Re: New year greetings.

Hello Dilip,

Wish you the same.

PALANI.S.


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Wish You All a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

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On Jan 1, 2017, at 8:42 AM, Sathyanarayana Rao M.R <srmetikurke@gmail.com> wrote:

Wishing a happy , healthy and prosperous new year to all my friends and their families.
M R S Rao

On Dec 30, 2016 6:49 PM, "Narayanan mylapore venkatesan" <mvnarayanan2@gmail.com> wrote:
Wishing all friends & families
       HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017
                                     M.V.Narayanan

On Dec 30, 2016 4:12 PM, "Jay Sankar" <mrjsankar@gmail.com> wrote:
Wish you all a Very Happy 2017. 

Cheers

On 30 Dec 2016, at 8:28 pm, Sriram Natarajan <srisriram.natarajan@gmail.com > wrote:

Wish you all a happy New year.
Sriram Natarajan

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Sriram Natarajan <srisriram.natarajan@gmail.com > wrote:
Wish you all airam Natarajan happy New Year.
Sr

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - 2017 Trend Analysis for Nigeria

2017 Trend Analysis and the Contours of Inertia

 

Jibrin Ibrahim, Daily Trust, 1st January 2017

 

Let me start with a health warning - I am a social scientist so I do not do predictions. That is the work of charlatans. I simply look at current trends and project them forward. The trends show that 2017 will be an important year in Nigeria's march towards democratic consolidation as the political class starts making concerted plans and engaging in actions towards the 2019 elections. It is also the year in which Nigerians will find out and respond to government's ability or inability to address the hardship generated by economic recession.

 

The key word for 2017 remains the same one that has determined political and economic dynamics since the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari – INERTIA. In 2016, the political movers and shakers within the ruling APC resisted the temptation to come out openly to confront the President over his refusal or inability to make political appointments, hoping that there would be changes. In 2017, they will be unable to restrain themselves; they will have to come out and do what politicians do, struggle for power. They will do so with gusto as they are still furious that they won power in 2015 and President Buhari would not allow them access to that power.

 

The story at the end of 2016 has been that for the umpteenth time, President Buhari would make major political changes and appointments in January 2017; he will do no such thing. Inertia will simply not allow him to make major changes. Essentially, President Buhari hates politics and distrusts politicians; he cannot change himself. The political class will come out and tell President Buhari that they forced him into politics and funded him for twelve years so after "success" at last, he cannot continue to treat them with disdain. In the first few months of 2017, the President will be under intense pressure to change one or two people close to him following allegations of corruption against them and the current investigation he has asked his Attorney General to carry out. He is likely to replace them with similar people who would also be unacceptable to the political class.

 

As inertia will not allow the President to act in his own interest, the real question is how would the political class act. The political class will also have great difficulties taking action. There are strong push factors that would push political agitation within the APC into the open. Nonetheless, there are no pull factors to bring the APC political barons together. Four of them at least - Bukola Saraki, Atiku Abubakar, Bola Tinubu and Rabiu Kwankwaso - would continue their individual quest for power, which means eliminating the others from the race to the summit. The year 2017 will witness an acceleration of the attempt to establish a new political platform with a capacity to win elections.

 

The continued crisis within the PDP will push some of its leaders to join the quest for a new platform this year. If, however, Ali Modu Sheriff fails in his attempt to demolish the PDP, then the former ruling party could attract some of those being pushed out of the APC. The key question for 2017 is whether the President will seek a second term. I believe it will soon become clear that he would indeed seek a second term, not by taking action to consolidate a political coalition that would support him, which is what he should do. Rather, his inertia is likely to push his inner core supporters to start his re-election campaign this year, simply because those mobilising against him would push the Buhari team to work towards maintaining their stay in power.

 

This will pose a challenge for the anti-corruption campaign of President Buhari. The Buhari team would have to answer the question about whether they should loot the treasury to campaign or allow their opponents who have already looted to succeed in taking over power. The refusal of the Senate to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the EFCC is actually an inner battle within the presidential team and within the APC about whether the country should shift gear from anti-corruption to a more laissez faire approach. We saw this previously, following the transition from Nuhu Ribadu to Farida Waziri under the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Administration. Those around President Buhari are intelligent and know that they would need a huge financial war chest to keep the President in power.

