Lessons from Rio 2016 – Quality Education will bring out the excellence in Africa

For the past 10 days, the flames of excitement have been consistently fanned by enthusiasm, energy and panache in the midst of the most colourful city in South America: Rio de Janeiro, where more than 11,000 athletes have assembled to engage in the world’s biggest sporting event – Olympics.

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A lucid representation of excellence is perceptible with a quick glance at the medals table.

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Perhaps, there is a correlation between the strongest economies of the world and the nations that jumped to the top five positions on the medals table. Maybe, they are just popular names we hear everyday.

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Michael Phelps: Passion – Humility – Education – Love – Practice – Success.

The top five nations on the medals table in ascending order are: Germany, Russia, China, Great Britain and United States. According to an economic report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – a ranking of the world’s largest economies which is usually updated twice annually with the latest one released in April 2016; four countries among the five at the top of the medals table occupy the top five spots in the ranking. In descending order, the world’s largest economies are: United States, China, Japan, Germany, and United Kingdom. This only portends that these countries understood the nitty-gritty of excellence; they paid the price of preparation and harnessed all the resources at their disposal to achieve their goals.
With just a couple days to the closure of the 2016 Summer Olympics, some countries are yet to win any medal and only one African nation is in the top 30 on the medals table:

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David Rudisha, the giant among the giants.
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Jemima Jelagat Sumbong, the future is brilliant. 

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Brilliant performance of the athletes can be linked to the state of development in their countries. The underdevelopment in Africa can be associated with the poor quality of education available. One of Africa’s brightest leaders, Nelson Mandela, is the author of one of the world’s most powerful quotes on education; “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Africa needs to morph into a conglomerate of developed nations. This change can only be realized when education is given top priority in decision making and financial appropriations. A change that heralds rapid development can be initiated when quality education is fully embraced.
Africa is one of the world’s richest continents in terms of natural and human resources. In the pursuit of quality education and higher standard of living, best brains from Africa have migrated to other countries. Migrations to developed nations imply that they contribute immensely to the economy of their new countries. This is one of the reasons why developed nations with favourable immigration policies will always top the chart when it comes to the rankings.
A sneak peak at the best universities in the world can give an idea of where the best of educational facilities and resources are obtainable. According to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015/2016, the United States serves as home to six universities that are among the top 10 in the world. China has two universities in the top 50, Japan has two universities in the top 100, Germany hosts nine universities in the top 100 and United Kingdom has three post-secondary institutions in the top 10 in the world. The depth of qualitative education in these countries may be one of the factors that have enabled them to be in control of the world’s largest economies. Perhaps, they invested heavily in education because they have a perfect understanding of the words of the Greek philosopher, Aristotle; “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”
Quality education in Africa needs a surge aided by financial commitments from private donors and government agencies. South Africa and Egypt are two African countries that have found their spots on the world map, because they paid attention to quality education. South Africa is a home to six universities that comfortably occupy the top 800 in the world with University of Cape Town in position 120. Egypt also has three universities in the top 800 while Nigeria can only make boast of one university in the top 800 in the world.

Conclusively, Africa is a name that resonates with excellence and brilliance; a habitat for great minds that can truly change the world. For the excellence in the loins of African youths to reach the continental stage, qualitative and standardized education must be made available to all and sundry. This will strengthen our economy, prepare us for the future and birth more athletes worthy of Olympic medals in Tokyo 2020.

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Let us keep in mind that all is possible under the control of the Almighty.

Osho Samuel Adetunji

Ikorodu Oral Hygiene Project

Our teeth are some of the most important tools in our body. Not only are they useful for biting, cutting, chewing and grinding food items, but are also important for the proper articulation of speech and for showing our happiness to the world, through smiles.
Therefore, it bears repeating, as many times as possible, that the teeth should be properly maintained to avoid decay and other ailments like aches and cavities.

The above is the summary of the message the One African Child Foundation, in partnership with Love Out Loud Africa, took to the city of Ikorodu on Saturday, the 23rd of July, 2016, in a programme tagged: The Oral Hygiene Project. The project which was held at Butterfly Estate, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos, had about 35 children, between the ages of 4 and 13, in attendance.

The Programme featured talks on general hygiene and dental hygiene. There were also video shows on the proper way to brush and the need to maintain good hygiene, games, question and answer session, evaluation, presentation of gifts and photographs. The different sessions were facilitated by volunteers with the training manual developed by Love Out Loud Africa.

