Monday, 23 May, 2022


Impactful Legacies of Education: Are still being felt in the regions these men held sway

Providence is seldom known to have greatness thrust upon some, most; however will probably attain greatness by applying every known principle humanly possible to be great, the one concept that humanity continuously teaches is that let our tomorrow be by far greater than our today.

History is rife with examples of how empires were built, the transition of societies from one industrial era with a far more complex one, the pragmatic steps taken by citizens of our world to outdo, outpace and convert the physical and human resources of our space to nations they can be proud of

Many today reckon with the south-east nation of Singapore, the number 1 maritime destination of our time, the nation with one of the highest per capita income on earth, one with the least corrupt institutions and arguably one of the highest adult literacy rates somewhere in the region of 97.3% in 2018 up from 92.5% in the year 2000

It took a bright young lawyer named Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) in the late 50s to the early 60s to birth what the world will come to recognize as the revolution, campaigning against the British to give them independence which they got alongside Malaysia to form one country, it wasn’t long before racial tensions and strife threatened to tear apart the newly formed union

They negotiated the forced union in 1965 barely 3yrs after the British merged both nations

Singapore would be free from a lifetime of drama, they took advantage of their naturally deep coastal lines to become a maritime haven and the rest, as they say, is history

Our dear motherland Nigeria share so much in common

  1. Diversity
  2. Human Resources
  3. Natural Resources
  4. A former colony of the British with access to western education


We produced leaders like Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin and Ambrose Alli to mention but three, the best and brightest of their day. Their impactful legacies of education are still being felt in the regions these men held sway. They were worthy role models and will be remembered for promoting meritocracy, had we not been bedevilled with multi-faceted issues of soldiers of fortune, ethnic/rival preoccupation within our political and military ranks, a real and existential threat would loom large over our nation before we even got the opportunity to

  1. Nurture democracy 
  2. Allow meritocracy thrive
  3. Determined whether regional powerhouses augured better than an all-powerful centre

In a few weeks our nation will be 60yrs old, by all accounts enough time post-independence to be as great as many who attained self-governance at the same time as us, enough time to have gotten her elections right, enough time for her citizens to have faith in the system that produces its leaders, how many of us can say unequivocally they trust the process that’s going to produce the next governors of both Ondo and Edo states?

Ondo INEC office just got burnt

Edo players tried to assassinate a national leader by driving a truck through his convoy

INEC carries on like they are an appendage of the governing party


Question is for how long do we think we can sustain a nation with its organogram resembling something patterned after LA COSA NOSTRA? , so we can either invoke the spirits of Ambrose Alli,  Obafemi Awolowo and Adekunle Ajasin amongst us such that we will value integrity and service  over corruption or we can stare down the abyss of perdition

The people give themselves too little credit despite the enormous power they wield to change the trajectory of our motherland…



By Niyi Agunbiade

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams.

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