 

The most important question for 2017 will be getting out of recession. Economists are agreed that the recession happened because of two factors. The first was the profligacy of the Jonathan Administration followed by the collapse of petroleum prices. The second was President Buhari's failure in getting a competent economic team to develop an effective and timely response to the crisis. By the end of 2016, the misery associated with the economic crisis has accelerated the social decomposition of society and anarchic responses as the youth engage in self help projects based on kidnapping, cattle rustling and rural banditry, Accompanied by the lingering Boko Haram crisis and the revival of militancy in the Nigeria Delta, this has created a massive security challenge that our military and police forces have been unable to address adequately. The most important threat for 2017 is whether the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the Shiites, would be pushed into opening another security threat for Nigeria. This follows the triple provocation associated with the ban of the organisation by the Kaduna State Government, the actions of the security agencies in preventing their religious and political processions and the refusal of the Federal Government to release their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky despite court orders. Nigeria might well be sleepwalking into another security challenge that might be much bigger than the Boko Haram crisis.

 

All of these trends point to the necessity for the constitution of very strong political and economic teams to map out and pursue pathways towards solutions. The President however appears very happy with his current team and is unlikely to make significant changes so inertia will continue to be the operative key word. The crisis is, however, deepening and reaction will have to confront inertia in 2017. In most States of the country, Governors will continue to favour contracts over the payment of salaries. Although trade unions have been weakened, the failure to pay salaries would provoke revolt by workers in many States of the country, amplifying political tensions and social crisis.

 

The most frightening trend for 2017 is the return of hunger and malnutrition to Nigeria. In 2016, we observed the growth of starvation in the North East due to the Boko Haram insurgency. The dollar crisis has increased the annual trend of buying up food from farmers at harvest and exporting it to neighbouring countries. As inflation and unemployment bite harder, the spread of hunger and malnutrition would intensify.

 

Finally, 2017 is likely to be the record year for the Nigerian national sport – prayers and more prayers. As crisis deepens and inertia cripples our response capacities, Nigerians will increase the quantum of time devoted to prayers. Nigerians will also expand their generous donations to their religious leaders who will become richer as their congregations become poorer. The question that might arise is whether Nigerians would think more clearly and extend revolt to our revered religious leaders.

 

I close my 2017 trend analysis with another health warning. Nigeria's leaders at all levels should take trend analysis seriously in our collective interest. It is not about predictions of doom; it is not even about predictions. It's about assessing where we are, and where we are going, so as to ensure that we change course and head for better destinations. It's possible. One of the most enigmatic dictums in trend analysis or future studies is: "the future is no longer what it used to be." This refers to the paradox of our times when we appear determined to bequeath to our children a poorer world than the one we found at birth. We must return to a future that is better than what current trends are pointing to.

 

Professor Jibrin Ibrahim

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Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja
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Fwd: Spiritual Bud Blossoms!




January 1
 
  ATONEMENT
 
The cosmos is one integrated unity. Variety in it does not come into conflict with its underlying unity.
 
Separatism and segregation are the ways of the ignorant. They are not in tune with the plan of Nature. Man progresses by harmonizing and by agreeably adjusting himself. By helping all and by promoting the general welfare man adds to his own prosperity. Assimilation leads him to plentitude.
 

 Atonement is 'at-one-ment' or coming together. It is the way of the wise. It leads to enlightenment. It is called Ganesh Puja.


- Vedanta

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Re: New year greetings.

Wish You All a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

Mammen 
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On Jan 1, 2017, at 8:42 AM, Sathyanarayana Rao M.R <srmetikurke@gmail.com> wrote:

Wishing a happy , healthy and prosperous new year to all my friends and their families.
M R S Rao

On Dec 30, 2016 6:49 PM, "Narayanan mylapore venkatesan" <mvnarayanan2@gmail.com> wrote:
Wishing all friends & families
       HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017
                                     M.V.Narayanan

On Dec 30, 2016 4:12 PM, "Jay Sankar" <mrjsankar@gmail.com> wrote:
Wish you all a Very Happy 2017. 

Cheers

On 30 Dec 2016, at 8:28 pm, Sriram Natarajan <srisriram.natarajan@gmail.com> wrote:

Wish you all a happy New year.
Sriram Natarajan

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Sriram Natarajan <srisriram.natarajan@gmail.com> wrote:
Wish you all airam Natarajan happy New Year.
Sr

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Dear all the members of ex bellionaires, 
Wishing you all a happy new prosperous year 2017 with good health.
Anikhindi P. R.

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Re: New year greetings.

Wishing a happy , healthy and prosperous new year to all my friends and their families.
M R S Rao

On Dec 30, 2016 6:49 PM, "Narayanan mylapore venkatesan" <mvnarayanan2@gmail.com> wrote:
Wishing all friends & families
       HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017
                                     M.V.Narayanan

On Dec 30, 2016 4:12 PM, "Jay Sankar" <mrjsankar@gmail.com> wrote:
Wish you all a Very Happy 2017. 

