‘Education in Nigeria: Perspectives for a changing world’, the tell-all book on education penned by former Education Director in Nigeria, Dennis Okoro, was launched on Friday, January 20, at the MTN Plaza, Ikoyi Lagos.
The book is his debut effort at contributing to the education industry in Nigeria. The 358-page book, which is divided into fourteen (14) sections, analyses the Nigerian educational system as it stands today and draws attention to any potential problems.
It includes constructive criticisms, comments, suggestions and data to help make Nigeria more poised to transform its current education system, at the same time accommodate a very complex and uncertain future.
Speaking about the book, Dennis Okoro said he got inspired to write the book while having a conversation with an expatriate. “I was at the Argungu fishing festival some years back and while having a conversation with an expatriate he encouraged me to document my experiences and ideas on the Nigerian educational system. Lucky for me, the Covid lockdown provided the perfect opportunity for me to put my thoughts together and write the book” he said.
Present at the book launch event were Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, Chairman, MTN Foundation; Dr. Ernest .C. Ndukwe, MTN Nigeria Chairman, Board of Directors; Chief Charles Ifeanyi; Retired Justice Eteubong Charles Archibong; Folashade Omo-Eboh, Managing Director, West African Book Publishers Limited; Monsignor John Aniagwu, Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos; Nathaniel Okoro, the indigenous pioneer Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and Chief Femi Adeniyi-Williams, Board of Trustees, MUSON and other key stakeholders and leaders in the education space.
Dennis Okoro is currently the Director, MTN Foundation. He has also held various positions in the Nigerian education public service; Adviser, Primary Education, Director, Federal Inspectorate Services and Director Educational Support Services in Nigeria.