Thinking Room

Our Thinking Room houses good ideas we monitor or come across and thereafter, we deliberate and meditate on them overtime, plan and refine towards improving Nigeria and Nigerians. We also could ‘scribble’ the developments of our thoughts primarily, on how our work could in one way or the other assist in the implementation of such ideas. In addition, we welcome your comments as well on how such ideas we put up from your own perspective could be better enhanced or implemented.

  1. Lectures of Leke Alder
  2. The concept of Abulecentrism and Nigeria’s political, economic and social logjams, By Prof. Olurinde Lafe
  3. Purpose Share
  4. Standard redefinition (+ / – / ∼) – ongoing
  5. Fela Durotoye – The State of the Nation
  6. The Good Country
  7. Onye Nkuzi: “… what can we sell to these markets”?
  8. Reward System
  9. Nigeria: In Search of Patriots, By Dele Agekameh
Update on our standards for 2018 posts

In our commitment to promoting the culture of excellence and responsible journalism, we are pleased to confirm that posts eligible for publication in 2018 on our platform will be guided by the following parameters:

  • For awards, recognitions, honours, etc., the rationale or reason(s) or context for understanding be made available in the reported/presented news. When this is not present, we shall rely on our conviction based on the recipient’s merit for such honour.
  • For awards, recognitions, honours, etc., the character of an individual(s) or entity deemed as exemplary based on our knowledge shall be a determinant.
  • News with incomplete list of winners will not be published. Organisers of recognitions and journalists should ensure fair/just reporting rather than selective reporting of certain awardees. We however, endeavour to still check/collate from various news source in such regard.
  • Category – Sports | Theme – Appointments: 1st positions & epic/history defining victories/relevance. We have also decided discontinue reporting on boxing as a sport on our platform particularly as it usually leaves the competitors bruised and bloody. [Grey areas: https://punchng.com/nigerians-shine-at-african-youth-games/]
  • Category – Business & Economy (predominant consideration of strengthening the Naira/ indigenous development): Reference – Deutsche Bank Awards for Excellence in Cash Management and Trade Finance in Nigeria
  • Category – Education (predominant consideration on strengthening indigenous development): Reference – Winners emerge at Brownsville inter-school spelling contest
  • Category  – Health & Environment (predominantly alkaline sources)

Our Advocated Performance Indicators on Redefined & Excellent Standards of Nigeria’s Value Based System [First created: 29-10-2017]

In simple terms, these indicators represent the signal identified/recognised by us that shows the extent of ideal progress made by Nigeria. We therefore believe that in course of achieving any of these indicators at any given time, in such sphere (and notably beyond), a consistent, genuine and verifiable transformation of the Nigerian society has occurred.

These indicators takes into consideration the past and current dispositions, which serve as a useful lead into a sensible and prosperous future.

Leadership

  • A Nigerian emerging winner of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. [Reference: Mo Ibrahim Foundation]
  • Nigeria ranked 1st in overall governance performance in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG). [Reference: Mo Ibrahim Foundation]
  • The abolishment of the federal character principle in section 14 subsection 3 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended [Reference: The Nigerian Constitution]

Economy

  • All Nigerian States and the Federal Government of Nigeria publish their budgets/contracts. [Reference: BudgIT Nigeria]
  • All MDAs of Nigerian States and the Federal Government of Nigeria publish their call circulars. [Reference: BudgIT Nigeria].

Peace

  • A Nigerian or Nigerian entity emerging winner of The Nobel Peace Prize [Reference: Nobel Peace Prize]
  • The Nigerian Police ranked Africa’s best police service in the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) [Reference: WISPI]

 

2018 News under consideration; subject to verification/countering

  1. FUTA’s Esther Samuel is Best Female Mathematics Student in Nigeria [Rationale: Incomplete reporting]
  2. Russell Oasah and Charles Umeh (Digital Inclusion award) [Rationale: More information required]
  3. List of 2018 Nigeria Customer Service Awards Winners [Rationale: List unavailable]
  4. World Scholars Cup [Rationale: Awaiting press release]
  5. Federal Fire Service ASF Anyanwu Michael wins gold at the World Martial Art Competition [Rationale: More information required]
  6. Olu Obafemi – NNOM/NNMA [Rationale: Scheduled for 06 December 2018]
  7. NUCPC 2018 [Rationale: More information required]

2018 PositiveNaija Love & Heroes: Pending

  1. Kaduna police command on Wednesday confirmed the killing of two police officers along the Nnamdi Azikiwe road in Kaduna by unknown gunmen

 

resources
  1. Google News Initiative Training Centre
  2. Cute Stat [Website Stats and Valuation]
  3. Online Plagiarism Checkers
  4. Google is building a search engine for fact checks

4 thoughts on “Thinking Room”

  1. This is a question.

    We know that Nigeria and Nigerians have umpteen qualities, qualities one may be profoundly proud of. For instance the most generous generosity I ever encountered. The most empathic empathy. To name just a few. These qualities confer esteem, which regrettably is overwhelmingly depressed by countless faults that have befallen the country and which have the place of descriptors for the country in general: Lack of electricity, lack of education, lack of honesty, lack of governmental care, lack of equitable share in resources, lack of economic progress commensurate with the country’ capabilities and resources…. the list goes on and on and on. Things one shouldn’t be proud of or accept. Hence our struggle and striving, inclusion the striving to rebuild self-esteem.

