‘Here we study engineering, there they do engineering’

Experience, they say, is the best teacher; and this popular adage has become an anthem to Mmemek-Abasi Etim, a final year Civil Engineering undergraduate of Landmark University, Omu Aran Kwara State.

Etim had the rare opportunity of representing Nigeria at the Engineering Education Conference held at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, South Africa. But stuck to Etim’s mind is how other students who represented their countries unleashed their creativity, something that seemed alien to the rather ‘bookish’ culture in this part of the world.

“Here we study engineering, there they do engineering,” Etim said while sharing his interaction with students at CUT.

“Over there, it’s less of books and studying; it’s about improving the way engineering studies are being done, the manner research works are conducted, and innovations and creativity unleashed rather than the theoretical aspect we often emphasise here.”

EEC is organised by Deans of Faculties of Engineering in Africa, with participants cutting across students and lecturers on the continent and the Diaspora.

The week-long event held in September opened Etim’s eyes to how South Africa leverages on solar to generate power, while at the same time keeping its industries running 24/7.

According to him, a Nigerian graduate can match his contemporary anywhere strength for strength, the missing link is that at the home front, they are less engaged, especially with respect to letting loose their innate talents.

“As I said before,” Etim continued, “We study engineering in Nigeria, but we get to the outside world and it looks as if we are starting another school again. A Nigerian (graduate) goes outside the country and emerges the best out there despite the poor education climate at the home front. It’s not that we don’t have the capacity; it’s about the Nigerian environment.

“At Central University of Technology, it’s more of practical engineering. For instance the Electrical and Electronic Department (of CUT), really conserves energy. There is uninterrupted power supply there. (When) You come inside there, you don’t need to put on the switch because there is a sensor that detects your presence and the light switches on and when you leave it switches off. Once you step into their rest room, the sensor detects your presence and water flushes before and immediately after you use the toilet.

“If there is power outage just for five minutes, that means every operation in Free State is down at that moment. The hotel I was staying had no gates, I was my own security. The hotel management only gave  every guest a remote, when you want to leave, you press the power button and the gate opens, and again you press and the gate closes.”

Etim noted that from his interaction with students across Africa and Diaspora, most tertiary institution and industries play down on the phenomenon of geniuses; but rather students that can meet specific needs through their creativity and skills.

“It’s about time; our institutions began to challenge us about what we can do.

“There, they are really engaging their students! But here in Nigeria, it’s all about studying and studying. Over there, it’s not about the best student in this or that course; it’s about the best in creativity, and skills, best in students’ ability to think out of the box and all that.

“I also realise that there, project work begins from your first year. You don’t just get into final year and get a project topic that is new. You get your project work from your first year and you get used to it until when you finish, and eventually the project gets published. But in Nigeria, most of our projects end in the library.

“Second, they don’t just generate a research topic; they approach industries and enquire from them what their challenges are. Let’s say Coca Cola has a problem, and I am able to solve it as a student, why will Coca Cola not employ me upon graduation? Truth is, the relationship between our institution and industries is very poor,” Etim concluded.


Wale Adegbuyi
Wale Adegbuyi
Wale Adegbuyi



Mistakes has different names but whichever one is given to it, be it inadequacies, deficiency, limitations, weakness or even failing, the key thing is there can never be an ideal situation. Can there be a perfect situation? Practical No! even scientifically its proven and in business world, “ceteris paribus” when things are to be fixed, meaning “all things being equal” it’s a way of telling the partner that the thing will work as planned only if all things are equal and naturally thing will never be equal. This is enough a lesson for us all to know that, mistakes are part of life, but failure to learn from mistakes is the crime that deserve no forgiveness.


Let’s look at an innocent child, he’s careless about anything, they make natural mistakes without worries, but when corrected you never see them do it again, that is the way life should be from such logic we can actually develop a lot of new thing and make the world go round. Several scientists never got it right at once. Albert Einstein did his research about a thousand and one times but he ended of illuminating the world over, and several other people have over the years learnt from his wealth of knowledge. One of the foremost American presidents Abraham Lincoln, attempted several things in life bit never got it right but he ended up becoming a president.


