education

"Is Our Notion of Education Correct?"

There appears to be a double standard cast on indigenous languages in relation to being “educated” in the Nigerian society. If one can read and write in English, but not in Yoruba or an indigenous language, one is considered as ‘educated’. The reverse is however not the case. If one can read and write in Yoruba or an indigenous language in Nigeria but cannot read and write in English, irrespective of possessing the similar levels of knowledge or attaining the same educational qualifications, one is considered inferior, illiterate and uneducated. Is this ideal however valid?

"If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”

As an enthusiast and undeterred believer in the great story of Nigeria, I would love to beat my chest, as a form of consolation or perhaps assertion, and ascertain that sunny days are ahead. However, reality - in addition to the fact that this is not my field, in literal terms, and I, as an individual, do not possess to economic power to solely catalyse inclusive growth -  hums a different anthem, with youth unemployment in Nigeria predicted to rise by 13.1 percent by the end of 2016. Not only is this detrimental to the quality of living, stability, and development of Nigeria, it likewise appears to be a ticking time bomb, and a potential demographic disaster.