Osun State is notable for many reasons. It is host to the ancient town of Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba and seat of the Oonirisa, the traditional religious and cultural ruler of the Yoruba.Read More
Nigeria is a nation at war. This war is being waged between the friends of Nigeria and enemies of Nigeria; between the true patriots who love Nigeria and its people and those who love only themselves; and between those who want a better life for Nigerians and those who only want a better life for themselves and their families.Read More
This article is for every young Nigerian who has ever dreamed of giving back to his country by serving in elective office. It's also for those who stand in their way.Read More
This is the third part of my series on hacking the Nigerian political system.Read More
This is the second part of my March to Freedom Series about hacking the Nigerian political system. Time to get off the fence!Read More
This is the first part of my series on hacking the Nigerian political system.Read More
This is the introductory post in a series of articles that will examine how to fix the Nigerian political system.Read More
This article from MIT Technology Review talks about how engineers don't fully understand how deep learning algorithms work their magic.
The legal world believes that we should be able to query this problem. If a deep learning algorithms is used to determine such life and death issues like who gets parole or not (or who benefits from health insurance or not), then we should know how that algorithm was able to make its determination.
The obvious answer to this conundrum is that engineers must design other algorithms, call them 'monitor algorithms' to study and decide these deep learning algorithms just like neuroscientists study the brain, but hopefully with better results!
Bamboo is an excellent, fast-growing, low-cost replacement for wood. It is a renewable, self- regenerating resource that is often called the 'poor man's timber'. Bamboo is already popular as a building material in Asia. This article discusses why we should take a second look at bamboo as a primary building material in Africa.Read More
A joint study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has identified ways in which rural farming communities can benefit from rising food demand in urban centers of the developing world.
In order to achieve this, there must be greater investment to develop the value chain, which in plain english means that we have to build "Better roads, reliable and extensive electrification, refrigerated transportation and better storage facilities".
The report also references countries where this is already taking place: Bangladesh, China, India and Ethiopia. In these countries, farmers have access to inputs like high-yielding sees, new farming techniques, fertilizer and pesticide, cold storage facilities and even credit facilities.
Some of these innovations are available in some parts of Nigeria but what we need is more deliberate policy formulation and implementation to ensure a direct pipeline of food supply from rural farmers to dinner tables of urban households.
We will be able to reverse the rural-urban drift If farmers can increase their income dramatically through a well-designed and sustainable rural-urban value chain.
Yes you heard right- he's a comedian AND an artist.
That's certainly an unusual combination. But it speaks to his unique set of talents with which he's crafting an eclectic body of work.
Here's another great chart about how to explain the internet to a 19th-century street urchin.
Doogie Horner was a semi-finalist in the 2009 edition of America's Got Talent. He was the guy who famously tamed a hostile audience in this youtube video.
I remember the early days of the internet when you could spend hours navigating the nascent web looking for the occasional new website that might pop up.
There were so few websites back then- even the most inane ones easily captured our attention. This was long before the days of social media.
If you are bored already with Facebook and Twitter, this post on Johnny Lists offers a great collection of 100 useful websites.
My favourites (in no particular order) are:
- bettermoneyhabits.com – Manage your money better by learning personal finance.
- signature-maker.net – A free email signature creation tool.
- ineedaresu.me – Make your resume suck less.
- namechk.com – Check to see if your brand name is available as a .com and on various social networks.
- videos.pexels.com- Completely free stock video.
- about.me – The easiest way to make a personal page.
Wikihow is a great resource for interesting weekend projects for the hobbyist. Here is an article that gives details of how to build your own solar panels from solar cells which can be bought online. You will also need non-conductive boards, tabbing and bus wire, soldering equipment, plywood, paint, diodes, a charge controller and batteries.
This article is particularly intriguing in light of the rapidly falling cost of solar cells. Are we moving towards a time when we can be energy-independent? Imagine a farm settlement that builds and maintains its own solar power arrays!
There's a comment at the end of this article about whether the protesters were rented ot not:
A PREMIUM TIMES’ correspondent at the scene said the protesters did not immediately appear like the usual “rented crowd”.
It's usually not hard to determine this- just hang around until after the protest and see whether they start sharing money. How do you know when they're sharing money? Look out for the dust clouds, curses and howls of pain as they descend into fisticuffs.
It seems the National Directorate on Employment (NDE) is finally awake. Hear this:
Why would they be doing this when it seems their primary responsibility has already been taken over by the Office of the Vice-President through its various social intervention programmes?
We need to think twice about whether we actually need this agency.
This is a nice context specific innovation coming from the emirates. It's an off-road supercar built for racing on sand dunes. I would like to see a more affordable, stripped down version for off-road use in developing countries. Come to think of it, what stops us from developing an off-roader here in Nigerian, one built for navigating rural roads and farming communities? Now that would be interesting.
From the Forbes article:
There is rising global insecurity due to crisis and extreme weather conditions. Various international development agencies are trying to make a difference. These include the European Union, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF.
Like many other African nations, Nigeria is not carrying her weight in the global food production. We prefer to take the easy way out and import from Asia, Europe and the United States.
Its time to treat our underperformance as a major crisis. We need to invest more in large scale agriculture. This investment has to extend to improved infrastructure including roads into rural areas and rail transport to bring produce to market.
We also need to build better air cargo facilities to export perishables to markets in Europe and the Middle East. These are just a few of the many requirments.
Right now it seems the government is doing the least it can in order to gain momentary acclaim. Its a shame.
Educated young Nigerians have started taking an entrepreneurial interest in Agriculture. This is the perfect time for policy makers to establish farm settlements for this teeming young population. Farm settlements will create a conducive environment for the young Agropreneur to succeed.Read More
Whistleblowing has become a central topic of discussion with the recent publication of the Federal Government's whistleblowing policy.
A research article published last year by sociologists at Covenant University has identified the need for Nigerian institutions to encourage whistleblowing among their staff as a deterrence to unethical practices.
Here is the abstract
Whistleblowing provides a self-correcting mechanism for an organization to prevent unethical practices. Lessons from collapsed businesses around the world show that organisations do not just collapse, but rather it is a gradual process resulting from a series of inappropriate acts left unaddressed. This paper is based on a conceptual perspective. Past studies on whistleblowing were reviewed, gaps and weaknesses identified to develop a conceptual framework on whistleblowing reporting attitude of bank employees in Nigeria. The conceptual framework is anchored on the Resource Dependence (RD) and Planned Behaviour (PB) theories. The paper provides important lessons for promoting ethical practices in organisations and the society at large. Based on the gaps in literature, this paper recommends among others a performance review system that is tied to rewarding whistleblowing; ways to protect whistleblowers and the need to strengthen organizational support structures for whistleblowing.
The paper can be downloaded for free here.
Many organisations in Nigeria already have whistle-blowing policies in place. For example, First Bank of Nigeria has a whistleblowing policy which is available online. I'm sure that many Nigrian organisation are in the process of developing whistle-blowing policies. Scholarly works such as this would be a valuable resource.