The talk on Dental Hygiene explained to the children the need to keep their teeth in good condition by brushing regularly and avoiding excessive intake of foods that could damage them. The different types of teeth (molars, premolars, incisors and canines) and their functions were explained to the children. The talk on General Hygiene, on the other hand, encouraged the children to maintain good personal hygiene by washing their hands and having their baths regularly. They were also encouraged to be good ambassadors of their environments by disposing dirt properly and picking up those left behind by others, when they can.

To further drive home the points elucidated in the talk, there were video shows on how to properly take care of the teeth. Afterwards, there was a quiz competition which served as an energizer for the children.

The programme ended with the distribution of toothpastes and toothbrushes to the children and an evaluation of the programme. In the course of the evaluation, many of the children expressed feelings of joy at being participants in the programme. Isibor Blessing said she learnt a lot about personal hygiene and how important it is to take good care of oneself. Emmanuel Nwachukwu said he enjoyed the game on States and Capitals and he learnt the importance of keeping the environment clean. When asked to state what they will do differently henceforth, Zakari Jemilat said she will try to pass on the knowledge she acquired to other children while Obidike Blessing said she will encourage her parents to take her to see a dentist.

The Dental Hygiene Project which the One African Chid Organization organized with financial support from Love out Loud Africa, is another step towards the actualization of both organizations’ dreams to see healthy and empowered African children who will be at the vanguard in the quest to raise Africa to greater heights.

One African Child and Love out Loud Africa thank the many volunteers who, through their devotion and labour of love, made the event a success. Volunteers everywhere are encouraged to keep shining the light in their different domains by being proactive in solving societal challenges.

THE VOICE OF AN AFRICAN CHILD #1africanchild #poetry #children #Africa

In the heart of Nigeria, shines a light that was born from the wombs of Mother Africa. The sense of Hope and Faith. That light is called Emmanuel Fada, a young leader and a 17 years old scholar of Jumpstart Academy, Nigeria. He is passionate about Writing and Drama. Emmanuel finds great pleasure in impacting lives of African children and youths. He desires to be an African leader, a resource person and an outstanding movie producer in the near future.

Emmanuel Fada, the vision of a young poet.
Emmanuel Fada, the vision of a young poet.

Emmanuel has a word from his soul, and he decides to share it with your soul. Here he goes:

The Voice of an African Child

I am confused… I am fed up…
How I wish papa could give this a stop
Though Mama tries and so hard
Having us just a meal per day, Oh how sad
For good clothings and shelter, I doubt if we will ever come across
I doubt tide ever helps carry this heavy cross
Well, this is our fate
Is there anything to celebrate?
In the humiliated lives of these eight to grow
Including my very self and the poor widow
We are subject to hate and baits
Seeking for freedom where derision reigns
Oh poor hands of mine, seeing off my sibling
That young life in the bed of sickness shivering
Oh, subconsciously I am echoing out my thoughts
(Sigh) I am not surprised at why Mama thinks a lot
I feel upon us
Poverty is like a curse
And blessing seems hollow nurse
But thanks to papa I learnt to yield grace
And I dug mud and earth for money to be raised
And my heart suffered as my siblings begged for food
When my mind was begging for school
I wait for the course of the wind to change
I hope today is the day before the change

Mama! Mama!
The fire has boiled the herbs well
We can now treat my sister
So that she will be well.

Emmanuel believes in simplicity and justice, and he knows, as a prophecy, that Africa shall rise again and stand strong. His word is a call. Do not listen to him, but listen to your own soul; you shall then understand the need of Africa. The need of a wonderful future for children. 

OAC Lagos visits Makoko Anglican Nursery and Primary School #Africa #Children #Volunteering

MrT, The Mind beyond the time...
MrT, The Mind beyond the time…

OneAfricanChild Lagos conducted by Tobi “MrT” Bamuyiwa initiated a visit to Makoko Nursery and Primary School in Lagos, Nigeria.

Getting to know Makoko:

Makoko Informal Settlement Makoko, Coordinates: 6°29′44″N 3°23′39″E Country: Nigeria, State: Lagos State LGA Lagos Mainland, Location: Makoko, Settled 18th century, Population  • Total 85,840

Makoko is a slum neighborhood located in Lagos, Nigeria. At present its population is considered to be 85,840; however, the area was not officially counted as part of the 2007 census and the population today is estimated to be much higher. Established in the 18th century primarily as a fishing village, much of Makoko rests in structures constructed on stilts above Lagos Lagoon. Today the area is essentially self-governing with a very limited government presence in the community and local security being provided by area boys. In July 2012, Nigerian government officials destroyed dozens of residences after giving residents 72 hours notice of eviction. One resident was killed in the action. Lagos may continue the destruction of this historic community in order to redevelop what is now seen as prime waterfront.

