Nigerian Private Schools to Attract Students in UK, US

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By Uchechukwu Nnaike

Help is on the way for Nigerian parents in the diaspora who wish to enroll their children in Nigerian secondary schools, but are not sure of the standard and the possibility of their children fitting back into higher institutions in the UK or USA.

Some private secondary schools in Lagos and other parts of the country, under the aegis of the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN) are set to take their services to them through an exhibition in the UK tagged ‘Top Nigerian Private Secondary Schools UK Education Fair 2016’, which will hold next month with 25 schools, while that of US will come later.

Among other benefits, the fair will enable parents: get their children out of the UK environment within the secondary school age gap but still give them the same or better standard of education; get the children closer to their root; and teach their children all about Nigeria and its culture in a Nigerian environment.

The organisers said the initiative will also generate foreign exchange for the country; promote education tourism; reorient Nigerian children in the diaspora by promoting Nigerian culture and tradition; and help parents preserve the future of their children.

Briefing journalists in Lagos recently, the Project Director, Femi Akinwunmi, who doubles as the Team Lead at Brand Edge Ltd (promoters of the fair), said the fair was conceived to help Nigerian parents abroad who are burdened by legal realities and the challenge of inculcating character, African values and discipline in their children.

“These hard working parents battle so hard to keep their wonderful kids focused on a decent career path with so much distractions and limitations to enforce discipline, they lose them at this stage. All they wish for is that these kids be perfectly moulded and hopefully end up like Mr. Barrack Obama.”

He cited the case of Obama who grew up in a black community and was exposed to drugs and other social devices, but moved out of the community with his mother at some point and the reform began.

“He went on to graduate from Harvard; he went on to marry a decent woman; he served the community; he went on to become the first black American president. What if he was not taken out of that community?”

This he said proves that education is key, but values and heritage are pedestals to success. “With both, our children can become as great as parents desire them to be.”

The organisers said they have identified the top 100 private, federal and state secondary schools in Nigeria that offer British and American standard of education, adding that the schools have over the years imported human resources from around the world to create an inclusive model of high standard blended with values to mould Nigerian and foreign children into young adults ready to achieve boundless heights in various higher institution around the world.

In her remarks, a representative of one of the participating schools, Mrs. Joke Chukwuma, of Children’s International School, Lagos, stressed the importance of imparting African values in students, adding that Nigerian schools have good things to offer.

She said most Nigerian parents abroad wish to send their secondary school age children back to the country because the distractions over there could make them lose focus. But in Nigeria, they will be inspired by their peers to work hard and make good career choices.

  • Mark Daniels

    So you are proposing that people who live and work abroad should send thier children to Nigeria where child abuse is legal and culturally accepted by the legions of peopophiles in the north, kidnapping is rampant all over the country. Medical care is hit or miss the road are death traps malaria is still killing. It is dangerous enough if the parents are there to watch over the kids but it is criminal when they are not. Nigeria is teetering on the verge of being a failed state. Any body who decides to send thier children there for a cultural education is a fool.

    • Mr. A

      It’s up to the parents to choose. I have people who have already sent their children back for secondary education and they are happier for it.

      • 9jaRealist

        Thank you!

        It worked for some of us (born in the US, but high school in Nigeria changed my life and ambitions before returning to the US), but it does not work for everyone. Ultimately, the greatest influences in our lives (culture, values, morals, etc) has it foundations in our homes and our families – wherever domiciled. Nonetheless, to equate Nigerian culture with the worst societal vices in Nigeria would be akin to arguing that Nigerian children in the US would end up in gangs, smoke meth or engage in school shootings or such other forms of mass murder or gun violence!

