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!



There was a man who made a living selling balloons at a fair. He had all colors of balloons, including red, yellow, blue, and green. Whenever business was slow, he would release a helium-filled balloon into the air and when the children saw it go up, they all wanted to buy one. They would come up to him, buy a balloon, and his sales would go up again. He continued this process all day. One day, he felt someone tugging at his jacket. He turned around and saw a little boy who asked, “If you release a black balloon, would that also fly?” Moved by the boy’s concern, the man replied with empathy, “Son, it is not the color of the balloon, it is what is inside that makes it go up.

(excerpt from ‘You can win’ by Shiv Khera)


 “My  vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon must have a thousand and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred” SOS 8:12

I, with the company of so great a number of God’s beloved, believe that in this song of songs, which is Solomon’s, also hear Christ speaking to His church – his bride and the church in a like manner, responding to His words of love in tones which His love has suggested to her. This quickly points my attention to what prayer really is. It is a communion, a conversation between two entities eternally joined in love unfeigned. You should never for a second forget that it is always a “I – You” relationship. The very knowledge of the concept of love, points to us a relationship. If God loves and He is love, there must be an object or receptor of such attribute. My vineyard (Church) which is mine (personal in nature) is before me (Christ).

So, I have no difficulty in understanding that the vineyard mentioned in the text is Christ’s church because it is so significant a symbol of the body of believers bounded together in love to their Saviour.

Two thoughts can easily be highlighted from the above text:

That Christ claims a special property in His church

That He has special regard and care for her – He constantly grooms her bride until she has attained his full stature.

Christ claims the church as His own by His father’s gift: A love-token, a reward, a sign of his father’s favour towards Him. We are His, then by donation; and as such, since the father gave us to him, we are very precious in His sight.

Next, Christ’s church is His by purchase: As Naboth, when asked to sell his vineyard to Ahab, answered the king, “The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers’ unto thee” (1Kings 21:3), and kept it even at the cost of His dear life. Do you think that your Lord Jesus would ever part with you – His vineyard, which is not only His by inheritance from His father, but also His by purchase? Not with corruptible things (1 Pet 1:18), but with His own most precious blood. FAR BE IT FROM HIM! On you (his vineyard, his church) his blood hath fallen.




“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hand”.  Isa 49:16

Upon the consideration of our text, you would probably notice a sharp call to behold! Another translation portrays it as see. There would not be a need to look into or behold if there is no object in the picture. Our assurance of salvation and life eternal rests absolutely in the finished work of Christ. As long as we keep a steadfast look on him, we would be changed from glory to glory.

Sometimes, we get into the same sad condition that Zion was then in, and we fancy that God has forgotten us. I want to show you that if you are a believer in the Lord, Jesus Christ, he gives to you an answer similar to that which he gave to sorrowful Zion. I have graven thee upon the palms of my hand.  On this short sentence, i seek to encourage you.

THE FEAR EXPRESSED: Fear is a contagious and infectious thing (Isa 49:14). When it has taken hold on one person, it has been often known to spread to many others till a terrible panic has resulted from a very slight cause. The Lord encouraged us to cast not away our confidence, but to look unto Him – The author and finisher of our faith.

THE COMFORT BESTOWED: Seeing that the Lord could not find any greater object as a seal to this eternal promise, he is here declaring once again – I AM WHO I AM. I, the Lord have committed myself to something which will henceforth render it absolutely certain that i never can forget my own. For i have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.

THE COMFORT’S ABODE: ‘Upon the palms of my hands’. These words seem to say to us that God has already secured beyond any possible hazard His tender memory toward His own. He has chosen to engrave you on the palms of his hands. You are always upon his consideration. He looks constantly upon you and smiles – just the same way you watch your baby sleep in your arms.

Finally, the Lord has declared that this love for you is everlasting (Jer. 31:3). You were loved by Him long before the world was created. He has loved you too long ever to forget or forsake you.

Cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward! er