Nigerians studying in Russia under the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) say that they are finding it increasingly difficult to continue with their scholarship in that country.
Under the BEA scholarship, the Russian Government takes care of the students’ tuition, while the Nigerian government pays each of the students 500 dollars monthly for their upkeep.
Mr Lawal Mustapha, President, Association of Nigerian Scholarship Students in Russia, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Samara, Russia, on Thursday that students were owed 20 months arrears.
“We are appealing to the Nigerian government to pay 20 months stipend arrears owed to us; we also plead that they pay us the stipend as at when due.
“The BEA award stipulates that the Nigerian government takes care of our living cost monthly with 500 dollars, while the host country pays the students’ tuition,” he said.
He said the Russian government had faithfully held up their end of the agreements by paying BEA scholarship students’ tuition as at when due.
“But unfortunately, the Nigerian government has not faithfully kept their own part of the agreement,” Mustapha said.
He said the students needed the money to pay for their accommodation, Visa renewals, health insurance cover, feeding and other bills.
According to him, the affected students have been living in hardship as many have been threatened with eviction notice from their hostels and deportation.
“We have resorted to looking for other means to fend for ourselves by working illegally for long hours in the cold winter for meagre pay. We are suffering,” he said.
Reacting, Alhaja Asta Ndajiwo, Director, Federal Scholarship Board, said that efforts were being made to pay the students their outstanding arrears.
She said the board had forwarded memos to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to start payment of both 2017 and 2018 arrears of the stipend.
“The arrears will be paid to the scholars bank accounts,” she promised.
NAN reports that the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, during a news conference in Abuja on Thursday also assured the students that their arrears will be paid.
He said the Federal Government was committed to fulfilling its financial obligations to students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees both at home and abroad.
“On our part, we will do our utmost best to meet our obligations arising from all bilateral agreement as much as circumstances will permit.
“Nigeria under the Federal Government Scholarship, BEA and Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, has 2,953 students studying abroad,” he said.
Adamu said that the balance of the 2018 appropriation had been released with focus to offsetting the arrears owed to students.
“It is important to note that since the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the Federal Government has committed about N3 billion under the three schemes.
“As I speak, the balance of the 2018 appropriation has been released and preparation is on to pay the scholars,” he said.
No fewer than 753 Nigerian students under the BEA programme are currently pursuing various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Russia; Algeria; China; Hungary; Morocco; Egypt; Cuba; Romania; Turkey; Ukraine, Tunisia and Serbia.
Anambra establishes 283 adult education centres
Anambra state government has said over 283 adult and non formal education centres have been established across the state.
Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha dropped the hint in Awka during a 5-day training of over 200 teachers on contemporary teaching skills development for facilitators of adults and non formal schools in collaboration with State Education Program Investment Project (ANSEPIP).
She said the centres scattered across the state were set up mostly for adults who were not privileged to attend formal education.
She said, “What Governor Obiano has done is to have a centre for non formal and adult education for any market being built now in the state.
“Some of them are located in the town halls, schools and markets. So even if you are trading in the market, you can attend classes in the evening before going home.”
According to the commissioner, the training was aimed at equipping the facilitators with basic communication skills as well as how lesson notes were developed, planned and delivered.
“Our efforts are geared towards ensuring that illiteracy level of the people of the state is reduced to the barest minimum.
“We also want to teach them on how to interact with adult teachers, develop more confident in themselves, especially as facilitators,” she added, describing the participants as change agents,
Omenugha expressed confidence in the ability of the facilitator, mostly retirees to deliver on their mandate within the time frame.
On his part, the Consultant for the training and Managing Director, Fagna Training and Consultant, Ajadi Blade, assured the readiness of his team to equip the participants with modern practices needed in teaching adults.
“We are aware of the huge investment government has made on education in the state. So we can’t afford to fail on our part towards providing the requisite capacity training,” he assured.
Jamb cancels results over irregularities
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Jamb has cancelled the results of two Computer Based (CBT) centres in Abia State over what it described as “widespread irregularities” during the conduct of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
In its Weekly Bulletin released by the Spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin said all the results of the examination sessions conducted by the Board in the two centres from April 11 to 18, 2019 were null and void.
