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The NHEF 2016 Scholarship & Intenship Program

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016  

The NHEF is a Non-Profit organisation with the goal to substantially increase the number of well-educated Nigerians assuming positions of leadership in Nigeria and globally. To achieve this goal, the NHEF seek to address the skill gaps in key sectors of the economy by providing talented Nigerian University students with a broad range of programs ranging from critical on-the-job training to hands-on-learning skills, required in the employment process and overall career development. One of these programs is the Scholars Program

 With the help of our partner firms, we are providing world-class training and support to our Scholars to enable them compete effectively in the job market.

In order to execute this program, the NHEF is in partnership with prestigious companies and organizations across a broad range of industries in Nigeria. Our key industries are Financial Services, Consulting, Law, Technology and Engineering. We aim to broaden the scope of our industry tracks over time. We believe our partnership with these firm will offer invaluable exposure to Nigerian University students.

To apply for the program is easy, click here

 fill the application form and submit.

Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the deadline as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Once you have submitted the application, you will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016.


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The NHEF 2nd Annual Scholarship Essay Competition

Friday, March 18th, 2016  

The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation is a Non-Profit organisation that has recognised the importance of a sound and quality Higher/ Tertiary education to young Nigerians in Nigeria and so the organization is moving to help in the improvement of the quality of Higher education in Nigeria. For more information about what the NHEF does click here. In order to encourage young Nigerians to think, reason, research and put everything in an articulate and intelligent document, the organization started the Scholarship Essay Competition last year, however this is the 2nd year of the competition. The competition is open mainly to students of the NHEF partner Universities/Tertiary institutions and lots of cash prizes would be won by the winners of the competition. Please find below relevant information on how to enter for this years’ NHEF essay competition.   Please choose one of the following Topics:

1. “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead”-Aristotle. Discuss the validity of this statement.

2. Explore the relationship between a developed higher education sector and long-term economic growth?

3. What is the role/function of innovation versus tradition in Nigeria’s development?

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We Are Back

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016  

Hello Everyone,

In 2012 this project was birthed and given life, and for the past 2 years for reasons beyond our control, the YARA Team has been on a compulsory break, nevertheless we deeply apologise for going on such a break without giving you proper notice, but it was inevitable.

This project started as an avenue for young Africans to tell the African Story using the African narrative through our blog, and now it is bigger than that. Now we do not just tell the African story anymore, now we contribute to the education of Africans in our own capacity.
Late last year 2015 and earlier this year, UNESCO made a switch from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In making the transition, it was made clear that the world has failed its citizens woefully because the world fell short of fulfilling the MDGs, especially in Africa (which is really an indictment on African Leaders). Now, with the MDGs gone and the SDGs taking its place, one of the core goals of the latter is to see the literacy rate improve in Africa as well as make education more open and accessible on the continent.
Open Education is not just about easy access to education, it is also about easy access to research and academic materials both online and offline, and with the case of Africa where the literacy rate is poor (and most likely falling), the few who have access to education at all will be frustrated when they are required to pay to access research materials on the internet ergo discouraging intellectual growth.
It is not that there are no online Library out there, but a lot of these Libraries either want a subscription fees, or they are just simply hard to find. Nevertheless the YARA team dedicated time to finding and discovering online libraries from different Tertiary Institution (and also from Non-profit organizations) all over the world with open access to its library and ease of use. Also the papers found in these libraries must be used based on the copyright restrictions of such online library and the author of the research materials. All these among other things are going to be made available on our website to those in urgent need for research help.
In addition to this, the YARA team is extending its journal contributions and publications from “Only law students” to “everyone in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Law”. The team decided to include the Social Sciences and Humanities because academic writing and research is not exclusive or limited the Law alone and these other faculties also deserve a chance to showcase their work.

Amazingly we never lost any follower, on the contrary we had lots of likes even during our 2 years hiatus, we thank you for keeping up with us and we assure you 2016 is just the beginning.
We may be far off from January 2016, we still hope you all enjoy the great moments of 2016 to come.

Thank you all for your patience.


The YARA Team

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014  


The best things in life are free but jailing gays isn’t one of them. It costs money to send people to prison, even homosexuals. In 2011, when the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was just a bill before the House of Representatives, I accused its sponsors of seeking to impose the religious views and beliefs of a Moslem and Christian majority of Nigerians upon a homosexual minority. The moral, cultural and religious justifications for the Act are questionable.

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Negligible Responses to Medical Negligence in Nigeria

Friday, July 5th, 2013  

Medical malpractice is generally defined as that professional misconduct comprised of illegal,unethical,negligent or immoral conduct of a person in a professional position, resulting in the failure to fulfil the duties associated with that position.malpractice

On the second week of April 2013, Funmi Lawal, a graduate of the Law Faculty, University of Lagos, died of cancer. According to reports dating back to the time Funmi was a student of the University of Lagos, she had been complaining about shoulder pains, and like any other health conscious individual, she consulted doctors who, negligently, did not diagnose her cancer but treated her for other ailments. However, a while after this, her shoulder pains developed into something more dangerous and sinister, before which time the doctors did not know that Funmi had cancer.

