Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Nigerian Leadership Initiative

There's N250k to be won for writing an essay on leadership in Nigeria. Click here to find out more about the competition and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative. Deadline: 28th July.


culturalmiscellany 12:58 pm  

Yeah, I heard about this. I was hoping to write a submission until I noticed it was only open to Nigerian nationals. Whilst I understand this clause, it is a crying shame. As your blog and many others have shown, there is interest in Nigeria from across the globe. It would be impossible to imagine a country not in touch with a Nigerian in some form, given that they make up 1 of every 4 africans!

Anyway, it seems the BCC World Service is focusing on Nigeria tomorrow. This may be of interest to you and your readers.

As for the competition, I may just submit an entry and let them bin it straight off. If I'm lucky it may actually get read - lol.

Opium,  11:10 pm  

CM, why do you think this essay should be open to non-Nigerians? What I take offence to in particular are your words "Whilst I understand this clause, it is a crying shame." Why really is it a crying shame?

Interest in Nigeria (deep though it may be) surely is not enough to licence one to write the essay in question nor should the fact that 1 in 4 Africans is Nigerian give way to any and everyone that is interested in Nigerian affairs to write this essay.

By definition, the Nigerian Leadership Initiative essay should only be opened to Nigerians, I would even go as far as saying that it should only be opened to Nigerians living in Nigeria, because they only can decide the values on which the society the live in should be based and they alone should be left to decide on the quality of the leadership that they choose to govern them.

Without meaning to offend and knowing that neither did you, I find your attitude in this instance patronising.

oyinda,  11:53 pm  

Opium, save for your last paragraph, you took the words right out of my mouth. Thank you.

culturalmiscellany 10:04 am  

I apologise for my words and any offence they may have caused. That was definitely not my intention. I will choose my words more carefully next time.

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