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 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 social researcher and a research associate at the University of Oxford where she was formerly a Quantitative Research Assistant. She is the founder of Reunlearn360, a startup education company on a mission to bridge research and employability skills gaps among young people in Nigeria.
She has an MSc in Economics from the University of Sussex, UK. Before moving to the UK for her master’s degree in 2013, Oby received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin, Nigeria. After her studies at the University of Sussex, she worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford and as an external research consultant at an international development consultancy. She is the author of From Student to research pro, her book is a guide to inform student’s, graduates and young professionals about the nitty gritty of the social research professional and how to get into social research.
Oby is passionate about education and is an advocate for empowering youths with relevant education and training to help them maximise their potentials and contribute to their nation’s development. She currently mentors Nigerian students going to study abroad and empowers them with strategies to succeed in their studies and beyond. Oby loves reading, travelling and cakes, and resides in the city of Lagos, Nigeria.