Whose job is it to revive our education system?


There is a fair amount of expectations on our government especially after decades of neglect in our education sector.

How do we as citizens could best help our government with information on areas that require attention?

Osun state schools especially primary and secondary have seen the most improvement than anytime since the state was created 23 years ago.

New school buildings across the state. Obviously, this is a massive project that most people are deeply appreciative of.

We do need more fit-for purpose schools to accommodate our growing population, however given the finite budget for education or any project for that matter, realistically we could not have all new constructions, however we can renovate existing structures and bring the old glory back to our land, one school at a time.

My old primary school is on a major road, Ondo road. Since I left the school in the 1980’s I have always…

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Yiyun Li wins The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award with ‘A Sheltered Woman’

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(I keep saving announcements of prize winners, shortlist, long lists etc as I want to get back to writing those massive Round Up of Prizes posts of past years. Since I haven’t, then for the time being, it will be short posts for literary prizes)

(Yiyun Li, by Don Feria/Getty Images, courtesy of The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation / cc by-nc-nd) (Yiyun Li, by Don Feria/Getty Images, courtesy of The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation / cc by-nc-nd)

Yiyun Li has won The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 for her story ‘A Sheltered Woman’, which was initially published in the New Yorker. She is the first woman to win the prize since its establishment in 2010.

short_story_logo_250_225The following six writers, with links to the short stories, were shortlisted for the prize:

Rebecca F John – ‘The Glove Maker’s Numbers’

Yiyun Li  – ‘A Sheltered Woman’

Elizabeth McCracken – ‘Hungry’

Paula Morris – ‘False River’

Scott O’Connor – ‘Interstellar…

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give a little more….

Thank you for doing this..

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In the last two weeks, I have visited two IDP camps. The first was two Sundays ago, when a friend called me up and said he wanted to go to the particular camp where people who fled from Chibok are. He’s not in Abuja, so he needed me to find the place and make first contact. I didn’t even know there was a camp specific to Chibok people so I asked my dear friend Google and she had an answer (yeah, women know everything!); the camp is in Kuje. Unfortunately, Google could not give a more specific location. So, I jumped into my car, picked up a friend and took a drive there.

Yesterday, I went to another IDP camp in Wasa, this time with the NGO I volunteer for; True Help and Empowerment for Women and Youth (THE WAY foundation). We went to give out relief materials to the…

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Oh Yes, You Can Rape Your Wife.

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So while we waited for the autoclave to go ding, we traded stories. One story led to another and I got talking about an ex-neighbor who raped his wife.

“Rape his wife? That is not possible. How can a man rape his wife?”

I turned to the voice that had spoken, my eyes staring in shock at the owner. I’ll call her MB. My head rang at the naivety and conviction in the tone and excitement ran down my spine in anticipation of the religious argument about to ensue. Hehe. I get off on this things at times.

“It is even islamically impossible for one to rape his wife. She is obliged to fulfill his needs at any time else she’ll be cursed from that night till the next morning by the angels” She continued.

Not her exact words but the totality of her argument. Before I go on about…

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I won’t stop writing reviews because someone glowered at me – Ikhide Ikheloa

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Few book reviewers have captivated the attention of writers and book lovers like Ikhide R. Ikheloa who used to write for the now rested Next Newspaper from his base in the US has done. He is a way cooler person in real life than his online persona. In this interview I had with him (first published in Sunday Trust newspaper, January 12, 2014) he talked about harsh responses to some of his reviews, why he lives on the Internet and his thoughts about writing and literature on the continent. It’s vintage Ikhide!


Image Ikhide Ikheloa

You have always denied that you are a critic, yet by omission or by design, you are now one of the most influential book reviewers around. How did this happen?

I do find it amusing, a bit exasperating that people mostly see me as a literary critic. I write non-stop and have been published in…

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