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Volume 16, Issue 1, 2010
Author Chiedozie OkoroSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 1 –17 (2010)More Less
The question of statehood is embodied in the concept of leadership. The concept of the state itself entails accountable and capable leadership that is able to institute discipline, order and stability in the society. Sometimes the state is referred to as a polity or a body-politic.
Author Joseph Chigbo EkwealoSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 18 –41 (2010)More Less
The nature and activities of witches have in recent times come up globally, especially as it concerns the so-called negative effects of witchcraft on human beings. In advanced (Western) societies, many organizations have come up boldly with such names as satanic societies, witches, sacred grove or cult; and what they purport to study, research, teach and discuss in their assembly or sabbath is summarily called 'nature-earth spirituality'.
Author Chris OsegenwuneSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 42 –78 (2010)More Less
The Upanishads represent one of the developmental stages in Hinduism. This philosophy will be understood from a clearer perspective if attention could be focused on the other stages of Hinduism. This is because such a background will situate the existing cultural, religious, social and philosophical dimensions of Hinduism.
Wole Soyinka's craft in the dramaturgy of Femi Osofisan: the examples of "A chattering and the Song" and "Once upon four robbers"Author E.B. Okolocha; Oby & AdelekeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 79 –94 (2010)More Less
This paper establishes and illustrates Wole Soyinka's influence on Femi Osofisan's dramaturgy. We have also discussed the political ideologies of Wole Soyinka and Osofisan in the bid to demonstrate areas of similarity and difference. We find that despite major differences in ideological positions, Osofisan's dramaturgy has been greatly influenced by Soyinka's craft and these borrowings from Soyinka have helped to fortify and improve Osofisan's plays in script and in performance.
Author Felicia OhwovorioleSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 95 –109 (2010)More Less
Socialization is a recurrent learning process through which a person becomes familiar with the social customs of a group of people. Food and wine play a central social role in life. They have provided material for literature in many traditions. Food has a great deal of significance in many culturesritualistically, symbolically, socially and practically.
Source: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 110 –125 (2010)More Less
In the light of the assumptions and expectations that underlie communicative behaviour in sermonic discourses and their dependence on contextual inferences rather than linguistic meanings, this paper utilizes the cooperative principles to examine a Nigerian Christian sermon by one of the leading preachers in Nigeria. It is found that the preacher expects the audience to understand his message by relying on the background or previous knowledge which they both share. The paper argues that the fact that utterances are felicitous in spite of the breach of cooperative principles reveals a major weakness in Christian sermonic discourses and reinforces the impression that they are shrouded in mystery.
Author Austin Uzoma NwagbaraSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 126 –137 (2010)More Less
The conjuration of history as a metaphor of creativity in African literary writings represents a seminal reconstruction of the intensity of the collective experiences of the continent, a re-living of its joys and pains. The creative enterprise and the culture of its actualisation in African literary experience to a large extent signify the expression and celebration of the joys and pains of its history.
Author Oyeniyi OkunoyeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 153 –188 (2010)More Less
This paper clarifies the sense in which ewi, a poetic practice that straddles written and oral media, constitutes a tradition among the Yoruba. It underlines the fact that ewi exemplifies the dynamism of Yoruba culture in its openness, its innovative spirit and its capacity to appropriate facilities that define the modern. It also argues that ewi's tendency to integrate experimentation on the part of its various practioners is crucial to defining its character as a form that is outwardlooking. The study pays particular attention to major milestones in the invention of the tradition and the works of selected practitioners in theorising ewi on its own terms.
Bitterness on a Sugar Island: British colonialism and the socio-economic development of Jamaica (1655-1750)Author David AworawoSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 189 –214 (2010)More Less
Jamaica was famous for its sugar production during the 18th century. The island was one of the world's most important centres of sugar production and export to Europe from the 1720s. The cultivation of sugar in large quantities began after the English conquered the island in 1655.
Author Obi IwuagwuSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 215 –238 (2010)More Less
It is a generally accepted notion that a country's industrial policy is the dynamic tool for stimulating and regulating its industrial development processes. In fact, it is a blueprint, which details the objectives and strategies for optimally attaining the goals of non-primary production, particularly manufacturing, taking into consideration the resource endowment of the country in terms of labour, land, capital, entrepreneurship, international goodwill etc.
Le temps en francais et en etsako: etude contrastive et implications pedagogiques pour lenseignement du francais aux etsakophonesSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 239 –260 (2010)More Less
Author Chuka ChukwubeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 16, pp 261 –274 (2010)More Less
Following Mikhail Gorbachev's assumption of office as leader of the former Soviet Union in 1984, the country witnessed unprecedented freedom of expression - the cultural side of glasnost. The effects of this were enormous changes, including in reading habits, in film and television viewing, show attendance, musical styles, the quickening of amateur culture and a decentralization of cultural life through the spread of electronic media.