A few year ago (when men were boys and women were girls), we used to play table soccer, snake and ladder, police and thief, and read about Ali and Simbi who lived in Calabar. I remember my very first science experiment, I was just beginning to learn how to spell difficult words but my primary school science teacher (Aunty) was already teaching us about life.

Growing in the wrong direction

Aunty explained that all living things had similar characteristics, which she summarized as “MR NIGER D” (movement, respiration, nutrition, irritability, growth, excretion, reproduction and death). she used a bean plant to explain about growth and irritability (response to stimulus).

We placed a bean plant in a jar filled with good soil, we then watered it regularly and within a couple of days, it sprouted! It raised its head above the soil, it was growing. Aunty then asked us to cover the bean plant with a box that had a hole on just one side. After a couple of days we observed that the bean plants grew in the direction of the light provided by the hole and when we changed the direction of the hole, the direction of growth of the bean plant also changed.

Growing in the wrong direction


Whisperers Peter Okolie

  • Most children go to God with series of prayer requests, asking for toys, clothes and many other things. But, for many years, I had just one prayer request, 'God deliver me from him’  
  • April 17, 2012
The fact that you are alive means that whether you do something or you do nothing, you will grow. There is really nothing special about growing because it is a sign of life. But, the direction of your growth is what is special. Whether you become successful or not, fulfill your purpose or not, is dependent on the direction of the light you follow.

God created within you the potential to grow in the direction of whatever you want. You can achieve whatever your heart desires. Stop wishing things will change, nothing changes around you until something changes within you- turn on the light, dream big dream.

Growing in the wrong direction

If you want to be the best student in your class, let that thought give light to your life. Don’t allow the darkness around you to prevent you from turning on the light of hope. You have the potential to get that wonderful job, don’t be disappointed that the previous interviews weren’t successful, “turn on the light”. Picture what you desire, “turn on the light” in that direction.

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