Thursday, 14 November 2019

The State of Education in Warri

On my way to the office, I met a young man pushing wheel barrow, inside it, was an empty rice sack. Are you not going to school, I asked him? "I go, go school, I needs to pack the dirts from one of my customers house before I go school" he said.
I knew Alex late September. He was about beating up one of his business associate, (Dirty packer,) Kama who attended our very first "Books On The Go" event in Enerhen town, Warri.

They were arguing among themselves who will be the one that will dispose the waste of some people in the neighborhood. I had to intervene and asked questions resolve the squabbles.

This young lads, rent wheelbarrow in the morning and go around the neighborhood carrying dirts and dump it in the nearby river at a fee. At the end of every weekend business day, they make an average a 1,000 - 2,000 Naira after payment of expense (renting of wheelbarrow and payment at the river) from waste disposal.

Reflecting on this incidence, I recalled I had with Aunty Takure Caroline, the Principal of Ugbolokposo secondary school. She said Collins, Gender equality in education is changing quickly especially in the education sector. For example, We have more girls going to schools now than boys. In a class of 78 students, we can have 45 - 50 girls, why? She continued the boys are either looking for quick money through fraudulent means or through very minimal jobs.
These kids do this at the detriment of the environment, causing health challenges to themselves and others and neglecting their education, the bedrock of their and national development.

A recent picture I received from my a friend described how Education in Warri has been neglected. The state of education in Warri is one of neglect. When I saw the picture, I asked myself how come this is possible Airport road? Airport road Is not just the commercial hub of the city, it’s one of the high end areas and most popular route in the city. One will ordinarily assume that public schools along the location of the first airport in Delta state will have at least all the basic tools for learning, but it's sad to see students seating on the floor in Ogberikoko secondary school, airport road.

A recent statistics states that 1 out of every 5 illiterate or out of school children globally, is a Nigerian. Nigeria has over 10M out of school children. This is sad.

The consequence of an uneducated society is a factory churning out young people who abuse drugs, involve in cultism, communal clashes, terrorism, and various criminal acts such as armed robbery, human trafficking, kidnapping, and juvenile delinquency etc to make end meets.

The National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non-formal Education (NMEC), recently said that 35 percent of the nation’s adult population was illiterate. It's shocking but I had no reason to question this data, because my recent experience teaching inmates at Nigeria Prison Warri, opened me up to practical data.
I discovered that inside the prison yard of a little over 1,200 inmates, less than 500 had proper education and amongst this number only a handful finished primary and secondary school.

According to NMEC, literacy rate is the percentage of people from the age of 15 and above who can read and write simple statements on their everyday life.

It’s shameful that everyday para educational outfits like extra-mural are springing up, adult night classes are increasing in the city of Warri when government is spending billions of Naira in education. Although their earlier ignorance of education led us here, but it’s high time, Education gets same budget as health because it tied to the quality of life.

Any time i traveled out of Warri, I get this are you from Warri, these question arise because I am kind of different from the lot and I a doing something to contribute to the development of the city. A careful look at the people who bring shame to Warri are the uneducated who can contribute little or nothing to the development of city.

Education is the bedrock of any country, if we must build a NewWarri, then we must join hand with the government to combat the educational crisis we can achieve a 99.9% literate in Warri.

Neglect of Education partly accounts for the low level of development and negative image, because the growth and development of anywhere depend largely on the quantity and quality of all segments of that place.
Literacy rates in countries like Cuba, Poland, and Estonia are as high as 99.8 per cent, while Barbados, Latvia and Slovenia have attained 99.7 per cent, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Report (2007/2008). That report put Nigeria's literacy rate at 69.1 per cent.

In drawing this to a close, It's expedient that I point out that there are some good schools in Warri, but not for the average residents. Cost of the school per term is a little less than the improved annual minimum wage. Schools like Lakeland schools Ogunu, Edjeba Estate School, Eagle Height, International Unity School, Wingate International School etc, fall under this category. Equipped with good structure and library. Not many schools come close with standard and calibre of teachers. I see Delta Career along Airport road as one of the very best in the city, although they are not as expensive like Eagle Height or Lakeland, but they have raised some of the city's finest people both in Warri and Diasporas for the past 40 years. This year marks their 40th year of consecutively delivering quality education in the city.

