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P. Mmerife: “Reasons why Nigerian Graduates are Unemployable”

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Article by Prince Rutherford Mmerife

Reasons why Nigerian Graduates are Unemployable

Every employer has a set of goals he intends to achieve and every job sector has a job content as well as a professional capacity to sustain it in the highly competitive global clime. This is the reason why professionals are always making the input of fresh ideas and innovation into their industry.

Sadly and Incidentally, the people that should be employed are often not fit to be absorbed directly into the industries that relate to their supposed field of study.

The following factors are the reasons our graduates are not expressly employable.

1. SCHOOL CURRICULUMS, INAPPROPRIATE LECTURE MATERIALS, AND COURSE OUTLINES

This is particularly true because many of our mainstream educational facilities still use educational curriculums that are primordial and primeval or simply inadequate to infuse current professional trends into the students.

Times are changing and innovation, as well as professionalism and demand of industries, is expanding and advancing. Incidentally, lecture materials and lecture partners still remain the way they have been since the colonial masters left.

I remember my days in university, our lecturers, especially the Professors, would come to lecture us with notes and textbooks that have browned with age. They would boast about how they have used these notes as undergraduates and in their early years as lecturers, and are still maintaining them. Unfortunately, these materials were used in lecturing undergraduates in those days when the industry was still in the birth stage.

Sadly, even the current textbooks and lecture materials we have, are either not suitable for the course in question, or not well tailored to suit the present times.

Our courses are not updated to have a professional scent. The challenges of the outside world are not brought into the classrooms.

2. INADEQUATE INTERNSHIP SCHEMES

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Lagos Comic Con – 7th Edition

LAGOS COMIC CON 2018

Last week marked the 7th edition of Lagos Comic Con. The event featured both African and international comics, games, animations films, and books. (As well as countless Black Panther Cosplays).

indexFor many of us in the diaspora, this may be the first time hearing of a Nigerian based Comic convention. Events like the Lagos Comic Con gives African creatives an opportunity to showcase their talent and work. It also serves to inspire and connect like-minded people.

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FALZ – THIS IS NIGERIA – Symbolism, meanings and breakdown

Analysis and Breakdown

Nigerian Afrobeats artist, Falz, creates rendition of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” with a Nigerian twist.

Entitled ‘This is Nigeria’, the song and video depict the harsh realities of Nigerian society in 2018.

Unlike the original ‘This is America’ video, which seemed to have many obscurities to be deciphered. The issues portrayed in Falz’s interpretation are much more blatant.
This may be because in most cases Nigeria’s corruption is transparent.

Below are some of the issues we’ve managed to spot.

To see the full video, see here:

 

The video starts with Falz holding a boombox which could be taken as a symbol of just how loud the corruption in Nigeria is/ himself trying to get a message across.

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The camera then pans out as we hear a voiceover of his father, the lawyer and human rights activist Femi Falana, with the words:

“They’re extremely poor. The medical facilities are poor, we operate a predatory, neo-colonial capitalist system, which is founded on fraud and exploitation. And therefore, we are bound to have corruption institutionalised. – Many criminal cases are settled in police stations, albeit, illegally.”

Differing from ‘This is America’, the video begins with carnage which everyone seems to either take part in or do nothing about. This is shown by the okada(motorbike) driver causally driving pass the fight he sees.

This could also represent Nigeria’s assumed chaos/lawlessness. Falz adheres to this within the lyrics by mentioning “everybody be criminal”.

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FULANI HERDSMAN

CNN also reports: ‘That’s why the first man, dressed in traditional Fulani attire would switch from being a happy musician minding his business, to a murderer in an instant. He abandons his Goje (popularly known as the ‘Hausa Guitar) for a machete, and instantly moves towards another helpless citizen who he kills without mercy.’ (see image above).

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AFROREPUBLIK 2018

(26th May 2018) Thousands turn up to enjoy the historic sold out Afrorepublik concert at London’s 02 Arena (London).

The Afrobeats show’ epic line up included several African/African-Caribbean artists including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry, Yxng Bane who brought Kojo Funds on stage, Mr Eazi, Giggs, Tekno, Not3s and Skepta.

The show emphatically exceeded expectations, elating over 5000 screaming fans.

Wizkid was introduced to the stage by Black British supermodel Naomi Campbell, the main act then closed the concert with an ensemble of hit songs.

TO WATCH CLIPS OF AFROREPUBLIK 2018

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Igbo Creativity: Chichi – ThoughtsOfChi.com

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Chichi, OkwuID panel member and young Igbo writer and poet, aims to inspire with her online blog – https://www.thoughtsofchi.com.

As a young Igbo woman, Chichi is documenting her journey to self discovery. On her blog she details her uncensored life struggles and breakthroughs with her faith, love life and identity. Thoughts Of Chi also hosts some of her amazing travel experiences and artful poetry.