        • omoobanewyork

          Born in America, came to Nigeria to attend high school. A typical nigeria high school has no transcript, and if they do, you would not get it sent to america colleges with out emptying your bank account. He probably attended the few high located in the filthy ikoyi

          • 9jaRealist

            Even assuming that I went to high school in so-called “filthy Ikoyi” (and I did not but rather went to school in the East), so what?! I supposed that everybody in advanced countries go to the same schools and share the same background and worldview? Perhaps as they are trying to achieve in North Korea? When you were blathering on about Obama elsewhere, one supposes that every American (and most certainly every African-American) shared the same Ivy league and Harvard Law background that he had.

            Like I said, a Nigerian education works for some and does not for others – the good thing about life it that it is not a homogenous experience and that the human race is 6/7 billion INDIVIDUALS – not automated robots. So, personally I will never apologize for value for education, professional and personal ambition and different worldview that was the legacy of my time and education in Nigeria. You clearly had a different experience. Good luck to you.

          • omoobanewyork

            9jarealist, you are still talking, if I were you, I will zipped up my mouth. Yes, Obama went to ivy league in America. What you failed to understand is that Obama’ s father did not send him to the Ivy League school. It was the America system, rather a culture of every American most not be left behind that sent Obama to the Ivy League. If Obama had been a Nigerian, he would not had been able to attend a trade school, talk less of a top Nigeria university. Obama was able to succeed because they have a culture acceptable to all and not to a few privileged ones like you. What I want from you to end this, is Nigeria will improve or simply say, Nigeria go better not your defensive absurdity

          • 9jaRealist

            So those kids getting gunned down virtually daily and drifting along in US ghettos are not part of this fabled “America system”? Meanwhile, I will restrain myself from having you guess in which country a kid born to a poor family in a poor fishing village who had to go to school without shoes and hawked fish along the way rose not only to get a PhD but to become the president of Africa’s biggest economy! LMAO!

          • omoobanewyork

            Look at you, you forgot that even in that America ghetto, light is constant, tap water is runing, EMS is available for the sick and the gun down, telephone line is working like lightening. In every society, there are communal rival. So the America ghetto I not different from the Fulani tribes men in the north killing people. Even, the rate that people die in nigeria is a thousand fold compare to the violence in the America ghetto. And, under this uncertain in the American ghetto, the culture of equality and every American most be carried along is alive. When a member of your so called privilege family accidentally fall sick at home in the night, who do you call for medical help, you probably be calling daddy. Why, because your culture is not working. You do not have system, so you do not have a culture that works.

          • 9jaRealist

            First, electricity and tap water are most certainly NOT constant in the ghetto. But more importantly, what good is electricity and water if you have shot in the head for wearing the ‘wrong’ color or for looking at someone the ‘wrong’ way or even accidentally bumping into them? As for EMS in the ghetto, dude have you ever heard of “911 is a joke in yo-town Uptown”? Heck, even the po-po won’t even take your emergency calls in the ghetto. LMAO!

          • omoobanewyork

            You see what I mean, he has turn to lying that the Police do not respond to EMS call in America. And, Do not subject me to your home-boy shit. By the way what is, LMAO. Fuck off. I hate cultures that lie

          • 9jaRealist

            LMAO (and glad to learn that I irritate you because education can be a very uncomfortable process for the ignorant), but I did not make the song “911 is a joke…”! Shocking that someone who claims to reside in the US has apparently never heard of it.

            PS: And just btw I will NOT descend to your level of employing gutter language (of course, the resort to personal insults usually indicates a dearth of substantive or rational arguments). SMH

          • omoobanewyork

            You can shake your heard off if you like. The bottom line is that Nigerians like you will never change color. A pig will always be a pig, no matter how much lipsticks. A father who withdrawn his child to school in Nigeria in the name of culture is a pig.

          • 9jaRealist

            RFLMAO…

            Dude, however much you try, I rfuse to descend to your level and insult you or your parents – not least because my own parents raised me better than that. SMH

          • omoobanewyork

            I told you to stop the stupidity that it was no funny, you refused. Anyway, the following are two American cultures, every Americans most be carried along, equality for both genders, food, shelter and medical are necessary culture in America. Now, you name two Nigeria cultures

          • 9jaRealist

            I still refuse to indulge in gutter sniping and trading insults with you…smdh

            Culture is NOT static. Rather, it is a living phenomenon that evolves with time and human experience. For example, US ‘culture’ has evolved from hanging black folk in the South not that long ago (i.e., following the ‘culture’ of owning them as property earlier) to that of having an African-American in the White House!

