On Donkey years’ pedagogy and innovation in higher education teaching

Several months ago, I spoke to a group of young entrepreneurs based in Port Harcourt, in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. The summary of my message was that they need to 'think beyond the box'. I deliberately used the word ‘beyond’ because I believe that the box - the status quo, as a reference point could potentially constitute a barrier to …

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Elections 2015: Putting Youth at the centre of Governance in Rivers State, Nigeria

The next election cycle in Nigeria is now full-steam. Individuals across different party lines are positioning themselves to win their party’s nomination to present themselves as candidates for various political offices. The situation is similar across the country. One trend that is however emerging about this election cycle is the use of ethnicity and religion as …

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African Youth Ministers: Gathering for What?

This post was originally published in April 2010. African Union Youth Ministers will be meeting, under the auspices of the Conference of Ministers in charge of youth (COMY), in Victoria Falls next week, precisely April 12-16, to discuss issues of youth development on the continent. Top on the agenda are the creation of a continental …

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Communication, Reporting, Healing and Sexual and Reproductive Health – Thank you!

The year 2013, which comes to an end today, had been a roller coaster – but thank you for all you did to make it so. It started with some interesting discussion regarding ‘communication, advocacy and reporting’ and then moved on the ‘trauma healing’ in the context of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, healing and reconciliation. …

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