By DAYO ADESULU
Kehinde Kukoyi and his wife, Abayomi Kukoyi, who reside and work in England decided to bring their daughter to Nigeria to study because they want her to gain the moral culture and Nigerian upbringing.
According to Mr. Kukoyi: “A lot of Nigerian children’s morals are well misplaced over there in the UK and we felt it will be wise for our daughter to have the moral and cultural background we had.”
Mr Kukoyi disclosed this during the 2012 graduation ceremony of Corona Secondary School, Agbara where Titilope Kukoyi, his daughter, won an award as one of the best students in the school.
On the reason for the mass drift of Nigerians to England, he noted that it is a mind thing based on history saying, Nigerians tend to believe that UK has the best education.
”One thing you will get in UK is only the education , but in Nigeria, you will get an English culture and in addition, the culture aspect of where you came from,” he said.
“We need to emphasise to Nigerians that no matter what, home is the best. It is where we should all be, you can live in any country, but you should not forget where you are from, students should not forget their values. In Nigeria, we add value to education.
“Having spent 37 years in theUK, by allowing our daughter come to Nigeria for her secondary education, indicated that we wanted to through her, showcase the type of talent that schools in Nigeria can produce in the UK. That is what I am encouraging Nigerian parents in the Diaspora to do. Instead of shipping your children over there, please bring them back to Nigeria, teach them our culture, do not allow them to think that it is all about foreign country.:
Speaking in the same vein, Titi’s mother said, “I have been in the UK for 37 years while Titi was born in England, she did her primary school in England but when it was time to do her secondary school, we made the informed choice of bringing her back home to study at Corona School in Nigeria.
She described Titi as a gifted child who is very intelligent for her age. “She will be proceeding to Westminster for her A levels, she will like to be a management consultant.”
On her part, Titilope said; “Attending Corona is just a step in making me a better person.” She advised students who are currently abroad to come back and help change the country. “The country needs our help especially our generation.”
Meanwhile, Justice Adebiyi Bukola, the guest speaker who congratulated the graduands for their successful completion of their study said that for some of them, it has not been easy to conquer, pointing out that hard work, their teachers and school community are factors that encouraged them to succeed.
She noted that their graduation is not the end of success but a move to the next stage of life adding, “you will meet different challenges that you have to conquer.” According to her, the kind of challenges students face after secondary school may be more tasking, urging them to be focused, determined and hardworking to be able to overcome the challenges that they will meet.
Adebiyi said; “Most values you have imbibed as students will be required each time you are faced with a challenge adding, “the values include integrity, high moral standard and hard work.”
Explaining the steps to success, she maintained that students must have faith, fear of God in everything they do, strength of character, patience, perseverance and honesty.
”Remember, your attitude to the challenges you meet on your way will determine your altitude. Whatever situation you find yourself in, be bold, be confident and be outspoken,” she said.
According to her, success is not only about financial rewards especially in the country we live in today where corruption is so high.
Justice Adebiyi who tasked the students not to get caught in vices, charged them to remember their identity, background and the sleepless nights they have put in to get to their present stage.