The Japanese economy was a weak one in the sixties the very moment they learnt from their failures, the system was revolutionalised and ended up being one of the best economies of the world today. So mistake is not a crime it is refusal to learn from mistakes that is deadly. It is unfortunate, that what lead to the woos and backwardness in Africa today is because we don’t believe we made mistakes because we will rather shift blames on economy, parents, boss, siblings, environment, government, the people and some will even say God the creator of the universe, because we failed to realize our mistakes, which all we needed to do is convert the mistakes to success and move on in life, moment we accept that we are wrong then the way to success is already opened.


The country has successfully produced 15 president/head of state, yet no one has ever accepted to have made mistakes that lead the country to a ruin we are wallowing in today, each time they assume office they blame their predecessor for the failure of the system, yet they have not being able to make any meaningful impact and when asked they also give excuse of the system, is the system spiritual, Nigeria is where we are today because we refuse to learn from the past mistakes, if President Ibrahim Babangida, Obasanjo after their 8years of misrule, accepted his mistakes and advise the successor to look into the areas where he considered he made errors, the successor would have learnt and as well caution himself on the path to follow to make the country great. The exaltation of our failed leadership has brought us woos in Nigeria. Let us learn today from our mistakes and move our lives and the nation forward.



Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale

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Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale
Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale
Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale

Greed & Pride: the dream killers


Greed as defined by oxford Advanced Learners dictionary as a strong desire for more wealth, possessions, power etc than a person needs while pride is defined as a feeling that you are better or more important than other people. And the word of God said in the holy book “pride goes before destruction”.


I’ve learnt over the years that what lead to pride is weakness, self complex as a result of not being able to meet up with certain things in life and probably you find yourself where you least expected in life or achieve a result you least dreamt of or worked hard for. The more battle you face in life, the more challenged you become, a man designed for a great glory will experience a greater challenge compare to a commoner. Each time you strive hard and nothing seems to work, get back to the drawing board if it require starting all over again don’t hesitate, because there is light at the end of the tunnel.


Many times we are carried away with the euphoria, that we are this we are that, meanwhile we live in our past, because at present nothing is actually available. The time you are most celebrated is the time to do a self check to be sure you are living up to expectation and you will not fail your people.


There are occasion when our dream disturb our actions, this is the most dangerous time in the life a great dreamer, if pride takes him he might miss it, but if he has the grace to re-examine self, he might discover that there is difference between your dream and reality in sight. Sometimes our goal and future that we are privileged to know make us feel proud that we miss golden opportunities because we feel we know better than the people that made it available. No doubt we may know better but despite all the gift and efficiency we do not possess what they possess, and most time what they possess is what we needed to move to our next level, but pride can harm us when we feel we don’t need it with confidence that we can get it. Yes we can but not at the time it was available on platter of gold, to get it we will work extra and if care is not taken we may not get it till we retire to fate.


My mother use to say “eni ti ko se bi alaaru loyingbo; kole se bu adegboro loja oba” interpreted as “he who fails to work effectively when expected will not be celebrated as at when due” so we need to understand the time to sow which is even clearly stated in the word of God.  Most people that are mostly affected by pride are the naturally gifted people, and its even common amongst men of God that at a point they start hearing themselves instead of God voice and yet they still believe they are still important, they talk with pride and they celebrate material things instead of looking unto God the author and the finisher of our faith, they celebrate the material gains of this world and they use that as testimony.


Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale
Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale

Alas! Pride and greed are brothers, they move together, moment pride set into a life, greed move along because they have something in common. The more you celebrate yourself the more you love to acquire more and the more you go down the drain, a prideful person can never be contented he will always want more so as to be at an advantage to oppressed those he perceived as enemies. Pride! A dream killer, greed! Absolutely life destroyer, many creatures, never reached half of their dream due to pride, and many died of greed because they don’t understand leaving the stage when ovation is loudest. Christ is a symbol of humility to the Christians as Mohammed is to the Muslims, what we read about the two of them indicates how level headed and kindhearted they were, their love for people and not materialism, they crave for life rather than wealth, their quest for souls rather than prosperity. Many are perishing today because they live in the euphoria of being a born again Christian not knowing that they have backslide due to pride and greed for materials of life. Many spiritual leaders are mislead, many are spiritually dead thinking they are still spiritually filled because miracles still happens, anyone can do miracle, we saw it in the book of genesis, so miracle does not say anyone is a man of God, let us check our self, examine our spirit if we are truly not being ruined by pride and greed. These two killers are brothers and they move together to destroy. Beware!



Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale

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