All doctors should be authors were my words to a doctor friend who got my feeble heart moved by narratives of people who fought hard to live in the same world I comfortably live in. people fight death for several days, months and years. Spending and selling all their worldly materials to remain in the same world. Like they say; nobody wants to die but everyone wants to go to heaven. Even though this has a large exemption if the paradise is what is intended. However, one would like to ask if people struggle so hard in getting the paradise?
A nation blessed with resources and potential that keeps promising after 55 years of independence. Her government keeps moving from kinds of administrations. Her leadership swaps between looting technocrats and honest mediocrities. Little wonder, the country continues to sail like a ship with no route that even a kid would say “Nigeria is a cursed nation”.
Who cursed Nigeria? Continue reading “Nigeria; the curse that caused our problem”
In the ancient city of Suleja, behold are sights of rocks and hills. Standing out is the magnificent one featured on the one hundred Naira note, a gigantic rock that could be seen virtually from any angle of the city. It sure calls for sightseeing.
In the dawn of my stay in Suleja, I had went visiting the Zuma rock site along with two other colleagues, an exploration we found worthy as first timers in the city. We walked around the rock, surveyed the environs, feasting our eyes on its flora and stream. Indeed we could not fathom why the government neglected such tourist attraction that’s a kingdom by itself, and close to the federal capital territory. Continue reading “When the signs of Allah become His curse”
It was my pleasure to be at press club sent-forth ceremony of Community Secondary School Suleja on 29th July as guest, and this is my transcribed address.
The bright faces and nice dresses I’m seeing give a flash back at those days when I was a member of my secondary school press club. This is my third visit to your school, and I must say, your conduct and manners are indeed erasers to the negativity attributed to your school, thus I will say “As press members, you can do a lot for your school”. These includes but not limited to; Continue reading “As a Press club member, what can I do for my school?”
In my earlier piece on our malfunctioning informal Islamic school system, I safely concluded that fingers are best pointed at the Muslim community as a whole on the problems facing this local learning centres. Reactions of the readers suggest that many share my opinion and thus, we ask; what are the solutions to these problems?
I decided to air my thoughts on some strategies which I feel could help in putting the local Islamic schooling system to shape, and here they are;
There definitely need to be a rise in value of the system, and the work revolves around person attitude, motivation and reinforcement. The myopic attitude of parents to the gains of the madaris saddens but could be corrected by orientation and reinforcement. Parents should be admonished about the virtues of the knowledge and viable perimeters should be put in place to attract their patronage. Continue reading “Ile kewu on the blink; Recommendations from my little brain”
The adorable picture of the full bearded Jesus in my catholic primary school class marvels me a lot and was a source of inspiration, that I once told my friends “if my dad lets his beards be, he’d look like Jesus”. Definitely, I looked forward to growing mine too, resembling the bold, bearded and handsome man in the image, so handsome he is, the Jesus of the Catholics unlike that of RCCG.
Unlike that of RCCG? The general overseer of the largest church in Nigeria, Redeemed Christian church of God was reported to have cautioned his pastors from keeping their beards so as not to resemble the “fellows in Al Qaeda camps”. This words took me by surprise and I wondered if the chief-clergy did not think they might be copying Jesus Christ with the beards, then I remembered I grew up seeing the versions of Jesus without beards and sometimes I ask rhetorically who shaved Jesus’s beards?
Continue reading “Who shaved Jesus’s beard?”
“Do not play with Muslim children, they are taught to throw stones at people in their ile-kewu”- these were the words of a preacher to us during my church going days. My mind didn’t belong to the church thus I was quick to identify the falsehood in the words of the evangelist unlike my peers. Little wonder we have a host of them scattered all over today fighting a blind war of hate.
I mentioned this episode to a friend who said one may not really blame them (the preacher and his likes) since its evident some rough things go on in these our local madaris. The thought of ‘omo kewu’ running after lizards, roughly threatening and fighting each other and the dirty and never-ironed madrasah uniform made me give my friend a nod, a partial one! Since we will not blame the Christian cleric like he said, it is essential we answer the complementary question “who is to be blamed”?
This is an excerpt of a speech I gave at St. Mary College Suleja during a sensitization programme of the NYSC Suleja local govt. Mass literacy club. You may consider one or two points as an advice to your students or brethren.
5 things to do in Secondary School
As contained in the national policy of education (2004); secondary education shall raise a generation of people who can think for themselves, respect views and feelings of others, respect the dignity of labour and live as good citizens.
Actualization of these goal of secondary education is indeed a no-no for many secondary school leavers whether in the urban or rural -set of dependent, playful and lazy teens. But… I got some tips you may use in beating this otherwise challenging task and maybe blaze a trail in some endeavours too.
Here they are:
A glance through the content of religion and national values (RNV) will convince or misguide one on what exactly the subject represents. For starters, RNV is a subject introduced to the Nigerian basic education (primary & JSS) curriculum. It is a merger of some liberal arts subjects, to include C.R.S., Islamic studies, social studies, civic education & security awareness. The subject is a product of the review of the Nigerian basic education, a streamline which intends to produce a viable curriculum to meet national and international goals (including NEEDS, EFA & MDGS) and also void of subject overloading.
However RNV viz. the curriculum review has at different occasions been a controversial issue on the conventional and new media and as turned a hullabaloo in the political, religion and educational quarters, because of its purported unification of two religions- Christianity and Islam. While liberalists are popular supporters of the subject, core religionists and individuals with religio-political sentiments kick against it. Continue reading “Deciphering Nigeria’s controversial subject; RELIGION AND NATIONAL VALUES…”