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“Jack of all Trades and Master of None”, A Hate clause. The need for Critical Reflections

By Ikpotokin S.O (2017)

The term “Jack of all Trades” was famously used by Robert Greene in his 1592 booklet Greene’s Groats-Worth of Wit. Most of us book lovers would know him, both old and young. This was more of a flattering complement at that time. It was pleasant to hear or even being called a jack of all trades. Many languages had their own translations from “Handy John” to “Do it all”, only few that were actually reformed had contrary translations or added meanings.

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POOR PERFORMANCE IN THE SCHOOL

BY IYERE IVIE (MRS.) AND IKPOTOKIN S.O (B.Sc.)

KEYWORDS: Education, poor academic performance, productivity, child wellbeing

Education is a basic human right as well as a positive vehicle for continuous economic growth and rapid human development (Okumu et al., 2008). There is a defining value placed on education because it contributes to the national development through the provision of an appropriate human resource that helps to stimulate productivity and thus eliminating the potentiality of persistent hunger, poverty, disease and ignorance. Education refers to the process which takes place at learning centres where one is freely or hired, delivering knowledge and the other as well freely or forcefully receives and processes it. Hornby (2006) defines “Education as the process of teaching or training and learning in a school or college to improve knowledge and development skills’’. On the other hand, Mlozi et al. (2013) defines education for sustainable development has come to be seen as a process of learning how to make decisions that consider the long-term future of the economy, ecology and equity of all communities. Continue reading “POOR PERFORMANCE IN THE SCHOOL”

THE IMPORTANCE OF A DEFINITE AIM

By Otundi Victor and Ikpotokin S.O (2017)

Universal Academy, Ekpoma, Edo State.

“A step forward nourishes the journey ahead” – Ikpotokin S.O

“Yesterday is the fantasy of the idle, tomorrow is the concept of the poor, today is the idea of the rich” – Ikpotokin S.O

Every wind trails along a pathway whether we see it or not and it doesn’t matter the trails of dirt the wind leaves along its treading paths, however, humans as well as animals alike continue to progress even when the sky threatens to send down its worse.

A definite aim is defined as a certain focus geared at achieving something/someone better. It could involve a lot of thinking processes or activities, but all pointing directly at that particular goal(s). A definite aim is usually firm, steady and must realize that goal without any compromise whatsoever. Continue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF A DEFINITE AIM”

Relationship between Family background and Educational Performances in the Secondary Schools; a Case Study of Esan West Local Government Area, Edo State.

By: Ikpotokin S.O and Enatomen B.

Universal Academy, Ekpoma, Edo state.

Keywords: Family Background; Relationship, academic performances

The unbridled failure of students to attain maximum performance in their academic prospects has become a pondering concern for the general public. Why are our students so reluctant to learning? Why are most of our students not returning with excellent results?  These and some other questions continue to consume the academic realms and thus puzzling the core of the community. Bringing up formidable graduands from any institution whether primary, secondary or tertiary are the chief goal and exercise of the community. It is definitely impossible to live with deficient youths from any institution of any sort. In the locality as well as the entire nation, family has been a contributing factor to the growth and development of the community. In their post, they noted that the family is a contributing factor to both the poor and healthy performance of students in any given institution. In their study, they remarked that the family had since contributed to uncanny performance of some students as well as positively contributed to the promising future of the students. This study however sought to investigate the effects of family background on the educational attainments of students.

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Esan Names

Compiled and edited by Ikpotokin S.O (BSc. Human Physiology)
SOME NAMES IN OTỌESAN.

ORIABURE – IT IS PEOPLE WE GO TO FOR HELP
OSEGHALE – GOD PLANS. also means God shares
ERONMHONSELE (EROMOSELE): PRAYER ANSWERED.
EBOSELE – MY MEDICINE HAS SUCCEEDED, WORKED
EKELEOSEYE* – BEAUTY IS IN THE HEART
AIRELOBHEGBE – THINK IF IT WERE YOU
AKAHOMHEN – THEY ARE LISTENING TO ME
IREBHUDE – I TAKE ADVICE
OLUMHENSE – HE DOES ME RIGHT
OKALO – FIRST PERSON
OSEREMHEN* – GOD GIVES ME
EGHONGHON* – JOY
IDEMUDIA – I AM STANDING
IKUENOBE – I WILL NEVER SUCCUMB TO EVIL
ABUMHENRE – COME TO ME
AIGBOJIE – YOU DON’T FIGHT THE KING
OBERAIFO(H) – MY FATHER’S HAND NEVER DRIES
ITOBIYE – I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL TO MY MOTHER
ONAKHUREKHANLEN – THE PURSUED
OMESAN* – A CHILD OF ESAN
ISIMHENMHEN* – I PROSPER IN A FOREIGN LAND
UWAOKHONYE* – THE BATTLE IS AT HOME
ATESO – YOU SAY SOME, YOU LEAVE SOME.

