Lagos Notes and Records - Volume 15, Issue 1, 2009
Volume 15, Issue 1, 2009
Author Emmanuel N KwofieSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 1 –17 (2009)More Less
Unlike most other papers which are devoted to the discussion of the problems of normal French language teaching / learning in anglo phone settings, this paper examines specifically the anglophone adult learner of French, his needs and objectives. The paper provides a brief history of the introduction of French into Africa, reflects on the beginnings and place of the language in Nigeria, particularly in the educational system and then goes on to identify adult French learner groups, their needs and objectives.
The Tag question problem in Nigerian English usage: Methodical steps out of the gamble for acceptabilityAuthor Mabel OsakweSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 18 –29 (2009)More Less
This paper identifies problems encountered by Nigerian users of tag questions in English. The problems are accounted for by examining the disparity between the grammars of some Nigerian L1 and English. Further insight is provided by examining the semantic and pragmatics of Tag question usage in Nigeria. Thereafter, a systematic guide with practical examples is provided as a solution to the habitual gamble for acceptability.
Author Oladiipo AjiboyeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 30 –55 (2009)More Less
This paper examines count nouns in Yoruba and makes the claim that such nouns are bare (cf. Ajiboye 2005). Structurally it proposes that the nouns are to be analyzed as Noun Phrases (NPs) that are contained inside a Determiner Phrase (DP) which is headed by a null Determiner (D). The claim is supported by both empirical and theoretical evidence.
Africa and Africans in the linguistic worldview of Russians (from the results of the 'Associative' Experiment)Author Friday Emenka UdeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 56 –65 (2009)More Less
This research paper attempts to explore the linguistic consciousness of Russian people which reflects the fundamental image about the residents of Africa, African culture. Africa's socio-economic development, the geographical location of Africa and Africa's nature and at the same time the fundamental lexical items associated with Africa, which are basically linked with the colour of the skin of Africans and the hot climate of the continent. The image or worldview in this paper is to identify the general opinion which the Russians have about Africa and Africans.
Author Oko OkoroSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 66 –86 (2009)More Less
It is a well established fact that no two linguistic codes are ever the same in their sound systems, morphology, syntax, meaning mechanisms, and so on. When two such languages co-exist in a contact situation - with all the farreaching implications of this - the need arises to conduct a methodic contrastive study of selected aspects of the two languages to discover their linguistic similarities and differences and thereby give an insight into the implications of such similarities and differences for teaching and learning purposes.
Wearing a mask. Voluntary depigmentation among continental Africans: An aesthetic revolution or a post-colonial traumatism?Author Mariam Konate DemeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 87 –117 (2009)More Less
For almost half a century, Continental African women have been using chemical products with strong depigmenting potency in order to lighten their skin. This article examines the socio-cultural and psychological motivations that lead Continental African women to use cosmetic depigmenting products in order to deliberately either lessen or completely get rid of the production of melanin pigments in their skin.
Homosexual tendencies and unconscious determinants: A Lacanian reading of Ama Ata Aidoo's "Our sister Killjoy: rejections from a Black-eyed Squint "Author Onuora Benedict NwekeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 118 –137 (2009)More Less
Homosexuality has always been a controversial issue. To writers, critics, and psychologists alike, there is no consensus as to whether it is a normal behavioural trait or not. While some psychologists contend that homosexuality is a psychological problem, others think that it evinces the highest form of intellectuality in man. In fact, Jacques Lacan contends that homosexuality is perverse only in so far as all manifestations of love are perverse.
Author Iwu IkwubuzoSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 138 –158 (2009)More Less
Creative works in Igbo do embody elements drawn from the traditional life of the people. This paper, which discusses the 'rite of passage' in Ogbalu's novel, Obiefuna, looks at it as a cultural phenomenon, which elicits a pattern of transformation and social mobility in traditional Igboman's life as exemplified in the work of art.
Author Christopher AnyokwuSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 159 –191 (2009)More Less
This paper uses Okpewho's tour-de-force, ""Call me by my rightful name"" to explore the dynamics of language vis-a-vis identity (or more accurately, identities) and the crucial issue of diasporality. It examines how Okpewho charts the fate of the black man from the dawn of consciousness through the dark past of slavery and the Slave Trade to the present time, showing the role of memory, the stubborn tenacity of the oral tradition and the contested nature of the concept of the Self.
Author Omon M. OsikiSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 192 –207 (2009)More Less
This article interrogates the conditions of Nigerian labour diasporas and intending migrants to Liberia in the interwar years in the light of the global economic crunch of the late 1920s and early 1930s. While highlighting the necessity of an intra-West African labour highway during the period, the article assesses the conditions which Nigerian labour diasporas and intending migrants found themselves in, the responses of the Nigerian authorities to the pressure from the Liberian government and the impact of those responses on the migrants.
Historical consciousness and sustainable development in Nigeria: The experience of Niger Delta communitiesAuthor Kingdom E. OrjiSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 208 –222 (2009)More Less
Development studies have become very strategic in charting the way forward for most Third World countries including Nigeria. A historical approach, which is the main thrust of this paper intends to provide the building blocks, not only for economic advancement but for sustainable development in Nigeria that is development at the grass-root in such a way that the fate of the future generation will not be hampered.
Author Sunny AwhefeadaSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 223 –240 (2009)More Less
A significant attribute of Nigerian poetry is its protean character. Every decade depending on its historical nuance, has engendered poetic offerings whose tenor and temper differ from the preceding one. Though, Nigerian Poetry is a recreation of one historical continuum, it can be calibrated into different thematics and technical realizations. The 1960s engendered poems that anchored on cultural nationalism and post-independence disillusionment, the poetry of the 1970s reflected on the Nigerian civil war, while the 1980s produced poetry with ideological orientation. The 1990s was the decade that saw the maturation of emergent poets who were born in the 1960s.
Author Akachi T. EzeigboSource: Lagos Notes and Records 15, pp 241 –255 (2009)More Less
This paper explores and evaluates the challenges that face the humanities in Nigeria from a literary perspective. It highlights the contributions of the humanities, especially literature. to the development of human, socio-cultural and economic resources of Nigeria. It concludes that in view of the fundamental importance and relevance of the humanities to national development, the Nigerian government should fund the humanistic disciplines adequate to equip them well enough to meet the challenges facing them in the 21st century.