editorial - the lecturer I hate to like

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One afternoon while having a bath, I had just applied soap to my face when I felt a surge in my brain. I held my head momentarily, rinsed my face; jumped out of the bath tub and rushed to my study desk in the dining area.

After about 10 minutes of intense writing, I heard a voice, “darling what is going on here?” I ignored my wife and continued documenting my thoughts. She raised her voice and cried out, “what do you think you are doing dear” pointing her middle finger in my direction. She continued, “Dear you are naked, what exactly is happening here?” Oooops! I can’t believe this! I looked at myself, confirmed her statement and rushed to the bathroom to complete my bath. I later explained the root of my “madness” and assured her I was ok.

Can this be a real life experience as Engr. Adeks claimed? His facial appearance gives no room for doubt. He is one lecturer I hate to like; I always tried my best not to laugh during his lectures but the several incredible real life experiences he shared during his lecture periods makes me forget my grouse.

He narrates these stories without any trace of smile on his face, just like a typical comedian. On many occasion after his class periods, his students argue if his stories were true as claimed. For me they were always too good to be true. How he manages to wear a straight face while dishing out his “moonlight tales” remains a mystery.

You do not want to miss Engr. Adeks lectures not because you like to see his face; he has an habit of administering impromptu tests which constitutes part of the continuous assessment grade. He also marks the class attendance whenever he observes a poor turn out for his class. Late comers were exempted from the attendance – that’s if they were allowed to join the class. These principles never went down well with me.

My hatred for his principles was at variance with his teaching methods. I remember another account he gave about a mechanical breakdown at Kainji Dam which defiled all solution until the authorities of the power station found their way to University of Ilorin to consult with him and some other lecturers in the Mechanical Engineering department.

If you ask me the attributes of a good teacher, one of my key points will be “an individual who knows his subject and impacts the knowledge in simple, logical and understandable manner”. Another one will be, “an individual who can hold the attention of his class, turn a boring subject on its head”.  I hate to like Engr. Adeks but he left me with one option – I liked him.

Do you have a similar experience? Share them with me.

In September 2015, I’ll be publishing a series, “The memoir of a job seeker”; a collection of my pre-employment experiences. You will laugh your heart out and learn from it. I recommend it to every job seeker and invite those in employment to review and make comments. 

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    1. Halilu, thank you for your comment. The Tales of Cashew Island will be a great one to tell. But I dont consider myself as the right person to do so. This is because I never had a first hand experience of it. You know I was not so adventurous in UG…….

  1. Engr. Adeks was indeed a great lecturer in his own rights who displayed both joy and pain, joy came through his numerous realistic and unrealistic stories that defiled human logic, l could recall when he explained how football games are won even before the real game is played based on engineering calculations in the design of the ball, boot and other kits use in playing the game, his strictness coupled with his little sense of humour made his lectures exciting and insightful

    1. Thanks for sharing your views on Engr. Adeks. The explanation on how football games are won… I wish I heard that from him as well

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