Jabbama Tailors’ Adashe Raises 70,000.00 Naira ($450.00)


Economics On The Move and the Jabbama Tailoring Association are partners on an adashe (rotating savings and credit fund).

Rotating credit schemes are a popular way of micro-lending to satisfy both consumption and production needs.

Author Stuart Rutherford notes that this method of saving is a popular alternative to the risks of saving at home, where family and relatives may demand access to savings.

The Jabbama adashe 8 members raised 70,000.00 naira or roughly $450.00 in October.

October’s payout goes to Umar Bapetel a Yola-based Jabbama tailor featured in this video.

Standard Academy, Yola Nigeria


On Monday October 7th, I was the guest of honor at the dedication of Standard Academy, a pre-school my good friend Nuruddeen Nyako opened last month here in Yola.

Nuruddeen is also president of the Bicycle Riders Coop, which is partnering with EOTM on the unicycling initiatives in Yola.

Education is a critical component of development. UNESCO recommends 26% of a country’s annual budget be dedicated to education.

Ghana spends 31 %, Cote d’Ivoire, 30%; Uganda 27%; Morocco 26. 1; Swaziland, 24.6; South Africa 25.8%; Kenya, 23%; Botswana, 19%

Nigeria hugs the bottom spending only 8.4% of its GDP on education.

One results of this in Nigeria is 10.5 million drops outs; the highest amount in the world. Here in Yola it is not uncommon to see kids in the street when they should be in school.

Standard Academy (SA) is doing it’s part to address the problem. Since its opening in August SA has attracted kids from more than 40 families. SA fees are very reasonable and several students are on scholarship.

SA teachers are dedicated, passionate and qualified. The curriculum is an unapologetic amalgamation of Western educational methodology, Islamic principles and Hausa-Fulani culture. Kids are learning their lessons in Arabic, English, and Hausa.

I am proud to be associated with such an innovative and important project.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.

P.S. My apologies for the uninteresting guest of honor speech.

Unicycle Assembly

The Summer 2013, Economics On The Move partnered with the Evanston Recreational Center in Cincinnati, Ohio to offer daily unicycle training classes for youth ages 8-12.

Part 1
Part 1 is of Montez, Pianki and Imani assembling a unicycle at the Evanston Recreation Center in August 2013.

Part 2
Part 2 is of Montez, Pianki and Imani along with an young lady whose name escapes me assembling a unicycle at the Evanston Recreation Center in August 2013.

Part 3
Part 3 is of Montez, Pianki and Imani along with an young lady whose name escapes me assembling a unicycle at the Evanston Recreation Center in August 2013.

Putting a unicycle together is not as easy as it seems. Part III involved attaching the unicycle frame to the two wheel bearing. The kids accomplished this by attaching four steel brackets (a pair on each side) to two wheel bearings rings (one on each side). Each pair of steel brackets used four allen screws, four nuts, four washers.