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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Nigerians on top of the league table!


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Good news coming out of Nigeria seems a scarce commodity these days especially with the daily onslaught of the Boko Haram insurgency and the usual corruption scandals that make daily headlines. However, reading an online article about a recent survey that confirms that Nigerians in the US rank topsin terms of higher educational attainment gave me something to cheer about. My analysis of the data shows that 54% of Nigerians in the US holds a Bachelors degree or higher. What the data didn’t mention was the areas of study where these degrees were obtained and more importantly the working experience the holders of these degrees have.

I'll be interested to see what the results would look like, if a similar research is conducted in the UK, where I also suspect Nigerians will not be far off when it comes to higher educational achievements. In many respects, the results don’t surprise me especially with our love affair with educational achievements. I remember growing as a child and education was the only thing we were encouraged or should I say pushed to aspire to achieve.

Whilst this achievement needs to be applauded and credit given where it’s due, we also need to put this in context. In the pursuit for educational excellence, are we actually seeking knowledge that we can apply in the real world or a mere collection of accolades to massage our egos? I guess we might need another research to convincingly answer this question.

The other thing I find quite interesting about the research results is that less Americans are seeking higher educational pursuit. That can only suggest to me that quite a large proportion of the rest of the indigenous population are perhaps taking up other vocations that don’t necessarily involve getting a degree. Sadly from my experience growing up in Nigeria, there seems to be an apathy towards those whose educational achievements fall short of a university degree.

Regardless of what lies beneath the surface of these supposed achievements, the reality is that Nigeria is blessed with highly qualified professionals both home and abroad. Any nation that is serious in developing, needs to tap into the resourcefulness of its citizens. This is the catalyst that will bring about growth and development and not necessarily oil or any other natural resources for that matter.

8 comments:

Curious Kinks said...

It's nice to read something positive about Nigerians abroad for once. While I agree that higher education is very important, what is more important however is putting the knowledge and skills into good use. I think it will take a while before Nigerians can finally accept that you don't need a degree, particularly a degree in engineering to be successful and rich. Many college graduates in Canada get jobs easily and sometimes earn more than university graduates. Also, skilled workers such as plumbers and carpenters can make more than a PhD holder. Are there articles out there on Nigeria's "Brain Drain"

femmelounge said...

i am not suprised too. i guess the result will be very similiar if the survey is done in the UK too.

Naija4Life said...

I agree with you that we need to move away from just acquiring knowledge to using it more purposefully.

Naija4Life said...

We just need to ensure we use that knowledge to move Nigeria forward in anyway we can.

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

Nigerians are among the most academically educated possible in the world. I say 'academically educated' because there are different kinds of education. And I think until there is real education - insight into who we are and what we should be doing to move forward as a nation, all is just paper, my brother. So says someone who has quite a few bits of paper herself!
But that is the humble truth from where I stand.

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

'possibly' in the world

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UbaBabs said...

I think this is a very good one our own out there,I think more should be encouraged.