When I examine myself, I see writing as the only way to express my thoughts and have been wasting no time, however little, in ensuring that I express myself. This is an inspirational thought, potentially instilled in each and everyone of us, but the ways we express ourselves is the difference. I hope to meaningfully make use of most of my time and positively share my thoughts with others. You can check out my site (www.yemmmmy.co.nr) for more of my articles and poems.
If you want to look at the bigger picture Nneoma
| Jan 16th, 2004
Yes, I do agreed with your analysis of the political climate of Nigeria, somewhat, but let's look at the bigger picture. Let's not look at our present in a kind of historical vacuum. Most of our "beloved" leaders were either educated abroad or in our very own indigenous institutions, which are simply poorly constructed semi-clones of those of the West. I think our major problem now is our educational insitutions - bt not necessarily their physical state as you mentioned in your piece, but actally the content of their curriculums. The foundations of African education, were doomed to fail in the outset. The West brought education into the continent in order to create a continent of people with an over-realiance on Western goods and services. Never did our Western educators want the African to be his equal or to compete with the West in intellectual creativity. Time will fail me in trying to explain myself further...but to get to some resonable conclusion before I end this response - I agree that our leaders should be disposed of, but the question is - who will replace them? The products of the same universities that trained our current leaders? Rather, now I thnk that the current focus should be on revolutionizing the way the Nigerian university approaches education. Our education should not simply be one in which we rehash outdated academic, social and political theories that our "western saviours" so graciously lent to us, rather education for us, should be a means by which we as a nation find ways to become more self-sufficient. Our universities should serve as think-tanks, almost, in which students not only learn the sciences, arts and humanities, but also how to translate these disciplines into concrete solutions to our over-reliance on western imports. For example, in the sciences, allow computer students to dissect computers and found out how to make their own using materials readily available to them, or engineering students could use home made materials to develop alternative energy solutions to our current electricity problems. Students in medical research can look into the prospect of researching native, natural medicines, which could potentially compete with mainstream western medicines that carry with undesirable side-effects. As for humanities, why can't we treat the study of African literature and creativity as a legitimate, relevant intellectual discipline. Why must our creative genius simply take up an exhibit at a western art museum, as if it is an ancient relic. But that's enough of my rambling for now...please continue this dialogue on the present Nigerian condition - but hopefully, this dialogue will transform into concrete action.
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