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NIGERIA OFFICE LAUNCHES | Jill Smyth | 5 MAY 2016
Nigeria office launches today
The latest chapter in the Press's history is being written today in Lagos as the Nigerian office officially opens for business.
The launch is being celebrated at the Oriental Hotel where guests of honour include Chief Executive Peter Phillips; the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Professor Ismail Junaido and the former Federal Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwezilli. All three will give speeches following a welcome address by Nigeria Country Manager, Lawrence Aladesuyi.
Pupils from local schools will recite poetry, including a poem specially composed for the occasion. Today has been written by Nigerian poet Yemi Soneye and ends with the line, Today we shall make the sky know what a flower is. Read the poem and follow the official launch programme here.
The following is an extract from Peter Phillips's address at the launch today:
'You may be wondering why Cambridge has decided to open an office in Nigeria. Many of you may not be aware that we had a major presence in Nigeria after independence in the 1960s, when the Press was publishing for Nigerian schools. We have also published many academic books with Nigerian authors. I'm particularly proud that we published two of Nigeria's finest twentieth century authors: Wole Soyinka, Africa's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Chinua Achebe, author of the most widely read book in modern African literature (Things Fall Apart).
'We had to withdraw from Nigeria during the civil war, but our endorsed material for Cambridge International Examinations has been available in Nigeria for many years. Our main customers have tended to be private and International schools who adopted the Cambridge International curriculum.
'Now we have decided to expand our offering to include local curriculum material for all Nigerian schools. Our aim is to give every primary school pupil and every secondary student in Nigeria the opportunity to share in, and benefit from the pedagogical standards and commitment to excellence which Cambridge University and its Press has had for many centuries.'
A huge effort has gone into getting the Nigeria operation ready for launch over the last 18 months. An extraordinary 111 books covering Primary 1 to senior Secondary 3 in English, Mathematics and the Sciences have been published. The accessible, affordable, high-quality content has been developed by a team of Nigerian and international experts in accordance with the Nigerian Educational and Research Development Council Curriculum and Schemes of Work.
The Press's office is in Ikeja, part of metropolitan Lagos, and will be home to 20 colleagues, headed up by Lawrence Aladesuyi. Lawrence has many years of experience, along with valuable contacts and knowledge in the publishing industry. Commenting on the team, Peter Phillips said:
'I am delighted by the eagerness, enthusiasm and "can do" attitude of the people who have joined our Nigerian team. We have been lucky to have such a professional, helpful and dedicated group of authors, curriculum specialists and teachers. They and our team in Lagos have ensured this ambitious project has got to the great position it is in today.
We are extremely proud and excited about this new venture and look forward to many years of servicing this market with quality, affordable learning material for all.'
LETTER TO TEACHERS | LAWRENCE ALADESUYI | 1 MARCH 2016
World-class educational excellence for Nigeria
Cambridge University Press understands that education is a top priority for all Nigerians. We are now expanding our global offering to include learning and teaching material for all Nigerian schools that follow the NERDC curriculum.
We invite you to take advantage of our Nigerian specific, world-class learning, teaching and digital resources, developed by international and Nigerian experts. Our superior material has been specifically developed to provide you with complete, accessible and affordable solutions to ensure excellent results and to lead pupils to a lifetime of achievement.
All our printed material is also available in digital format – a first for Nigerian schools
Our pupils’ resources offer you:
- Complete compliance to the NERDC Curriculum and Schemes of Work
- Assessment throughout the books for you to monitor pupil progress
- Clear language for easy understanding
- A variety of exercises, activities and practice to consolidate skills
- Local examples, artwork and photographs to make the content relevant.
Our comprehensive Teacher’s Guides offer:
- Schemes of Work to help you plan your lessons
- Answers to activities and exercises
- Clear teaching guidelines
- Additional information to save you time.
Cambridge University Press looks forward to joining you on this journey to a brighter Nigerian future.