Cheers

On 30 Dec 2016, at 8:28 pm, Sriram Natarajan <srisriram.natarajan@gmail.com> wrote:

Wish you all a happy New year.
Sriram Natarajan

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Sriram Natarajan <srisriram.natarajan@gmail.com> wrote:
Wish you all airam Natarajan happy New Year.
Sr

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 12:07 PM, praful anikhindi <praful.anikhindi@gmail.com> wrote:
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Wishing you all a happy new prosperous year 2017 with good health.
Anikhindi P. R.

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - And Prof. Emmanuel Ayodele Yoloye Lives On

Ayodele Yoloye and the Future of Education in Nigeria

Dr. Tunji Olaopa

Executive Vice-Chairman

Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP)

Email: tolaopa@isgpp.com.ng


Like literature, history, medicine and the arts, the field of education also has its unique icons—intellectuals, practitioners and theorists—who translated theories and practices into a passionate agitation for the transformation of education as a driver of change in Nigeria. Several names come straight to mind—Babatunde Fafunwa, Alvan Ikoku, Samuel Bajah, and of course Ayodele Yoloye. The recent demise of Emeritus Prof. Emmanuel Ayodele Yoloye is an occasion both for celebration and for reflection. It calls for celebration because we have an opportunity to reminisce on the life and time of a teacher of teachers, whose entire life, private and professional, tells a story of passion and commitment. His professorial status is really a trajectory of a lifelong dedication to a cause. Indeed, Professor Yoloye represents a trajectory of accomplishments that is worth celebrating.


Professor Emmanuel Ayodele Yoloye—father, husband, teacher, science educator, evaluator extraordinaire, educational psychologist, professor of professors and "the Bloom of Africa"—lived a very good life that is attested to by all. But that is not the reason I want to celebrate him. Rather, I find in Prof. Yoloye a solid template that combines theory and practice, and research and policy in a dynamic framework that enables education to speak directly to developmental issues in Nigeria. This is significant for me as a researcher, political scientist, policy worker, and public administration reformer who has been walking the tight rope between theory and practice for a long time. Bridging the gap between research and policy is a delicate endeavour. It requires a sensibility that is neither too academic nor too professional, yet a smooth blend of the two that makes one a genuine member of both worlds. That is one of the uniqueness of Prof. Yoloye's life. I enjoyed the privilege of inviting him as a significant member of the Technical Advisory Team, which supported an endeavour that I coordinated between 1999 and 2002; the Education Sector Analysis (ESA) project. The study backstopped education strategy development and policy work in the Federal Ministry of Education at the time. His wisdom, erudition, expertise and time were crucial items that I drew on in the landmark project which attempted to bridge the data gap in the education sector as well as create a baseline statistics upon which many policy designs affecting pre-primary, basic and upper secondary schools, vocational/technical, and higher education, cross-cutting reform issues, etc. were fashioned.


However, more than the celebration that attends Professor Yoloye's exit is the need to reflect on his legacy and what that translates to in terms of larger concerns surrounding Nigeria's development. As an educationist, Yoloye occupied a field, unlike literature and medicine, which speaks directly to the development of Nigeria, especially in terms of human capital development and learning achievement. Take a famous example. Prof. Babatunde Fafunwa is renowned today because of his bold attempt at relating education to national development through the mother tongue experiment. The critical issue he confronted was that of how to create a critical mass of human capital that would take on the burden of national development in all spheres of human endeavour, and the role of mother tongue in such a project. What role, in other words, does culture play in manufacturing a vibrant and knowledgeable workforce that could relate her peculiar cultural undercurrent intimately with Nigeria's development challenges? Prof. Yoloye is doubly relevant because he dedicated his professional academic life to another significant dimension of this project.


He is effectively a part of the long lineage of Nigerian educationists, including Prof. Chike Obi, who are convinced of the relevance of science education to a profound transformation of Nigeria's development profile in the twenty first century. Yoloye and others should be seen as the lone voices in the wilderness calling on the nation to engage its own reluctance and take the bull by the horn. They are right, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education now makes the case that these foresighted precursors have been making for years. STEM signals the triumph of an educational and curriculum policy that attempts to generate competitiveness in school with regards to the study of science and technology and the implication of such a curriculum for national development. This makes it doubly tragic that a country like Nigeria that urgently need to upgrade its development profile has not deemed it fit to engage the policy end of the STEM challenge nor seek to unpack the relevance of Yoloye's science education research as basis for deep-seated reform. This research is all the more requisite because it advocates the teaching of science from the primary school level within the frame of integrated science, which was one of his inventions, and wherein the scientific spirit could first be firmly ingrained in the educational quest of the children.


