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