In conclusion, there is a need for investment in both formal and non-formal basic education in Warri, irrespective of age or class, so that children and adults interested in education can have access to adequate educational opportunities which will help them develop their literacy skills and thereby bring development.
Often times, we hear people say that our educational system is broken, yet our university are flooded, and we keep using certificates from this broken system to apply for jobs and travelI abroad.

The admittance that the government cannot do it alone, should motivate and drive both the social and private sector to fight educational neglect in the city. 

There are number of ways and platforms we can commit ourselves to improving the state of the education in Warri.

There are social and advocacy organization one can commit to give attention to education in the city. One of such is WarriReads.

WarriReads believe that Education remains the most viable solution out of poverty. This local library works to empower children with books and learning tools, that can help them break the barrier between them and quality education. 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Warri Effurun Peace Marathon

More than 800 marathons are held throughout the world each year and for various purposes e.g. charity, sporting event, for peace and also as memorials. The Warri Effurun Peace Marathon is for peace.
Many of the competitors of Warri Effurun Peace Marathon are recreational athletes, sport lovers or those interested in charity, peace work etc. In the last Warri Effurun Peace Marathons, we had over 3,000 thousands of participants including par parathletes.

The Warri Effurun Peace Marathon is a 10KM marathon designed to promote peace and revive economic development in Warri, this once peaceful and economic hub of Delta state, is now the oil city ravaged by years of tribal wars and ethnic squabbles.

Running a marathon can improve your physical health in numerous ways. It can help you sleep better, strengthen and tone your leg, help you burn calories,  weight and put in good shape. Marathon training has a way of challenging even the fittest athletes and above all it has the capacity to bring a community together, the almost half marathon is striving towards this goal in the Oil city of Warri.

In a tweet, replying Barrack Obama, World Marathon record holder Eluid Kipchoge, who ran the full length of a marathon (26 miles 385 yards) under two hours, crossing the finish line at 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in Vienna said. Running World is a peaceful World. This we believe strongly, this is why for the past 4 years we’ve invested time, energy and resources in a running Warri.
The Warri Effurun Peace Marathon has a rich heritage of promoting peace, unity, security, health and economic growth in the oil city of Warri. It started in 2016 and it's gradually becoming one of the oldest and safest marathon in Nigeria.
The Warri Effurun Peace Marathon will be celebrating her 5th anniversary, on the 28th of March 2020. 5 years of consistently promoting peace through running and youth engagement. The promise from our convener Mrs. Joyce Broderick Bozimo in her own words "It's not only going to be the biggest sporting event in Delta State, it's also going to be exciting, laced with amazing prizes to be won by contestants and networking opportunities. Our last marathon had over 3,000 participants and we can't wait for 2020 to come to run with top Nigeria runners.

If you are a lover of peace, mark your calendar to participate in our 10KM race.
The Warri Effurun Peace Marathon also involves parathletes both in male and female category running for prizes.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please reach us on any of the following platforms.

Email : hello@warrieffurunpeacemarathon.org.ng

Social Media : web.marathon

Mobile : +2348057331112

Thursday, 26 September 2019

What empowerment?

I got a WhatsApp broadcast this morning and began to wonder, where we are headed as young people.

The message, a clear attempt to exploit reading empowerment.

Below is the content of message.

Empowerment! Empowerment!! Empowerment!!!

This is to inform all Youths in Warri Federal  Constituency that there is a GOOGLE DIGITAL SKILL TRAINING programme, organized by Hon. (Chief) Thomas Ereyitomi, member federal house representative, representing Warri Federal constituency.

All necessary payments for the training has been taken care of by Hon, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi for all youths from Warri Federal constituency.

Participants will be trained on how to develop Google AD's, Google contents and other interesting packages that will make youths financially independent. A Google license certificate will be issued to participants as well.


The training is slated to hold on;
Thursday September 26, 2019
Venue: CEDAR HALL , NO. 41 Airport Road, Opposite Edjeba  Junction, Warri, Delta State.
Time: 9am prompt.