Makoko Nursery and Primary School:

Welcome to Makoko School
Welcome to Makoko School

It is located at 25, Makoko Road, Yaba Lagos. State Owned School Strength Boys:329 Girls:330 Total: 659

THE VISIT ITSELF: wpid-IMG-20141211-WA003.jpg It is an easy task to reach Makoko when we read the instructions dropped by Tobi MrT.

MrT, The Mind beyond the time...
MrT, The Mind beyond the time…

« The event is scheduled to hold at Makoko community in Lagos. It’s located in yaba and one can easily get there on bike. Once you drop at yaba, board a bike to Makoko. The school is not too far from the junction as you can walk to the place. It’s Makoko Anglican nursery and primary school.» Olowu “Highness” Fola

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Fola with an angel smile

and Seun Yusuf

Dynamic Seun
Dynamic Seun

both joined Tobi for that noble achievement. With such great souls and happy hearts, only a success could be their end partner. wpid-IMG-20141211-WA004.jpgwpid-IMG-20141211-WA008.jpg Children were very happy and welcoming. Our three friends MrT, Highness, and Seun brightened the day of those children and eased the issues of their teachers and coaches, with the school materials they bought and offered. They succeeded raising enough funds.

MrT and school officials
MrT and school officials
Seun and officials
Seun and officials
Fola and officials
Fola and officials
The reward after a noble task: an angel smile.
The reward after a noble task: an angel smile.

It is always a delight to make a child smile, and once more OAC through the dynamism of the Lagos Branch, has proven to be ready for our children to have a wonderful future. We thank all of you who directly and indirectly took part to that event and made it successful. OneAfricanChild is One big Family and each Branch has a vital importance; however small your contribution to a child’s daily happiness can be, be sure that it is the greatest of all gifts. Thank you Tobi, Fola, Seun! Thank you OneAfricanChild Lagos! Thank you OAC Nigeria! Thank you OAC International! Thank you Victoria Ibiwoye!

Victoria Ibiwoye, The Rainbow Heart.
Victoria Ibiwoye, The Rainbow Heart.
The banner of Hope.
The banner of Hope.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY #OneAfricanChild #Africa #NGO #Children

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November 20th!!! OneAfricanChild is 1!
One like Victoria Ibiwoye

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who decided One day to turn her Love for Children in pain into an international concern.
She started in her native homeland Nigeria with friends.

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Then she decided to go international!! The various faces below are those of some members of OAC International; they are from USA, MALAWI, CAMEROON, INDIA, KENYA, SUDAN, ZIMBABWE, LESOTHO, SOUTH AFRICA SOMALIA. 

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We thank all the members and each volunteer who gave even a single second of his time, to help entertain children and give them Love during the visits to orphans and other poor children in orphanages and schools.

We hope to grow greater and achieve more for children to smile for longer than a day, a month, or a year.
OneAfricanChild had a dream; and that dream was called WONDERFUL FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN.
The rest of Africa which is not yet active for that purpose should stand now and join the Family.

We thank also all the partners who have trust in OneAfricanChild, and thus who are willing to help offer children the best possible heritage in Africa. Our Land is rich, but if we abandon it, we shall regret our misbehaviour and no rest shall be granted.

I am Africa, you are Africa, we are OneAfricanChild.

By Author RAY NDEBI

ONE DAY TO GO! #Africa #oneafricanchild @1African_Child #anniversary #children

Tomorrow OneAfricanChild is 1!
One Head
One House
One Heart
One Purpose
One Nation
One Aim
One Future
One Child
One Africa
One Love…
From our various horizons, let us be OneAfricanChild!!!

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By Author RAY NDEBI

CHILDREN OUR FUTURE #oneafricanchild #children #literature #poetry #Africa

We see our future in the eyes of yours
The reason why we unite our efforts
For one day we were the children you are
And we are still dreaming of the same star
A wonderful world where you dance and sing
A happy Africa to stop crying
From today on we give you all our best
With our hopes and your dreams we make your nest
And with the line of your wonderful smile
Shall we build the roof of your merry while
You are the world we need to be happy
You are the blue heart of humanity

OneAfricanChild

By Author RAY NDEBI