There is so much more that can be accomplished when human resources are channelled towards a particular goal.
– Segun Alonge

The benefits of teamwork is made visible in sports, corporations, leadership, family among others. We stand stronger when we are united – in unity we stand, divided we fall.
How so many large companies and firms have been pulled down by loopholes from one or more of its team members. How then can you maintain an effective team as a leader?

A leader has so many positions in maintaining an effective team. One of such is leading from the front. When building your team, much is expected from you. Your team members want to see you get your hands dirty as well. They want to see the pattern of hard work and diligence first in you, then they replicate. Serve them and they would gladly serve you in return.
Define the path. Make it plain for every member of the team to understand. Be responsible for both failures and successes recorded.

Every successful team has a vision and a mission. Why was the team instituted in the first place? What is expected of every member of the team?
Clearly define the responsibilities of each member of the team – it would curb laxity and enable you to measure the strengths and weaknesses of each member. Make the purpose of the team plain across the organizational structure – from top to bottom. Each one should be seen as a part of the whole because indeed, the passivity of one affects the productivity of the whole either on the short or the long run.

A leader who cannot inspire would soon expire. Inspiration is a potent tool of a successful leader. A leader who cannot inspire would end up manipulating or expiring. You should be liberal with your encouragement, appreciation and recognition. Catch your team members doing something ‘right’ as well. Do not delay the praises and recognition – release it almost immediately. Everyone loves to be recognized. The benefits is symbiotic – you build a stronger team and raise the morale of the team. Some would be challenged while others would be encouraged to do much more for the team.

There is much that would be achieved when the team is focused on an assignment at a time. A concentrated energy produces an intensified focus.
Keep everyone busy on the job/task at hand. It exposes them to harnessing their creative ingenuity. Ideas would flood in to hasten the accomplishment of the task.
There is an African adage that expresses this well. It says, ‘If you chase two rabbits at a time, there is every possibility that you would lose both on the long run’. Channel their energy to working on a project at a time. The result would be immense and the morale boosted.



Author: Mirele Mann

When you receive a book as a present, are you filled with elation?
Do the terms ‘bookworm’, ‘booklover’ or ‘bibliophile’ apply to you?
Can you relate to the simultaneous joy and agony of finishing a good book?
Do you look forward to being transported to different world every time you open a book?

The following are things all book lovers know to be true.
1. The unparalleled satisfaction that comes with organizing your bookshelf
2. Having every surface in your house covered in books
3. Knowing that the best vacation is the vacation spent reading
4. The personal anguish that follows the death of a beloved fictional character
5. Being halfway through way too many books
6. Mastering the art of reading while eating and walking
7. Being able to appreciate a beautiful book cover
8. Re-reading your favorite books until they are in near shreds
9. Promising yourself that you will only read one more page – and then staying up all night to finish the book
10. The sensation that you are in the presence of the ‘greats’ every time you step into a bookstore
11. Establishing the ideal reading nook in your apartment, complete with a fuzzy blanket and a comfy chair
12. Getting library envy anytime you look at a well stocked library.


In the nearest future, the entire world systems would become self-help platforms – at that time, traditional school teachers would either upgrade to becoming online tutors or be relegated.
– Segun Alonge

In a recent National broadcast, the honourable minister of education asserted that more private universities need to spring up to cater for the teaming population of youths aspiring to acquire tertiary education. To the honourable minister, the number of schools are just too minute compared to the recent national population.

My question is, ‘should the emphasis be on quantity or quality? I leave that topic for another time.

I foresee the teaching profession being on the verge of extinction. Not that there would be no teachers anymore, but teachers would not be needed as much as they are today, hence, so many employed teachers would be out of jobs. Everyone would become teachers themselves, leveraging on the new school called INTERNET.

Most trainings are fast becoming self-help. All you would require is one or two applications and the job is done or the training is taken.

I foresee a time when e-books would be so much widely accepted globally that everyone would be able to download and read on the go with little to no financial investments.

