I’ll call him Allen.

I grew fascinated at the semblance in the way he handled the almond and held it to his mouth. I had to capture Him with my camera-  I didn’t want to miss his facial expression…

Yet, he can’t be like US. Because He isn’t one of us… he’s an ape, not human. He can’t be intelligent as to be held responsible for his actions or to ride a car and run at family sanely.

Thanks to “the dawn of the planet of apes,” I almost thought he had the deep cephalic characteristics of man.

But I tapped myself back to reality. Nah. He doesn’t. It’s not in his gene.

An ape will always be an ape.

It reminds me of people who look so much like we, who believe that Jesus is the only way to God, do. They may dress like us. Carry themselves like us and act like us… but if the gene of the Son is not in them, it can’t work.

But truth is, they can all come… they just need to believe.

Come, Let me take you to my elder brother.


Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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