Few hours ago, I chanced upon a tweet that explains in less than 140 characters the bitter truth that most would shy away from admitting.
It’s unfortunate that most graduates do not have the simple mastery of communication
— MmantiUmoh (@MmantiUmoh) May 4, 2016
In the spirit of avoiding any form of backlash by those who are already saying “after all English isn’t our forefather’s language”, I decided to move on to the next tweet. But deep within me I knew we were in for a serious problem if we didn’t come to terms with that simple message.
As it turns out, I am not the only one disgruntled by this fact. Some group of individuals, spurred by this apparent anomaly, have gone on to institute a business – Kotivu they call it – to try correct this trend the best way they deem it fit.
In contrast to my modest ideology, Kotivu’s seems to be more generic – covering issues like; why graduates such be equipped with the right communication and presentation skills needed in a formal environment to how the lack of it affects productivity, ROI and even GDP.
A little inspired by their ambition, I decided to find out more about them. It turns out Kotivu.ng is an eLearning platform created to provide affordable workplace education to individuals, corporations and institutions desirous of building capacity by doing some great learning.
More so, the platform was created to raise the quality of the human resource available to organisations in Nigeria. According to info I received from ADE Digital, Kotivu’s official Brand and Digital Marketing partners, Kotivu’s founder and CEO — Stephen Ojji — asserts that over 85 percent of companies, especially small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) failed to send their staff on training in three years (with the stand out cause being the huge cost of acquiring these training) and that has motivated them to create a portal that will make training affordable and easily accessible to employees on site thereby reducing man-hour loss.
Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Kotivu.ng, Emore Ogho, said “with the growing influence of technology in all spheres across the world, including in the education sector, the eLearning platform will shift the focus of workplace capacity development programmes away from the conventional classroom to online with the aim of helping people to become well-grounded in their professions on a user-friendly portal.”
While I admire Kotivu’s passion, I also feel the need to add that learning should be a life-long exercise. The moment one takes a break off learning, it can render one obsolete to the latest trends. And the earlier we adhere to that, the more of our unique story and success we tell the world.
If this read has thought us one thing; Nigerians must keep learning to stay abreast of their peers in other parts of the world. The Kotivu learning portal is live at Kotivu.ng.
Ifeanyi is a desk reporter-turned administrator. Outside of work, I love to read and travel.