Dr Alhaji U Njai had a dream. A dream to bring higher education to the people of Koinadugu and Falaba Districts in Sierra Leone. And after 10 years of hard work and dedication, that dream has become a reality with the launch of Koinadugu College.
The college is more than just a place of learning. It is a model One Health Campus, where students will be exposed to experiential learning and taught the values of sustainability, leadership, entrepreneurship, indigenous knowledge, Panafrican education, and global thinking.
Dr Njai’s vision for Koinadugu College is to provide a decolonial transformational education to the people of Kabala Republic, Sierra Leone, and Africa as a whole. He believes that education is the key to unlocking the potential of individuals and communities, and that by providing access to higher education, he can help create a better future for all.
The journey to bring Koinadugu College to life was not an easy one. Dr Njai had to overcome many challenges along the way, but he was not alone. He had the support of amazing people who believed in his vision and worked tirelessly to make it a reality.
From Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds to Strides For Africa, from Chris Jimieson to Dr Susan Balmes, from Lake Michigan College to the Project1808 family and team, everyone played a crucial role in bringing Koinadugu College to life.
Now, as the college prepares to officially launch in September, Dr Njai’s dream has become a reality. The TEC and NCTVA accredited Koinadugu College will provide access to higher education for the people of Koinadugu and Falaba Districts, and help create a brighter future for Sierra Leone and Africa.
As Dr Njai says, “this is my gift of a decolonial transformational education to the people of Kabala Republic (Koinadugu and Falaba Districts), Sierra Leone, and Africa.” And it is a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come.