Nigeria’s Independence


Hello world, Nigeria celebrated her 50th independence anniversary on October 1st. It was a day of several activities mounted across the nation. However, some aggrieved persons also took the occasion to announce their grievances by detonating two car bombs which killed a total of twelve persons and wounded several others.

The lesson of the independence for the regular folks in the street is that there is hope for a better tomorrow.  Hope is one commodity that Nigerian youths need to find and cling onto at all costs. While political gladiators hone in their skills for the 2011 general elections, the Nigerian youth is a key player in determining the outcomes of the electioneering process.

If  you have a gift to offer the Nigerian youth today, do ensure that it is hope-wrapped in shiny and attractive foil, otherwise he/she may not want to receive your free gift.

One question I find hard to crack is this; Given the enormous quantities of natural resources hidden under Nigeria’s soils, some of which are the largest in the world and some can’t be found elsewhere on the planet, will Nigeria ever be independent of Western and Eastern overt and covert influences?

Ola Abraham
Ola Abraham has very deep academic roots starting in West Africa where he obtained a degree in Nuclear Engineering from Nigeria’s foremost ICT University, the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He also received a Masters in Space Management from the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg France.

Professionally, he has post graduate training in Computer Science and Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Energy Systems Management and Planning from Institut für Energiewirtschaft und Rationelle Energieanwendung, (IER) University of Stuttgart, and Energy Audit from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ola has also interned at the globally acclaimed disruptive technologies driver cum incubating environment - XPRIZE Foundation. An avid breaking technology aficionado, Ola has also received training in Solar and Wind technologies design and integration from CONERGY, DC Power Systems and Sharp Solar all in California.

He leads EastWind Laboratories, a company domesticating and diffusing technology applications with special interest in energy, environment and waste management in Nigeria and the African region.
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