          • omoobanewyork

            I did not say mention two America culture, I said two Nigeria cultures. If you know that culture is not static, why would you send a child to study a culture that had
            S remain static for century and refuses to evolve i.e. Nigerian culture. Is that an apology to the majorities of Nigerian you have just insulted

          • 9jaRealist

            It is always useful to actually read and comprehend before you try to respond to a post. Otherwise, you assume and therein make a you-know-what before you and me…lol!

            The following is what I actually wrote in my initial post (and has NOT written anything that contradicts it since then):

            “Ultimately, the greatest influences in our lives (culture, values, morals, etc) has it foundations in our homes and our families – wherever domiciled.” QED

          • omoobanewyork

            Values of marring twenty wives, subjecting fellow humans to slavery and house girls. Values of turning human necessity to luxury, values of subjecting people to warship you or die in poverty. Please go and study the America progressive which became the Democratic party and the meaning of the GOP. Look at you, you could not even held a state governorships election without beheading people. And, You want to send your child to nigeria to learn culture. He may end up beheading people

          • 9jaRealist

            Yes, you are right. It is much better to have 20 baby mamas without providing for any of them, and to shoot children going to nursery school or your own classmates for sport, to drop Napalm bombs on innocent children or to lie about WMD so that you can “shock and awe” carpet bomb perhaps as much as 500K innocent civilians while making your military contractors rich. FYI, it was your so -called American “progressive” Democrats that championed the slavery of your fellow Africans in the South. Dude, abegi take a basic History lesson!

          • 9jaRealist

            BTW: Healthcare as “necessary culture” in America? You seriously got to be kidding me!

            Are you aware that before the so-called Obamacare that there was NO universal access to healthcare or coverage in the US? That many working people who actually paid taxes could not afford health coverage? Or that catastrophic illness was often one of the principal causes of personal bankruptcy in the US? Or perhaps you are not aware that even as we peak many Republicans are still fighting to repeal Obamacare at the federal level, and taking big chunks out of it at the state level? Medical coverage as American “necessarily culture”? Seriously, you jest!

            PS: Btw, speaking of gender equality in the US, the fight for “equal pay for equal work” is still ongoing! In fact, a 2014 WEF report, the US is ranked 65th internationally in gender pay equality. Bro, abegi put down the Kool-Aid.

          • omoobanewyork

            I see, you are trying to change the focus of this argument. I did not say lecture me on America politic, I said name two Nigeria cultures. For ur information every Americans are entitled to first medical intervention. i.e stabilization which is 911. Then, thereafter they can follow up with their doctor. Do you have EMS in Nigeria. Name two Nigeria cultures.

          • 9jaRealist

            Dude, if it seems that I am “lecturing” you on American politics (or history), it’s only because incredibly for someone that seem some enamored by everything American, you seem to be blissfully shortchanged on both. And frankly one can only have a useful dialogue with others who can grasp context.

            BTW, dialing 911 is NOT culture, As a concept, it is substantively no different from dialing for Chinese food or Pizza (or heck, even for paid escorts) – the service is either available or it is not. In many third world countries (not just Nigeria) a public ambulatory service is either not altogether available or is epileptic, But there’s nothing cultural about it.

            PS: You keep harping on about “Nigerian culture” as if I ever said anything at all about Nigerian culture nor ever claimed to be an expert on it. Nonetheless, I lived in Nigeria long enough to learn that an integral part of the culture is a respect for elders (even when one disagrees with them), a value for education (which obviously evolved), and taking care of one’s aged parents rather than sticking them in a Nursing Home – so hopefully, your kids will not too far removed from our culture as to abandon you in a home when Father Time catches up with you!

