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My Classmates (story one)

  Emeka was not just my friend, he was a friend to all. He was particularly handsome and had an aura of importance. That alone made me admire him. In my class, he was ‘worshipped’ and highly revered. Even some teachers openly gave him preferential treatment. First, our form teacher had assigned him to the front row in the class, but Emeka himself preferred to sit at the far end of the rear. Of course, he had his way. Emeka was the only student in class who had the freedom to eat in class whenever he felt the desire to do so. I was surprised when mid-way into a maths class, he opened his big food flask and began feasting from it. Everyone expected the Maths teacher, who was a renowned disciplinarian, to have reacted. Lo and behold, the Maths teacher feigned ignorance despite the fact that the aroma from the food was so obvious that a passerby would have mistaken our classroom for a kitchen. Chike, another classmate of mine had attempted to do a similar thing few days earlier. The same

My Grandma series 1 (Chukwudi Anagbogu)

 I was among the few privileged ones to have lived with my grandmother during my childhood. My grandma had visited us for the “omugwo” of my younger sibling. At the ‘expiration` of three months, she had opted to stay longer because as she would always say, “anywhere one stays is one's home.”  My siblings and I received news of her “extension” with mixed feelings. Our concerns were borne out of her strictness. She was so strict that sometimes you wondered how my mother-her daughter survived childhood under her watch. It was during her stay that my immediate elder brother and I stopped bedwetting. Hitherto, my parents had employed all manner of tactics to stop us from betwetting, all to to avail. First, my mum had tried reducing our water intake, especially at nights. According to her, not taking enough water would reduce the urge to urinate at night. The strategy seemed to work initially, as we did not bed wet for three consecutive days. On the fourth day however, the unthinkable ha


   Full Book Summary In the late winter months of 1801, a man named Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange in the isolated moor country of England. Here, he meets his dour landlord, Heathcliff, a wealthy man who lives in the ancient manor of Wuthering Heights, four miles away from the Grange. In this wild, stormy countryside, Lockwood asks his housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell him the story of Heathcliff and the strange denizens of Wuthering Heights. Nelly consents, and Lockwood writes down his recollections of her tale in his diary; these written recollections form the main part of Wuthering Heights. Nelly remembers her childhood. As a young girl, she works as a servant at Wuthering Heights for the owner of the manor, Mr. Earnshaw, and his family. One day, Mr. Earnshaw goes to Liverpool and returns home with an orphan boy whom he will raise with his own children. At first, the Earnshaw children—a boy named Hindley and his younger sister Catherine—detest the dark-skinned

Sunday Special: Threats that are not really threats

I will show you The stuff I'm made of  :  Is this even a threat? When you get such a threat especially from a superior or someone who believes he has a lot to offer, especially when such a statement is aimed at making you feel threatened or afraid, relax. Such a statement should not make you fret. The speaker probably has complex issues and is struggling to prove his mettle. Wait for the 'stuff' to may just wait forever. 😂 I will beat the hell out of you  When he threatens to beat the hell out of you, be grateful instead. After all, who want to be in hell? If he beats the hell out of you, the only option you probably have is heaven! Yeah, that is the goal...heaven is the goal. He beats the hell out of you and you go to heaven! How does that sound? The world will gather for the two of us: When your spouse uses such a statement as a threat, smile and go away. The world will certainly gather for you both-ON YOUR WEDDING DAY probably.  It will be just you and me


 Questions And Answers On The Life Changer  Chapter 7 How much did Dr Kabir demand from Salma? Dr. Kibir demanded a bribe of two hundred thousand naira from Salma but she declined his request and said she didn’t have that amount. How did Habib assist Salma? Habib gave Salma the money she needed to bribe the Chairman of the Exams Malpractice and Ethics Committee. How did Salma plan to save herself from getting expelled? Salma suggested Habib should help her speak with the Chairman of the Exams Malpractice and Ethics Committee. Why was Salma shocked when she finally presented herself to the committee for questioning? Salma was surprised when she noticed that Dr. Kabir was not a member of the Exams Malpractice and Ethics Committee. Why did Salma reject Habib’s suggestion of seeking help from Proffessor Dabo? Salma rejected Habib’s suggestion because she previously had issues with Professor Dabo. Why did Salma visit Habib in his office? Salma visited Habib at his office hoping he would be


