That’s the question I’ve been asking myself too.
According to a recent tweet, serial entrepreneur and former CEO of Flutterwave, Iyin Aboyeji could be starting a non-governmental organisation with focus on edtech.
Since resigning from Flutterwave, Mr Aboyeji has been quiet on his next course of action. But that’s not surprising though because in a statement at the time, he explained that:
Over the next few months as I figure out what is next, I’ll be catching up to sleep, spending time with my family, supporting and advising startups in our community.
Apparently, he has been doing exactly that.
Over the past weeks, Mr Aboyeji has been quite active on social media. Although he was always popular on Twitter, his tweets over the last two months have focused heavily on politics, public policy, youth and even social advocacy. He’s a big fan of presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili and has even showed his disapproval of tech people shying away from openly supporting candidates.
And now, we think he may have left us a clue about what he’s planning to go into next.
Iyin Aboyeji is Starting a Nigerian History Club
After another menacing series of tweets blaming the older generations for the plight of modern day Nigeria, 27-year old Iyin Aboyeji announced that he wants to start a Nigerian History club aimed at secondary and primary school students.
He aims to promote understanding about Nigerian history and to shore up aspects that have been neglected by the current educational curriculum. And, if possible, come up with ways to change the curriculum too.
The ultimate idea is to promote Nigerian History at the grassroots level to inspire understanding about the country and ways to change it. Apparently, the club will help to promote a revisionist view about Nigeria and help to understand where previous generations got it wrong.
Is he planning to launch an edtech startup?
May I suggest contacting the following people, if you'd like to have a more nuanced approach to this commendable goal?
1. Prof. Toyin Falola
2. Prof. Obaro Ikime
3. Historical Society of Nigeria
4. Fagunwa Study Group
5. Professor Bolanle Awe
— David Fátúnmbí (@davidfatunmbi) November 25, 2018
Not likely. Looking at how he came up with the idea, it’s clear that the school club is a social advocacy effort. As Mr Aboyeji is clearly asking for collaborators to help bring the idea to fruition, this casts doubts about any agenda to turn this into a for-profit venture.
Nevertheless, it will be quite interesting to see what the Nigerian History Club can develop into.
For so long, Nigerians have questioned why the Nigerian History curriculum, where it exists, lacks content. And for years, the Nigerian government made history a part of the social studies curriculum, thus stripping it of its significance. History has now been restored as an independent subject. But this only happened in March 2018, so it has not really become solid yet.
The Nigerian History Club, buoyed but a futurist, could benefit from both technological support. And with the roaring collaborative support it’s getting, the idea might just be the answer to rejigging the history subject at schools.
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