Entries on Arts
There’s no escaping house chore, if you however manage to outsmart your parents and escape it, you’ll pay for it one way or the other. ~ Princess B.J
Since the introduction of English Language in Nigeria by the British colonialists, the language has been vested with very important functions. It is the official language of communication in Nigeria as well as the language of instruction at all levels of our educational system among other functions. As a result, the need for the mastery of the use of English cannot be overemphasized. This book is designed for students and users of English Language who need to have a mastery of both spoken and written English. It is an essential ingredient for candidates preparing for Junior and Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations as well as Post Secondary School Education. The book is divided into eight chapters covering different aspects of English. Chapter one considers the concept of grammar and related topics such as; morpheme, affixation, phrase, clause, sentence etc. The second chapter treats parts of speech. Chapter three deals with punctuation marks while Chapter four treats the rules of concord. In Chapter five, the four types of essays as well as speech writing and letter writing have been discussed in detail. Chapter six focuses on comprehension and summary, figurative use of language and semantic relations such as, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, homonyms and homographs. Similarly, chapter seven discusses direct and indirect speech, tense, aspect and voice. Finally, Chapter eight deals with Idiomatic expressions, categorized into prepositional, verbal and nominal with adequate examples for easy understanding. I have no doubt that this book will be of tremendous assistance to learners of English at all levels.
This book, Introduction to Special Education for Schools and Colleges, is designed to upgrade teachers and teachers in training by providing basic information on characteristics of various categories of exceptional children, provides also information on the causes of various impairments, helping teachers identify exceptional children within and outside their classroom, helping teachers to get use to various methods of teaching exceptional children in-inclusive settings, and also helping teachers develop positive attitudes towards exceptional persons. This book consists of eight chapters covering various aspects of special Education; Namely; Definition of special education, terms used in special Education, Philosophy of Education for exceptional persons, Provision of Education for exceptional children. Other areas covered by the book include Historical Developments of Special Education in Nigeria, Mental Retardation, the Gifted and Talented, Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Visual Impairments and Blindness, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, Physical and Health impairments, Inclusive Education and Attitudes and Beliefs about Disabilities. It is my hope that this book will help teachers appreciate the provision of programmes for exceptional persons, and position them towards effective implementation of inclusive education programme in Nigeria.
INTRODUCTION: "Nigeria’s socio-political and economic problems have largely defied scientific, technological and commercial moves towards lasting solutions. Scarcity of essential commodities is on the increase, insecurity of life and property looms high in the horizon, necessary resources for quality teaching and learning in the educational sector are still far from sight. The country’s leadership is not crossing its legs, savouring the conundrum – or is it?..."
Abstract: It has been observed that most artistic ideas in wood, clay, and metals in Igboland are expressed through traditional mural painting symbols which convey important lexical messages. According to Willis(1987) “the Igbo woman’s perception of all aspects of life and nature and most notably ideas and objects which are held to be particularly important and representative of Igbo culture are translated into visual vocabulary which provides important reference material for designers, art historians, engineers and ethnographers alike”. This paper, therefore, seeks to bring to limelight , how the culture of Nsukka people and Igbo in general is expressed through the study of their traditional architectural wall paintings rendered in thorough naturally made indelible ink of “Uli” (black indigo), “Nzu”(natural clay), “Ufie”(red ochre gotten from plants), charcoal and other natural dyes in the form of leaves. These motifs touch on all aspects of Igbo life and serves as ethnographic evidence for studying the cultural history of the area in the absence of direct core archaeological evidence. The method applied in the course of carrying out this research is ethnographic method. This involves the collection of oral information from the extant members of the community that are knowledgeable in the topic of research. Primary secondary sources of information were used. The primary source of data came from oral tradition collected, while the secondary source came from documented literature on the topic of research. Pictures were also used for clarity sake.
Abstract: Governance has been seen as the way decisions are arrived at, implemented, and justified and used to manage public resources and affairs at local, state, national, organizational and global levels of human societies. This paper sets out to look at the contributions of art towards criticizing negative aspects of governance in Nigeria. It shows how art, especially painting, was used as a tool for exposing the negative sides of governance in Nigeria. For this, the issue of whether art is tangible enough to play the important role of interrogating bad aspects of governance in Nigeria was looked at. More so, the vision of the artists, themes that deal with and address the negative aspects of governance in Nigeria, and photographs of works were relied on in this study to show how relevant they are in exposing bad governance in Nigeria. Furthermore, this study has revealed that art is a veritable tool for interrogating, and exposing those bad sides of governance in Nigeria, and recommended that every profession in like manner should make their own contributions towards challenging bad governance in Nigeria, as no people can successfully fight bad governance and achieve sustainable progress if they do not first of all rise up to its true situation -calling things their real names.
In this paper, attempt is made to make a critical view of ecstatic performance as a theatre form. Also, there is a critical analysis of the possession state of an ecstatic dancer that is, the brains behind ecstasy and possession, and whether ecstasy and possession are mere fallacy. Also, the paper seeks to discern the theatrical elements that are inherent in such African performance of sublime. Ecstatic performance is the first state of possession. The performance consumes or catapults the performers from their state of being and lodges them into a spiritual realm. Theatre is a conglomeration or a synthesis of all facets of art form, it transcendents human activities and a place where all human endeavours including the spirit essence are highlighted, re- enacted and woven together as a unit. This study has its premise on “Iya ebo” or the performance of the deities among the Igala. It is indeed, out to establish the relationship between the mortal and the immortal worlds among Igala people.
The artist and his art are constantly battered. His luminous relevance to the society is beleaguered by the lopsidedness of the public mentality-a mentality, which denies an active involvement of art in technological or economic advancement. Art is however a vital force, a living magical force available as an instrument of tool for the development of man. The extent to which it goes in fulfilling this vital function depends largely on its application and on the motive for which it is applied. It is therefore the intention of this paper to examine, with some reference to its financial input, the role of art in economic development. The paper will also x-ray some biting problems inimical to meaningful and sustainable art professionalism.
The Renaissance period overthrew the medieval period because the secular qualities of medieval drama overthrew its religious qualities and also the Catholic church withdrew its support from it, and it was banned in England and outlawed in Paris. The Renaissance period did poorly because of lack of national unity and political instability which contributed to the paucity of its dramatic literature.