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1.Books And Movies

I always hate it when people see the movie without reading the book first. The movie just can’t compare and you miss so much by bypassing the book.

Reading helps you learn, expand your vocabulary, exercise your imagination and it teaches you to dream. Books can inspire and they are something that connects people from all different backgrounds.

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2.Literacy In A World Of Technology

We have access to so much information via the Internet that we sometimes forget BOOKS contain valuable information as well. When you are doing research cover ALL the bases. Don’t become complacent with just the Internet. Our world is far too dependent on technology. I still love curling up in the wintertime, snuggled up in a blanket in front of a fire with a good book.

Books help…

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REST IN PEACE, MALAM ABUBAKAR GIMBA! Writers mourn former President of ANA

Members of the Literary Community lament the death of a former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Malam Abubakar Gimba, CHUX OHAI writes

The passing away of veteran writer and former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Malam Abubakar Gimba, has thrown members of the literary community resident in Nigeria and the Diaspora into deep mourning.

Gimba died at the age of 63 on Wednesday night at the Minna General Hospital after a protracted battle with an ailment suspected to be cancer. Before his death was made public, he was said to have been bedridden for about two years.

Unfortunately, many members of the literary community did not learn of his death until his body had been laid to rest in his hometown – Minna – on Thursday. When they eventually received the news of his departure, it was with shock and disbelief. Reacting to the sad event, a former President of ANA, Odia Ofeimun, described Gimba as one of the most quiet and unassuming leaders the association ever had.

Ofeimun said, “Gimba was my immediate successor as President of the Association of Nigerian Authors. A soft-spoken and unobtrusive gentleman, he was not loud or known for creating controversies within the association. He helped to establish the most vibrant branch of ANA outside Lagos. The Niger State chapter owes its rapid growth to him.

“Apart from having a tempering effect on the association, Gimba made it possible for the land belonging to ANA in Abuja to be returned to it after more than a decade of virtual government seizure. He added more than mere value to the application I left as General Secretary. He did a lot to give ANA a national image. But he knew how to turn strong disagreements into conversations.”

Another ex President of the writers’ body and former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Dr. Wale Okediran, recalled Gimba’s achievements at the helms of the affairs of ANA.

He said, “Gimba was a very methodical ANA President who used his connections in government and business circles to get funding for the association’s programmes. He was also quite committed to the growth of the association. Several times, he used his personal financial resources to run ANA. It is on record that during his tenure, we were able to secure a certificate of occupancy for the ANA land in Abuja. Until he became President, it was difficult to do this.

“He was the first writer from Northern Nigeria to become President of ANA and I served as General Secretary under him. I recall that we had a very warm relationship. One of the things we set out to achieve as a team was to do away with ethnic sentiments in the association. Some people were actually trying to use the fact that he came from the North against him. But we were able to overcome such sentiments.

“Also, during Gimba’s tenure, we were able to unify the association and to revive several state chapters that had virtually become inactive, especially in the North. He was a gentleman and very considerate.”

The Coordinator of the Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu International Literature Colloquium, Mallam Baba Dzukogi, described the late author as a role model to many younger writers in Niger State.

“We will remember him for his humility and simple approach to life. We all read his works even before we started publishing our own books. Gimba sponsored the Annual Schools Carnival of Art and Festival of Songs in the state for 10 years. We brought up the idea and he bankrolled the event right from the first edition,” he said.

Also, the current National Vice President of ANA, Denja Abdullahi, and literary activist, Chike Ofili, acknowledged Gimba’s humane qualities and commitment to literary development in the country, especially in the North.

“He was very kind and a gentleman who did a lot to encourage literature in Northern Nigeria. He had a kind word for everybody and was such a peaceful person. He made ANA an officially recognised body and properly registered the association after nearly 20 years of its existence. He was a very liberal man, too,” they said.

Born in Lapai, Nasarawa State, Gimba was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a first degree in Economics, and the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the USA, as well as the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

At different times, he was an executive director of the United Bank of Africa and Union Bank of Nigeria, as well as a permanent secretary in the Niger State Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning..

Gimba was ANA’s president between 1997 and 2001, Chairman of the Concern Foundation and Savannah Publications Ltd and pioneer Chairman of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.