Today, there are countless number of students who have dropped out of school – not because they are dull – but because they find it boring and drudgery at the same time. The schools have become like cages, locking in the interest human ingenuity for years – after which the attendees are released into the outside world with a stereotyped mindset. They are educated into becoming employees – hence, their natural inclination after school is the ultimate search for jobs. Most end up putting up with a job they are not in love with. Guess which job takes in the majority? The teaching profession. Little wonder why the standards of education are falling on a daily basis.

Most of our institutions of learning are filled with graduates who have been on job search for years to no avail and later settled with being a teacher.

With a vast majority of parents in the developed world now withdrawing their kids from traditional schools to be home schooled, teachers in these institutions would have to find something else to do or upgrade themselves into becoming online teachers. Another alternative to these dual suggestions would be to migrate to developing or under-developed countries where Internet connectivity is not easily accessible – and this will not last forever as well.

I foresee a time when the traditional schools would exclusively be a place where kids who lack self-discipline are sent for the incorporation of that virtue. Countless number of people have proven to be true, the potency of self-development (by ‘self’, I mean do-it-yourself). Learning resources are easily accessible and affordable in this time and age. Anyone can put together resources to acquire knowledge on any desired field and proceed into sitting for a professional examination to get certified (based on individual’s choice).

The teaching profession being a secured job is fast becoming a mirage. Even government workers are now being laid off and more of this occurrence would still play out in the nearest future.

The world has become a global village. The Internet being the market place – with buyers (students) and sellers (teachers) being resource persons. And the school is synonymous to the market place.


A vast number of institutions today, I would say, either needs to be improved, re-invented or jettisoned altogether.
Segun Alonge

Many grew up into embracing the idea of schooling to ensure a fulfilled life. An average child is dumped into the school system as early as age 2 and she’s left in its hands. Schools have thus become a status quo.

While other institutions are being questioned by many individuals, schools seem to have become the sacred cow. Little to nothing is often said about its origination and the intention behind it.

The invention of school was partly attributed to a man named Harry P. School. School built the first ‘school’, but that was actually the place to take children and leave them there if they are behaving badly. So, basically, the school was a place for punishing children.

As a mere tale; this might sound – but an in depth understanding of how it all began in my beloved Nigeria, would pose more authenticity to the probable fairy tale.

Oral traditions as well as studied documented materials reveal that parents were reluctant to releasing their children for ‘western education’. The weak ones (those who could not work on the farms) were most times the victims of schooling – although the paradigm shifted with time.

One very important thing to note then as well was that majority of our parents were not schooled based on the standards of formal education. I’m very conscious of using the rather derogatory word ‘illiterate’ – since it’s a relative word. If education would be synonymous to gaining insights and having the wisdom to apply it, then our early fathers cannot be said to be illiterate. They could communicate with one another, do business, lead, secure their environment as well as contribute to the growth of their communities.

Along the line, the story changed. The schooled children grew into adulthood, got married and started up a new family – hence, children began to have ‘literate’ parents – which infer that they could decide to tutor their children. But the reality was that the same process was still enthroned years after – even up till now. Most parents still play little to no role in the education of their children – forgetting that they ought to be their primary tutors.

The importation of western education into Nigeria is not altogether a bad idea – but the truth be told – it was partly to harvest a vast majority of workforce from among us by the colonial masters. They used us as tools for their own national development and we gladly played along with the meagre enticements presented as incentives at the expense of developing Africa.

I submit that traditional schooling – as much as it might have aided the industrial age – of which Nigeria is classed as not being a participant (hence, still a third world country), need to be reviewed. The institution is busy educating our best minds out of creativity. Everything is standardized; with little to no provision for trying out something new. A child is afraid of failing or better still taught that failing is a taboo, hence, she strictly abides by the rules. We are daily burying potentials. Africa can breakout of this malady.

Not participating in a traditional school is not synonymous to illiteracy in this time and age. The Internet is the new school – let’s embrace it!