The Board gave the names of the CBT centres as Heritage and Infinity CBT centre and Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive School Ugwunabo, Aba, Abia State.
According to the exam body, the action was necessitated by the visual evidence obtained from a careful review of the CCTV recordings by a panel of experts engaged by the Board.
“In order not to unduly punish honest and hardworking candidates who found themselves attached to these two centres, the Board magnanimously relocated all the candidates who had taken or were scheduled to take their examination in the two centres to other centres where they had subsequently taken their examinations,” it said.
JAMB apologised to innocent candidates involved in the relocation for inconveniencies they may have suffered and reaffirmed its avowed commitment to providing equal opportunity to all candidates to articulate their hopes and aspirations.
It said the fraudsters were engaged in multiple registration to facilitate impersonation during the examination, a problem that it noted was inflating annual registration of the UTME exercise for up to 30 per cent.
Examination cheats arrested
Meanwhile, no fewer than 100 examination cheats were arrested by security operatives across the country.
Jamb noted that data available to it showed that the unwholesome practice was prevalent in virtually all the states of the federation including Abuja.
Among the persons arrested was a notorious cheat who had registered about 64 times in a bit to “ghost-write” for 64 candidates.
“The arrest of the culprits was made possible by the comprehensive and mandatory identity checks conducted on those taking the examination with a view to fishing out professional ghost writers before the release of the results,” the Board said.
It said any results already released, but later found that candidates that earn them engaged in malpractice when writing the examination, would be cancelled.
JAMB stated that its Close Circuit Cameras, CCT, captured all activities during the examination, stressing that it was screening the results before their release.
“The board would continue to act decisively with regard to any irregularity discovered even after results are released. However, the board has made it a point of duty to screen all activities at all centres via CCTV recordings before releasing the results to ensure that it does not release the results of compromised examinations,” Jamb added.
Access to world-class, online, leadership learning set to mobilise new generation of 1.2m Nigerians
The Institute of Leadership & Management has teamed up with The Association of Business Executives (ABE) to give 1.2m young people in Nigeria free access to world-class leadership development support, to inspire entrepreneurship among the next generation of business leaders.
From August, The Institute of Leadership & Management will give young Nigerians membership to the professional body comprised of 30,000 leaders, managers, coaches and mentors globally, providing access to its flagship e-learning tool, MyLeadership.
The online programme supports leadership development by giving members access to a wide range of interactive learning resources developed by Institute experts. Members can enhance their knowledge of the practice of leadership, test themselves online against the Institute’s leadership standards, receive personalised direction and have their leadership learning recognised through certification. This development of leadership capability is crucial to Nigeria’s economic growth.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy with a GDP of $3.76bn but its entrepreneurial deficit renders it unable to develop the broad-based economy needed to provide employment and competition, as well as provide insulation from the global price and demand shocks in its natural resource markets.
The IMF predicts that Nigeria could become the ninth largest economy in the world by 2050 if it mobilises its 200 million population into a nation of entrepreneurs and consumers. But Nigeria’s population advantage is also its downfall, as it struggles to overcome rising unemployment, poor education and severe poverty.
The alliance between ABE and The Institute supports a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ABE and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Read and Earn Federation to develop a course in entrepreneurial skills, which will be delivered digitally to as many as 120,000 young people in Nigeria every year for the next decade.
The ABE course will include bespoke content on strategic thinking, understanding and predicting customer behaviour, marketing, branding, product targeting, business planning and an emphasis on international trade. It will be delivered by ABE, an education not-for-profit organisation that provides courses on entrepreneurship and business skills in emerging economies.
Phil James, CEO of The Institute of Leadership & Management said:
“The Institute of Leadership & Management is delighted to be working with ABE and UNESCO to support such a vital project for the education and empowerment of young people in Nigeria. We share ABE’s values and belief that education has the potential to change people’s lives and to advance peace and prosperity for society. Our studying membership will support everyone who achieves their ABE certificate by providing the opportunity for continuous learning and development of business management and leadership skills.”
