Why the Street is taking Over

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Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc., once analogized on the difference between the old and young saying, “Older people sit down and ask ‘what is it?’ but the boy asks ‘what can I do with it?’”[1]. Therefore, characterized by inquisitiveness, a youth is one at the peak of his strength, on the verge of obtaining sufficient knowledge, in order to acquire a permanent identity of self and environment. Demographically, the National Youth Policy[2] defines the youth as ‘all males and females aged 18-35 years, who are citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’. This age range represents more than one-third of the Nigerian population (Ibrahim, 2013). The old, for the sake of this essay, can be described as one that has arrived, someone that has come into the permanence of his identity by virtue of age. Continue reading “Why the Street is taking Over”

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3rd Prize NHEF Essay 2016: “The Educated Differ from the Uneducated as much as the Living from the Dead” by Abang Oyintare Jennifer

Aristotle

“The Educated differ from the Uneducated as much as the Living from the Dead”- Aristotle

Aristotle understood the clear and qualitative difference education— the concept we call the granting and reception of knowledge—could give a man’s life. In my opinion, education is a distinguishing light to the path of life granting illumination as one journeys through. This view was reaffirmed by the Irish writer, William Butler Yeats, in a commentary where he stated “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I will argue that even if not formally given, it is, nearly always, a consequential factor in determining the ability of a man to live full, in both social and economic classes.

Nevertheless, I will admit that there are few objections to this stance as the very concept of education is not a central one. Is education valid only within the walls of an accredited institution? What is formal and informal education in these days where there is no clear dichotomy in the method of gaining knowledge? However, these do not mean we should reject the premise, as I will show in subsequent lines that education without regard to the method— the presence or the absence of it—has more serious implications than we agree to acknowledge.

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