All youths in the Warri Federal Constituency are advised to make use of this opportunity to better their lives and be financially independent.

Note: There will be free Feeding.

For more information contact;
Emma Nunu 08023239671
Hon. Stephen Dolor 08033541758
Alex Gbiwen 08036130765
Seth Douperegha 08067384053

Here's my irritation, Anyone serious enough can learn the under listed courses free from Google. Have a google account and you are all signed up to Learn Google Digital Skill

"All necessary payments for the training has been taken care of by Hon, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi for all youths from Warri Federal constituency."

You'll be shocked the amount that will be said was spent on this project, if it's listed as a constituency project.

If the Hon. Rep, does, we'd like to know the cost of the project.
What's the cost per head?

We have a much more educated society, yet remain gullible and susceptible for manipulation by people we have contracted leadership too.

Waste remains a challenge in the society, teach people how to recycle and make money from it. I heard that FUPRE is working on a machine that mixes plastic sand and cement to make bricks and roofing sheets. Now that's something laudable.

Carry out training on Fishing and Agriculture. We still spend billions annually importing fish and other agro products. There are young people who are willing and ready to be trained on how.

This is not empowerment, this is exploitation iced with food.

Just imagine.

Monday, 23 September 2019

SOTERIA's OPTICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. (OHCS)

Warning, This is a milestone, but don’t make it a cornerstone because we're going to exceed it, very soon.


In 1899, Charles H. Duell, U.S. Commissioner of Patents said: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” In other words, everything that can be created to solve problems has been created.

Soteria Eye Clinic unequivocally is the best in eye-care services in south-south Nigeria. This may seem like a huge boast, but it’s just a statement of fact.

We’ve have maintained our dominance because we have reinvented ourselves, improved on the delivery of our services and seek out ways to please and offer premium services to our customers.

Like Charles was proven wrong over and over again, we are doing the same to ourselves, by designing this exclusive all-inclusive premium service for our clients.

Optical Health Care Service (OHCS) is designed to accommodate all our clients, offering each of them quality products, maintenance, and eye-care services.

We want to give every of our client a proper and comprehensive eye exam, at their convenience in our exclusive V.I.P consulting room with state of the art facilities.

See the details and cost of our OHCS below.
You can reach us via

Head Office:
28, Kotie Street (Quality Inn) Road, Off Okumagba Avenue, Warri. (Delta-State)

Corporate Office:
Shop 53A, DeltaMall (Shoprite), Warri,
Delta-State.

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Dear Ecobank, I Want A Divorce.


The long unfruitful marriage we have had over the years needs to come to an end. It’s sad that you didn’t deem it fit to pamper me during our time together, even when you knew my first husband, Hallmark died and family transferred me to you. 
 You see, you’ve always frustrated my efforts to love you, not once or twice, severally, I have stormed out of your bank, especially the one at Airport road, Warri with staffs lacking empathy, but here I am again today, feeling the same way I felt, when your security officers insulted and threatened to shoot me and brand me a criminal, here I am again feeling the same way I felt, when your customer care personnel asked me to close my account if I want to, here I am again feeling the same way I felt, when the lady that was supposed to confirm my master card, made me wait for her while she chatted away on the phone, or maybe I should a take a walk down memory lane when your ATM at Udu road, paid me three pieces of fake one thousand naira note, and when I went to complain, it was changed, without complain and it makes me wonder if he was aware or was done intentionally or the time I was at your branch at Enerhen junction by 8:13AM, customers where standing outside, I was surprised while they were still standing outside and they said, “Bank never open”.

Dear Ecobank, I am tired, I cared about you, but I can’t continue to have my heart broken all the time. You see, I care about you sincerely, that’s why I take your shortcomings to heart, maybe because you pride yourself as Pan African bank, but I am disappointed.
Your staffs lacks empathy, they act as if they care so much about the system or structure, but in truth they hide behind a broken system to avoid the job they are supposed to do and that’s treat customers right and well.