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CHRISTIANITY, A RAPID GROWING BUSINESS FOR THE SPIRITUAL ENTREPRENEURS: THE NEED FOR RELIGIOUS REFLECTIONS IN NIGERIA

BY IKPOTOKIN S.O, (2017)

Keywords: Christianity, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Religious leaders, idleness, simony

INTRODUCTION

According to the World Population Prospectus (2015), Nigeria, the largest African country by human population (over 182 million in 2015), is nearly equally divided between Christianity and Islam (two wrestling religions of the old world). And as Nigerians deniably know, there are other religions rapidly squirming and occupying the left over gaps left by the rival religions of the world. Nigeria had thus become a spiritual container with complex embodiments of religious rivals and righteous sloths.

The Pew Forum in a 2010 report compared reports from several sources. The 1963 Nigerian census established that 36% of the population as at 2011 in Nigeria was Christian, 38% were Muslim (majorly Sunin), and 26% were other religious groups; whereas the 2008 MEASURE Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) found 53% Muslim, 45% Christian, and 2% other; the 2008 Afrobarometer poll found 50% Christian, 49% Muslim, and 1% other; Pew’s own survey found 52% Muslim, 46% Christian, and 1% other.(Pew Forum, 2010; Pew Forum, 2011, Pew Research Center, 2011). Wow! Only in Nigeria. So many churches and religious cafés but no actual spiritual connectivities to the realms we so believe rains down that blessings, yet we daily hoist prayers and petitions without genuine intentions at all. Its pretty complicated, you think?

In this study, I would try as much as possible to indulge readers and concerned citizens with the grievances and lamentations spiralled around this study.

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THE IMPACT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE VICTIMS IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S PURPLE HIBISCUS

By: Ikpotokin S.O for Universal Academy, Ekpoma, Broadcasting Service/Press Club

 

ABSTRACT

Two major issues explored in purple hibiscus were; domestic violence and oppression. Adichie employed a narrative approach to explore the theme of domestic violence (DV). This seminar/study focuses on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s debut novel, Purple Hibiscus. In this study, we examined how religious intolerance and unfairness are preset and prevalent in the account of the book’s narrator, a fifteen-year-old girl (Kambili) whose father is a violent, extremist Igbo Catholic. Because of her young age she was gentle as well as honest thus allowed her to portray to the audience the kind of violence she and the other members of her family were subjected to by Eugene (their father).  Adichie also employed the viewpoint of Kambili to illustrate to the curious audience the oppressed conditions the country (Nigeria) was in (the trumpeting of riots and the rumours of an uprising/civil war). Adichie went on to expose the different kinds of religion such as, fanatic Catholics, liberated Catholics and Traditionalists as this had affected Kambili’s life as well as the lives of many others in the nation. Adichie utilized all of her characters (Eugene and his household) in presenting the different perspectives of DV. However DV can be managed as this study promptly highlights; medical services as well as law enforcement as important managerial tools to cornering DV and if not eradicating it, controlling the prevalence of DV in the society.

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A LEXICO-SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S HALF OF A YELLOW SUN (ọkara nke a odo anyanwụ)

 

 By: Ikpotokin S.O  for Universal Academy, Ekpoma Broadcasting Service/Press Club

ABSTRACT

This study is a lexico-semantic analysis of Half of a Yellow Sun (ọkara nke a odo anyanwụ).The aim of this study is to identify the organization and breakdown of detected lexical items, the differences and similarities in lexical semantic structure cross-linguistically and the relationship of lexical meaning to sentence meaning and syntax in HOAYS. Achieving this may be a feat of insurmountable tete a tete analysis using some debuting or re-appearing tools in the entire cologne Adichie had confidently portrayed in this novel. Comprehensive but more scrupulous reviews related to this feat/study was also visualized and acquired for the less supplemented but well nourished desire to set this study’s aim ablaze. This study had chosen HOAYS since not much had really been done towards the Lexico-semantic analysis of Adichie’s award winning novel. Some candid chapters were randomly analyzed using contextual sentences or phrases to portray Adichie’s narrative. At the end, the predominant devices found out to be used by Chimamanda are Compound sentences followed by Compound-complex sentences, Parenthetical expression, Italics, Transliteration and Code-mixing. It is then recommended that other young writers should adopt Chimamanda’s style since it improves the vigour of one’s writing. However, the style of a writer albeit creative may pose a challenge to readers. This study attempts a linguistic stylistic analysis of Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun with the aim of identifying some of the linguistic features the writer used and to understand the cultural and historical ideology behind the texts as well as appreciating her style.

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THE RECARP: HUMAN RIGHTS AND CHILD RIGHTS VIOLATION IN NIGERIA

By: Ikpotokin S.O for Universal Academy, Ekpoma Broadcasting Service/Press Club.

Keywords: Human rights; child right, violation; civil right;

Most at times, we as Nigerians tend to forget our civil rights and also forget some of our civil duties and obligations as well. We tend to be radicals in our own comfort zones unless someone or something pricks us out from the zone. In an interview with a colleague of mine he was asked to state some of the human rights. He was quite nervous because of its simplicity and yet difficulty to portray or present the answer as would be required. He fumbled and cleaned his jaw with his shoulder.

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