Also, he was the author of several novels, including Witness to Tears, Trail of Sacrifice, Innocent Victims, Sunset for a Mandarin and Golden Apples.

A recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic, he is survived by three wives and many children.

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Igwe Iweka

For His Royal Highness, Igwe Chidubem Iweka III, writing novels and kingship are two different tasks that must be fulfilled, CHUX OHAI writes

Like Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike, who is the Eze of Ndikelionwu in Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka III of Obosi – in the same state – is fully involved in creative writing.

The monarch is not only enthusiastic about literary production, he has published some books and regularly attends the annual international convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors.

“I started writing when I was in Form Two in secondary school. This was in the early 1970s. I started by writing short stories,” he says, in an interview with our correspondent.

Encouraged by his teachers, he was able to sustain this passion for writing through the years. The encouragement gave him the necessary incentive to keep writing.

Apart from that, it seems that writing runs in Igwe Iweka’s family. The monarch’s grandfather was the first person to write the history of Obosi (his domain) and Igboland in 1923.

“My grandfather ordered a typewriter that printed the Igbo alphabet from England. He typed the manuscript of his book in both Igbo and English languages with this typewriter,” he adds.

The Igwe also recalls that his mother wrote poetry when he was still a youth, thus affirming that he inherited the gift of writing from both parents.

So far, he has published some novels, which some critics and reviewers have described as being generally suffused with magic and witchcraft – much like the earlier works of a writer like Dilibe Onyeama.

The author attributes this common thread that runs through most of his works, especially the two novels titled The Ancient Curse and So Bright a Darkness, to the influence of spiritual manifestations in the contemporary African society.

“Even those who profess to be Christians or Muslims are influenced by such spirituality. It is present among us and we live with it. Some of the phenomena that are deemed to be superstition may not be accepted as superstition by some of us because it is inborn. We were raised up with it and will be with us for a long time. That is why I find it fascinating.

“In the The Ancient Curse, which is my first published work, I discuss the proliferation of born-again Christian churches and the rampant spiritual fraud that it has bred in the country. Some of the people who profess to be Christians today are actually native doctors in disguise. They use this to bamboozle, defraud and confuse the masses. These are some of the things that bother me”, he says.

Unlike many writers who have had to draw inspiration from older and more established writers, Iweka says he never had any role models nor attempted to copy the style of any other writer.

To a large extent, he has managed to sustain a unique style and a narrative voice that is entirely distinct from the current stream of contemporary writing in the country out of pure concern for aesthetics rather than for commercial purposes.

“The reason is that when I set out to write I hardly think of the commercial aspect. I am usually driven by a need to deliver a message to my audience and I try to make it as interesting, suspenseful and colourful as possible,” he says.

Apart from magic, Igwe Iweka’s newest novel, So Bright a Darkness, is suffused with the themes of love, racism and culture, as well as others drawn from contemporary society. The narrative, which tells the story of a fictional Igbo community that is completely cut off from civilisation, also deals with the question of coming to terms with racism in the modern society.

Although he maintains that he has never been influenced by any foreign ideology as a writer, the Igwe is nonetheless concerned about the gradual loss of the basic components of the African culture and civilisation.

“In the process of embracing Western culture and giving up some undesirable African cultural practices, we threw away many of the good aspects of our culture. For example, in the olden days, there was not much crime because people were afraid of incurring the wrath of the deities. But, nowadays, people lie, cheat, steal and still they can get away with these because God is all-forgiving and merciful. It wasn’t like that in the olden days. This is something that I am very concerned about. It is also a major ideological influence in my writing,” he says.

Before he ascended the throne of Obosi Kingdom, the monarch was an active Nollywood practitioner. He acted in a few movies alongside some of the big names in the film industry. Aside acting, he wrote scripts for the screen and sometimes, directed and produced his own movies. But he had to give up acting because of his current status and the attendant responsibilities.

Unknown to many of his subjects, Igwe Iweka is also a musician who once worked with a major records company in the United States for a number of years.

“I am a singer, song writer and multi-instrumentalist. I play the keyboard, guitar, saxophone and percussions to boot,” he says.

He is what some people may call a bundle of talents, no doubt. But how does it feel to be a traditional ruler and writer?

“They are two different things that don’t mix. Being the king of a community that is quite populous and, to an extent, metropolitan gives me less time to write. I try to make out time to write,” Igwe Iweka says.

