Alero Ayida-Otobo to speak at this month’s Meet The Emeritus

Meet the Emeritus is a monthly hangout event for school leaders, educators, education entrepreneurs and policy makers to meet, network, learn, collaborate, have fun and grow together. Each month, an experienced and successful education entrepreneur, educator and policy maker is invited to share his/her wealth of experience with the registered and invited participants.

How it works

  • Meet the Emeritus is a 2-hour moderated discussion program.
  • Our special guest will be engaged by a moderator for about 45 minutes while the remaining time will be dedicated to Q & A.

March Edition

Our special guest for March edition is Mrs. Alero Ayida-Otobo.

Mrs. Alero Ayida-Otobo is the CEO of Incubator Africa, a development agency that mobilises and equips Africans to collaborate and actively participate in strategic reform activities. She is also the author of Reformers Arise, a book written to activate people of dignity and integrity whose vision is to change the African narrative. Mrs. Otobo is passionate about reforming education and health systems and transforming individuals and institutions. She is a graduate of Oxford University, Bartlett School of Architecture and Town Planning, University of London and the London Business School. Mrs. Alero Ayida-Otobo has worked in myriad business sectors in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia, and delivered papers at conferences in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

She will be discussing with us on “Reforming our Education System: Why? Who? When? and How?”

  • Venue:  Education Hub, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
  • Date:     30 March, 2018
  • Time:    4pm – 6pm

Attendance for Meet the Emeritus is free for all the participants but registration must be confirmed due to the limited number of seats.


This event is powered by Edusko Africa and supported by Teach for Nigeria.


Apply for the 2018 Teach For Nigeria Fellowship

The Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is a transformational leadership program that equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classrooms in the communities we serve. After the Fellowship, alumni of Teach For Nigeria build on their classroom teaching experience to drive long-term systemic changes in the educational sector in Nigeria as they progress into leadership roles in their varied professions. The Teach For Nigeria model is based on the proven success of 40 country organizations including Teach For America, Teach First UK, Teach For Ghana, Teach For Bangladesh, Teach For Nepal and Teach For India, who are all part of the Teach For All network.

As a Fellow, you will set targets and work towards ambitious goals that will put your students on a different life path. The experience will not only develop your leadership skills but also give you first-hand exposure to the educational crisis in our country. It will help you develop an awareness of the wider issues relating to educational inequity – and deepen your understanding of their potential solution

Through the two years, Fellows receive ongoing support through a combination of in-person training sessions, leadership forums, as well as online training courses and resources. Additionally, we will build partnerships with key public and private sector entities in order to develop pathways to accelerate alumni leadership in critical areas.

After the two-year program and as an Alumni, you will be supported to use these skills and knowledge to advocate for and lead educational reform in whichever path you choose.

Apply here.

Enter for the Nigeria Students Poetry Prize 2018

Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) designed to stimulate creativity, promote literary excellence and broaden the concept of intellectualism among Nigerian undergraduates. Since inception in 2016 at the Students’ Union Building, University of Ibadan, the prize has received over 1000 entries from students drawn from over 100 tertiary institutions, cementing its place as the nation’s foremost poetry platform for students.

The 3rd edition of the prize opens for submissions from 15th January to 28th February, 2018. Building on the success of the 2017 edition of the awards ceremony hosted by University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), winners of the 2018 edition will be awarded in May at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Previous winners of the prize include Noah Oladele (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), Chinelo Nwangwu (University of Ibadan) and Chisom Okafor (University of Nigeria, Nsukka) in 2016; Bakre Fadil Adedamola (University of Ibadan), Ajah Henry Ekene (University of Benin) and Bona Solomon (University of Ibadan) in 2017.

Aside rewarding the top three entrants who also double as prize winners with a total cash prize of ₦300,000, the top 100 entrants will be featured in a globally distributed anthology.

1st Prize – ₦150,000
2nd Prize – ₦100,000
3rd Prize – ₦50,000

The 2018 edition of the prize is sponsored by Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.

  1. Open to all Nigerian undergraduates studying in Nigeria and the diaspora.
  2. Entrants must be from a recognized tertiary institution.
  1. Submissions are to be made at , with strict adherence to the instructions thereon.
  2. Poems must be original, intellectual property of the entrants.
  3. An entrant is entitled to a single entry of 30 lines maximum.
  4. There are no fixed themes.
  5. Entries submitted must be previously unpublished. A submission discovered to have defaulted on this rule will be automatically voided (inclusive of winners).
  6. All entrants are expected to purchase either one or both editions of the anthology of the top 100 entries uploaded on the submission portal.
  7. Under no condition will the judges’ decision be challenged.
  8. Entering for the contest gives PIN automatic right to make use of entries as deemed appropriate.
  9. Entries must be written in English. Native terminologies must be translated in English as footnotes.
  10. Entrants should subscribe to for regular updates.

Submission Deadline: 7th March, 2018


A school is as good as its teachers. 5 learnings from Olubunmi Egbeyemi’s Meet the Emeritus talk

Mrs. Olubunmi Egbeyemi is the Managing Director at The Foreshore School, Ikoyi, Lagos. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Lagos. As a product of a family of educationists and due to her passion for children, she went on to pursue a postgraduate diploma in Education from the University of Lagos in 1993. She started her career in the education sector as the Administrator of May Day School, where she spent 10 years before establishing Tenderloving Childcare (now The Foreshore School) in 2007.