It should be noted that, it was also reported that Gani Fawehinmi, who was a foremost human rights lawyer in Nigeria, was also a victim of Medical negligence in Nigeria

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Get Out of My Way

Monday, July 1st, 2013  

Sirens were traditionally reserved for emergency vehicles: police vehicles in pursuit of criminals, ambulances conveying the sick to the emergency ward, the fire service on emergency runs, and, occasionally, senior state officials attending ceremonial functions. My



first encounter with the sound of a siren happened when I was a kid. There was a Wema Bank branch close to my father’s shop in our home town, and two or three times every week, there were these police vehicles that come to the bank to bring or take away money. The sirens on the vehicles were so loud that they could be heard when they were still hundreds of metres away. On hearing the siren, everybody usually scampered for safety because the policemen driving the vehicles had the habit of driving recklessly, without any regard for pedestrians’ safety or that of other road users.

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Nigeria: Outsourcing Justice

Saturday, June 29th, 2013  

“Arise oh compatriots”. That sentence has never seized to ignite in me a feeling of compassion, commitment, and unending dedication to the good and prosperity of my fatherland Nigeria. I am proudly Nigerian, and I will jump at any opportunity to let the world know. But, sincerely, there are times when I feel a rush of negative emotions like anger, pain, helplessness, and above all, shame, at the mere mention of the name ‘Nigeria’. I last experienced one of such moments on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 when I got the news of the conviction of Henry Okah by a South African court for acts of terrorism in Nigeria. That should ordinarily have been good tiding to my ears but the fact of Nigeria’s over-dependence on other countries in the fight against corruption and insecurity hit me like a blow. My scales-justicememory did an automatic flashback and the first stop was 2005. So, what about that year, you may ask, I’ll remind you.

In September 2005, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who had been elected Governor of Bayelsa State in May 1999 as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and re-elected in 2003, was detained in London on charges of money laundering. At the time of his arrest, the Metropolitan Police found about £1m in cash in his London home. Later, they found a total of £1.8m ($3.2m) in cash and bank accounts. The ultimate shock came when he presented himself as an object of national disgrace by jumping bail in December 2005 and escaping from the United Kingdom by disguising himself as a woman, though Alamieyeseigha denied this claim. On July 26, 2007, he pled guilty before a Nigerian court to six charges and was sentenced to two years in prison on each charge; however, because the sentences were set to run concurrently and the time was counted from the point of his arrest nearly two years before the sentences, his actual sentence was relatively short. On July 27, just hours after being taken to prison, he was released due to time already served. In my state of mental sojourn, the past is linked to the present, as we forward to March 12 2013 when President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan announced the grant of Presidential Pardon to Alamieyeseigha.

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In Name or in Deed? – The Selectiveness of Nationality

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013  


The shockingly heinous crime recently committed in broad day light on a London street by two black men is an unacceptable atrocity that has, however, generated an interesting dimension about our perceptions of nationality and citizenship.

The main perpetrator of the crime, a British citizen, Michael Adebolajo, was widely depicted in the British and international media as being a “British-born person of Nigerian descent”, resulting in vehement protests by the Nigerian community in the UK.   Their argument is that Adebolajo is a born and bred Brit – he was issued a birth certificate in the UK and holds a British passport; therefore, his name does not confirm his nationality.  These Nigerians in the diaspora are obviously worried about the negativity that can be easily generated if other British citizens associate such barbaric behavior and inhumane cruelty witnessed in this crime with other persons of Nigerian or African descent.

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Friday, April 12th, 2013  

Recently, an incident occurred in Alu community in Rivers state, Nigeria, where four young students were tortured for several hours and subsequently burnt alive in the presence of members of the community. This raised the question as to whether there is still any humane feeling in the members of our society. There is no doubt that the act was a display of barbarism as a result of the loss of values.

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No Paper, No Land, No Compensation.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013  

Bild 5It was when I traveled home from school for the Christmas and New Year holidays that I noticed the changes that have taken place in my hometown. My family lives in Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, and since the coming into power of the ACN government in 2011, there have been series of development projects across the state. The latest of such projects in Ijebu-Ode is the attempt of the government to expand the busiest road in the town known as Folagbade or Ibadan road. This road was built during the regime of Olabisi Onabanjo, the first Civilian Governor of Ogun State. It is a dual carriageway comprising of three lanes on each side. The present administration, in line with its urbanization drive, felt the need to further expand the road by widening it to four lanes on each side. Whether this project is desirable, considering the huge expense involved, the fact that funding for the project will come from loans, or that there was hardly any traffic build-up on the road to justify the expansion, is not the focus of this paper. That will be an issue for discussion in another forum.

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