Speaking in the capital, Abuja, about the deal with UNESCO, ABE CEO Rob May said:
“Nigeria is a country at a crossroads. The fiscal deficit, unemployment trend and uncertainty around petrol prices all combine to create an atmosphere of economic instability. This uncertainty means that the West African nation has seen a significant out-flow of its most promising young talent to Europe, leaving behind a damaging human capital problem. This project, with partners UNESCO and The Institute of Leadership & Management will inspire a generation of Nigerian youths to become entrepreneurs and broaden the horizon of this proud nation.”
Prince Abdulsalami, President of the UNESCO Read and Earn Federation, added:
“This project, and this partnership, is now part of the road map to making Nigeria a successful and sustainable economy, and will help curb the conditions that lead to poverty, illegal migration, human trafficking and modern-day slavery.”
FG Flags Off School Census
The Nigerian government has started the conduct of the 2018/2019 annual school census in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who performed the ceremony, also received the report of a special committee which investigated allegations of sexual abuse of vulnerable minors at the FCT School for the Deaf, Kuje.
Lack of accurate data collection has been a major concern not only for planning by the government but has created difficulty for development partners to make interventions in certain areas.
Nigeria is using mobile technology to conduct the census in both public and private schools in the 2018/2019 academic year in order to collect precise data.
Away from school census, the media space was awash a few months back with the story of the abuse of children in the FCT school for the deaf.
The abuse was said to have started with a child whose grandmother appeared on a radio programme to complain, this situation led to the setting up of a committee by the Ministry of Education to investigate cases of sodomy, poor feeding and children eating places, sexual abuse, cannibalism, and cultism.
Drawing from the committee’s report, the Minister of Education said the allegations are unfounded.
As many concerned Nigerians continue to look forward to a more detailed report, it is hoped that the government will remain proactive in providing basic needs and security in schools.
Oxford Saïd announces new MBA scholarship for African women
The scholarship covers the full MBA programme fee and living expenses.
A NEW Oxford MBA scholarship designed to empower high-potential African women to engage in the economic development of the continent has been launched.
The scholarship was announced by Dean Peter Tufano at the School’s annual Oxford Business Forum Africa event.
From 2019, the Adara Foundation, in partnership with Oxford University, will fund a full scholarship for an exceptional female MBA candidate from Africa for three years. The Foundation shares Saïd Business School’s commitment to fostering greater gender parity in education and increasing levels of investment in talented individuals from across Africa.
“Throughout Africa, women’s lower education levels limit their ability to contribute more meaningfully to socio-economic development on the continent. Initiatives like this are important as education is one of the most crucial areas of empowerment for women,” said Yvonne Ike, founder of the Adara Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise in Nigeria, which focuses on empowering women and advancing education in Africa.
The scholarship, open to female candidates of an African nationality, covers the full MBA programme fee and living expenses. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to return to their home country upon completion of the one-year MBA programme to contribute to Africa’s business and socio-economic development.
According to the African Development Bank, eliminating gender inequality and empowering women could raise the productive potential of one billion Africans, delivering a huge boost to the continent’s development potential.
“Women will play an increasingly critical role in harnessing the challenges, driving the development of the global economy and importantly, the development of Africa – they need to be better supported to do so,” said Ike.
“My hope is that the Oxford – Adara Foundation Scholarships will inspire others to consider taking similar action to support African women who have a vital role to play in the global economy, and particularly within Africa.”
Peter Tufano, Dean of Saïd Business School commented: “At our recent Oxford Business Forum Africa, one of the keynote speakers noted that the two engines for growth in the world would be women and Africa. We are trying to ensure that our community is positioned to lead the way on both fronts.
“We have been proud to recruit more than 10% of our class from Africa since 2016 and to be pushing towards greater gender equality in our MBA programme. That is why I am delighted to announce the Oxford-Adara Foundation Scholarship Programme which will support highly talented African women during their time at the School and inspire them to drive this engine of growth.”
