Education vs Tenders

By: Lawrence Umukoro


A commentator from Harvard University recently bragged about the success Harvard University was by producing 62 billionaires – he was shocked to meet a response from a Nigerian tweeting “NNPC has produced more”. For those who are not in the know, NNPC in-short is the oil regulator for Nigeria. They conduct local and international oil trading on behalf of the Nigerian government. If you are current with international affairs, you should be getting my drift by now

How do you convince your children that education remains the key to success when all around us, the opposite is the actual reality. Is traditional education as we know it really going out of fashion? Lets turn face away from wealthy corrupt businessmen and government officials and look at some Harvard connects

  • Frank Carlucci (born 1930) United States Secretary of Defense Attended Business School
  • Jacques Chirac (born 1932) Former President of France/Prime Minister of France
  • Matt Damon (born 1970) Actor
  • Paul Douglas (1892–1976) United States Senator Attended Graduate School
  • John F. Fitzgerald {1863-1950} Mayor of Boston Massachusetts
  • Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) Scientist
  • Bill Gates (born 1955) Co-founder and Chairman of Microsoft

The above names had something to do with Harvard at some point in time but left to pursue other goals and were successful. Did they realize that traditional education was not important in their plan to meet their goals? I say yes.

I am a fan of Chuck Blakeman – founder of Crankset Group ( and he always insist that something else is more correlated to success than education. In one of his articles, he argues why millions of higher degree recipients make less during their careers than people who dropped out of high school – and millions who never finished high school make huge impacts and a lot of money. He also noted that the top 4 reasons why business owners are successful were:

  1. Seeing the big picture – being a visionary is most important. If you can’t see it, you won’t shoot for it.
  2. Speed of Execution – taking action while others are researching.
  3. Never giving up; being the bull dog; finding a way to make it work.
  4. Being a life-long learner.

Education did not feature in the above.

Learning is massively different from being educated. Education fills our heads with information, while learning transforms our lives and the world around us with grounded and applied intelligence. (Chuck Blakeman).

Back to the topic above, although education might not be the blueprint, learning is critical.


We don’t think our way to a new way of acting; we act our way to a new way of thinking.


  1. Lina wrote:

    Love this. I agree, education is different from learning. I never liked the pressures I used to get from parents to get an education or further my studies. So what if I don’t get a Masters degree or a doctorate? I will still be successful in life and business.

    • lawUMK wrote:

      I believe it is difficult for humans to change their perspective on matters especially where there is concrete proof that a particular modulus works. Time changes – and unlike before where you must love what you do for the sake of making a living, I believe time has shifted to a phase where you can now choose to do what you love and still make a living.