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…Library Books…an illustration

A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Augustine Ereyimwen, has built and donated a well-equipped library to Government Secondary School, Kosubosu in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The library, which, according to the corps member gulped N900,000, was inaugurated by the Head of Department of Education in the local government area, Mallam Idris Abdullahi.

Speaking at the event, Mallam Abdullahi applauded the gesture of the NYSC member and urged other corps members to emulate the initiator of the project.

“This, no doubt, is service to humanity. I’m very sure that the teachers and students of this school would benefit from the project.

“I hereby charge other NYSC members to emulate Ereyimwen in their Community Development Service (CDS). I believe he will reap the fruits of what he has done later in life”, he said.

The Head of Education Department, however, urged the school to make judicious use of the edifice.

In his address, the principal of the school, Abdulmumeen Musa, described the project as unique in the annals of the school, noting that the importance of the project to the school community could not be overemphasised.

“Apart from being a veritable source of learning for students, it also promotes reading culture in them.

“Library also inspires research work and other fact-finding endeavours,” he said.

Speaking on the sideline of the inauguration, Ereyimwen said that he was propelled by the need to improve the students’ performance and broaden their scope of research.

He said he found out that students of the school faced the challenge of lack of library, which, he noted, was responsible for their poor academic performance.

“I decided to create this avenue for the students to read and research because the library would offer them opportunity to borrow books”, the Edo-born NYSC member said.

On the challenges encountered in the course of executing the project, the 2014 Batch ‘A’ corps member asserted that sourcing for fund was not easy in the border community.

He contented that people derived pleasure donating money and materials to female corps members thatn their male counterparts.

He, however, commended the officers of the Nigeria Police, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the Nigeria Customs Service and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the area, as well as the staff and students of the school for their generous donation to the success of the project.

Present at the inauguration were the chairman of the Parents/Teachers Association of the school, Principals of Calvary Grace Group of Schools, Amdanam Modern College, among other dignitaries.


NYSC member equips, donates library to school

Kosubosu (Kwara), Feb 13, 2015 (NAN) An NYSC member serving in Kwara, Mr Augustine Ereyimwen, on Friday handed over a library to Government Secondary School, Kosubosu in Baruten Local Government Area of the state.

The library, which cost the corps member N900, 000, to equip, was inaugurated by the Head of Department of Education in the local government, Malam Idris Abdullahi.

At the inauguration ceremony, Abdullahi lauded the gesture of the youth and urged other corps members to emulate him.

“This, no doubt, is a service to humanity. I am very sure that both the teachers and students of this school would benefit from this project.

“I hereby charge other NYSC members to emulate Ereyimwen in their Community Development Service. I believe he would reap the reward of what he has done later in life,” Abdullahi said.

He urged the school to make judicious use of the project.

In his address, the Principal of the school, Mr Abdulmumeen Musa, described the project as unique, saying: “Apart from being a veritable source of learning among the students, it also promotes reading culture in them.’’

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ereyimwen said that he was propelled by the need to improve the students’ performances and broaden their knowledge to embark on the venture.

He said he found out that the students of the school faced the challenge of the lack of a library, which accounted for their poor academic performances.

“I decided to create this avenue for the students to read and research because the library would offer them opportunity to borrow books,” the Edo-born NYSC member said.

On the challenges he encountered while executing the project, Ereyimwen said that he did not find it easy raising the money.

He, however, thanked personnel of Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Immigration Service, and Nigeria Customs Service as well as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the area for their assistance.

He also commended staff and students of the school for donating toward the successful execution of the project.

The ceremony was witnessed by friends of the school. (NAN)



11.It is the Nigerian style of delivery that makes people fail math. You don’t force children to cram, when u do it leads to them despising the subject.I excelled in math by primary school, because we had practical applications.My mother allowed me to count money in the market, make sense of the change etc. By the time the further math teacher came around with cane in hand, half of us were just copying each other and making C grades in math.I got to university in America, and i ended up in remedial math the 2nd lowest level of math. To cut a long story short, i was taught by good people who demonstrated the applicability of math in our every day lives. I now have a BS in Applied math & stats, and i am doing a MS in applied math. If u ask me a basic theory,i probably cannot tell u verbatim, but i will express it how i understand.That’s as a result of a difference in teaching styles.

