On Loss, Mourning and the Tragedy of a Generation

Loss So, I’ll get right to it. My sister, Ikoru Cotterell, died at 52 years old. She was very ill for a long time but died suddenly. Her death got me thinking about life, family, giving, altruism and kindness and related questions. How much help is reasonable when a person is alive and healthy? How …

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Still on donkey years’ pedagogy

Two stories I recently learnt about strengthened my belief that while there is a need to change how we teach and learn, simply doing so would not necessarily improve educational outcomes for youth. There are deeper-seated problems that are equally bedeviling our educational system and which also need to be addressed. The first story involved …

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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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Jobs for sale: The Commodification of Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

A lot has been written in the media regarding the recent tragedy of 19 reported deaths and scores of injuries which resulted from the mass recruitment exercise of the Nigerian immigration service (NIS). This post attempts to situate the discourse within the broader context of government’s responsibility, recruitment practices and the morality of charging unemployed …

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