Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Nigeria

yay!!! Nigeria is 57!! 

I remember being at a workshop in the United States sometime last year and all the participants had to introduce themselves, where they are from, what schools/organization they are affiliated to, and the research interest. When it reached my turn, I did introduce myself and I remember clearly the odd stares I got when I mentioned that I was Nigerian. Note that even though I was the only black person in this group, there were many international participants who chose not mention their home countries but rather claimed their host countries. A few days after, I got talking to a lady and while chatting about my research, we started talking about Canada and I began to share with her how much I love being in Canada. I was surprised when she suggested that I shouldn't have mentioned Nigeria while introducing myself a few days before. It was subtle but I understood it - the image of me, the perception of me was a tiny bit colored by the current realities of my country. However, despite the deep-seated issues that we have as a nation, I know that we are good people, who are sincere, smart, intelligent, loving, patriotic and passionate. I know this because I have met them and I have met me.

I believe in Nigeria,
I believe in our unity,
I believe we are stronger together,
I believe we NEED one another -North, South, East, West
Talk if we must but we must not Quit
I am that Delta-Igbo chic ( sometimes I wonder why I need that 'Delta' qualifier -topic for another day)
I am that Yoruba wife,
I am a proud Nigerian girl and I wear that like a peacock

Enjoy one of my favorites, It's an oldie but a goodie - The future by TY Bello.
Happy birthday to my Country Nigeria.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa at the University of Oxford

The Rhodes scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom and is a postgraduate award that seeks to support exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Scholars may pursue any full-time postgraduate degree offered by the University of Oxford for a duration of two years with an option for a third year.
COVERAGE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
a.    Full tuition, a maintenance stipend (covering accommodation, feeding, and incidentals) and one economy class airfare to and from Oxford at the beginning and end of tenure.
b.    Comprehensive Rhodes Character, Service & Leadership program (retreats, workshops, conferences) which is designed to equip them on how to solve critical problems in any community they find themselves, as well as many discussions and social events at Rhodes House, Oxford.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
a.   Be between the ages of 19-25 
b.   Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo.
c.  Have been resident in one or more of the countries listed above for at least five of the last ten years.
d.  Have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with the highest classification your University awards, e.g. First Class or Upper          Second Class Honours
e.   Have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency requirements of the University of Oxford.
f.    Energy to use one’s talent to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sport, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits) particularly where teamwork is involved.

HOW TO APPLY

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Highlight of my Summer


It has been such a long time since I wrote for the blog as I have been crazy busy getting used to being a mother the second time. Oh yes, you read right - I'm a mom for the second time. I welcomed my son this summer. On one hand, it's the most exciting and gratifying experience ever - I mean what says schooling mum better than popping one in the middle of your Ph.D. But on the other hand, what says crazy better than that.  I look at my son and all the 'crazy' decision to have him now is well worth it. I am just so grateful and still in awe of the wonder I have been gifted by God with this new life. 

No doubt many things including posting on the blog have suffered during this time as a hundred and one percent attention had to be given to the little man. I plan to share some of my pregnancy experience with you soon. While we are still trying to get our website up and running, I shall be posting on the blog more often and I will make an effort not to be MIA for this long again. There's a lot of school work to be done as well and I will make an effort to let you know how I plan to (hopefully) 'balance' this life. 


Meanwhile,  if you can, dare to live and enjoy life as much as practicable while you are in grad school because, in the end, it's only a means to an end and not the end itself.
Have a beautiful day.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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 study in the U.S. in August 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

OFP is accepting applications from prospective undergraduates and graduate students.
Send an email to AbujaEducationusa@state.gov or LagosEducationusa@state.gov requesting an electronic undergraduate or graduate application form.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The selection of finalists for OFP is based on; 
  • Strong academic record/ transcript
  • Robust participation in extracurricular activities
  • Involvement in leadership roles
  • Excellent community service participation
  • Financial Need 

Requirements

  • Academic Results:
    Undergraduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your WAEC “O” Level results (from WAEC website).  Include Cambridge A’Level or IGSCE results if applicable or available.
    Graduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your Final year results and degree results (if available) First Class only (STEM majors preferred).
  • Letters of recommendation:
    Undergraduate ApplicantsRequest a teacher or your school principal to complete a letter of recommendation form, attesting to your character, talent, and skills.  Please do not include a basic testimonial that does not talk about you as an individual.
    Graduate Applicants: Provide the details of a lecturer, professor, or Head of Department (HOD) that we can contact to find out more about you.
  • Transcript:
    Undergraduate Applicants: Send a scanned copy of your transcript from JS1 to SS3 including your mock and first term results, if possible.
    Graduate Applicants– Send a scanned copy of your transcripts that show a GPA of 4.5 or above on a 5.0 scale. 
  • Essays:
    Write two essays, one from Group A and one from Group B, each of about 250– 300 words. The essay topics will be on the application form you receive. (Essay topics will be found on the form)
Send a scanned copy of any relevant supplementary certificates of achievement
APPLICATION DEADLINE- JUNE 16, 2017.
For more information, please see HERE

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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 contact the trustees on 
08094411300
08060993787
info@tswf.org.ng
website: www.theshadefoundation.org

Please seek help. Silence is NOT always golden!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

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)
Mathematics
Science
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 equivalent
Be citizens of and residents in Nigeria
Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program
Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper-based TOEFL ( Candidates do not need to take the test before applying. After a successful application and interview, candidates will be required to take the TOEFL tests.)

Program dates in the U.S.: 
Cohort I: January- March 2018
Cohort II: September- November 2018

Selection timeline
Application Deadline: April 28, 2017
Interview with shortlisted candidates: May 2017
TOEFL tests: May 20, 2017
Final selections: June - August 2017
Notification of finalists: September 2017

Please read up the application guide Online Application Guide and submit applications online HERE 

For more information, please visit the TEA's website 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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 particular thing but Dad always encouraged me to speak up, defend myself and ask away so ask I did even in the midst of severe beatings from mum I would still be educating her on how wrong she was😂😂😂. Dear Mama. Ok back to my point.
I have stumbled on two incidents recently that prompted this epistle- so an actress accused her hubby of cheating and walked out of the marriage, then another advised women to stop leaving cheating partners but rather buy them CDs. Dear Nigerian Women when will you grab some self-esteem?
Am far from being a Big Brother fan but I have tried to follow the recent one because of a particular character called TTT.  This man was flirting or would I say flexing with a fellow housemate who is completely oblivious to the fact that he is a married man and he had the guts to defend his actions oh did I say he had the guts? My bad his wife actually supports him canvassing for to keep him in because it's all about the game...I do not judge her but I worry about how she is raising her girl child and her boy child as concerns marriage. Dear Nigerian Women common sense shouldn't be far from us and it's okay really to demand respect for yourself and your marriage.
The slogan 'all men cheat' is a lie that has been sold to us generations before but my dear, all men DO NOT cheat and you don't have to be stuck with a serial cheat and constant infidelity. If you are faithful to your marital vows it shouldn't be so difficult for the man to do same. I am not raising my girl child to believe any of that crap and I would advise you don't.
Finally, the choice is yours really to rise above the cliché society has put in place long before you were born or to demand a sane marriage/home as God intended it to be. I made my choice, I wish you well and encourage you to choose rightly.
Lots of love,
PD.

Happy Birthday Nigeria

yay!!! Nigeria is 57!!  I remember being at a workshop in the United States sometime last year and all the participants had to introd...