Chinua Achebe is one of the most known authors in Nigeria. Chinua Achebe, was a nonconformist, because of his strong mind and attitude, the statements he made in his writings, and by the way he disobeyed his family’s rules. As a child, Chinua did not have the option to choose what he wanted to do. He was born on November 16, 1930, in Ogidi, Nigeria, as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. But as he got older, he wanted to be called, Chinua, instead of Albert. Growing up, Chinua was taught to deny his Ibo religion. Instead, he was supposed to go by Christian teachings. When he was 12, he moved away from his family to go to a different school. In 1948, Chinua enrolled into University College. That was Nigeria’s first college. He went to study medicine, but he did not like it. He then decided that he would study English. After reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, that’s when got he inspired to become a writer. In 1950, Chinua began writing a lot of short stories. One way that Chinua showed that he was an nonconformist was in his first book, Things Fall Apart. The story explained how he was forced to go against his original culture, as a child. He spoke about all the negative things that he was taught by the British people about Africans, and Africa itself. Chinua sent it to so many publishers, but most rejected it. They thought that a fiction story from an African Writer would not have potential. (Osinubi) In June 1958, a publisher by the name of Heinemann loved the story. He said, “This is the best novel I have read since the civil war."(Liukkonen) The story was about a collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a man in Igbo society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by British colonial rule. Black Orpheus Magazine said, “The book as a whole creates for the reader such a vivid picture of Ibo life that the plot and characters are little more than symbols representing a way of life lost irrevocably within living memory.” (Liukkonen). The book sold over eight million copies all over. This meant something to Chinua, because this story was based off his exact life. It was exactly alike, because Chinua was also taught to go against his religion. Another way that showed that Chinua was an nonconformist was in his fourth book, A Man of the People. In the story, he talked about the independence that Nigeria gained from the British. In a interview, he also mentioned, “Europe conceded independence to us and we promptly began to misuse it or rater those leaders to whom we entrusted the wielding of our new power and opportunity. So we got mad at them and came out of brandishing novels of disenchantment.”(Osinubi). In that statement, he was trying to say that after all this time, Africa wanted freedom; and when they did get it, they took advantage of it by starting problems with the British. This also showed that Chinua was a nonconformist because once again he did not agree with the choices that the Africans made. Instead of the Nigerians enjoying their rights they tried to get revenge on the British. A few days after the book was published, over 30,000 Ibo were…
Grandmothers Wanted- No Identity Necessary
In Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson delves into the intricate, and often times quirky relationship between love and occupation. Wilson’s “Grand Stand-In” explores the issue of the narrator’s identity as she becomes caught up in the artificial and family-fragmenting nature of her job. The narrator works as a stand-in grandmother for “new families popping up, upwardly mobile couples with new children, . . . [who] feel their children are…
All over the world banana is one of the most common fruit, you can see it in all supermarkets, in restaurants or cafeterias. Bananas are the world’s fourth most important crop after rice, wheat and maize, ensuring food security in developing countries. Bananas are a very good source of energy containing vitamin C, B6 and potassium and magnesium.
There are over 1000 varieties of bananas divided in 50 species, but there is only one favourite for global trade: Cavendish banana.…
The Most Dangerous Game
“The Most Dangerous Game”(1924), by Richard Connell is a short story about a man who ends up on “Ship-trap Island”. On this island lives a man who seeks the ultimate game. He is referred to as General Zaroff, and Rainsford the protagonist, is “the most dangerous game”. The general sends Rainsford into the jungle, and gives himself three days to kill Rainsford. Rainsford is able to avoid the general, and kill him in the end of the story.
Throughout “The Most Dangerous…
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The American Dream
The American dream is a dream. A star that shines bright in everyone’s mind, a star because it is unreachable and unattainable for most. We wish, we want all the luxurious things in life. The American people are always looking for something better. We neglect to think that there are people out there that can’t achieve the American dream. People who are set on living somewhere you can’t get shot at every time you walk outside…
The network security is one of the most complex subjects that it is delivered for the most brilliant people who dedicate their lives to protect and also to damage the security network and still information from your computer. The reason which more people is attack and affected it is because they don’t know how to…
The most basic form of government that the founders wanted was a republic. The founding fathers are Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Paine. Together, they sought honor--freedom from corruption and a positive devotion to civic virtue. These were the key elements of republicanism. Corruption was the great evil that the founding fathers confronted. When Britain showed too much corruption, it was time to break free with the American Revolution. To overcome the temptations of corruption, such…
of my youth leaders and their family, and all my friends being together. And more importantly, I was really interested and fascinated with God and Christianity. I went to a youth retreat in grade 6 and it changed my perspectives and I wanted to learn more and I wanted to Know God. I've been able to go to this same retreat 5 more times.
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The Most Influential President
Out of the presidents available for this essay I have chosen James Monroe. I think James
Monroe was the most influential of the select presidents because, He was the first president to have
been a U.S. senator, He served in the continental army, and the acquisition of florida.
The importance of him being the first president to have been a U.S. senator is that he has had
experience in the government an…
BACTERIA - WANTED POSTER
1. You will work on this in groups of two to research your pathogen!
2. You will have one period to research your disease; any additional time needed for research or production of the poster is to be done on your own. (Research sheet is on the back)
3. INDIVIDUALLY: You will create and design a most wanted poster based on the research you do on the back. Make sure to follow the project description below.
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