27 Oct 2014

6 Cool Hangout Spots in the University of Lagos (UNILAG)


Affectionately referred to as the university of choice, University of Lagos (Unilag) is undoubtedly one of the best Nigerian tertiary institutions and I am not saying that because I am a student of the institution (haha, maybe I am, just a bit).

I was surfing my favorite sites in my downtime when I checked 9jeducation blog and saw the post on top 6 scenic places in the University of Ibadan. Seeing this post and the beautiful pictures of the places mentioned brought to mind some of the more interesting parks and social spots in Unilag. Not to be outdone (Warri no dey carry last), I rounded up what in my opinion are the five coolest spots in Unilag to decompress and just chill with friends.


24 Oct 2014

Stereotypes, this is something we constantly have to fight as individuals. We form generalizations about people we do not know to guide us better when we interact with them. This is how we have evolved, retaining some of our more base survival instincts. Sometimes these generalizations are helpful, and actually help avoid conflict, but most of the time, stereotypes are malicious and vindictive, exaggerating the worst of group's qualities and judging or marginalizing everyone who loosely falls into that group. Nigerians are culprits of stereotyping, and while that is something that needs to be discussed. This piece is just an introduction to shed light on how stereotyping from the developed world affects us. Here's a video to demonstrate.

22 Oct 2014

9jEducation Book Review: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.



LAGOON BY NNEDI OKORAFOR

Nnedi Okorafor has been on my read list for a long time. I first encountered her books when a friend excitedly recommended her afro-fantasy novel Akata Witch, a novel set in an alternate Nigeria with a female Nigerian albino protagonist, Sunny who wove spells with a wand and collected magical money called ‘Chitum’ and a masquerade villain called Ekwensu. It was a very entertaining read and though the ending was disheartening, a common thread with Nnedi’s books, I rated the book very highly overall. It took common fantasy tropes and gave them new life, and had a young female protagonist who passed the *Bechdel Test. But this is not a review about Akata Witch so let’s get to the meat of the day.

20 Oct 2014

Top 6 Scenic Places in the University of Ibadan

Top 6 Most Scenic Places in the University of Ibadan

There are a lot of scenic places in the University of Ibadan where a person could go to chill in the evenings or where writers like us go to write and seek inspiration or where couples could even go for a quiet time (or where you single fellows could go looking for pretty females). This list is compiled in no particular order as ranking them would not be a thing of beauty. Well, here they are, enjoy!

17 Oct 2014

The Road To University Life


“I shall argue that strong men conversely know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater purpose.” – Andrew Carnegie

With the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations concluded, tertiary institutions all over the country would soon start Post Unified Matriculation Examination (PUME) to select candidates for the next academic year. Dreams begin to take shape and careers kick started with the decision of which university to fill into that JAMB form and what course of study you decided on. From early childhood years we all have dreams of noble professions like medicine, engineering, being a lawyer and those with really big imaginations even go as far as talking about being pilots and what have you.

15 Oct 2014

NIGERIA's SPIRALLING EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM



In the Nigerian educational system today, it is a sad but true fact that there are double standards. It is like a hydra, humbly beginning in our innocent kindergarten classes and slowly but surely spreading its arms all the way up to the prestigious offices of our tertiary institutions. This double standard is not just academic but also moral and disciplinary.

To understand this seemingly unimportant problem, take a scrutinized look at our secondary schools. In recent years, most of the schools with the highest number of students who graduate with distinctions are 'mushroom' private schools. This is hard to explain as these schools have no previous pedigree for outstanding performance among students. These schools born out of a need to make profit live solely for profit. They usually start small, until the pressure of the competition from cheaper pre-established public schools and the indifference of our ministry of education push them to go the extra mile and cross the line into illegitimacy to get the best results. They streamline their curriculum to include only core subjects and the easiest electives, dropping vocational subjects such as Public health education, home economics, metal work, French, computer studies, e.t.c. Some schools have even gone to the extent of limiting the choice in Nigerian languages to the most relevant, for instance in the North, Hausa. After all, in Nigeria; all that really matters is the quality of your results not the quality of your education. Nigeria’s students no longer have the ‘luxury’ of choosing the subjects they’re interested in.

13 Oct 2014

BRING BACK OUR GIRLS (MAYBE?)



When over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in the town of Chibok, Maiduguri, North East Nigeria by Islamist militants Boko Haram on April 14, Nigeria and the entire world was thrown into a state of shock and confusion.   