I have always tweeted my concern about banks, especially in my city Warri, one time I did tweet about a bank and the way they responded and pampered me afterwards, I felt like cheating on you, well I did cheat on, courtesy of me, that bank, I think got five accounts, two corporate accounts and three savings. How I wish I can get this same treatment from you, my beloved Ecobank, not even when your regional security officer visited me with the head of the airport road branch (I knew yesterday, after he refused to assist a customer in need and the icing on the cake was that he refused with a fixed smile, I will explain in a bit).
You see, I treasure my Ecobank account, maybe because, it was the first account and I like the fact that it’s still operational or because I did my BVN nope, or, well I don’t know.

Warri is not Lagos, and they can’t be in the same league, yet we see comparison between Lagos and Warri and wonder why? We have very few commercial centers in Warri, namely Airport road, Jakpa road, Okumagba Avenue, Enerhen Junction, Deco road, Mcdermot, maybe roundabout because of Delta mall and PTI junction, but Lagos…oh please don’t go there.

Just this morning, I was talking to a lady, friend Sandra Ossai, the best female barber I know and she said, Collins, I have been wasting my time in Warri, but here in Lagos, I am learning and earning more. We charge an upward 2k and customers pay without stress, but back in Warri, only big boys pay an upward of five hundred naira, even the seemingly comfortable with more than two cars, find it difficult to pay three hundred naira for a haircut.

One time, I recommended a lady friend to cut her son hair at Friction Barbing Saloon, Airport road, and she walked out when she was told, the price of one haircut, for crying out loud, I know she can afford it, times two. Now the problem was not the money, it was because it’s Warri, and in she said, Collins, just to cut hair, abeg, I nor dey pay.

Now the point of this distraction is that, Friction is charging that much not because, of the added services, but because, they are on Airport road, only few areas can risk charging that much, Airport road and Delta Mall, except your saloon is extra gadgetarized, like those in Lagos.
Airport road is a key commercial hub in Warri and Ecobank has just one branch on that road, but this branch is the branch you’ll visit and security will turn you back and say, “abeg go awi other branch, our generator bad or no light” I have had this experience atleast twice.

Why this blog post?
Yesterday, I had a meeting at PIND facility Egbokodo, sadly for me I forgot my ATM card at home, on getting to the bank, I walked to the extreme left, where the customer care was seated, and explained my ordeal to the customer care lady and she goes ballistic “Bros, no forgetting matter, na so una wey be customers dey always talk, go and meet my boss” In my mind, Collins, Banks just came back from Sallah, so maybe she’s having a stressfull day. I don’t know why she’s always unfriendly. I can’t remember anytime, I have seen this lady cheerful, sometimes I wonder if it’s husband, children wahala or bank stress, but then I see the other colleague on the other side, she’s not always talking to customers, but she has an inviting face, even the security guy, who sometimes thinks he’s a banker. He does the ATM filling form for customers, always walking around the bank to and fro, in my mind, I say why not just employ him as office assistant?
I walked across the standing customers to where she has directed me, to and on getting there, it was empty, came back to her, and she said my Boss is there, go back. I went again, this time asked one of the tellers and he said, that’s the place, nobody there, went back to her and she said, my colleague is standing in his front, go and meet that colleague. Got there asked the colleague where’s the Boss and she pointed to him who was walking towards us.

He was wearing the same red Ecobank Tshirt he wore when he came with the regional security head to visit. Oh I see, that’s why he refused to enter the picture we took. He has this fixed smiling face, which I have come to learn was is his real face. Not work face, not happy or sad face, his real face. His face does not express his emotion.

Then I started my story, I need a slip, I forgot my ATM card at home, then he said, we can’t help you, we have not gotten teller for two weeks. In my head two weeks, that’s 12 working days or 8 working days if you are factoring the sallah holiday, plus minus. You see the system is supposed to help not deform. If the branch lead without shame say he has not gotten bank teller for two weeks, I wonder what happens to their old customers, those without ATM, those with ATM challenge.
Yes, I understand the whole cashless hullabaloo, but Ecobank Airport road branch is just one laid back and unserious branch of Ecobank.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

GO FORWARD - The Faith Conference.

In ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:15‬ the Bible tells us “And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:”

Like these Israelites, perhaps you are looking up to God crying for help in areas where God has commanded that you break ranks, advance and take charge. 
In ‘The Mine 2019’ you’d receive enlargement in your inner-man as you encounter the Holy Spirit in an atmosphere of boundless worship and effectual prayers empowering you with supernatural wisdom and prophetic insight. 

Encounter life-changing revelation as you will be enriched with the prophetic teaching gifts of:
Dr. Tony Rapu
Dr. Dotun Reju
Pastor Tobore Adakaraza
Join us for three anointed days – Thursday, August 15, 2019 through Saturday, August 17, 2019. 

During the conference, Children’s Church doors open at 4pm to children ages 3-12. So you don't have to about your kids.

You can't make it? No worries as we would be streaming live on Instagram and Facebook @mysaltcity

Don’t miss your chance to become more than a conqueror in Christ! Mark your calendar, tell all your friends, and make plans to attend ‘GO FORWARD’

Please contact us at +234 812 168 5528 or visit our website www.mysaltcity.org
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Sunday, 24 March 2019

#MyKekeDiaries : Longevity

To all my avid keke diary readers; I am sorry, I’ve not posted lately. It’s not for lack of content but time. Yes! Time. Now that you have accepted my apologises, don’t scroll pass. Please read and drop a comment. We are publishing #MyKekeDiaries soon.
You see...Time is both a valuable and invaluable resource. Time is life. We can get anything back, but not time. Any time lost is gone forever and this is one of the major resources that we keep squandering.

Mama: “Shuoo, so dis people for Nigeria nor fit disappoint me small. Dem nor fit allow me to accuse them wrongly sef. Anywhere I go, we jux dey waste time uppandan”

Mama was pained to see a young lad playing apene (draft) not that it was a bad recreational sport but the timing according to her was wrong. This was before 1100HRS.

I entered the Keke from Omenta junction going to Deco junction and Mama was energetically talking with the rider and another passenger. Mama in her yellow lace on a brown wrapper and jealously clutching her blue bible with her left hand across her chest.

Mama : “You see this dollbaby (mannequin)?” She said, pointing to the dressed mannequin outside one of the boutiques along the road, “Na so those small boys wey dey play apene be for  my eye”

Still in shock from the funeral service  I had been part of the officiating ministers in Aladja, I had no interest to get involved in the conversation.

“But Mama, why you talk like that?” The rider a pot-bellied and yellow igbo accent speaking man with a red bead was boisterously speaking with Mama.

Mama : “My pikin, I come back from Amereeca, because I nor dey do anything for dere pass sleep, wake up, waka inside the house, come out, sedan tire and go back, naim I tell my pikin say I wan come back...”

Rider : “Mama, d mama!”

Mama : “E dey vex me say yung men, nor wan work. Dem dey find free money or the one wey dem go see pick for road. For abroad, which money you wan pick? The moment you pickam, them go find you come your house”

Rider : “Mama na so amereeca be na, every where na computerize”

Mama : “Computerize wetin? na so my pikin tell them say I be 100 years and dem believe?  I sure say if i tell them my real age, dem for nor let me come”
Me : “Oh wooow, Mummy, so how many years you be na?”

Mama : “I be 106 this year, yes, 106”

Rider : “and you still strong like this? Wow!!

Me : “Mama, abeg I go take pishure with you”

Mama was excited. She ordered the rider to stop so i can take a proper picture.

Rider : “...but mama, God don keep you well, you dey talk well, waka by yourself. How you take doam?”

Mama : “You see my bible,” she said waving it, “I nor dey play witam,” She kept it on her thigh and stretched out both of her hands.
“You see my hands and heart clean pass anything, I nor dey keep bad belle, and I like to dey work, becos  if i nor work ,dey put tori from Jerusalem to Jericho or dey play apene, I for nor fit train my children go school”

Rider : “Mama, you don talk finish, I wan old like you Mama”

Mama : “Follow God , Love God and Keep your hand clean”

I hope you learned a thing from Mama, enjoy your weekend.

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