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Monday, the 26th

Well, to begin with, I would never have thought that I’d ever dream this, let alone, write about it. Anyways, as fate would have it, here I am, communicating with the world, as a TEACHER.

Today 26th August, 2013 marks the beginning of my journey through the world as a teacher. Let me state here and now that one would think teaching is one of those easy tasks, but hey, trust me, y’all know nothing ‘bout that stuff.  I’d like to share my utmost concern about the younger generation and that I am one of those who are very optimistic about a better Nigeria.

I, however, could not think of a better platform to reach out to and impart in these kids, those values which we so desire (well, I believe values still exist). Hence, I took up a teaching job, at an elementary school (catch ‘em young, they say).

(You may also like to know that I had been working for myself, as a concept development consultant, which I still run by the way: D). Fortunately, I’d add, destiny was kind enough to ‘throw’ me into one of those schools in Nigeria that employ a standard British curriculum in teaching, which, personally, I find a lot more beneficial. I know ur asking ‘why’ now? I mean, I wasn’t taught maths relating it to shopping at ‘Shoprite’ as the numeracy textbooks have. It’d be a lot easier for students to understand and solve mathematical problems if these problems were directly and reasonably related to their real-life experiences.

All that been said, first day went just fine. There was our first meeting with the school administrators and colleagues, very lovely environment, I must add. Part from the fact that I did not have breakfast before leaving the house (out of the fear that I may run late), hence, I was exhausted; decorating the classroom was not much of a biggie. Again, I’d say, if ALL schools (public, private, home, wa’ever) had cosy, conducive, beautiful and well-decorated classrooms, our children will probably learn better.

Yeah! Did I mention that my colleagues make me want to learn already? I had seen pretty much on paper that the quality of an organization’s staff has an unquantifiable consequence on the efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of the organization. I remember jesting that it’ll be useless for anyone in this environment to ‘brag’ about his or her ‘university degree’, knowing fully well the capacity and capabilities of his or her colleagues, displayed already, ON THE FIRST DAY! I MEAN, I WAS LITERALLY ‘WOOOWED’.

I’ll simply conclude at this point that the Nigerian Educational System (NES) has a long way to go (where’s Cassie btw?)

So basically, 1st day was all about getting acquainted with the school environment and people. I have a senior tutor with whom I share a class and who I will be understanding understudying. Yeah, so we were trying to form a bond (u know, like James Bond) and all that. Pretty much a typical first day. Good ending. School closes at 4.00p.m and so do I.

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MY Dream NAIJA

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This is definitely a throwback, but then still holds water, whenever…

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Today, the 15th of April, 2012, a warm hot Sunday it is, i pick up my pen, figuratively speaking and begin to write this book I have always intended. A book about Nigeria, its present, obvious and not-very-known problems, the experiences Nigerians have faced and are still facing, especially the youth as well as the possible solutions to these problems. I intend that this book will reach Nigerians, far and wide and also help in contributing to the development and growth of the country, which is the ultimate goal of this project. I, with this book, hope that the message of the Nigerian youth be passed across to our leaders, that their voices and cries are heard, that the challenges they face in schools, societies in general, within and outside the labour market and in the Diaspora are brought to the public’s notice and most importantly, solutions are proffered.

There are several issues bothering and hindering the capacity and capability of a large number of the Nigerian youth, hence, the stagnant growth of the country. It should be known that the undermining of an individual’s capacity and capability eventually leads to failure. According to the Structural-Functionalist theorists, the proper or adequate functioning of an organism or structure is as a result of the perfect conditions of the structures or bits that make up such an organism or system. In essence, the cohesion of several units performing their roles makes up a system in its best form. I always tell people, everyone is a pace-setter. We all have the ability to do what no one has done before and if we so do very much, others simply want to follow. Start something today, meaningful or not, pleasant or not, legal or not, and thousands of people follow suit. This thus makes you a pace-setter. However, the type of legacies we leave should be those in which everyone would love to be remembered for.

Nigeria seems to me like a broken pot that can be mended with the right proportion and mixture of clay/adhesive. The positive attitude and contributions of people of my generation towards the growth of this country in the right proportion is the much needed adhesive to cement the broken pot. This generation is a thinking one and is revolutionary in nature, I suppose. Nigerian youth need to speak up and let their voices be heard. Actions they say, speak louder than voice. I was also taught sometime ago that the hands that work are far better than lips that pray. Words won’t do all of it. Yorubas would say ‘enu oshe’ (Words alone won’t solve a problem). We need to Stand Up and Stand right!

We all hope for a better Naija, and we all will strive for a better country. I hope for my country to return to free accessible quality education; for our government to be corrupt-free; for good roads; for clean free water; for better houses and homes for all and sundry. I hope that in a few years, Nigerian Universities will be ranked among the best in the world. I hope for a Nigeria where my freedom of speech is highly respected. I hope for a country with a just judicial system. A system that actually supports free and fair elections.  A system that can fairly and justly attend to and cater to rape victims. I hope for a sensible and reasonable government, one that wouldn’t praise ‘thieves’ and rub their deeds on our faces. I hope for a country where the truth isn’t swept under the rug because a High Chief is involved or a politician. I hope for that country where lives of its people are not compromised for money. I hope for a country in which merit is put before anything. I HOPE FOR A BETTER NIGERIA!