One can only begin to imagine the fear, trauma and emotional ordeal not to talk of the physical assault that these young schoolgirls are facing from the hands of their abductors. As a matter of urgency, it became a trending topic on social network. Nigerians went to their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts making popular the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

These hashtag brought international notice to Nigeria as the #BringBackOurGirls campaign had the whole world joining in the demand for the Boko Haram sect to release the about 276 schoolgirls abducted. Celebrities, politicians, prominent personalities, groups and even the ordinary man across the globe joined in holding up placards and taking pictures for upload on their social media accounts to show their support for the missing girls.

10 Oct 2014

Career Guidance: It's Time.

Career Guidance: It’s Time.

In the motif of education and consequent employment in Nigeria, one thing has been beaten constantly into the heads of every Nigerian Student, your fancy B.Sc does not guarantee you a job, here or anywhere else. All around the world, technology and a host of other factors (population growth, corruption, decaying infrastructure) mean that conventional jobs in formerly certain fields such as automotive engineering, earth sciences, languages and administration are either being scaled back or are simply no longer available. In Nigeria, it is even worse, as corruption and a significant dearth in scientific, infrastructural, social and technological advancement in the job market and even in the university ecosystem creates a vacuum in fields that elsewhere would guarantee jobs and career fulfilment for its graduates. Physics, Chemistry, Lab Sciences, and Traditional Languages which normally hires thousands of young graduates in the developed world into satisfying, progressive and innovative jobs in the west is a dead pool here into which many unprepared Nigerian graduates find themselves mired. The government’s ‘initiative’ (my, are they fond of that word) on this is that everyone learns a side trade in conjunction with their academic studies. But that begs the question, if we are going to just end up in the drudgery of a blue collar trade then why waste four years, spending government money to get an education you aren’t going to use?

Obviously, the government’s approach to solving the problem of job availability is not good enough. What we need at this point, is Career guidance. What is exactly is career guidance? An offshoot of guidance counselling that specifically focuses on offering university undergraduates factual information about their chances in the labor force and advises them on the right internships and additional training to improve their chances of landing their dream jobs. Of course we have guidance and counselling units in every university in Nigeria, but they are practically invisible, except for that time of the year when students run around for their state bursary allowances.

This invisibility of Guidance counselling units can be traced all the way back to the Nigerian mentality of keeping one’s problems to one’s self and trying to solve them privately with limited resources even when there are better options available. Except for Federal Universities and exclusive private schools at the secondary level, no Nigerian student has access to guidance and counselling. By the time they enter university, the average Nigerian student has no idea what a G&C unit is or why they should bother with them.

8 Oct 2014

Meet Our Campus Reps: Ezim

My name is Ezim Osai and I am mostly awesome. I’m 19 years old, from Delta state and it has been three years since I began studying Physics in the University of Ibadan.

I’m a deist, optimist and realist at the same time :-D I love reading, writing, cooking, social media, photography, education, meeting new people and travelling (I’ve been to thirteen states in Nigeria *grin*).

Being a Campus Representative for 9JEducation is a fun job, it mostly entails writing and talking to people/students (which are some of my favorite things) but it also entails doing so with a level of maturity and poise as Reps are supposed to be ‘Model’ students. As a Rep, there is pressure for you to develop all-round, not just academically or socially. There’s a semi-mandatory unspoken rule that every year you should take and finish at least one course online (This year I have already finished HTML and CSS, and I’m well into Basic Chinese) which is actually very nice as these little skills we pick up are what go a long way in shaping what we turn out to be later in life.

On several assignments, there comes a point where your skills are put to the test and your ability is stretched past the limit, but being a ‘model’ student means you have to always come back and always have to be on your A-game.

I have been a Rep for two sessions now and it has been a fun and educating experience and one I hope to pass on to someone who will eventually be a better Rep than I am.

Meet Our Campus Reps: Akinwale



Hi, I'm Akinwale Akinyoade.

I'm a National Diploma holder in Mass Communication from Yaba College of Technology and currently major in English Language as the University of Lagos. A firm believer in the power of the word for social change and creation of awareness and enlightenment, I serve as a member of the Editorial Team for Campus Express Newspaper; the first national campus newspaper delivered to all campuses in Lagos state. Asides my editorial duties, I also handle the entertainment/lifestyle section of the newspaper and its website at www.campusexpress.com. I am also a contributing writer on a number of blogs such as www.olofofo9ja.com, www.forcampus.com, a former correspondent for entertainment portal www.naijawhistle.com.