Features & Editorials

A Dirge to the Nigerian Research and Education Network

By Austin Okere There is no cheer about the recent pronouncements from the hierarchy in the education sector and the long-term impact on our youth. “Nigerian government reverses resumption of schools, says no WAEC exam for now.” was the screaming headline in the Premium Times on July 10, 2020. The Minister of State for Education, …

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Re-imagining the Business School Model – by Austin Okere

This pandemic has uncovered the soft underbelly of our unwillingness to think beyond the present and anticipate future eventualities. There have been various experiences and pronouncements regarding the education of our youth in the past couple of weeks. At the local secondary level, my son’s school completed the syllabus for the current term through online …

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OUR YOUTHS AND THE SURGING DRUG CULTURE: One hit is too much and a thousand is not enough

by Austin Okere Nigerian reggae legend Majek Fashek dies at 57; was the screaming headline on BBC.com on June 02. Fashek died in his sleep on 2 June 2020 in New York City. He was 57 and was battling oesophagal cancer, while also known to be suffering from drug addiction. Initially going by the stage …

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Spontaneous Deregulation tests Regulatory Gaps on Digital Platforms

Photo Caption: Justice Opeyemi Oke, representing the Chief Judge of Lagos State receiving the certificate of Participation There is a perfect storm brewing on Twitter between the President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump and Twitter Founder, Jack Dorsey. “The Trump-Twitter fight ropes in the rest of Silicon Valley” was the screaming …

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Blockchain, Fintech and the Future of Banking by Austin Okere

“Customers besiege banks on the first day of the partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown: As early as 8 am, bank premises were already full of people seeking to gain entrance into the banking halls for one transaction or the other. And by 11 am, Twitter was filled with so many posts warning Nigerians about the …

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The need for Inclusiveness in society: could Online Platforms be leveraged to reduce poverty?

On May 04, 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in a report about poverty and inequality from September 2018 to October 2019 in Nigeria, said 40 per cent of people in the continent’s most populous country lived below its poverty line of 137,430 Naira ($381.75) a year. It said that represents 82.9 million people. …

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NIS Officers Dancing with Uniform a PR Positioning Opportunity Missed – Anthony Elikene ANIPR

The Nigeria Immigration Service is reported to have queried its officers, who participated in a music video challenge. According to Assistant Comptroller General of the NIS, Iam Haliru, “the viral video clip tagged #BopDaddyChallenge, has caused the organisation a lot of embarrassment”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJVMwzwvxs. Public Relations practitioner, Anthony Elikene ANIPR, is one of those who do …

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