By Destiny Eseaga
Thursday, February 22, 2018, will remain memorable for Mrs. Eniola Olajumoke Adigun, the Dean, School of Education, Federal College of Education (Tech), Akoka, Lagos, as she celebrated her 55th Birthday and 30 years of Successful Training of Teachers with a Book Launch on History of Educational Development in Nigeria: A Concise Approach, written by her.
Colleagues, family members, students, as well as the Lagos State Government officials gathered at the Late Christopher Popoola Hall, Federal College of Education (Tech) Akoka, to eulogies this amiable scholar many prefer to call, “Teacher of teachers” and to give credence to her sterling contributions to the development of the teaching profession in the country.
Mrs. Adigun on the day, signposted fulfillment and satisfaction seeing the caliber of personalities that came to honour her especially students she had tutored. Personalities present include, the Governor of Lagos State, represented by the Permanent Secretary, office of the Special Adviser on Education, Dr. Shamsudeen Olalekan Alison; Head of Department, Adult Education, Unilag, Professor Mrs Oladapo Olubunmi Cecilia; Sir Herbert H.A. Adewole Agbebiyi, representing Sir Kensington Adebutu, and many others.
Speaking on why she is celebrating with a book launch, the celebrant said, “I am marking my 30 years in teaching and my 55th birthday with a book launch so that it will be on record that at this significant year something likes this happened.” She continued:” It is a simple book on the history of Nigeria education. I decided to write the book because at a point my students started seeing history book as voluminous subject and at a verge of losing interest. I have to think of something I will do that can simplify it so that when they read, they will find it easy to read and understand. It is not like in the past when we read voluminous textbook. This day, we have to be realistic: if something is not easy, simple and flowing, students will get bored. That is the whole idea behind the writing of the book for students at the colleges of Education level and Universities.”
Commenting on the author’s efforts, Permanent Secretary, office of the Special Adviser on Education, Dr Shamsudeen Olalekan said, “We appreciate the sacrifice of the author in sharing her vision and experience with everybody. For us in Lagos State in particular, the books will also help us to further develop our roadmaps. We appreciate the author and her sacrifices because it is one thing to have the knowledge and another thing to share it with other people.”