          • Free Mind

            In Nigeria my dear. My dad was the son of a poor Farmer with less than once acre of land to feed 8 children and two wives in a small hut in Benue state Nigeria. They had a nick name for my father’s family that had the word “poor” appended to it. My dad Farmed his way through school. He was always the oldest in his class but he did. He graduated from secondary school and farmed his way through university. This struggle went on for years. He graduated from university, went on to work as a general manger for PHCN for 20 years before getting promoted to COO in Abuja for 8 Years and MD Abuja for 5.
            He is retired now but when I hear his story I say if my dad could do it, anybody can. This generation is just lazy. Most of our fathers had nothing but where able to make great things of themselves.

          • 9jaRealist

            Thanks bro for that cogent testimony.

          • Free Mind

            You don’t even know what you are saying. Firstly, the good schools in Nigeria are faith or private schools. These schools teach tradition and education. Loyola, Louisville, Regina Pach.., kings college, queens college, CKCC, olashore, AHall many of them available. We had no DIGITAL transcript bcoz Nigeria was not a digital economy back then. now we are.

      • Free Mind

        So true. Secondary education is the most fundamental part of a child’s life. It is important u get it right. We must be careful not to erode our culture because that is what makes us who we are.

    • omoobanewyork

      I support you, anyone who send his children to school in Nigeria in the name of culture, has the same cultural pathology most Nigeria are suffering from. Which culture, voodoo, marring twenty wives, kidnapping, ritualistic people with backward ideology, churches all over and waiting for miracle to fall from heaven, you got to be crazy.

      • Tru

        @omooba, I guess you have not visited home in a long while. You only rely on the negative stories in the media to make your judgement. I wish you the best in your life decisions.

        • 9jaRealist

          Dude sounds rather traumatized. It is not my place to question anyone else’s personal experience (or demons), but one can only hope dude has availed himself of professional help. SMDH

          • omoobanewyork

            @9jarealis, do not solicit the support of Tru to come to your rescue. Of course you are right, I am traumatized by Nigeria culture and I am sure there are many like me out there who are also traumatized by Nigeria culture such as the Chibok Girls.

  • omoobanewyork

    Me send my pinkin to school in Nigeria, to learn what, culture, which culture, culture of thieves. My pinkin to sit in the same class room with the sons or daughters of thieves like, saraki, army Chiefs whose children do what ever they like. Society where you need one big man to protect you. A lot of Nigerian who sent their children to school in nigeria, are been rebel against by their own children who are been treated like foreigner in America because of their nigeria abscent. Obama did not grow up in Kenyan

    • 9jaRealist

      Abegi, what’s “nigeria abscent”?

  • Bazjoe

    This is a welcome venture, well done. However the report contains a fundamental inaccuracy. President Obama did not grow up in the black community at all before going to university. So he did not have to be “taken out of that community” as the report puts it. He spent most of his early life in Honolulu, Hawaii and Indonesia before going to Occidental College at Columbia University, and Harvard Law School.

    • 9jaRealist

      Just for the record…

      Occidental College is a university in California, while Columbia University is in NYC. Obama transferred from Occidental to Columbia (as a junior), and he worked as a community organizer in Chicago after (not before) law school. Otherwise, carry on…

