Ile kewu on the blink; Recommendations from my little brain

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;

  • Appreciation

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”


Who shaved Jesus’s beard?

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?
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“Ile kewu on the blink”, where lies the blame?

“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”?

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5 things to do in Secondary School

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:

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Deciphering Nigeria’s controversial subject; RELIGION AND NATIONAL VALUES…

                 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…”

Dyslexia: what you should know

Dear! Before you start to read, this may not concern you. If it does not, it’s better ignored. Are you a teacher, an educator, a medic, psychologist, parent or potential parent? Oh! You are one of those? You may go ahead now.

Dyslexia is a physical condition that contributes to learning difficulty. It refers to the inability to read. Simply put, it is an unexpected and substantial difficulty in learning to read. It is majorly characterized by confusion of letters (e.g. d and b or p and q) and word decode trouble. You remember Ishaan Awashthi in the popular Bollywood “like stars on earth”? You know dyslexia! Continue reading “Dyslexia: what you should know”

Go the extra mile… (COPA-TICHA EXTRA)

This piece is a bonus in addition to the copa-ticha episode 1-10. It is dubbed to reflect that it contains some kinds of “over sabi” though they can go a long way in helping you during and even after service year. Some may even give birth to your personal CDS. I have highlighted and briefed some of this tips under the character they fit into. Read and benefit… Continue reading “Go the extra mile… (COPA-TICHA EXTRA)”

Assess and Appraise! (Copa-ticha episode 10)

Going through the previous episodes, you will realize we touched how to start, needed skills, styles and manners as well as other essentials in the act of teaching. Here, we will be discussing a concept commonly mistaken for the end of teaching processes. In fact it is a director to the “why and how” of the whole process. It is EVALUATION. Far from ordinary testing, evaluation is a routine process in teaching, ranging from your questions after each lesson to working on students’ scores in examination.

Main reason for evaluation is in twofold; Continue reading “Assess and Appraise! (Copa-ticha episode 10)”

Impact before you depart (Copa-ticha episode 9)

At the end of the previous episode, I made an otherwise sarcastic expression saying “you are also a step to becoming a good dad or mum”. Yeah! Teaching is not all about the lesson content but teachers influence the lives of students directly or indirectly. The ward is the likeness of the guardian!
The day you become a teacher, you become a mentor also thus it’s left to you how and on what to groom your students. Continue reading “Impact before you depart (Copa-ticha episode 9)”