My name is Oby Bridget Azubuike, I have finally decided to place my candle on a candlestick, and so I am really excited that you are reading this! I am a researcher by day and an aspiring change-maker by night.
I am a young Nigerian woman who believes in the power of education to change lives and transform societies. Education has given me access to many amazing opportunities and places I never imagined I would reach. I would like to use my education and experiences to research, advocate for and effect practical solutions to the multi-dimensional gaps in Nigeria's education system.
I am truly motivated by the number of passionate like-minded people who are working in this space and by those who are willing to join me on this journey. While access to quality basic and secondary education is a real challenge in Nigeria and many sub-Saharan African countries, I am genuinely worried about the large proportion of youths that are going through Nigeria's higher education system and not acquiring the right set of skills to thrive in this 21st century world we live in.
I want to start by lending my voice and my story to these issues while I research and develop an action plan - night work! I hope you join me on this journey in any positive way you can. The change we seek in this world begins with us!
I believe that Nigeria's prosperous future lies in the capabilities of her demographic advantage (indeed her youth!) and we must ensure that they learn, are empowered and given the right set of tools to fully maximize their potentials. I'll do the little I can and I hope to inspire many others to do the same.
Oby Bridget Azubuike is a quantitative research assistant at the University of Oxford and is currently based in the UK. She has a BSc in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin, Nigeria and MSc in Economics from the University of Sussex, UK. At her current role she works mainly on quantitative data cleaning, analysis and research dissemination. She has experience in instrument/questionnaire design, fieldwork and data collection, instrument validation and quantitative data analysis in the field of education and international development.