27 Jun 2014

Online Education and the Nigerian Student

With the introduction of telecommunications to Nigeria and its attendant internet services    as well as the significant drop in cost as a result of competition between the major service providers (MTN, GLO, ETISALAT and co) in the past few years, there has been a surge of internet consumers. According to a study released in 2013 in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the number of Nigerian  internet users between the ages of 13 - 24  grew by 53% between 2012 and 2013. In a country where 50% of the total population are below the age of 31, we can roughly estimate that in a year at least five million young people got to use the internet for the first time. To put this mind boggling numbers in perspective, the entire population of Benin Republic which shares a border with Nigeria is 10 million people; enough people to populate half of a whole country had their first contact with the internet and quite possibly literacy in Nigeria last year.  

A large number of these new internet consumers use the internet exclusively for entertainment and social networking on sites and messengers like 2go and Badoo but

25 Jun 2014

HOT ON OUR RADAR: STAYINSCHOOLNG

The lack of access to quality education is a well discussed problem in Nigeria. But that has been the problem thus far, it has been well discussed but little has been done in terms of tangible action or even reform in the educational sector to turn this situation around. One of the Millennium Development Goals agreed upon by the member states of the United Nations was to as much as possible eradicate illiteracy in the third world by 2015, something we as a nation are nowhere near reaching. The Government’s slow paced and sometimes outright backward actions regarding education has forced many concerned citizens to take matters into their own hands. One of the results of this approach to solving our education problems is StayInSchoolNG.

23 Jun 2014

Ezim Osai vs The Book-spaces of Lagos



I have to say that I was genuinely enthused when my editor gave me the assignment to review a couple of book-spaces in Lagos. Since the beginning of my Work study, I have not had the opportunity to explore Lagos as much as I would have wanted to but this assignment gave me such an opportunity.

Perhaps you need a book to read and you aren’t one of us e-readers and prefer the traditional print book. Perhaps you just want to shop and treat yourself to some books; perhaps you need a quiet cozy place with internet facilities to write that story or paper or code or whatever awesome thing you want to do; there is a place for you just around the corner of your street.


LITCAF:

20 Jun 2014

The Idiot’s Guide to University Life.




There is nothing quite like the university experience. The one point in your life where you are fully (mostly) in charge of your finances, have a steady ‘income’, more time on your hands than you know what to do with and no responsibilities (other than passing exams, ugh). We at 9jEducation aren't part of the pack that believes that university is just a way for you to get a degree. It’s much more than that. Especially here in Nigeria where the other avenues for self-improvement are few and very far between. University should be a place where you discover yourself, apart from academics, and make friends and connections that will last you your entire life. Our secondary schools are so academics oriented that University is the only place where you get the time to find and nurture your hobbies and interests. Most of your musicians and actors found themselves in university. Maybe you could too.

Ever seen frat pack movies like American Pie and the Skulls and wondered what it would be like to have a university experience like that?

18 Jun 2014

VSNL: Trigger Warnings Coming To Books?



I find it hard to believe too but Trigger warning tags might be coming to literature books soon.

Over the last two decades in the Western world there has been increasing emphasis on the term ‘Political correctness, which basically is trying as much as possible to not cause offense to the beliefs or moral sensibilities of others whether deliberate or accidental. This has slowly pervaded all aspects of life there and trickled down here. Political correctness has seen the most fight from the Arts (film, music, visual arts and literature) who feel that the political correctness movement stifles freedom of expression. Trigger warnings in film and music became a sort of middle ground for both parties, a kind of buyer beware, so the audience still has access to uncensored work without being accidentally offended by its content.
Over the last decade the conversation about political correctness has slowly settled on

16 Jun 2014

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars



In a generation captivated with 'dystopian' fantasy young adult novels, no 'vanilla' drama novel has captured the attention of millions of young adults quite like the sleeper hit by self-acclaimed ‘nerd’ author, John Green. His book, The Fault in Our Stars came out of humble beginnings to become quite the page turner. While his previous books like Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns were well received, nothing could have foreshadowed how huge this new book would become. It is now a universally loved (and hated) and has earned comparisons to Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, only mushier. With the anticipated theater release of a film adaptation of the book, I decided to set aside my very strong opinions concerning the book’s subject matter and read it with an open mind. This is my review.
SPOILERS AHEAD (Duh! This is a review after all.)