The scholarships will be available for the 2019-20 academic year and no separate application will be needed as all students meeting the criteria will automatically be considered.
Meet the world’s best teacher
Peter Tabichi took home a top prize after being praised as an “exceptional” teacher.
It is very Heartbreaking that the World Knows more about @PeterTabichi than our Local media. He has graced the front page of the Newspaper in Dubai. But in Kenya, The Headline is Still Ruto on Daily Nation. Githeri Media hio. pic.twitter.com/hM3VRRWH0X
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) March 25, 2019
A KENYAN science teacher, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won a $1m prize (£760,000) for the world’s best teacher, BBC Africa reports.
Brother Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, took home the top honour, winning the 2019 Global Teacher Prize and became the first African teacher to do so.
Referred to by many as an exceptional teacher, Tabichi also gives away 80% of his salary to support pupils at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru.
On winning the prize, Tabichi used his platform to celebrate the potential of Africa’s youth.
“As a teacher working on the front line I have seen the promise of its young people – their curiosity, talent, their intelligence, their belief,” he said:
“Africa’s young people will no longer be held back by low expectations. Africa will produce scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs whose names will be one day famous in every corner of the world. And girls will be a huge part of this story.”
The award ceremony, which took place in Dubai, recognises teachers commitment to students each year.
Last year’s winner was art teacher Andria Zafirakou from north London and this year’s top 10 finalists included a Birmingham headteacher who is in the middle of a row about LGBT school lessons.
Tabichi beat out over 10,000 nominations from 179 countries to be awarded the coveted prize.
Speaking to BBC Africa’s Sean Coughlan, the founder of the prize, Sunny Varkey, said he hopes Tabichi’s story “will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over Kenya and throughout the world every day”.
“The thousands of nominations and applications we received from every corner of the planet is testimony to the achievements of teachers and the enormous impact they have on all of our lives.”
Buhari Signs Bill Stopping Engineering Graduates on NYSC from Teaching
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja assented to Engineers (Registration etc) Amendment Bill, 2019, which among others, bars the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from posting graduates of engineering to secondary schools to teach.
The bill which has now become the Act of the National Assembly seeks to promote technological development in Nigeria by ensuring that trained engineers were well positioned to deploy the knowledge acquired in their various fields to the development of technology in the country.
Briefing journalists at the State House, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said as against the tradition of posting a large number of engineering graduates to schools by NYSC, youth corps members who are graduates of engineering must henceforth be posted only to engineering firms and other institutions that are relevant to their professional fields.
Aside prohibiting such firms from rejecting engineering graduates posted to them, the Act mandates NYSC to immediately communicate the name of any institution where an engineering graduate is posted to, for his/her primary assignment, to the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Enang cited Section 14 (i and ii) of the Act which provides that “The Directorate of the National Youth Service Corps shall ensure posting of graduate engineers and technologists to places of relevant professional engineering experience.
“Pursuant to the provision of subsection (i), the Directorate of National Youth Service Corps shall communicate the location of graduate engineers and engineering technologists to the Council.’’
Furthermore, the Act prohibits any foreign engineering firm from operating in Nigeria without being duly registered in the country by COREN.
It also mandates such a foreign firm to ensure the introduction of local content into the operations of the company by employing Nigerian engineers.
Enang added: “The Act broadens engineering ‘practitioners to include a registered engineer, engineering technologist, engineering technician and engineering craftsman.’ It emphasises more on engineering practitioners as against ‘engineer.’
“The Act has been remitted in accordance with standard legal procedures. The principal Act establishes the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria – COREN’ with power vested.
“The amendment now assented to by Mr. President broadens the powers of COREN with far-reaching powers of prosecution of infractions, regulating industrial training of engineers, capacity building of local content in Nigeria engineering industry.
“Specifically, the new law grants COREN powers of: ‘prosecuting any person or firm that contravenes the provisions of this Act in a court of competent jurisdiction; regulating industrial training schemes in engineering practitioners and students; ensuring capacity building and monitoring local content development in the Nigerian engineering industry through – mandatory attachment of Nigerians to expatriate engineers on major projects to understudy them from inception; ensuring that all foreign engineering firms establish their design offices in Nigeria.”