 Refer to our previous post on CONCORD for a refresher. Here, we look at the use of Correlative Conjunctions with regard to Concord. Examples of Correlative Conjunctions are: Neither/nor and Either/or. When two words (nouns or pronouns) are joined with a Correlative Conjunction, the verb 'obeys' the second word(the word closest to the verb). It means that if the second word is singular, it takes a singular verb. If it's plural, it takes a plural verb . Examples: a. Neither the men nor their mother spends time reading.   'The men' is plural, while 'their mother' is singular. Therefore, the sentence takes the singular verb 'spends' in deference to the second phrase. This happens vice versa. Other examples include: b. Either you or I am happy. c. Neither Chike nor his teachers are here. Note: Quantifiers like 'none' and 'each' go with singular verbs (verbs that end with 's'). Examples: a. None of the boys has arrived. b. Each

LIFE CHANGER (Q and A) chapters 4 and 5

CHAPTER 4 Why was Salma hostel very popular? Salma’s hostel was famous for having the most beautiful girls on campus. The ladies often referred to themselves as “happening babes”. What car were Labaran and Habib driving? The young men were driving a Mercedes Benz. Why was Dr. Dabo afraid after Salma left his office? Dr. Dabo feared Salma wouldn’t report him to the school authorities and that would tarnish his reputation which he had worked hard to build. Describe Doctor Dabo’s reputation on campus – Dr Dabo was known to be a strict lecturer who takes punctuality very seriously. He also had a good record and reputation on campus. Why did Salma visit Dr. Dabo’s office? Salma visited Dr Dabo office to get her registration form signed because he was the Level Coordinator. What is the name of Salma hostel? Salma’s hostel was called Queen Amina hall. How did Dr Dabo feel about Salma? Dr. Dabo was instantly attracted to Salma the moment he laid eyes on her. How did Salma react to Dr. Dabo re


  BACKGROUND TO CONCORD As earlier taught, a sentence must possess the two features of Subject and Verb . Other parts of a sentence like the Object , Adjunct and Complement may come after the verb. Subject : The subject can be regarded as the doer/performer of an action, i.e, something or someone that performs an action in a given sentence. The following sentences illustrate what has been said: a. The man killed the snake . In the sentence, The Man performed an action of "killing" a snake. Thus, The Man is the subject while killed is the verb . The subject is singular because just one person is involved. b. Emeka and Obinna work for each other. The subject is Emeka and Obinna because they both perform the action "work" (verb). The subject is plural because more than one person is involved. On the other hand, a Subject can also be regarded a word/phrase or clause that a sentence is built around. In this case, the subject does not show action. The  easiest w

Life Changer Chapters 2 and 3(QandA)

  Chapter 2 What is Ummi’s full name? Her name is Ummi Ahmad. Why did Salma say lecturers and policemen are alike? Salma accused lecturers of being corrupt, saying they take bribes just like police officers. Why did Ummi feel uncomfortable while speaking to the HOD? Ummi felt uncomfortable because the HOD referred to her as “my dear”. Why was Salma in shock moments after her discussion with a certain young man on the queue? Salma was surprised to find out that the young man she gossiped with turned out to be the lecturer they have all been waiting for. Why was Ummi scared of young male lecturers? Ummi wasn’t comfortable around young male lecturers because Salma had warned her that they always want to date female students and extort money from the guys. What tribe is Dr. Samuel Johnson from? Ummi’s HOD, Dr. Samuel Johnson is a Yoruba man. What is Ummi’s HOD’s name? Ummi’s HOD’s name is Dr. Samuel Johnson. Why was Ummi in shock when she met the HOD? Ummi was surprised to find out her HOD

LIFE Changer (Questions and Answers) Chapter 1

  Chapter 1 What time does Ummi’s husband usually close from work?.  Ummi’s husband usually closes from work by 5pm. Why does Bint’s mom often enter her children’s bedroom without  knocking  on the door? –  She wanted them to get used to her presence and to always ensure they maintain good hygiene by keeping their room tidy always. How many credits did Omar get in his WAEC? –  Omar got 7 credits in his WAEC including in English and mathematics at his first attempt . Who answered the Teacher’s first  question ? – Bint What did Omar demand his siblings refer to him as. –  Omar demanded Teemah and Jamilar call him “My Learned Brother” . Why didn’t Ummi tell her children a story about her experience in the university?  Ummi’s refused to tell her kids a story about her experience in the university because she felt they were much too young to know about life on campus, especially her own experience. Who is Teemah –  She is Ummi’s first Daughter and also her second child. Who is Bint? –  Bint