Hussaini G. Mohammed
It is hardly necessary to point out that education is one of the crucial factors in economic development. Today it is barely possible to find a place on the Earth where knowledge would not be consideredto be an investment in the future. But if in some parts of the world education is a piece of cake, and young people are bewildered by the number of educational opportunities, with the luxury of choosing among the best options the market offers, in other places young adults must take part in a very competitive struggle to get access to an education. Often this involves quite dangerous, lengthy journeys abroad and separation from family and friends for long periods of time. Hussaini Garba Mohammed, Youth Time’s contributor in Nigeria, has spoken with one of the youngest Northern Nigerian graduates, Marine Engineer Ahmad Khalil Yahaya, to discuss with him what challenges he had to face in order to get a degree and his experience with untold hardships that can lead to frustration and helplessness.
Every day, hundreds of donkeys, tipper lorries, wheelbarrows, head pans, and shovels are used to dig sand running into millions of tons and move it to where it is used in building houses and constructing other structures across Nigeria. Many people ignore the fact that the indiscriminate digging of sand is dangerous; and that encroaching on farmlands can reduce farming activities needed for food security and income for farmers and more revenue to the government. Farming reduces poverty and hunger. Apart from the fact that natural resources should be used properly, local residents should be made to understand the consequences of acting otherwise.
YT’s Africa contributor, Hussaini Mohammed, went to Nigeria’s Osun State to meet one of the best creative Adire and Batik designers in Nigeria, Jibril Babangida. Jibril is creating jobs for hundreds of unemployed men and women by producing homemade Batik. In an interview with YT, the young Nigerian entrepreneur talks about his life story, pointing out that knowledge, persistence, and hard work are the sure way to move Nigeria’s artistic and creative professionals forward.