Year: 2015

The black blackboard?

The blackboard makes me think of: school. French and Maths! Homework! Writing. A huge whiteboard. The happiness of seeing my teacher. The pleasure of working. The pleasure of writing. Having fun! Doing exercises. Doing geometry. Doing grammar. Doing history. Doing English. Reading. Working with a world map. What is a blackboard? It’s magnetic. It’s white

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Children don’t know best!

Reality isn’t composed of straight lines. When I was younger, with child-like reasoning, I attempted to draw my entire city on a piece of paper. It was for my scrapbook; I stopped halfway. I couldn’t capture the different barks of the park, the iron railings circling our house, the shop that sold sandwiches and all

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Becoming a Better Student in Nigeria

Being a successful student in Nigeria is neither tough nor simple, but depends greatly on your efforts, environment and commitment. It is appropriate to note that a student’s failure stems from the effort/commitment put in or the environment that influences this effort. The Situation in Our Institutions of Learning Since 2011, there has been a

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Students and online social networks

I am sitting in a lecture on investment and for the first 10 minutes everyone is paying rapt attention. 30 minutes into the lecture, no one seems to be paying attention. The speaker goes on and on talking about the do’s and don’ts of investment, but everyone else seems to be engrossed with something on

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Making the enjoyment of the right to education a feasible dream in Nigeria

Many policymakers in Nigeria, whenever engaged in a discourse on education in Nigeria, do assert with the echelon of confidence, that the right to education is an enjoyable fundamental right in Nigeria. Indeed, there exists many substantive legal provisions that accord the right to education an enjoyable fundamental right status in Nigeria, such as the

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Nigeria: bringing innovation to education

Ever seen a historian working in a bank or a surgeon selling in a boutique? Seeing a political scientist working as a clerk is as bizarre as having an engineering student do his industrial training (IT) in a pharmacy. I took a tricycle in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State and in a discussion

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Was Sydney J. Harris Right?

The debate over the true purpose of education is as ancient as education itself. This ideological tussle has yielded many contrasting views on the purpose of education such that there is still no definitive purpose of education in the 21st century. This essay therefore, is, but a contribution to the ongoing debate vis-à-vis the assertion

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Choice or “Destiny”

I don’t like what I study, a truth I find myself admitting to at least one person every single day, and if not that then it’s constantly on my mind. It always takes me a few seconds longer than it should to respond when a person decides to ask me the one question I dread

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Perception, Empathy, Gratitude

“…They would not understand why people like him who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to do dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or

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Do we really have a choice?

There are WINDS and Winds, just like there are TREES and Trees. Strong winds associated with gale and storm, wreak havoc and test the ability of everything that has to bear the brunt of it. Only the strongest of the Trees can withstand those winds and not get uprooted. And then there are some Trees

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