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What Edtech In Nigeria Should Be All About

In these past few months, I’ve followed several Edtech solutions/companies closely and while their effort is laudable for having achieved some success, I strongly believe their approach is flawed. This is not to specifically claim that they’re doing the wrong things but simply that they would have greater impact on the Nigerian education system if they refocused their efforts. There is a lot of attention being paid to the lower levels of education – primary and secondary schools – as well as the transitional exams into higher institutions yet the greatest problem lies within the tertiary education system. This is after all, the system supposed to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and its industrial applications in order to be more productive in the outside world.

Of course, it’ll be quite easy to point to the Western world’s focus on computer based courses and conclude, “Presto, that’s what we need” but that would not only be ill-advised but also uninformed. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that some of the top qualifications in the Western world are computer-based skills, hence the spotlight on such. With a much different system at work in Nigeria, it’s not effective to adopt a similar strategy if you want to provide indigenous value on a large scale. We must look into our biggest industries and prevalent practices in order to devise a solution that provides the most impact. Industries such as Agriculture, Real Estate as well as Engineering – Petroleum/Chemical in particular – are excellent starting points in which technology can provide better equipped potential employees that can add value to their employers, improve existing systems and provide nationwide economic growth.

Let us focus on what the market needs from graduates, find experts who can provide this ‘education’ and link them up with those still in the tertiary education system. If this strategy is successfully executed, we’ll have more individuals who upon leaving higher institutions are better suited to fulfil the country’s needs thereby increasing their chances of getting jobs and that needful work experience, as Mr Tayo Oviosu stated. This is crucial in improving your chances of creating a sustainable and successful business in due time. It’s a pretty efficient cycle if you ask me: Educate undergrads with useful and applicable skills, thus making them increasingly employable which in turn leads to an individual with the right work experience and skillset to educate another generation of undergrads.

I may be wrong though or maybe there’s already someone out there who knows this and is working on it but I strongly believe the Edtech companies will not have truly fulfilled their potential until they are able to successfully employ this strategy to transform the Nigerian education system.


By Venn

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Papa Omisore's P.O.C Proudly Unveils Latest ‘Essentials’ S.S’17 Collection

Following the critical acclaim of his immediate past LFDW 2015 Zebra collection, Papa Omisore upped his creative ante by delivering entirely new designs, while maintaining his brand’s fluid and laidback appeal, and what resulted is the vibrant and colorful ‘Essentials’ collection. 

Everything from the intricate mix of art and functionality to P.O.C deliberately opting for a campaign shoot, instead of a look book, featuring the original P.O.C man, Omisore, instead of professional models, is to show the everyday Nigerian man how he too can wear P.O.C on a daily basis. 

Also it was important to Omisore to portray his connection and relationship with the pieces, from conception to final execution, in the campaign.

P.O.C’s ‘Essentials’ collection is not just stylish and eye catching; it is also diverse, casual and necessary for the Nigerian man’s wardrobe.

Photography @lakinogunbanwo

Creative Direction @ifeanyinwune

@papaomisore @p.o.c_lagos

 

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All That’s New And Bubbly In TV Land

Okay so hi guys! A new TV season is coming soon, a season that will be full of superheroes and lawyers and PRISON BREEAKS! Okay, I’m a little excited but why won’t I be when all this glorious deliciousness is about to appear on screens once again.

What’s new in TV-land

Suits

Suits kicked of their 6th season this July and have already aired 2 episodes. Episode one showed The Pearson-Specter-Litt family handling the realities of Mike Ross leaving to jail. Virtually all of their staff was gone (except that one cool IT guy with the glasses) and they just got served a law suit for every case Mike ever touched (can they even count how many cases he’s touched?). Yikes!

  • According to hofmag.com, Mike Ross can expect to find many troubles in prison during the course of this season. In episode one, he meets Paul Schulze, an inmate who presents himself as an ally but was secretly out to get Harvey, and doesn’t mind using Mike as pawn to get to him.
  • Details are not clear yet on how Harvey, Jessica and Louis are going to pull through their respective ordeals but, trust them to put up one hell of a fight.