Enang also said the new Act grants “compulsory attestation to all expatriate quota for engineering practitioners, including turnkey project, that there are no qualified and competent Nigerians for the job in question at the time of application and that granting of the expatriate quota shall be contingent on training of such number of persons as may be required for the execution of the job, and; ensuring that, before being allowed to practice in Nigeria, such foreign engineering practitioners granted work permit, register with the council and obtain such licenses as may be required from time to time; investigating engineering failures.’’
He further disclosed that the Act further authorises the admission of some engineering associations into COREN as the umbrella body of all engineers in the country.
Such associations as listed by Enang are: Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering, Nigerian Society of Engineering Technicians, and Nigerian Association of Engineering Craftsmen.
According to him, the Act further authorises one person to represent in COREN, the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria, Federation of Construction Industry in Nigeria, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, and Armed Forces in rotation.
“The Council is now entitled to maintain a fund into which shall be paid money appropriated by the National Assembly, subventions, fees, charges for services rendered or publications made, donations, engineering development levy, among others,” Enang added.
JAMB Fixes 2019 Mock Examination for April 1
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed Monday, April 1 for its 2019 mock examination earlier scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019.
The Head of Media of the board, Dr. Fabian Benjamin in a statement issued yesterday said the change was due to certain circumstances beyond the control of the agency.
According to him, candidates who had indicated interest in the mock examination at the point of registration and have since printed their mock examination notification slips should not print another one.
“All the details on the slips remain the same except the examination date, which is now April 1, 2019,” he said.
The board , he added, has also scheduled to conduct the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation examination (UTME) from Thursday, April 11, 2019, adding that candidates are to begin the printing of the 2019 UTME notification slips from Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
Benjamin said that all candidates who registered for the 2019 UTME are to ensure that they print their examination notification slips before the day of the examination as no excuses would be entertained.
“The public should note that the board would not reschedule examination for any candidate.
Candidates can print their slips anywhere,” he added.
The board had closed the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry application document on February 21, 2019.
At the close of the sale and subsequently close of registration portal, the head of media said it discovered that 41,063 candidates created profile and procured either UTME or DE ePINS but were unable to complete their registration formalities after initiating the process.
“In view of this consideration the board has opened the registration portal effective from Wednesday, March 13, 2019 for all candidates with either UTME or DE ePINS to complete their registration formalities. The portal would be closed on Friday, March 15,2019 by 12 midnight, adding that the opportunity is for only candidates who had created profile and procured UTME or DE ePINS before the close of registration portal as the sale of ePINS had since been closed.
The statement urged candidates to register before Friday midnight if they are holding any of the ePINS (UTME/DE).
Nigeria and Igbo academic supremacy in Britain
Although the Chinese and Indians are still very conspicuously above even the best African nationalities, their superiority disappears when the Nigerian and other groups are broken down even further according to their different tribal ethnicities. Groups like the famous Igbo tribe, which has contributed much genetically to the African American blacks, are well known to be high academic achievers within Nigeria. In fact, their performance seems to be at least as high as the “model minority” Chinese and Indians in the UK, as seen when some recent African immigrants are divided into languages spoken at home (which also indicates that these are not multigenerational descendants but children of recent immigrants).
Africans speaking Luganda and Krio did better than the Chinese students in 2011. The igbo were even more impressive given their much bigger numbers (and their consistently high performance over the years, gaining a 100 percent pass rate in 2009!). The superior Igbo achievement on GCSEs is not new and has been noted in studies that came before the recent media discovery of African performance. A 2007 report on “case study” model schools in Lambeth also included a rare disclosure of specified Igbo performance (recorded as Ibo in the table below) and it confirms that Igbos have been performing exceptionally well for a long time (5 + A*-C GCSEs); in fact, it is difficult to find a time when they ever performed below British whites.
