Zuma accepts Nigerian degree

2011-12-11 14:09

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has accepted an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Adamawa, the presidency says.

He received the award for his contribution to education and human development during a working tour to Nigeria.

In a speech prepared for delivery at the ceremony, Zuma said he regarded the award as an "honour" and perceived it as recognition of South Africa and the country's role in the continent and the world.

He said he received the doctorate as reflective of the cordial relations between the two countries.

Education in Africa was important because quality education was essential to building the human resources required for the continent's development.

"Not a single nation shall prosper without education.

"We should ensure that education is used as a tool for development," Zuma said.

Of the top 100 universities in the world, it was "hard to find a single one from Africa", he said - adding that the measures used to determine this list "may be one-sided and ideologically loaded".

Zuma also called for indigenous languages to be used in academia, as this was prerequisite to "the decolonisation of the African mind".

  • lydonmcg - 2011-12-11 14:48

    Such an esteemed philosopher...Haha what a joke!

  • MikeMelton - 2011-12-11 15:15

    What an honour, a Nigerian Degree nogal! Would think most people in Nigeria have one, bought on a blackmarket somewhere in Lagos!

      Ampers - 2011-12-11 15:33

      As useless now as a London School of Economics (LSE) degree, awarded now to despots and dictator's sons.

      Sheik - 2011-12-11 17:26

      Still looks good in a frame.

  • Deon - 2011-12-11 15:21


      Sheik - 2011-12-11 17:29

      Serious......Ser e ous.!!!!

  • Hunter - 2011-12-11 15:25

    American University of Nigeria. Never heard of it...

      Sheik - 2011-12-11 17:27

      Sounds like a 419 Scum.

      Sheik - 2011-12-11 17:35

      He also never heard of it until he got the e-mail telling him that with it he gets a $1,000,000-00, from the brother of a prince that we killed in a plane crash, and now the money is laying to a bank in London which the family can't touch.

      Ross - 2011-12-12 17:59

      We never heard of you either, doubtless because you're a non-entity.

      Hunter - 2011-12-12 19:18

      Ah, Ross, but I am not handing out degrees to halfwits posing as politicians...

  • allan.clean - 2011-12-11 15:39

    Looks very nice next to his STD3 Diploma. Well done bro

      Boeretroos - 2011-12-11 20:15

      You tooks da woirds right outa my mouth Allan. Da amerikan univercity of nigeria and zimbabeludicrous

      Selwyn - 2011-12-12 07:20

      @Boeredoos; you seem to be a no-brainer yourself UH DA DA DA!!!Are you Malema's brudder okaaaaayyyy!!!

  • Ben - 2011-12-11 15:42

    If we look at education in S.A. this is not even remotely funny.

  • Sylvia - 2011-12-11 15:42

    Why waste SA taxpayers' money to go and receive this worthless piece of paper?

      Ross - 2011-12-12 17:57

      Sad, ignorant loafers like yourself are stuck in your dead-end jobs while smart, enterprising South Africans are in Nigeria partaking of the economic boom that sees that nation set to surpass SA as Africa's biggest economy in the next 10 years according to most knowledgeable commentators.

  • Zion - 2011-12-11 15:58

    Probably the only one he ever will get.

  • Susanna - 2011-12-11 17:12

    Dear president Zuma, will you leave your pisana to die in China tomorrow? What does your newly acquired Nigerian philosophy preside on the matter?

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-11 20:19

    amazing what money can buy....

  • Steve - 2011-12-12 09:46

    and this makes the news ?? come on - what a dog show !

  • sefeddt - 2011-12-12 10:48

    I got matric without university exemption and so could not go to university. Zuma has a Std 3 and gets a honorary degree. Although what honor there is in getting one from Nigeria i don't feel too bad.

  • Teboho Everest Tsolo - 2011-12-27 18:49

    What is AUN? Y ws he nt awarded Ín south Àfrica?

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