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Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani is a novelist, essayist, journalist and humorist. She was born in Enugu, Nigeria. As a teenager, she secretly dreamed of becoming a CIA or KGB agent. She studied Psychology at the University of Ibadan. Her first income was from winning a writing competition at the age of 13. In her first year at university, she was a member of the Idia Hall Chess Team, and also a member of the university's (classical music) choir.
I Do Not Come to You by Chance:A deeply moving debut novel set amid the perilous world of Nigerian email scams, I Do Not Come to You by Chance tells the story of one young man and the family who loves him. Being the opera of the family, Kingsley Ibe is entitled to certain privileges--a piece of meat in his egusisoup, a party to celebrate his graduation from university. As first son, he has responsibilities, too. But times are bad in Nigeria, and life is hard. Unable to find work, Kingsley cannot take on the duty of training his younger siblings, nor can he provide his parents with financial peace in their retirement. And then there is Ola. Dear, sweet Ola, the sugar in Kingsley's tea. It does not seem to matter that he loves her deeply; he cannot afford her bride price.
Winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book (Africa) 2010, Betty Trask Award for Best First Book 2010,Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2010 finalist and Washington Post Best Books of 2009.
Chioma Okereke was born in Benin City, Nigeria. She started her writing career as a poet and performed throughout Europe and the United States before turning her hand to fiction. Her work has been shortlisted in the Undiscovered Authors Competition 2006,run by Bookforce UK, and in the Daily Telegraph's 'Write a Novel in a Year' Competition in 2007.
Bitter Leaf is a richly textured and intricate novel set in Mannobe, a world that is African in nature but never geographically placed. At the heart of the novel is the village itself and its colourful cast of inhabitants: Babylon, a gifted musician who falls under the spell of the beautiful Jericho who has recently returned from the city; Mabel and M'elle Codon, twin sisters whose lives have taken very different paths, Magdalena, daughter of Mabel, who nurses an unrequited love for Babylon and Allegory, the wise old man who adheres to tradition.
Not so very long ago, students enrolled in university were taught rhetoric. That was of a time when the skill of persuasion was highly valued. It taught the difference between argument and debate. To do this, the student learned how to control their emotion. When an opponent approached the topic with temper, his effectiveness was lost- lose of such control was a vulnerability- the poker player with an obvious 'tell'. Why bring this up Graham? Why now? Good questions that deserve good answers. Today, we are on the cusp of a masonic cultural event. We don't need to doubt whether change is coming. It's already begun. We never have developed a narrative. How do we know? What is masonry? Ask ten masons that question and we get eleven opinions. Why? Because we work without a narrative that describes and operationalizes our philosophy. One of the rules of engagement for our fellows is to avoid controversy. If you have witnessed what happens when such matters are discussed, you know what I mean. Emotion uncontrolled burdens the topic and attempts to stifle discussion of the merit of all sides of the issues. Our narrative may be in fragments simply because we have not promoted the artfulness of rhetoric. Do you think it is stunning that we have a culture hundreds of years old, rich in lessons of ethics, principles, values, purpose, science and the arts and have yet to learn how to debate? Without a form to deal with controversial findings and opinions, we make difficult the capacity to acknowledge the evolution of masonic-culture. Yesterday I sat with a very earnest young mason- young only in years but not judgment. He responded to something said at the table with the muscularity that is typical of a group of men. BUT- after he had let us know he held serious opinions, he was gratefully receptive to debate- restore rhetoric I say!
The legendary Africa Bambaataa is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop culture. Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of breakbeat DJing and is respectfully known as "The Godfather" and "Amen Ra of Hip Hop Kulture", as well as the father of electro funk. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Universal Zulu Nation, he has helped spread hip hop culture throughout the world. Join your host jeremy, Jesse and schelett as they give credit where credit is due and pay homage to the revolutionary figure in hip hop, Africa Bambaataa.
Traveling Culturati the style and culture of Travel. Hosted by Travel Pro, Ja'Vonne Harley.. Heard Nationwide on Sirius/XM Radio, HUR Voices Channel #141 on Saturday's at 12 noon ET as well as replayed Mon-Thur. www.TravelingCulturati.com.
Ja'Vonne attends the Taste of Sweden to learn more about Swedish Culture, history and cuisine. Listen in and learn more about Sweden.
What are the culture wars and how can we win them? Join us as noted art scholar and critic James Cooper talks about art and culture today.
James Cooper is an art scholar and noted critic. He is the Founding Director of the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center. He is the Editor of American Arts Quarterly. He is the author of several books, including The Hudson River School and the Moral Landscape. Mr. Cooper served on the President’s Committee for National Standards for Arts Education K-12. He has been a vocal critic of government funding to the arts. He was the first to challenge the obscenity, lack of quality of grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Subsequently he was appointed to serve as a juror on several juries for the National Endowment for the Arts, and met with many congressmen. Cooper believes that EXCELLENCE and BEAUTY are the criteria for public art and education, not political correctness or propaganda. He thinks that the American people have not been alerted to the CULTURE WAR that is deconstructing the core values of America. His goal is cultural renewal.
Traveling Culturati looks at a different culture or influence each week. This week Ja'Vonne looks at a Day in the Life of an Egyptian. She will see what it is to Walk Like an Egyptian from close friend, Mustafa Hussien. Learn about Egyptian Sociatey and culture from the perspective of an Egyptian.
Sunday May 1st, 9pm est/8pm cst.. join 'THE RUNDOWN WITH RENÉE', as we go in on hot topics in the community right now.. Lil Kim plastic surgery, Transexuals & Target boycott, code of conduct in the conscious community, culture vultures, & open mic!! THIS WILL BE A HOTT ONE, DON'T MISS OUT!!! Listen/Comment/Question @ (347)855-8220 press 1 to speak, or to hear us online click the link>>>>>http://www.blogtalkradio.com/therundownwithrenee/2016/05/02/lil-kim-transexuals-conscious-code-of-conduct-culture-vultures-open-mic
Do call 347-850-1533 on Sunday, 4/17/16 at 8:pm EST to voice your view and concerns on the episode entitled: EXPLOITATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WITHIN IFA /ORISA CULTURE on TRUE TALKS WITH OFAE OFAE
Do you think that African American women above other Iyanifas from different places are being exploited (spiritually, mentally, sexually, emotionally and financially) by their African Babas, Oluwos, AWOS or Babalawos?
Are African American Iyanifas being stigmatized and stereotyped as being "Stupid and desperate women" within the Ifa and Orisa communities around the world and are therefore abused?
Has the desperation within the NIGERIAN culture spilled over into Traditional spirituality of Ifa and Orisa
Are African American Iyanifas being deliberately miseducated, undereducated or not educated at all when it comes to learning Ifa?
Are the African American Iyanifas being brainwashed or "JuJued" into disrespecting themselves and their own African American sisters?
Are African American Iyanifas victims of the dating scams out of Nigeria?
What are your thoughts and/or suggestions for remedies to these melodies?
Every business has a culture. Small business owners often ignore the importance of their culture and how it can make them profits. It's easy to think that something like a culture is for big business only, but defining your culture will guide you to become laser focused on who your best Customer is. A clear culture makes if easier for employees to understand what is expected of them, as well.
Join me Monday, March 28 at 5:30 pm EDT and find out how you can easily determine, define and document the culture of your business.
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