The Chinese and Indian levels of Free School Meals are even lower than the Ghanaian and Nigerian pupils when the Africa segment is broken down into nationalities.
If these Nigerian groups really performed so well under the years in question when the media started catching the news, one would expect some names of their students to be reported in the news among the best performing students in the country. Statistically, if girls outperformed boys and Igbos outperformed other ethnic groups in 2010, one would expect an igbo girl to be among the top performers in the country.
In fact, according to a Daily Mail report on the GCSE results of 2010, the best student in the whole country was indeed a Nigerian girl, Chidera Ota. A check on Nigerian names confirms that she is of Igbo descent. Ota scored 15 A*s, higher than any Chinese, Indian or white student, and higher than any student from prestigious elite schools like Eton College (she was at a state funded selective high school for girls).”
George Okoro : Student saved after best friend’s dad pays tuition fees
A STUDENT who faced being thrown out of university and barred from graduating after struggling to pay his tuition fees was saved after his best friend’s father stepped in to save his education.
George Okoro, 21, a business management undergraduate at Royal Holloway, was at a loss of how to cover a bill in excess of £21,500.
After receiving a letter demanding he settle the bill, Okoro set up a crowdfunding page. But just days after he did, he was informed that the fees had been paid by Noel Tagoe, his best friend’s dad.
Despite having never previously met, Tagoe, an executive Vice President at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, who heard of Okoro’s plight through his son, Kris, made the decision to pay off the fees.
Speaking about how he felt when he found out about Tagoe’s incredible gesture, Okoro said: “I felt a huge burden lifted of my shoulders, myself and my mum did. It was this colossal debt that kept piling up and graduation drew closer and closer and we were sure it was not gonna be paid before then and I would not receive my degree. Also with the huge chance of being kicked out, which almost happened.”
Tagoe said that his Christian faith was one of the major factors that motivated him to act.
He said: “We are each other’s brothers and sisters and that you don’t walk away when someone is in need and you can help.
“Second, I believe in education. It transforms the lives of people, their communities, the organisations they work for and the countries in which they live. Investing in education should be our highest priorities. Finally, the older generation ought to give back to society. And what better way to give than to help the younger generation to fulfil their hopes and dreams.”
The extreme generosity hasn’t just provided short term relief for Okoro, who came to the UK from Lagos, Nigeria, six years ago, but has enable him to achieve longer term goals.
“It really means a lot. I can continue my relationship with my friends and gain my degree for which I’ve been working on three years now, hopefully getting a good job afterwards and being able to properly repay my mum for her hardwork and also make the rest of my family proud, and more importantly, bring my family out of debt,” he said.
Responding to the fact that Okoro said the donation has changed his life forever, Tagoe said it was “truly humbling” to hear.
The act has changed a profound impact on his relationship with both Kris and his family.
“It’s changed our relationship forever. I sent him a message that although we’ve always called each other bro in text or in real life…I now consider you my brother. When I had a meeting with his dad, myself and my mum, his dad called me family and that really meant a lot, because they’ve already done so much for me. Now they consider me family. It’s still an amazing thing and I’m still in awe,” Okoro said.
Expressing similar sentiments, Tagoe said: “I regard George as family. After all, he is a very good friend of my son so he has become my son by extension. I mentor a lot of young people across the world. They need guidance, direction and encouragement at school, to get employed and to succeed in their employment. I am committed to helping George in all these ways.”
Okoro, who plans to go into investment banking is also hoping to set up a programme in future to help international students who find themselves in similar situations to him. And he’s already got a headstart on that. The money that he had already raised through his initial crowdfunding campaign, before Tagoe stepped in, has gone to help another student in need. After Tagoe’s donation, Okoro no longer need to hold on to the funds. He was contacted by a friend at the Swansea University who knew someone in a similar situation and after verifying the student’s financial needs, Okoro transferred the money to him.
“It’s pretty amazing to be able to carry on with the good deeds and show more faith in humanity, to be a part of something like this,” he said.
Okoro is by far the only student struggling with fees, and both he and Tagoe believe there should be more help available for young people who get into difficulty when it comes to paying their tuition fees.
