Entries on Literature
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
This book is a concise and deliberate effort to communicate the Christian faith from the point of view of the Catholic Church by elaborating in detail such areas of the faith that many people have not been able to come to terms with in the living experience of their faith. The book seeks to answer such salient questions that pertain to theology, moral ethics, spirituality, doctrine and scripture. It also touches on the metaphysical nature of life after death. It is a good material for scholars, students of theology, catechetical instructions on the sacraments, the church and other doctrinal issues. There could be no other good companion during dull and relaxed moments than a copy of this book.
Laughter from the River captures the circle of life - the joys of birth through the travails of living to the mystery and sense of loss each death evokes. Egbe brings in this collection, a kaleidoscopic vision, a felicitous and challenging style, a breath of freshness making Laughter from the River a welcome first; a delight to feast!
I decided to collect poems for this anthology because of two reasons. The first was the fact that poetry is often the most written of the three genres. This is understandably so: the emotive efficacy of poetry argues its especial patronage by writers particularly in a very emotionally stressful nation like Nigeria. Unfortunately, publishing outlets are very hard to come by. This was my second reason for embarking on this project. I felt it would provide a publishing opportunity for the many poems written in Nigeria.
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.