    But here’s a disparity that is confounding conventional wisdom. And I wonder whether it bear a relation ship to the subject of this forum: Why are the people of Nigeria so confident of a prosperous future when so much remains to be righted? See this 2015 survey by Bloomberg http://www.africanbusinesscentral.com/2015/07/27/the-worlds-most-optimistic-people-live-in-africa-infographics/

    1. Dear Felix, thank you for your insight and keen observation of the Nigerian realities. Your question is indeed an excellent one albeit, mysterious as well.

      I will try to give some possible reasons as to why the people of Nigeria are so confident of a prosperous future when so much remains to be righted. Nevertheless, I also believe individual answers to this by Nigerians would provide significant understanding as well.

      First, in reference to the 2015 survey by Bloomberg (which you have shared), considering a number of unknown elements as regards the conduct of the survey, here is my thinking:
      – The survey was conducted between March-May 2015: This period witnessed a new government (of President Buhari), one that gave a sort of generally fresh and high levels of optimism to the Nigerian peoples and their prosperity.
      – Although, it might seem insignificant, and with all due respect to Bloomberg’s effort, I however believe that the survey methodology of telephone interviews might have also contributed to such optimism. It is not easy to get Nigerians to talk about the harsh realities of the country over the phone – in-person, yes but not over the phone. Most of the time, this is as a result of security issues – of their various interests.

      Secondly, the following:
      – Natural optimism: It is difficult to explain this but Nigerians are very optimistic about the prosperity of the country. Nigerians really just love being Nigerians. Majority of Nigerians cannot imagine a non-existent Nigeria.
      High level of tolerance: This point might seem not to be the case, but it is true. The political sphere rather makes this appear unreal.
      – Game-changers: This point refers to those Nigerians who are resolute in their industry to make a difference in seeing the prosperity of the country come into full manifestation. They believe in their work, skill and experience to have the Nigeria of our collective dreams by doing as much as possible what is right all the time.
      – Religion: Nigerians are very religious people and sometimes to a fault, with little or no effort into doing the required work and the right things where such is needed. So there is an overwhelming ‘faith’ in God saving the country of its mess and redeeming its destiny. It is a tough faith I must say.
      – History/Culture: Nigerians take a lot of pride in their history (sometimes, mostly tied to their ethnicity). It gives a string sense of who they are and what they can become.
      – Short-shortsightedness: This reason can be seen in how much instant gratification we celebrate or short-term successes and thus, a belief that we can always reproduce this even amidst challenges.
      – Ignorance: Really, most Nigerians cannot really tell why they still believe in the prosperity of the country. For this group, they genuinely do not have the insight of how societies evolve and advance neither do they fully comprehend the consequence of their actions to the society at large. These group look at such prosperity from the view point of just their immediate family or clan and are very confident of well they are advancing (even though otherwise but this is largely influenced also by culture). Therefore, ‘prosperity’ assumes different interpretations.
      – Fear/timidity: This is a point not to be overlooked and indeed real. Some Nigerians (if not most), are really having a confidence not born out of joy but rather fear. The spread of helplessness, breakdown of unreliable societal institutions/systems, etc. contribute to this whereby the only choice they have is just to be ‘hopeful’.

      These are some points I believe could shed some light to your question.

      However, while I feel and share this confidence, I also perceive a huge and growing distrust at the moment to the collective prosperity of the country.

      You question has also raised in my mind, the need to conduct a more recent survey to ascertain this. I will try to see to this.

      Thanks again and best regards.

      1. I also believe in the natural optimism part. We as Nigerians believe in a brighter future and we are very resilient. However, the negative part of being resilient is the fact that we have just been so laid back and allowed just anything to happen under our watch. Thankfully, different groups are rising up bit by bit to change the status quo.

        So for Felix’s question, I believe that it’s just who we are as a people….it’s a product of what we have been through as a nation…we go through a lot of hardship but we are happy people!

        1. Dear Grace, thanks a lot for your comment.

          I agree with you especially this:
          “Thankfully, different groups are rising up bit by bit to change the status quo.”

          Just yesterday, I came across Fela Durotoye and I am very impressed with his vision and commitment towards changing the status quo. I am inspired by his work.

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