His involvement in science education at the primary school level was indeed revolutionary since it led to the transformation of the lukewarm attitude to science education. Through the African Primary Science Programme (APSP) and then later, the Science Education Programme for Africa (SEPA), Prof. Yoloye and others breathed proactive life into curriculum, teaching methods, teacher trainings, enrichment of science education and the development of publishing initiatives for science education project. From a pan-African perspective, Yoloye's original research passion, intelligence testing, allows him to unravel the fallacy behind Eurocentric biases which undermines the African's capacity for abstract and scientific thinking. Science, indeed, is a universal endeavour and Nigerian children have a right to its promises as a prelude to Nigeria's human capital flowering.


Prof. Ayodele Yoloye has more in terms of educational legacy that speaks to Nigeria's human capital impasse. It is as if he has been telling us all along that if Nigeria is to transform her development fortunes and achieve the capacity to make her educational dynamics the hotbed of human capital development, the best place to commence is not only the active cultivation of science education but also the active measurement and evaluation of educational processes, institutions and programmes. Educational evaluation is a gatekeeping mechanism in education that allows for adequate quality control of educational programmes and the evaluation of student learning dynamics. If education must become a fulcrum for development advancement in Nigeria, then educational evaluation becomes a crucial ingredient in the reform of Nigeria's educational sector. Innovative progress in education requires a rigorous evaluation framework that balances new ideas with environmental imperatives. And Yoloye saw this necessity and dedicated his entire career to pushing the boundary of theories and practices in this regard.

It should be straightforward, for instance, to connect Yoloye's research outputs in educational evaluation, his promotion of science education and his advocacy of mastery learning into a firm and robust educational philosophy around which a STEM framework for curriculum transformation in Nigeria could be grounded. Mastery learning foregrounds a pedagogical strategy that inculcates a mental and practical reassessment of learning. At a primary school level, mastery learning provides sufficient motivation that allows young minds to achieve the mastery of scientific attitudes and challenges. If science itself is considered broadly as the mastery of the universe and its physical laws, then a pedagogy premised on mastery learning as the foundation of science education promises a lot for the reassessment of Nigeria's educational policies and philosophy.


Ayodele Yoloye had many policy initiatives, especially with regard to the evaluation of educational programmes and curriculum development. But the large and damning question is whether we have integrated his ideas on curriculum development, measurement and evaluation and science education while he was still alive to pragmatically refine, redefine and reassess them. Now, Professor Emmanuel Ayodele Yoloye is gone. And he left a body of insightful and revolutionary ideas and practices around which a solid educational practice in Nigeria could be built. Alongside other education icons in Nigeria, there really is no need to reinvent the wheel of educational advancement beyond the pragmatic frameworks which these patriotic educationists have provided. Yoloye does not stand alone; he is one great name in a firmament of other great names who have invested a lifetime in education reform in other to excavate a rich package of ideas and ideals around which Nigeria can overcome its development lethargy. If we must develop, we must rigorously guide the content of our educational programmes. This is one of the significant lessons Yoloye is asking us to learn as a nation. Emeritus Professor Emmanuel Ayodele Yoloye is truly gone, and we mourn and celebrate his passing; but it is not too late in time to put his legacies and ideas to good use to salvage our educational predicament. 

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Cafeafricana REVAMPED for 2017!

Happy New Year to All! 

Prof. Falola, thank you very much!

Cheers. 

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Article: Leadership, Governance And The Quest For Revolutionary Transformation

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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Happy New year


Dear colleagues, friends and brothers,

I would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and productive year 2017.

I take this opportunity to thank prof. Toyin Falola for creating this wonderful plateform for discussing and sharing matters related to our continent and beyong. I am also grateful for the most active brothers and sisters on the forum for their inspiring contributions. I had the chance to thank some of these people personally in the course of the year.

Above all, I thank you all because this platform has become for me a sort of African university where we learn about our countries, cultures and people. 

May the Almighty protect all of us and our families in this new year.

Best greetings.

Patrick Effiboley

Re: New year greetings.

Hello All,


Regards,
Dileep

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 7:54 AM, Venu Ganesan <venuganesan@gmail.com> wrote:
Wish you and your family a Happy New Year 2017
Venu

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 6:01 AM, Rani Indira <raniindira2012@gmail.com> wrote:
dear friends

a very Happy New Year to you.

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 7:08 PM, Amirthalingam Murugesan <malingam33@gmail.com> wrote:
DEAR ALL MEMBERS,

I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY ANDHEALTHFUL NEW YEAR

Amirthalingam

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 12:37 AM, praful anikhindi <praful.anikhindi@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear all the members of ex bellionaires, 
Wishing you all a happy new prosperous year 2017 with good health.
Anikhindi P. R.

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