quickly mention that this work does not present a generalized viewpoint that applies to every single Nigerian and there exist a notable number of exceptions as is commonly obtainable in studies of this nature. It however presents a perspective that represents the bulk of Nigerians; especially students, stemming from firsthand experiences as a Nigerian student and some research that springs from a well grounded interest in the topic of discussion.

13 Dec 2012


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The role of education in the prosperity of a people cannot be overemphasized. In fact, it could be said that the prosperity of a nation is a direct function of the quality of education of her residents. This is vividly observable when the people especially leaders of the so called developed nations are understudied. Their education is a factor that consistently comes across in their judgement, their plans and ideas, their approach to problem solving, their creativity and on and on; the list is virtually inexhaustible.

12 Dec 2012

Lingua Franca

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The school recently just introduced a club system. For the first hour on Wednesday, the students were divided arbitrarily into groups and allotted a club. Some got the farming club to till the vegetable garden at the back of the school. Some are in the Drama club, dancing and acting their hearts out early in the morning. Some are in the reading club looking bleary eyed as a teacher keeps talking about the importance of reading. I have been assigned to the reading club as a support partner for the teacher in charge.

11 Dec 2012

Can Youth Unemployment Save Youth Education in Nigeria

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I always wanted to teach before I entered into my ‘proper’ career track. Before I moved to Nigeria, I applied to Teach For America. Teach for America is a programme that leverages the youth enthusiasm to contribute to society by placing them in schools serving predominantly underprivileged groups in
America. Teach for America hopes to create equal educational opportunity for children growing up in poverty.

10 Dec 2012

The Importance of History

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History means many things to many people, over the years scholars have debated on end with a view to providing a proper definition for a word so timeless. However it is generally agreed that History could either mean the past, or the study of the past. In the academic context, History simply means teaching the past to others; in most situations its either kids or grownups. Personally, drawing from all the definitions of history I have read, post modernist or ancient, I believe History to be the study of the past, and how it affects the future. The study of the past would be with the view to setting some sort of guideline which would provide an insight to the corrections to be made on past errors. Now am just saying this because it seems logical enough; as a historian, I have come to learn that the reason for reflection on the past is basically to smoothen the road to the future and balance the present. Maybe I am laying too much emphasis on “correcting wrongs”, maybe it all seems superfluous… I am writing this because I have noticed that History as a discipline has been relegated to the background in most academic institutions.