She spoke on whose responsibility it is to invest in education at the second edition of Meet the Emeritus. The event held on February 16, 2018 at the Education Hub, Lagos.  Here are 5 things we learnt from her fireside chat with Isabella Akinseye.

  1. Education is the knowledge sector and requires human capital to manage the infrastructure.
  2. The government has a major responsibility in investing in quality education for all of society.
  3. Investment in teacher training is key as a school is as good as its teachers.
  4. Parents should invest their time, commitment and funds in their children’s education.
  5. Real change in Nigeria’s education sector will come from strong and credible leadership.

Meet The Emeritus is a monthly hangout event for school leaders, educators, education entrepreneurs and policy makers to meet, network, learn, collaborate, have fun and grow together. Each month, an experienced and successful education entrepreneur, educator and policy maker is invited to share his/her wealth of experience with the registered and invited participants. This event is powered by Edusko Africa and supported by Teach for Nigeria.



Tom Maxwell, Isabella Akinseye speak at Nigeria Parent Forum

University of Cambridge alumni, Tom Maxwell and Isabella Akinseye and shared their UK educational experiences at the February edition of the Nigeria Parent Forum which took place last Saturday at the ROS Centre, Ikeja, Lagos.

Tom Maxwell

Mr Maxwell, Marketing and Operations Manager at St Andrew’s College, Cambridge  shared on applying to the UK’s top ten universities using Cambridge and Oxford as case studies and for competitive courses. He also shared tips on successful applications. He concluded his session by giving an overview of the education pathways and scholarships available at St Andrew’s College, Cambridge for Nigerian students.

Isabella Akinseye

Miss Akinseye who was a past president of the Cambridge University Nigeria Society (CUNS) shared her personal experience applying and studying in UK’s foremost educational institution.  She also spoke about how a good university education can prepare one with the skills, experience and network required for a successful career.

Isabella Akinseye and Tom Maxwell

The Nigeria Parent Forum is sponsored by the British Schools Expo and supported by TIEC Group, The Education Corporation (TEC) and Universities and Schools Admissions Services (USAS). It consists of a variety of talks for parents by leading educational experts on a broad range of critically important subjects from education to future careers and everything in between. Topics include advice about studying overseas, entrance exams, healthy eating options, after school support, careers, finance, immigration and much more.

The seminars have been designed by a team of experts, each with over 50 years of experience dealing with children and educational options both within and outside the country.

The event is FREE and holds every third Saturday of the month.

For more information and to register, email

Call 01 295 3586 | 0708 447 4861.

Register for TOSSEtech

For close to a decade, Total School Support Seminar/ Exhibition has been one of Africa’s leading Education show. TOSSE brings together over 6,000 visitors and over 100 organisations providing innovative products and services for the Education sectors. However, TOSSE has proven to be an ideal platform for Educators and producers of all kinds of educational materials.

In order to fully integrate technological products (software/hardware) developed for the Education sector, we are excited to introduce to you TOSSEtech, a Technology Hub that connects key decision makers in the Education community to companies providing ICT solutions for the Education sector.

TOSSEtech aims to bring passion-driven learning to classroom, build human capacity and facilitate competence in the use of technology and other innovation towards effective school management. We create TOSSEtech to provide time for one on one engagement pitch between school authorities and technology experts that has solutions to most of the problems bedeviling the sector.

Date: March 2, 2018

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, 30 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Maryland, Lagos.

Register to attend TOSSEtech here.

Maiden edition of the Designed For Commerce workshop holds in Lagos

The maiden edition of the Designed For Commerce workshop held on the 10th of February 2018 at the Golfview Hotels, G.R.A. Ikeja. The D4C workshop which aims to help individuals discover how to monetise their creativity had digital marketers, entertainers, graphic artists, activists and influencers in attendance.

Maxwell Asowata
Tayo Bamiduro

Maxwell Asowata, founder of facilitated the first session introducing participants to the potential of the digital economy. Tayo Bamiduro, CEO of spoke on commercialising creativity while Kola Omisore, Creative Director at Verdant Zeal led a practical session on designing for mass appeal.  Damilare Ogunleye, CEO of Suvenia shared the benefits of using, a no risk and no cost plaform to sell their designs.

Kola Omisore
Damilare Ogunleye

One of the participants, Tosin Marie-Malti Aloba, who is a graphics designer, described the workshop as “an exciting induction of creative minds who are set to disrupt the digital economy.” She further thanked the D4C team for an awesome workshop.

The workshop is a part of the D4C initiative, which is designed to facilitate conversations, collaborations and spaces for designers, influencers, digital entrepreneurs, activists, entertainers and brands who are interested in shaping the influence of technology on commerce. Other components of the D4C initiative include a summer camp, and a workspace specifically designed to serve the creative industries.

The D4C initiative was found by with a team of four (4) co-founders, currently led by Damilare Ogunleye. Their inspiration was borne out of their experiences at the Alibaba and United Nations Committee on Trade & Development e-founders initiative, which seeks to empower 200 African entrepreneurs with skills to effectively advance technology-enabled ecosystems in Africa. Seeing the way young people in China were leveraging technology for commerce, sparked the idea that there exists an opportunity to ignite and accelerate same in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

The maiden edition of the Designed For Commerce workshop was sponsored by Suvenia and supported by Milo and Nescafe.

Further information about the program can be accessed at  and regular content updates can be found on via Instagram at