The Flash

         Season 2 ended on the biggest of all cliffhangers, when Barry went back in time. So what can we expect in season 3 when it returns March 2017? Here’s what we know

  • The first episode of season 3 will be called ‘Flashpoint’ and is already shooting.
  • There are going to be new speedsters. Yup! Get ready to meet Kid Flash, as Wally West. There will also be a new evil speedster.
  • New characters! If you’ve missed Tom Felton’s gorgeous blonde hair, get ready to see it again! The former Harry Potter actor will be introduced to the show as detective

The Vampire Diaries

Finally! Finally! The Vampire Diaries is ending. After 8 years and 7 seasons of the series that brought you witchcraft, romance, blood-sucking and so much Vampire drama,  its final season will start October 21st 2016. I feel so emotional.  This was the series that made me start watching series. It’s the end of an era you guys. #TVDForever.

What to expect in the 8th and final season

  • “This season, get ready to meet evil herself.” Were the words we were teased with from the Season 7 finale.  Julie Plec hinted that the ‘Evil’ who we can only assume is a woman because of the ‘herself’ part, is rooted back to ancient times.
  • Our two favorite bad boys, Damon and Enzo will be, and I quote “doing some gnarly s—t”
  • Bonnie is still magic-less and trying to find herself,  Stephan is sulking and missing his big brother and Caroline is busy helping them both find Damon and Enzo.

The Originals

It’s been confirmed! Like I suspected, there’s going to be a time jump. Specifically 5 years. This was strategically arranged so that Hope could grow. We can now, expect Hope to be a larger part of the show instead of just being a giggling baby.  So what might we hope for in Season 4?

  • According tvline.com Hope is made very aware of her family’s suffering and misses her dad very much.
  • Hayley is still on the journey to save everyone and has to locate the seven werewolf pack.
  • We can expect to learn more about the powerful Vincent
  • Still no word on where Marcel stands in season 4.
  • Last and certainly the saddest, Hayley and Elijah grow apart. After all the relationship goal vibes they were giving us, it seems 5 years in a coffin was enough to separate these two love birds.

Prison Break

My, my. It gives me so much pleasure to be writing about this. I can’t even explain how happy I am this series is coming back!! For those of us that followed this legendary series we know that at the end of season 4 Michael Scofield lost his life to a brain tumor and even though it was a sad, tragic death, we all made our peace with it. But, it turns Mr. Scofield is alive and well and wait for this major plot twist *drum roll*… he’s in jail, again! Here’s all we know about the upcoming season 5:

  • Michael is locked in a prison cell in Yemen and his older brother is determined to come to his rescue
  • Almost all our favorite characters are coming back! You can expect to see Sarah, C-note, T-bag and others when the show resumes 2017
  • Michael is coming back with new tattoos as well as Lincoln
  • This new season will deal with ISIS and what’s going in the world of terrorism today.

 

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GOLD Review: Adekunle Gold Is Here To Stay And Thankfully So

Adekunle Gold in Beyonce like manner decided he wasn’t going to wait till the 28th before releasing his much anticipated GOLD album. Yesterday evening, the album became available for purchase on iTunes and we listened to it to see just how good Adekunle is.

A career that started off with a One Direction cover has come a long way in the right direction with a 16 track album titled GOLD which just about does justice to the album title. The album features just one artiste and yes, you guessed right... Simi who mixed and mastered most of the songs on the album was the only artiste featured on her “lover’s” debut album. One thing that stood out for me during my first listen were the beautiful guitar riffs in most of the tracks especially on friend zone.  Amongst the new tracks on the album, here are a few of my choice selections.

Ariwo Ko: This song shows Mr Adekunle’s ability to handle even the most difficult instrumentals. The pseudo reggae track produced by YBNL faithful Pheelz confirms what I’ve always asked myself about Adekunle.

Beautiful Night: A classic Adekunle song about love with a beautiful synth afropop vibe.

Fight For You: Easily one of my favourite songs from the GOLD album, Fight for you talks about Adekunle gold fighting the battles facing his beloved who he somehow missed out on.

Friend zone: A fast tempo song that describes the struggles and thoughts that run through a Nigerian male when the girl he desperately wants refers to him as “Brother”.

My Life: At this point, I’m asking myself “How does a musician sound the same and so different on every track?” Adekunle presents a much different approach to music that even the older folk can relate to and this song really shows how.

Nurse Alabere: Just about my favourite track on the album. A beautiful soulful song even complemented by the talking drums and flutes.

Temptation: Adekunle does something most Nigerian artistes don’t, he tells stories also... Purely hypothetical but he is able to convey his message from the voices of total strangers that don’t even exist.  

No Forget: If you were like me who thought Falz had taken Simi from Adekunle, think again. Simi who is the only artiste featured on this album proves her worth and significance in the life of Adekunle with unreal synergy.

