Did Wole Soyinka Really Blame the Nigerian Youth?

Recently, Wole Soyinka has been credited with stating in a speech or article titled “Where Did We Go Wrong?” stating a list of the very youthful ages of the Nigerian leaders and pioneers in the immediate post-colonial era. The wordings then goes on to venerate the colonial youth of as men of vision and ability. I very strongly doubt that Wole Soyinka either said such a thing in public or wrote it. If he did he must have gravely overlooked the realities and context that produced the very youthful leaders and pioneers of Nigeria’s past, which he is one. Nigeria’s youthful leaders, therein hailed, have left the country a insuperable legacy of misgovernance, corruption, polarisation and disaster. What is the fuss about Nigeria’s bungling first leaders? Continue reading

Literature in Schools Poisoned the “Nigeria Mind”

This was the role model for generations of Nigerian primary school children.

This was Ali the role model for generations of Nigerian primary school children.

It is easy to deride Nigeria and Nigerians because there are ample bases for it and its often convenient; “Nigeria is a Nation of Thieves” as Colin Powell once said or “Nigeria is a Nation of 419ers” or “Nigeria is the most Corrupt Nation in the World” etc. Such derision about Nigeria is mostly about deception and corruption. Unsurprisingly, these vices can be said to be surreptitiously caused in the national primary education institution of the 1970s onwards, attributable to the “New Oxford English Course Reader” (NOECR); the only literature, virtually poison, available to Nigerian primary school kids in the curriculum. Continue reading

The Ontology of the African II: The Youth

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The derisory ontology of the African has not gone unchallenged. At the forefront, artists, intellectuals, academics, civil society leaders, freedom fighters, politicians etc. particularly of African descent have chosen innumerable paths and approaches to reversing or negating the derisory ontology of the African in order to produce a more if not thoroughly positive one. Students, synonymous with youth, appear to be most overwhelming group of Africans that are most willing, able, qualified and equipped to challenge the African ontology in the mainstream. How are these young students and scholar faring? Continue reading

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