USA Opportunity Funds Program

The United States Embassy, Nigeria is calling for applications from academically qualified, highly motivated, low-income students for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).
OFP’s mission is to assist talented and determined, low-income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission. OFP works closely with students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. OFP finances the cost of the application process, including registration fees for required standardized examinations and provides free membership to the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center for its participants.  Participants will work with EducationUSA Advisors from June 2017 – August 2018 to try to secure places and financial assistance to begin stu…

The Shade of Women Foundation

Unfortunately, the incidence of domestic violence and abuse against women appears to be on the increase in Nigeria. Perhaps it isn't really on the increase but the access to social media has increased the awareness. People find it much easier to report abuse online especially through anonymous platforms because of the stigma still attached to victims of abuse and consequent separation or divorce. However, there are still many more unreported cases especially when women are not financially empowered to get a separation from an abusive partner.
The Shade of Women foundation offers help and a temporary safe haven for women in this types of situation. They offer emergency shelter, counselling and legal services pro bono. The main goal of the organization is to reduce the extent and impact of domestic violence in Nigeria where domestic violence is reinforced by economic hardship, alcohol abuse, other antisocial behavior, and social and cultural inequality. 
For more information, please c…

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The United States of America's embassy and consulate in Nigeria is calling for applications for the 2018 Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program. The program aims to provide Nigerian teachers with opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the Unites States.
The program consists of a six-week training in areas such as teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, teaching strategies and instructional technology. Cultural enrichment, mentoring and support will be provided throughout the program.
Eligibility criteria
This opportunity is open to Secondary school teachers in the following disciplines;
English or English as a ForeignLanguage
Social Studies ( Civics, History, Geography, etc)
Special Education teachers in the disciplines listed above.
Applicants must: Have five or more years of classroom experience Have earned a bachelor's degree or equival…

The Nigerian Woman and the Cross of a Cheating Spouse

Post by Dinah Ekundayo

Holy Matrimony Let's talk about cheating and the Nigerian woman.
Dear Nigerian woman,
I have always known there was something off about the way most of you were raised, I use "you" because I think that my parents did their own individual bit to raise me above the norm. Infidelity is a no, no, no in marriage it can be forgiven if it happens once but shouldn't be taken as a norm or the right of the Nigerian men to cheat with impunity. The Nigerian woman should not also be made to carry this cross in marriage without questioning or demanding better.  The Nigerian woman is raised to be quiet and endure while I was raised to speak up, ask questions, and demand answers. This, of course, didn't sit exactly well with my disciplinarian mum and earned me lots of beatings as she never could understand why I should question her punishing me when it was my younger brothers who were at fault, or why I should demand answers for being asked to do a particul…

L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science PhD Poster competition 2017

The L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Ph.D. Poster competition is now open. This poster competition is open to female Ph.D. Students currently studying Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science and Maths in the UK or Ireland. Selected candidates are to present their work on a poster at the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Ceremony on the 4th of May 2017 at the Royal Society, London.
To apply, you will need to write a maximum of 300 words abstract and be available to present your poster on the 4th May 2017 17.00-21.30 at the Royal Society, London. Please find the template for the abstract here. Please send complete abstract applications to Ellyw Evans ( by 5 pm 27th March 2017. Winning entrants will be notified of the outcome by 10th April 2017. 

All poster presenters will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony as a guest of L’Oréal and receive a L’Oréal Goodie Bag. The posters will be judged on the evening and winning poster presenters …

The Purpose of a Formal Education

A few days ago I was sitting at my desk studying quietly when I overheard a colleague speaking with his friend (I had to inform him before posting this so he knows I heard all of their conversation). This post is really about their conversation which I found interesting and I would like to know what you all think. So here goes the conversation (paraphrased of course);
Colleague: What are your plans after your first degree Colleague's Friend: I'm not sure. Still confused. Colleague: Why is that? Colleague's Friend: I do not know if to go get a job or to start a masters program. I would like to ask you why you chose to do a Masters program after a bachelor's degree in Engineering
His response was sort of thought-provoking and I consider it true. He said ' You can graduate with a first class and not know anything (I think he means not knowing how to apply yourself), education should fuel something in you but most of the education we get (in Nigeria), empties what is alread…

On Living Intentionally

The past few weeks have been pretty rough and tough with the news of the passing of two people who were dear to us. Both of them passed away under different circumstances and in different countries. We hadn't seen Pastor Oyebami in over two years and our relationship had been confined to facebook messaging and a few telephone calls. Yet this hurt deeply as we remembered his impact and life of selflessness and impact. Everyone who knew him could testify to his selfless giving and love not tainted by unneccessary tribalism and religious bigotry. Yemi on the other hand, hit close to home as she was a dear friend of my husband who had turned a family friend. She was a cheerful, happy and  real person. She was a kind hearted and helpful woman. I remember my husband being on the phone with her and laughing so hard, then he gets off the phone and relays what she said and I join in the laughter. She had a sort of beautiful unintentional sense of humor. We saw her on her sick bed and she …