12.It’s all about laying the right foundation. When you understand the basics, the rest will just flow naturally.More effort must be put in at the early ages.

13.The teacher is entering through the front door i’m jumping out from the back window.But every time somehow i will pass exams without cheating at least a (D).This means if i had endured the cane and the magics i would have been a guru.Just realized it.

14.I won’t say my maths teachers were bad In fact they were pretty good. I kinda have a low attention span and just never got the hang of it, though i was in a science class. I also felt that most of what i was learning was irrelevant to life in general. After school, i was scared that I’ll never pass an aptitude test to get a job cos if ny hatred for maths!

15.Maths deals with deep thinking and reasoning if you cant do the two, maths is not for you. some maths teacher are also the cause of this hatred or failure in maths.Nature is also a factor to consider because if your daddy and mummy are dullard,grin the offspring are not expected to be genius.Look before you marry.dont marry a dully grin because of beauty and expect to bear a genius.

16.People hate it cause of:1.Bad teachers 2.Wrong notion that maths is hard 3.Laziness. My take on maths is that if can conquer it, you can do anything else in academics.

17.When they cannot understand/speak English well,How do they understand a more complex thing like mathematics?

18.Just need to add though, that the parents being dullards doesn’t automatically mean the kids will also be dullards.If the parents take steps to make sure the kid inculcates learning Maths at an early age, and stays hard at his books,his or her aptitude may improve.For example,Ben Carson’s mother didn’t know how to read but she still made sure her kids worked at their studies.

19.Math anxiety starts when teachers start to beat up students because they fail to solve a problem. Also, math is a form of building block, u miss a step, you aint gonna get the next. The earlier a student realizes this, the better it becomes for the student.

20.True talk, most maths teacher are always hot-tempered and wicked.

21.I think it has a lot to do with the teaching philosophy of mathematics in our educational systems. Being a Ghanaian, I believe the same problems are faced here in Ghana as in Nigeria. It is a very practical subject that must be made to bear a lot on everyday phenomena but the tuition doesn’t show that. Most maths instructors teach maths in a way that makes it look too abstract for students. No application is allowed to be made to scientific everyday phenomena but rather just numbers and symbols. Maths is about application. You make a child visualize maths by making it possible for her to associate it with what she already knows around her. The opposite is, making it too abstract and much of an academic exercise is the norm with instructors around here. Simply put, the style of teaching maths here doesn’t make it exciting. It is boring.




1.I hated math because i used to be scared of my teachers and the methods they  used while growing up.

2.I think lots of students hate maths because most teachers don’t do a good job in relating the usefulness of maths to everyday life. Besides the basics of addition, subtraction,multiplication, and division many students don’t know why they are learning maths.

3.My life was a lot easier when maths was about numbers only.Later it started marrying alphabets E.G 2 + y x b. Very ridiculous to find y when x isn’t given.Where is y? I don’t know.All i know is y has a long tail and two branches!grin grin grin grin grin.

4.Because most Nigerian maths teachers try as much as possible to make it seem as intractable as possible.

5.I guess its kinda abstract for students.Few give up before they put in plenty effort. A-times some concepts are hard to grab until you get the right teacher.It only gets worse by the day.

6.I think the right foundation has to be laid early on from nursery and primary school for maths to be an enjoyable subject.I remember being lined up at the back of the classroom with other pupils in primary school,and made to recite the times table with our teacher (cane in hand) hovering around menacingly. I hated those sessions and my mind always seemed to go AWOL when it came to my turn to recite.Me always getting the hard ones like 7 or 9 times-table didn’t help matters either.Also, there needs to be more emphasis on smaller groups of pupils (like 5 per teacher) or study groups, for better interaction. Large classrooms help those finding maths difficult to easily ‘disappear’, and they may feel embarrassed to ask questions if they’re not moving at the same pace as most of their colleagues.

7.I liked geometry, some simple equations, and don’t recall what else aside from that. Maths need much practice.Quadratic equation in sec school was the subject feared by many,and which we all got goosebumps over. Even before the class people spoke of it in whispers as if na one dreaded masquerade.

