In this TEDx presentation, Nigeria’s former Minister of Youth Development and one time Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi makes the argument that “Our inordinate concentration on entrepreneurship and self-employment is killing our education. It is educating our young people out of their diverse talents and potentials; it is stigmatizing knowledge and the pursuit of interests that do not make money making their primary objectives. And, it is undermining our public institutions.”
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi was born in 1969. He attended one of Nigeria’s leading universities, the University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos where he graduated with a B.Sc. Second Class Upper degree, in Mass Communication
In 2001, he won the British Council Chevening Scholarship to study for a postgraduate programme in Governance and Development at the prestigious Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom where in 2002, he bagged a Masters Degree with Distinction.
In April 2007 he was appointed Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology in Kwara State, a position he held until May 2011. In recognition of his exceptional leadership qualities, Mallam Abdullahi was appointed Minister of Youth Development in July 2011.
All through his time at Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council, he earned the reputation of a pro-active, youth-friendly Minister.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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