Entries on Literature
Essentials of English Grammar is prepared to meet the needs of students of English Language at the secondary school level and beyond. It is also a handy guide to all individuals to help avoid the common grammatical errors that mar our everyday communication efforts. The book will prove useful for WASSCE, UME, and the post- UME examinations now being conducted by various tertiary institutions. It would also serve as a lesson guide to teachers of English Language. At the end of each chapter are questions carefully designed to test the understanding of the reader. I would recommend this book to all who desire to perfect their command of the English Language.
There are varying styles to poetry and varied reasons why we write. For some people, it is simply a way to flaunt skills to carry out some specific purpose that lies within them at that point. Others – and I think I fall here – simply express that which weighs on the mind. Still there is the need to follow that proclamation made by Horace many years ago: literature must be dulce et utile (sweet and useful). Let it entertain (in sweetness) and instruct (being functional; useful). For many people, each day brings more reasons to frown than smile. Worry becomes a shadow that trails most of our lives limiting us in ways we cannot grasp. It becomes a weight that pulls us down. To move forward then, we need to let go of this worry and embrace such other things as would make the heaviness of life light. What are those things that we ought to do to rid ourselves of this worry? What are the things that would make us move to greater heights? For some of us, the answer stares us in the face and we refuse to accept them. For others, they have no idea and would need some instruction to grasp these seeming simple things. In the two cases there is a need to reemphasise how to release this worry and pick up vi greater habits that would be more beneficial for growth. We need a rethink and re-evaluation of our values. This is where the heart of Chieshe’s collection, Don’t Worry comes in. We are made to note, that yes, there are many things that can make us worry from failed aspirations to general failures.
What’s your value? How much of your potential have you put to use? At the end of our lives – no matter how long or short we discover we could have done far more, if we had only tried. If we had only believed. So, what stops us? Fear? Failure? Mistakes of yesterday? Lack of belief? What stops you? You got it right. You. Only you can stop you. Each day presents us with the opportunity to start over and do better than we did yesterday. We have the chance to be the best at every given point, to wear smiles that would colour our lives and that of people around us, sparkling a radiance that would beat the glory of the sun. We can let go of the past, forgive the evils passed unto us in blood from our ancestors and be far stronger to challenge the struggles of today – for yesterday lays a chain on us in unforgiveness that we must let go of to move forward. We can trust Aôndo (God) – we must trust Aôndo – to love us always and find a sense of fulfillment in determination. His love remains for all of us who key into it. We can do so much more: plan, strategize, live better and quite simply:
The situation of unrest in the country calls for a more concerted effort to restore peace and stability. This can be done from many fronts. Proper to our milieu is education through the print media. To achieve this therefore, the editorial crew of the Aquinas’ Journal chose for 2015 to add more value to the matter with the theme: Violence in the Land and Journey to Peace. With this theme, the Journal identifies Boko Haram, unethical campaign languages, hate speeches sexual violence against women and the violence of Tiv/Fulani as common catalysts to conflict in the land. On a similar note, it offers the opportunity to consider/rethink once again our togetherness as a nation and present unity as an imperative in our sophisticated world. Having done these, alternative means of conflict resolution, reciprocity and Christian religious education are highlighted as the recipes for peaceful coexistence.
The Successors provides a panoramic sweep of two family generations: The Atsens’ and the Amehs’. It explores the lives of Terkura Atsen, the short-lived patriarch, and Okoh Ameh and moves to the next generation and the challenges of succession in society, business and politics. David Atsen who inherits a multibillion naira business empire and Ifenne Ameh who struggles to build up his worth from the scratch.
The drowning of twins is the beginning of problems for the Kye tribe. The preceding events are unprecedented and the society will not be the same again. This is a tragic story which leaves the reader wondering what anybody stands to gain when humans begin to visit wickedness on fellow humans.
Yuadoo, the maiden of Ikyobo village is a young graceful, attractive and shy girl vested with the dignified role of bearing sacrifices to the Tiv deity, and so long as she does this she must remain chaste. Who then, in his right senses, has dared the Igbianjov, the powerful charm that protects the maiden by violating her? Why has Ikyobo’s fortune suddenly taken a bad turn? Is it a curse? What is its course and what is its cause? This novel is on a vast scale and deals with Tivland in a fast changing world. There is everything in it, youth, age, sorrow, battles described with extraordinary vividness and sympathy. The appalling reference to the Army invasion of Tivland is scarcely exaggerated.
Nigerians. It is the language used in government service; it is the language of law, mass media, education, economic transactions, and other sectors. Considering the prime position that English occupies in Nigeria, the author recognises the fact that the learners of English cannot attain acceptable competence in the language without a mastery of its grammar. The author has observed, with dismay, the poor level of the communicative competence of secondary school leavers and the generally embarrassing performance of Nigeria undergraduates and graduates in the use of English. Educationists, parents, teachers and the general public have also lamented over this unfortunate trend. For most learners of English, therefore, there is the need for a clear, concise book aimed at raising the competence and improving the proficiency in the use of English. This is what the author has set out to do in this book.
The assertion by some writers of African origin that African literature is an autonomous entity – separate and apart from all other literatures and therefore necessarily requiring its own literary traditions, models and norms, suggesting that its constituency is separate and radically different from that of European or other literatures, and this as rationale for an African poetics, is at best misleading. This is for the simple reason that literary critical criteria such as plot, setting, symbols, imagery, time and space, point of view and other aesthetic features on the one hand, and literary theoretical concepts such as Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, Structuralism, Semiotics, Feminism and other theories on the other hand, cannot be used in reference to any one geographical region of the world. In other words, these critical and theoretical concepts are universal. However, it is valid to refer to a European, American or African literature where the content of the region dominates a given literature. It is to this robust debate that Ferdinand Asoo contributes in The African Novel and the Realist Tradition by subjecting the theory of Realism to the African novel.
Sunrise at Night by H.O.C Kochis won the 2003 Patrick Ityohegh/ANA-Benue Drama Prize. It is a play that was described by the judges as treating the universal struggle between tradition and change. In addition to this, the play has treated creditably the eternal struggle of individuals who challenge outdated systems. Sometimes, their struggles are frontal attacks on the existing order; or they take more subtle forms as demonstrated by Ocho in this intellectually stimulating play.
There is an immensurable wealth of untapped indigenous creativity and cultural artistry in the heartland of Tiv which, if adequately uncovered would add to our understanding of the cultural profile, disposition, life, conduct and mind of the Tiv people (which many construe as being warlike, aggressive and recalcitrant). Semiotic of Tiv Oral Poetry provides a lucid background for the understanding of Tiv cultural aesthetics. This is indeed timely as the expressive culture of Tiv people has received little or extremely sparse scholarly publications, despite a rich cultural heritage. The book unearths the largely unexplored wealth of the Tiv poetic tradition which is the repository of themes drawn from Tiv customs, cosmology, beliefs and practices. The semiotic approach which emphasizes the communicational character of all cultural artifacts, probes into the recesses of Tiv oral poetry, measures its real and symbolic depths and ultimately judges its social significance as an aesthetic artifact and as a cultural mosle of the Indigenous Communication System (ICS).
Sunday begins the quest for reasons behind James’ mysterious ways, he least expects the shocking revelation that James is the reincarnation of Anthony, who died leaving an unborn child and a mentally deranged wife. Therefore, the reality that stares in the face is quite overwhelming. Reincarnated is a beautifully written novella that explores the most puzzling side of human life. The story of Anthony and Joy is inspired by a passionate belief in the spiritual value of even the lowliest of human being.