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BNET News: A Week of Royal Pomp, Lagos Books, and New education partnerships

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 Nigeria News: It’s been a week of royal pomp and splendour in Nigeria, as dignitaries and hipsters welcomed the Prince of Wales on his second ever visit to the country; the heir to the British throne and recently confirmed next head of the commonwealth delighted Nigerians with his grasp of pidgin English, and diplomatic handling of the Nigeria/Ghana jollof rice conflict, whilst still acknowledging that ‘Naija no dey carry last’. Ahead of the UK’s potential departure from the UK, Prince Charles’ visit underscores the continue links between both countries, not least in education, with over 15, 000 Nigerians enrolled in UK universities each year. (Source: Premium Times, 2018 via UK (Higher Education Statistics Agency)  

Nigeria Education Round-up

The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) remains engaged on a strike protesting conditions for [xxx]; In October,  according to The Global Partnership for Education, Kaduna State held a training exercise for 5, 834 primary school teachers and administrators on improving reading and writing in their classrooms; also in October, Nairametrics reports that Oracle Academy announced a new collaboration with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Educationto integrate the Academy’s computer science curriculum and resources across 10, 000 academic institutions across the country, as well as facilitate the training of 4, 000 educators at the Secondary and Higher Education levels to teach computer science. 

 BNET Projects: BNET is responding to an appeal from the University of Jos which recently suffered a decimation of its library through accidental fire; BNET will support a donation of books to the library by covering shipping and logistics cost. We continue to support The Hope for the Village Child Foundation (HVCF), most recently with grant funding to support stationery and books for children under 7, and for training and monitoring and evaluation for teachers. 

 New Members: This week, BNET gained two new members – to our new supporters you’re very welcome. We now have over 100 people committed to friendship between Britain and Nigeria through education. If you’re reading this, and you’ve not joined us already, will you take a look at what we doand consider supporting us as a member(Paypal payment preferred)

Call for Donations: Our work in Nigeria is undertaken by a small team of people and volunteers, and every penny counts to support our objectives – you can support us by becoming a member – and/or making a donation to us

Events: What’s On

 United Kingdom: 

 Salvage Exhibition at Chucks Gallery: November 3, 2018 - December 2, 2018

Chucks Gallery presents from November till December, the solo exhibition of contemporary mixed media artist, Christopher Ankeli, presenting a passionate and enthralling body of drawing inspiration from the northern part of Nigeria where he was born, he will explore various elements pertaining to African life. A lover of found objects and materials, Ankeli’s collection will feature colourful landscapes interwoven with the eccentricities of seasonal African climates, vibrant townships heaving with the excitement of rural life and feminine forms distinctive of Ankeli’s style.

The show runs from November 3rd2018 till December 2nd2018 -17:30 - 19:30. 



The Lagos Book and Arts Festival 2018, arguably the largest gathering of literary enthusiast in Africa and an annual celebration of the book culture and general Arts.

The festival runs from 9thNovember till 11thNovember 2018


Around the World 

Book Launch: African Film Studies: An Introduction by Professor Boukary Sawadogo

African Film Studies: An Introduction is an accessible and authoritative book on African cinema as a field of study. the book provides a succinct and comprehensive study of the history, aesthetics, and criticism of sub-Saharan African cinematic productions. The book is designed for readers who have little or no prior experience with African cinema. 

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York

Tuesday 4thDecember, 6.30pm – 8.30pm  - to register and attend


BNET Christmas Cards 2018

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BNET 2018 Charity Christmas Card: City scene’ - A painting by Isiaka Sunday reproduced with his permission in support of the Britain-Nigeria Educational Trust

The season to be jolly will soon be upon us, and along with it the opportunity to share messages of friendship and goodwill with friends and family; as we've done for many years BNET is once again producing christmas cards for the occasion. These cards are an excellent way to support our work, and share it with your network. The painting on this year's card is by Isiaka Sunday, who has kindly given us permission to reproduce it. The cards are size (A6) and available at a price of £12 for 20 cards. They can be ordered via our secretariat at the address and contacts below. 

C/o Business Council for Africa / Invest Africa, 27 Hill Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5LP. Telephone: +44 (0)20 7261 9650; http://www.britain-nigeria.org ; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE BRITAIN-NIGERIA EDUCATIONAL TRUST is a membership charity that promotes friendship and understanding between Britain and Nigeria by providing financial support that directly contributes to the progress of education in Nigeria.

Teacher training is one of its key priorities, assisting deserving teachers to raise their skills through its Gary Clark Award scheme, in conjunction with the Nigeria Teacher Institute.

Current major educational projects include:

- providing E-readers to schools in both the North and the South together with installing solar panels for electricity

- the provision of bore holes and water pumps in schools, most recently in Kaduna State

- providing teacher aids, including Hausa wall charts for schools in the North

- providing desks and other school furniture for a school just recovering from the Boko Haram troubles near Biu in Borno State

- assisting with the replenishing of journals for Jos University Library after its destruction by fire

- building new school classroom blocks at Kings College Lagos and Edo College Benin, now looking at establishing scholarships

- setting up the Agbado E-learning Hub in Lagos, the continuing support to schools, colleges and universities by the provision of books, equipment and essential teaching facilities

As part of the Trust’s strategy to make a permanent and noticeable impact on education, a Fellowship Plan has been established, in conjunction with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, to fund the annual appointment of senior visiting academics to work with local colleagues in two Northern universities.

The Trust relies on financial support from individuals, institutions and companies who share its charitable purpose.

For information about how to donate or to join and see the benefits of membership, calendar of events or to buy the Trust’s Christmas card please visit www.britain-nigeria.org.

Alternatively please contact the Secretariat at:- 
C/o Business Council for Africa / Invest Africa, 27 Hill Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5LP. Telephone: +44 (0)20 7261 9650; http://www.britain-nigeria.org ; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nigeria's Guardian Newspaper reports high praise for BNET's work at Edo College

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BNET's activities and support for Edo College made the news last month. The Guardian (Nigeria) reported in its Saturday, July 14th issue that BNET's contribution to the refurbishment of Edo College (Benin) received praise from the school's principal, Mr. Raphael Omoruyi at the school's annual prize-giving day. 


During the ceremony, Mr. Omoruyi spoke with appreciation for the support from parents, old boys, government departments and Non Governmental Organisations, adding that such partnerships are "key to achieving effectiveness in all school learning." He added that education as a tool for National Development is an expensive venture that prompted the Federal government to recognise and solicit participation of private initiatives as stated in the National Policy of Education.   

The article "Principal Commends Old Boys for Supporting Alma Mater" was published in The Guardian, Saturday July 14 2018 

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GT Bank founder, Fola Adeola calls for Nigeria to redesign the teacher for the 21st century

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On the occasion of BNET’s annual general meeting held on 19th July, one of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Mr. Fola Adeola, a co-founder of Guaranty Trust Bank, delivered a lecture on ‘redesigning the teacher for the 21st century’, urging Nigeria to leapfrog the shortcomings of its education system by embracing innovative models centred on teachers as facilitators rather than dictators of learning.