NsiNsibidi: Pre-Colonial Education in Nigeriabidi: Education in Nigeria Before Colonisation
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Nsibidi: Pre-Colonial Education in Nigeria

Nsibidi: Pre-Colonial Education in Nigeria

It is the simplest thing in the world to assume Sub-Saharan Africans were illiterate and uncivilised before the coming of the White man. Such is well-embraced by the African, more so, those with good education. Empire Day celebrated throughout the Commonwealth colonies reminded Nigerians that the King or Queen of England liberated them from bondage. The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, one of the best-loved works of Western literature, describes the African as a savage and languageless, communicating with grunts like apes. (more…)

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Did Wole Soyinka Blame the Nigerian Youth?

Did Wole Soyinka Blame the Nigerian Youth?

Recently, Wole Soyinka, wrote a speech or article titled “Where Did We Go Wrong?” It mentions a list of the very youthful ages of the Nigerian leaders and pioneers in the immediate post-colonial era. The wordings then adores the colonial youth of as men of vision and ability. I 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, hailed, have left the country an insuperable legacy of misgovernance, corruption, polarisation, and disaster. What is the fuss about Nigeria’s bungling first leaders? Nigeria produced youthful leaders in Nigeria for regrettable reasons, with truly pitiable consequences. (more…)

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