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Reflections and refractions

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. – Stephen Hawking. Something similar can be said about the greatest enemy of Nigerian development. It is not ignorance of the right pathway to sustainable development but the illusion that the pathway that we have chosen, this tired and tiring pathway that leads us nowhere is the right one.

How can a pathway that rewards mediocrity, that sacrifices excellence for quota and ultimately enthrones nepotism ever lead to development? Such a pathway only breeds indolence and an entitlement mentality plus an unjustified arrogance that always plays up whenever the less qualified are put ahead of the more qualified by the pursuit of foul, flawed and suspect social policies.


Development and policy analyst with a strong interest in the arts and inclusive social change. Dabbles occasionally into poetry and literary criticism!

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