Okoro is by far the only student struggling with fees, and both he and Tagoe believe there should be more help available for young people who get into difficulty when it comes to paying their tuition fees.
“I definitely think there should be more support. l read some which weren’t very nice and clearly, those were from people who didn’t understand because they were not educated on the matter. Comments like, ‘why go to school if you can’t pay?’, well, because I feel like for me myself, it’s how I thought I could make a future for myself and take my family out of debt.
“And I couldn’t get student finance because I’m not from the UK or a EU students. When you’re not from the UK or EU, the government don’t really care how you do it. It’s either you have the money to go or you don’t go at all. My mum always said, she didn’t go to uni so she would make it her mission for her children to go as there’s nothing like an education. And that’s partly why I do it,” he said.
While Tagoe agrees that institutions need to do more, he is also thinks that there needs to be more awareness raised around the issue, which affects many more students than are highlighted in the news.
“Universities should be doing more for students. But this is not only for universities, government, industry, civil society and individuals can help. For some reason, such challenges do not come to the public attention. George’s case and the publicity around it has raised awareness. For that to mean anything the awareness should lead to action,” Tagoe said.
PICTURED: (1) George Okoro, right, with his best friend Kris Tagoe
(2)GENEROUS: Noel Tagoe
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Ada Osakwe, CEO of Agrolay Ventures
Ada is an award-winning food entrepreneur and investor. She was also a lead in the launch of the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program (YEAP) that supported the rise of a new cadre of food-entrepreneurs in Nigeria through training, mentorship and financing. Ada is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.
In 2016, she was Entrepreneur of the Year and featured on Choiseul 100 Africa list consecutively from 2016 to 2018. She received the ‘Achiever in Agriculture’ Award and was on the 2014 Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list. She is also a mentor on the Future Global Leaders Fellowship.
Uzodinma Iweala : CEO of The Africa Center in New York.
Uzodinma is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, promoting a new narrative about Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy and business. He is the author of three books: Beasts of No Nation (2005), a novel also adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People (2012), a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about coming-of-age in Washington, D.C. His books have been mentioned by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times and Rolling Stone. ‘Uzodinma Iweala completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and he earned a medical degree at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.’
ENTER NIGERIA Winning Sunday with The Young Netpreneur for the Week :Ken Nwadiogbu @kennwadio
Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian born Multidisciplinary Artist, popularly known as KenArt, whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper.
Nwadiogbu believes that the society speaks- This voice inspires his art, which evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues within the society. In his reply to this society, he is able to inspire one or two people to also re-valuate their socio-political structures as we know it. The desire to change his society and the way people think is what drives him to create art every day. Gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and holds a B.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His art career started in the university, and with no formal training, has pushed him to become one of the most interesting young contemporary artists from Nigeria, creating works that question life- calling out some of the problems and becoming very grounded in human consciousness..
Nwadiogbu has been featured in lots of local and international group exhibitions and fairs, including the Insanity exhibition, sponsored by Frot Foundation, in Omenka Gallery, Nigeria; the TMC’s It’s Not Furniture, curated by Winifred Okpapi; the Artyrama’s group exhibition curated by Mr Jess Castellote; Art X Lagos, sponsored by Artyrama Gallery, in Lagos, Nigeria; the Moniker Art Fair, sponsored by Creative Debuts, in Brooklyn, NYC; the Anti-Trump show organised in UK; the Afriuture Exhibition by Ramati Art Africa in association with Commonwealth Africa Summit, in Toronto, Canada; amongst many others. He has been televised and publicized on different platforms like Guardian Life, Tush Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Candid Magazine, Bored Panda, BBC, CNN, and more as well as inspiring and encouraging young creatives through public speaking appearances like TEDx. He co-founded Artists Connect NG, the largest Nigerian artist gathering that took place at Lekki Leisure Lake, in Lagos, Nigeria.
To Nwadiogbu, Art is indeed timeless, it is his solace and hiding place, a safe haven he has found to be devoid of restrictions, boxes and boundaries.