Ghana Must Go

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This past Tuesday I arrived Port-Harcourt for business. As we were driving by the roads of PH, I noticed a sign that read…

“Study in Ghana, no Jam, no Strike, Low Tuition Fee”

…it was a simple sign but yet spoke volumes on the status of the Nigerian educational system. Just 11 years ago, everybody was sending their children to American and British schools. I know because my parents made me register for several SAT and A-level tutorials even before I had written my JAMB exam. Back then I remember a friend of mine that ended up going to Australia…to me it was weird that anyone would want to go to Australia to study.

Fast forward several years later and Australia is no longer weird, in fact the destination for most Nigerians after Secondary School is anywhere but Nigeria. People are now sending their children to Ghana and Benin Republic before considering Nigeria.

What happened to our educational system? How did it fall so low? And what can be done to fix it? I wish I knew the answer, but I don’t…what I do know is this…if Nigeria does not realize it’s current position in Africa and let go of the “Giant Of Africa” mentality we cannot move forward, because a man cannot run a race if he does not know his position. He might think he is leading the pack not realizing the pack has passed him and is about to pass him again. The first step to rebuilding our schools is knowing our position, accepting it and then creating plans to excel beyond that position. Let’s win the race Nigeria.


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2 comments on “Ghana Must Go

  1. Francex on said:

    …Sometime last yr, I got a call, some weird number* and it was a distant relative .. He was like he’s now studying abroad and I said ‘ cool.. Where?…Benin republic…uhmmm…ok
    Seriously Nigeria is dying..bit by bit…sector by sector… Soon we’ll strt buying water abroad…it’s so sad

  2. This article is the absolute truth. There is a difference between the real self and imagined self. What Nigeria is seeing is the imagined self as opposed to what the real self really is and I agree with what you said, an acceptance of current position and then a determination to move past that image.

    I know of two people at least that schooled in Ghana as opposed to Nigeria.Very disheartening really.

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