Comment on Dada’s magic wand by Ismail Olawale.
Dr. Mahfouz, I read your article on Dada and instantly I knew where your direction (campus relationship came from) Remember we were together at UNILORIN some years back and I knew you never had one. But come to think of it, you and some of us could have made more than the grade we got. Or am I kidding? But the system then was covertly archaic! First class in Modern European Languages i.e English, no way! Second class Upper, eeemmmmmmmmm, for a few. That was it! But few years after we graduated -1999; the department produced more than 12 Second class Upper graduate. What happened? Change. Divine one. Improvement etc. Thus, Mr. Dada was divinely luck. I am happy for him. I prefer the multinational for him, he could as well further his education, no barrier. Our university especially where he graduated from will soak him in PATERNALISTIC operational system that may not him enjoy his talent. You know what I am insinuating. I still remember vividly what one of my lectures who was also a management staff at the department told my friend and I. He said, “you students think your grade depends solely one your academic efforts…. no. There are other things and we are the final decider, so whatever you get, just move on with your life”. But today, the academic is no more but part of his decisions continue to affect the life of many who passed through him. The corporate world will reward him accordingly even-though he will face the management politics but that brilliance will help him survive. The academic world has lost that reward system to the corporate world. May be the academic can regain that some years to come. Regards.