Paradise: Adekunle feels like he’s enjoying paradise and why not too? His songs in the mouth of most Nigerians why shouldn’t he?

Indeed Christmas came early for lovers of good music. If you ever had any doubt that Adekunle is a man on a mission then you should give this album a listen. For $10, the GOLD album is a bargain.

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12 AM While You Sleep - The EP

After a brief hiatus following the release of his debut single in April (Now That We're Here Ft Toby Grey), the rapper, singer and songwriter Martyn who turns 22 today the 26th makes a comeback with this six track body of work titled 12 A.M While You Sleep - The EP, as a gift to his fans. The project serves a wonderful fusion of Hip-Hop, Rap, House and Electronic Techno. His intellectually tasking lyrics, soulful melodious voice and beautiful compositions make this a must listen. 
Twitter & Instagram official handles: @Martyn_YNS

Tracklist 
1. While You Sleep 
2. No Nights Off 
3. Living The Life 
4. Magic Friday
5. City Lights 
6. Seven (Instrumental) 
7. Seven

https://t.co/YjMQ3CLm1r

 

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The Best Trailers From Comic-Con 2016

Comic-Con, the popular gathering of Comicbook followers and men with no chance of ever getting laid anytime soon took to San Diego and has already seen some pretty crazy exclusives from both Marvel and DC. It's a bit of a challenge for fans who are struggling to keep up with the recent upsurge in Comicbook movie adaptations.

We did a round up of all the exclusive trailers you should be seeing from the recent craze.

 

Justice League 2017

 

Wonder Woman 2017

 

Suicide Squad 2016

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2016

 

The LEGO Batman Movie 2017

 

Kong: Skull Island 2017

 

Blair Witch 2016

 

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Entrepreneurship: The New Password to Global Productivity

Entrepreneurship according to Professor Howard Stevenson, “is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled”. Entrepreneurship has to do with creativity, discipline, willingness, invention, and management of resources inclusive. It is the capacity and willingness to develop, organize, and manage a business along with any risks that come along with the business in order not only to just make a profit but also to expand its horizon for further opportunities unrevealed. Entrepreneurs create jobs, drive the economy to increase its opportunity, and most importantly entrepreneurs transform lives.

To be involved in entrepreneurship is hard work and it requires certain skills which include:  

  • Creativity
  • Self-confidence
  • Ability to identify opportunities
  • Vision and influence
  • Ability to undertake risks
  • Efficient and realistic decision-making
  • Financial management skills
  • Flexibility of ideas and structure

Being an entrepreneur goes beyond being able to discover or create innovative ideas, it also takes diligence and hard work to produce results of a successful entrepreneur.

Society benefits from the works of entrepreneurs in many ways and some benefits include:

  • Increase in job opportunities
  • Encouragement of innovative thinking rather than a fixed business thought process.
  • Increase in economic profits
  • Increase in standard of living
  • Management of resources to produce greater profits

The advantages of having entrepreneurs in the society cannot be overemphasized and these benefits need to be considered in every sector of the economy. In order for the world to increase in opportunities and growth, we need individuals who are ready to take risks for potential opportunities that can be beneficial to the entire globe. Entrepreneurship is the global password to increased levels of social and business productivity.


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Art: A Growing Brand In Nigeria

Nigerians are a people of a million talents. We're footballers. We're musicians. We're scientists. We're comedians. Yet still we're artists and some of the damn finer ones at that. Sadly, creativity hasn't always been extolled in our stifling and restrictive environment and a lot of folks with the skills had been content to remain just regular office workers with their amazing superpowers hidden away like Clark Kent behind the glasses.

The times seem to be changing albeit ever so slowly. It may have taken a while but it's clear that people are finally realizing that there are ways to market your skills in ways that make it lucrative. It's usually a slow grinding process of honing and selling. Honing yet again and selling for higher. The cycle is endless. You can chuck it up to the pitiable state of the economy or the incredible growing influence of social media in shaping our everyday lives but the fact is more and more Nigerians are beginning to take the initiative and sell themselves, their goods, their brands. Entrepreneur is a word that comes to mind but it's so overused these days and connotes a certain image so it's best left avoided. Even folks that have paid jobs aren't been left out of this trend and it is a welcome sight to see that Nigerians truly cannot be defeated.

Art is finally making the kind of waves it makes in European art houses. Exhibitions are creating a lot of buzz consistently and more artists are finally getting paid their due. The creativity on display is also very stimulating and expressive. It's a real joy to see art steadily rise in Nigeria for the past few years and it's sure to continue.

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