Regular readers might get the impression that there is only doom and gloom to emerge from Nigeria. Certainly the current violence in Jos with 100’s dead is deeply saddening. An earlier post after a visit I made to Jos between late 2008 and recent bouts of killing highlighted the underlying tensions of poverty and natural resource competition that can so easily flare up as ‘religious conflict’.
However I want to focus on the positive. It was heart warming to hear about Mrs Adenekan from Ogun State selected as ‘Africa Primary Teacher of the Year’. A teacher since 1978, she recently completed upgrade teaching which included a focus on more practical teaching skills through the ‘Teachers Education in Sub-Saharan Africa' (TESSA) programme at the National Teacher’s Institute. Teaching in public schools is often maligned in Nigeria, but this was always her ambition and now one of her own children is also a teacher. I hope Mrs Adenekan’s trip to the UK and visit to the Queen will be rewarding. She will be flying high, like the Super Eagles progress in the Africa cup of Nations (well, until last night at least)!