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Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo

Is our Bata sounding “kokoka?” By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.

The philosophy of education in the South West was built strong. It was the hope, the only hope given to every child who showed up in school.
A rhyme spelt it out in language that school children can relate with. Quality shoes back then were man made with sounding soles affordable by those who have distinguished themselves in education and taken to Careers that sustains an attractive lifestyle, wearing shoes sounding “ko ko ka”!
Hence the song, bata re a dun ko ko ka! Ti o ba ka we re!
Meaning: your shoes will sound ko ko ka, if you face your studies. To grow this philosophy, the Sage (Chief Obafemi Awolowo) made massive infrastructural investment in education. Same was supported by policies that will get every child into schools. It became a crime for parents to keep their Wards out of school with stiff penalty. The Government of the South West was all out in implementation of the policies and prosecution of erring parents. The result is the qualities of educated men and women in their late 70s to 90s who are rounding up on the stage of time being replaced by streets-grown men and market politics made women of Oluomos, Iya lojas and Baba lojas.
Under the Old Western region, the aspirations of Iya lojas was to raise their children to become Senators, Governors and Presidents through education. Unfortunately, our same society is today in reverse gear! Now Governors are raising their daughters to become Iyalojas and their sons middle men in state centered businesses. Whatever is left after their families are satisfied is passed to their cronies. The remnant left off, will palliate the public.
Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo must be weeping in his grave. Looking at this data and what has become of his legacy on Education in his well beloved South West.
Of course the only way the crops of politicians we have now can grow the demography of stupidity to support and sustain their political leadership is to encourage out of school ideology and plunge education into the pit like their feudalism counterparts, with slogans such as ‘who school help’ and ‘what is the usefulness of a certificate.’
Please, take another look at the attached data table and relate it to political decisions of each state in relation to their educational performance. Who or what should we ascribe Kano performance to? And what could be responsible for the plunge into the abyss of education in the South West? Every decision has consequences! Leaders are models with their antecedents as patterns. It’s both natural and spiritual to look like your leader. Beyond the sentiment of the now, please follow leaders in view and hope of the future you wish for your children. Efforts and double efforts are needed to reverse the trend.

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