Uplifting Nigerian Women

Nigerian women are politically and economically marginalised. Political marginalisation though is more entrenched and it is not going away anytime soon. This is largely thanks to the women repelling, toxic and sometimes violent party politics in Nigeria. Gone are the days when National Council for Women Societies and Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa flexed their muscles and…

A strike too many

The ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which started in March this year, has succeeded in almost wiping out a whole academic year. Unfortunately, the Federal Government and ASUU have failed to reach an agreement, despite engaging in several meetings, to the detriment of millions of university students.  While some of…

How can Nigeria reduce youth unemployment?

Nigeria recently celebrated sixty years of independence. It was a time for deep reflection on the numerous opportunities Nigerian leaders missed to improve the quality of life of the majority. Therefore, it is not surprising that the strong dissatisfaction with the quality of life and the scarcity of opportunities in Nigeria have culminated with youths…

Update on Volunteer Teachers

Following our earlier advertisement, we were able to recruit the required volunteer teachers except for Mathematics. We have therefore reopened the application process for maths teachers only. The requirements are: 1. Degree in Maths, Statistics, Physics or other quantitatively inclined subjects. 2. Interest in teaching in a public Secondary School in Kano Municipal as a…

Volunteer Teachers Needed

As part of our contribution to improving quality of education in public schools in Kano, our Foundation Sana'a da Ilmi Foundation, decided to launch a pilot intervention to address poor quality of teaching in public schools in Kano. To this end, and as part of an overall strategy, we are recruiting a few volunteer female…

Cicero on Friendship

Cicero's classic "Treatise on Friendship" is a joy to read even though written over two thousand years ago. Hear him. "In a word, other objects of ambition serve for particular ends - riches for use, power for securing homage, office for reputation, pleasure for enjoyment, health for freedom from pain and the full use of…

Why Nations Fail – A Review

Why Nations Fail - by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson This is an interesting highly readable book offering hope that geography, culture and history do not necessarily condemn a country to poverty that is they are not a destiny. At the same time it is a book that is refreshingly honest in its assessment that…

Poor Economics – Some Thoughts

“Poor economics – A radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty” by Esther Duflo and Banerjee Abhijit is an attempt to understand and fight poverty by examining poverty from the point of view of the poor and offering solutions that are down to earth and simple rather than grand and revolutionary after careful…