8.Reasons are as follows

a) Good maths teachers are HARD TO find today! The teachers do understand what they’re doing, however, transferring the knowledge is more complicated than it looks?
b) Students are becoming lazier. Maths is not a lazy subject. A quitter is not a mathematician!
c) Maths itself is a frustrating subject–even for the experts.
d) There’s something very ANNOYINGLY peculiar about MATHS: When solving an equation (for example), you’ll know whether you’re doing the right thing or the wrong thing. Plus, one slight mistake and you’re done! grin
e) Mathematical concepts are very parallel. So therefore, when one does not grasp a concept, odds are it gonna mess most everything else up (Like a Domino effect).

9.People hate mathematics because:

a. Some teachers are not qualified to teach mathematics
b. It looks/ is abstract
c. The teaching aid/ method is poor
d. The fear of mathematics has been there from Nursery(Tender age)
e. Some students just don’t want to know it at all.

10.Maths used to make me sleep in my Junior and early Senior classes.And also used to pray that the teacher got out of the class fast.Wonder how they did not know…




If there’s one thing that we all agree we have done in our school life, its this: Hating Mathematics.

And no, even the nerd of the class, the Albert Einstein who solved all problems within milliseconds cannot deny, that at one or the other point he/she too loathed maths.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no matter how sharp your brain is, or how fast it works, you do get that moment when you go all blank, the identities just refuse to blink in the celluloid of your mind. And this moment comes only in the subject of mathematics. Astonishing as it may seem, we have despised different subjects over the years, history and physics being the top contenders for the second place, but Mathematics has been so consistent, just like its teachers who themselves forget all properties and identities and formulae, unless the question has landed from NCERT (WASCE) which they have been teaching from, since 20 years.

Then we have the embellishment of “Tuitions”. Look at a 5 year-old. Then look at a 17 year-old. Then look at them while they are solving maths problems. It just becomes next to impossible to find out who is in more tension! The Tuitions are a trend, a child might fail in all other subjects, but he will attend the tuitions for maths since class 1, come what may. And if a child scores less in Maths, despite scoring highest in all others, he will be stereotyped a “Rattu-tota” (cramming parrot).

We have harrowing encounters with the questions which ask us to prove the properties which some insane nerd with some overtly-energetic cells in his brain, centuries back scribbled somewhere somehow and forgot to erase it!

Now that we know,”Although the overall size and asymmetrical shape of Einstein’s brain were normal, the prefrontal, somatosensory, primary motor, parietal, temporal and occipital cortices were extraordinary.” We feel the pressure much less.

And guess what? People who included Maths in curriculum knew the pain that it will inflict on those trying to manouever their way through the labyrinth of the questions. How else can one explain The questions of maths being termed, “PROBLEMS” Even before you try them!

There are certain terms used in maths, which evoke confusion, vexation and frustration.

1)Real numbers- What do you mean? All other Numbers are “unreal”? Then why are we learning about them at all? Did I hear something about the practical usage deployment of Maths?

2) Differentiation: The worst part of trigonometry, lovingly called calculus! They ask you to differentiate without taking the pain to add the other part from which to differentiate. Enter Greek symbols. Alpha, gamma, beta. Sometimes I wish we would be learning about Greek gods as well!As if that were not enough, there’s double derivative to double up our workload. Are you still fretting over having to find the derivative again? I have a gift for you…. differentiate it again to find the third derivative, you moron.

3) Inverse trigonometry: Why the hell did you make us learn those abhorrent trigonometric identities in the first place, when all you needed was to force us to reverse our learning. And attempt the questions the other way round?

4) Complex Numbers: The numbers are complicated. Period.

Nonetheless, we have also experienced those moments when we used to sit down enthusiastically for practising maths, and with R.D Sharma in hand, (although I fail to figure out how a person can be held in hand, never mind , go with the flow), we felt ecstatic with every question that we solved. Those were the singular moments of pure pleasure in Maths.

But, alas! The agonising moments we faced when scratching our heads for finding the right property or identity, far outnumber the moments of delight we spent in the company of R.D Sharma.

So, as long as the invisible relevance of integrating and differentiating exponential and real numbers exists, so would our detestation for maths.

GOOD LUCK maths for you have to bear the brunt of being cursed by many generations to come.

(I know everyone has a lot more to fret about regarding maths….if you have suggestions for points I must add, then leave comments below….:-))