13 Jun 2014

Nigerian Pidgin: Help or Hindrance


Nigerian pidgin got a recent wave of publicity in recent weeks, suddenly gaining visibility and becoming part of the discussion. This happened as a consequence of the Bring Back Our Girls movement which we discussed here, when none other than the First lady of the federation, Patience Jonathan made what many called a blunder during a meeting with concerned parties. After summoning interest groups in a bid to ‘help’ the abducted girls of Chibok, she proceeded to get exceedingly emotional, to the point of tears. But this rare show of emotion wasn't what caught the attention of Nigerians but the First Lady’s grammar. The First Lady for some reason, after inviting pressmen to cover the meeting decided to conduct the entire meeting in Nigerian Pidgin/english hybrid language. The entire speech quickly went viral and was even aired on CNN and the BBC

11 Jun 2014

A Week In My Work Study (Ezim Osai)

You’ll never live if you’re too scared to die
Never Say Goodbye - Hardwell

Today is Tuesday, the 3rd of June, 2014 and the last day of my work study, part of the Nigerian tertiary system’s initiative to engage students in practical application of their chosen disciplines through graded industrial training exercises. It truly been an engaging experience and one filled with a lot of learning, lessons, knowledge and fun. I am Ezim Osai, about to start my senior year studying Physics at the University of Ibadan and I interned at Fertile Tech Business Systems, Yaba, Lagos.

The Last 7 Days.

10 Jun 2014

The Dark Skin Problem






The Darkskin Problem, which was the theme of the Musers’ Inaugural book meet, held on Saturday, 24th May, 2014 at around 4pm. Although the program started a bit later than anticipated, it was a thrilling ride nevertheless.

6 Jun 2014

An Idiot's Guide to The GPA.

Few things strike fear into the hearts of any undergraduate quite like the GPA. It’s something that is an integral part of the university system, showing up on your first day of class and shadowing you long after your final paper. Lecturers make jokes about it in class, or threaten about it during exams, comedians joke about some being so low you can’t use it to flash Glo to Glo. But no one ever bothers to actually explain what the GPA is and how to use it to your advantage. That’s what this idiot’s guide is here (not that you’re an idiot or anything, it’s just an expression, smh) to give you all the insider tricks.
When it comes to GPAs, there really are only three important questions:
  1. -          What is a GPA (and CGPA *shudder*)
  2. -          Why do I need to worry about it?
  3. -          How can I make the best of it (a.k.a cheat the system).

 At this point I’d like to assume we

An Idiot’s Guide to Federal University Life Hacks.


So you go to a federal university, university of Technology, College of Education or Polytechnic. Congratulations! You’re officially a ward of the federal government itself and contrary to all that you have heard (not that the crippling corruption you have heard about isn’t true) being a ward of the state does come with its own benefits. That’s what this idiot’s guide is about; the not so secret perks of going to Federal universities and enduring megalomaniac lecturers and the ever eminent risk of a strike. Before we get to the meat of this article, we should clear up a few things first.
1.      You should share this article. I mean it, you really should. Federal university Life Hacks won’t suddenly be withdrawn because a lot more people started using them. They’re there to be used. Don’t be a jerk, share this article.
2.      Discretion is advised. We won’t be liable if you misuse any of the information you’re given here. So don’t get any funny ideas.
Now that we have that all cleared up, let’s get to it.

HEALTHCARE
The first, biggest and most important life hack

An Idiots Guide To Course Types




Let's get down to business. There are basically four types of courses in Nigerian universities. Understanding the nature and significance of these courses is useful to us undergrads because it helps us to know how important each type of course is to our grades and overall stay in the university.

Compulsory (Core) Courses:
Core courses are as their name implies, the core and foundation of our studies as undergraduates. They are courses that we must pass (40% in most universities) to proceed to the next level of study. Core courses are usually courses from our own department or a department very similar to ours. For instance, as an undergraduate of Physics, your core courses would probably be Physics and Mathematics.

Feature: The Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What is the Marvel Cinematic universe?



D: The Marvel Cinematic Universe - MCU for short - is a collaborative universe featuring a number of Marvel’s comic book heroes in film roles. Essentially, it's your favourite kickass superhero in a kickass live-action movie, not confined by comic book pages.

P: More glory, more guts and more badass on your screens… to say the least. It’s giving superhero lovers the chance to see some of their favourites do amazing things for the greater good while also introducing other characters to those not familiar with them. So you’ve got known heroes, then other heroes, then all the heroes coming together to sell a lot of cans of whoop-ass.

5 Jun 2014

Interview: Meet a Muser

Hello there, this is an interview with one of the Musers just before their inaugural book meet which held on Saturday, May 24th 2014 at Patabah Bookstore, Surulere, Lagos.



Hi, I’m Ezim Osai from 9JEducation, what’s your name?
Olanrewaju Ekemode for the Musers.

Cool. Please tell me about yourself; school, friends, background.
School: University of Lagos. Friends, very few; Background: Nigerian, Yoruba, Christian.

So, how did your love affair with books begin?
When I was little, my parents, especially my dad was into academics and my mom is a lawyer and she reads a lot and so I’ve been around books for a very long time. And I’m a bit anti-social so that’s just the only thing I can do.

Okay. Who’s your favourite author?
I don’t have a favourite but I like African writers.

Is there any that you can recommend for me to read personally?
Yes, Buchi Emecheta.

Alright, thanks. Tell me, are you just a reader or a reader and a writer as well?
I’m a reader and a writer.