The Business of International Education

The idea of pursuing higher education in developed countries like the U.S., the U.K., France, Australia and similar places is most endearing for students from the developing world. For the average African student who gets an academic degree from any such industrialized country, the opportunities to build a remarkable career are enormous. The prospect of a highly-paid job and exposure to foreign culture inspire the seeking pilgrim to embark on his quest for knowledge. But as much as the host countries are willing to provide the much-sought-after knowledge, they are poised to sustain the venture as a major revenue-generating avenue for their economies.

Vocational Education: An Alternative to College

An academic paper on the need to complement or, as the case may be, supplement college/university education with vocational training and apprenticeship. Written by Joseph Ononaye and submitted to University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education.

Murder in Kubwa: Remembering Eunice Olawale

One year ago, in the wee hours of Saturday, July 9, 2016, Deaconess Eunice Olawale was gruesomely murdered in Gbazango-West area of Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, by unknown assailants. She had been preaching Jesus during her early morning evangelical routine, Morning Cry, when she was attacked and stabbed to death. As the day … Continue reading Murder in Kubwa: Remembering Eunice Olawale

On Patriotism in Nigeria

It is remarkable that the initiators of the American struggle for independence referred to themselves as “Patriots”. Patriotism is a virtue without which any attempt at nation-building will be futile. It is the seed of nationalism, a strong desire to contribute one’s quota to the development of one’s homeland and make her outstanding in the … Continue reading On Patriotism in Nigeria

EL-RUFAI’S BILL ON RELIGION: PROS AND CONS (3)

In view of the widespread controversy – mixed reactions, legal debates, bitter criticisms and apparent divisions – that has trailed the RAR bill, Governor El-Rufai and his advisors are implored to deploy objective reasoning in further pursuance of their goal. I presume that their objective as public officers is to serve the interests of the … Continue reading EL-RUFAI’S BILL ON RELIGION: PROS AND CONS (3)

EL-RUFAI’S BILL ON RELIGION: PROS AND CONS (2)

Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s executive bill to regulate preaching and other religious activities in Kaduna may be laudable, yet it goes against the grain of true federalism, the rule of law and democracy to attempt a legislation that disregards the Federal Constitution and erodes the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. A Yoruba proverb says that the … Continue reading EL-RUFAI’S BILL ON RELIGION: PROS AND CONS (2)

EL-RUFAI’S BILL ON RELIGION: PROS AND CONS (1)

Unlike many observers, commentators and stakeholders who, in their own right, have vehemently criticised the Religious Activities Regulation Bill put forward by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, I haven’t found a justifiable basis to condemn the bill “outright”. The said bill, which is currently undergoing statutory legislative process in the Kaduna State House … Continue reading EL-RUFAI’S BILL ON RELIGION: PROS AND CONS (1)