Free Education

By Olumide Akintokun

I was at a meeting recently and a colleague had some feedback for one of his supervisors. Almost as soon as he finished giving his feedback, even before the convener of the meeting had had the chance to talk, the subject of the feedback started to ‘attack’ every point made by the bearer of the feedback. Everything he said was in defence of himself. Not once did he acknowledge the feedback. Not once did he take Continue reading

Trappings of Power

Have you ever heard or read the report about a person…and you wonder either in consternation or in admiration…until your perception about this person is shattered or your reality is rocked by unknown revelations and insights about this person(s)?

I read a book very recently, “A Prisoner in His Palace” by Will Bardenwerper …stumbled upon it while reading another book, “Extreme Ownership: How U.S Continue reading

WORKPLACE PTSD…THE NIGERIAN REALITY

What is PTSD? How does it really impact on us in Nigeria? Is it real as in real in the Nigerian sense of things?

While I am not a psychiatrist nor a medical person…. I am just a curious person musing around and wondering how real this is based on my observation.

PTSD stands for “post-traumatic stress disorder”. And if you are conversant Continue reading

Have you…

Have you ever sat…and looked across the room in search of a familiar face but there is none?

Have you ever walked round the compound… recalling conversations that can’t be had again?

Have you ever walked down the passageway…and wondering why is the silence is so loud?

Have you ever tried to hold a conversation with someone…and realise the person…is not there but there?

Have you ever sat down and asked yourself…where is everybody?

Have you ever paused to think and answer, where am I and where is the way?

Have you…? 

 

 

The Impartial Judge in Us

 

Who is an impartial judge? According to https://www.collinsdictionary.com/ “Someone who is impartial is not directly involved in a particular situation and is therefore able to give a fair opinion or decision about it”

In the court of law, this is very crucial to a free and fair hearing, the precursor to the judiciary been the last hope for justice for the downtrodden.

But it does not stay only in law, it applies to our lives especially if you are a Continue reading

CHILDREN AND OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

The recent waves of abuse on school children on recent is getting rather alarming in the country. This weekend, the death of Obinna in Asaba, a 19months old child allegedly flogged 31 strokes for not been able to recite the alphabet and that the severe abuse of a 3-year-old at a school in Mazamaza in Lagos reflects the rot within our society and what we harbour in the quest to be “valuable” and “create value”. Lest you think it’s all about that, the killing of 5-year-old girl in Kaduna by her school proprietor for ritual purposes is more than chilling, also the death of a pupil in a secondary school in Lagos and the list goes on and on of atrocities going Continue reading