  • omoobanewyork

    @9jarealist, all you could see to defend Nigeria was typographical error. Yes, abscent and accent can be misspell. because of the pronunciation. Your parents probably belong to the backward Nigerians with no insight and with filthy ideology which is affecting nigeria today. What do you understand by mainstream Americans, from your langauge, you do not sound like one, but you were born in America. The whole world knows that Africa as a continent is backward except 9jarealist. The only known Nigerians in America that send their children to Nigeria to learn their filthy culture are Nigeria diplomas. And, the only reason they do that is for their children to learn how to steal government money and practice nepotism. The worst neighborhood in New York is better than Ikoyi. Look at your streets. Have you ever asked your self, why Europeans thinks Africans are animals, it is because of the same culture you are defending. They say you can take a person out of the hood, but you can not take the hood out of the person. You were born in America, but Naija nepotism, ideology, stupidity, thieves, stealing, voodoos, ritualistic tendency, filthy life, cheap, poor insight, and lack of maintenance culture and much more remain in you. You replies represent a typical Naija with no tendency to compete with the rest of the world. How many Gold medal did nigeria brought home from the last Olympic. Look here idiot, Nigeria has no culture, what is good for the Americans and British is also good for Nigerians. Look at Japan and Korean, their culture was worst than nigeria culture, but they were able to clean it up.

  • omoobanewyork

    @9jarealist, you came all the way from America to learn Abegi

  • omoobanewyork

    @9jarealist, have you ever asked your parents why they gave birth to you in America, I bet you, what they will say to you would be, they wanted a good life for you. idiot. You think say, you like Naija pass me. Like father like son. Dasuki.

  • omoobanewyork

    @Tru, I hate when people defend Naija. I came home with a B+, my dad said to me, what is this, I was expecting A+ from you, Next time bring me A+. Culture, culture, culture what and which culture I do not know. If you go to their houses, everything is made abroad. Science and good government is the same all over the world. It’s like taking a child from ikoyi, lagos to attend high school in a remote village in ijebu Ode because you wanted her to learn the ijebu ode culture.
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  • omoobanewyork

    @9jarealist, why did Obama refuses to visit Nigeria? Answer my question. You think say Na u alone carry Naija fore- head

  • omoobanewyork

    People have the right to vent their frustration and anger on their government without some opportunist idiot like 9jarealist challenging their motive

  • 9jaRealist

    There are many wonderful things about life in the US, but perhaps the saddest thing about some of these folks who swallow the American Kool-Aid hook-line-and-sinker is their ignorance of American history and how much it took to get where it presently is (where even an African-American, albeit Ivy League-educated and a Harvard Law grad, could become POTUS). Not that long ago, persons like Barack Obama could get strung up by the neck on the nearest tree for even looking at a white person the ‘wrong’ way or carrying a white girl’s school books for her. Not that much earlier, full-fledged American citizens (born and bred in the US) of Japanese origin were gathered up and dumped in Internment camps simply because Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The Irish and the Jews were discriminated against (as were the Polish much later) and were confined only to menial labor in the case of the former and denied entry into the mainstream of the professions in the case of the latter. Let’s not even mention that large swathes of American wealth was built on the backs of indentured servitude that thrived well after the despicable era of slavery – well into the 1950s and 1960s – or the crass thievery of the Robber Baron class. Heck, Nigerians had voted at least TWICE before most African-Americans had the right to vote, And of course young black men are still being shot in the back by public servants in official uniforms and disproportionately warehoused in the prison system (often for crimes for which their Caucasian counterparts would receive non-custodial sentences),

    So, abegi feel free to stick your head deep down into the sand (or up the collective US public relations rectum), but as Gandhi said (and even your idol Obama keeps regurgitating) “BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK”. Keep waiting for others to fix Nigeria for you to return for your ‘coronation’ as citizen, but ultimately the state that Nigeria finds itself is the culmination of the COLLECTIVE acts (by commission or omission) of ALL Nigerians!

  • omoobanewyork

    @9jarealist, I am surprised that you have equate the progressive movement in America with black slavery. I just realized that I was arguing with a total ignorant. You claimed to have been born in the USA and don’t know American history and the progressive movement. Again, am gonna educate you, go to a computer, type in progressivism in the United state. Bye. Case closed. Do not say a word for I won’t reply you. Total garbage.

  • Free Mind

    The UK and EU has finally found a way to collect fees from Nigerian students without having to see them [cockroaches as they call us]. They only want the money. They are brutes. Develop our own schools and teach our own history to our children. Not this white washed version of history. They ore only here for the money. Nothing else.