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Tech giant, Google will make available free Wi-Fi facilities in about 200 sites in Lagos and five other states in Nigeria between now and 2019.

Within this period, about 10 million Nigerians, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are expected to benefit immensely from this project. The other states are Kaduna; Port Harcourt (Rivers state); Ibadan (Oyo state); Enugu and Abuja.

The project, which comes as Google Station, is in partnership with 21st Century, a leading ISP in Nigeria. Four of the Stations, including Local Airport, Landmark; The Palms and Ikeja City Mall, went live on Wednesday.

Nigeria is the fifth country to launch Google Station, following India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand.

Google Station is a service that allows Google partners to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places by providing software and advice on hardware to turn fibre connections into Wi-Fi.

Speaking with The Guardian and some five other select media houses on Wednesday, in Lagos, Google’s Vice-President, Product Management, Anjali Joshi, said the service, which is targeted primarily at countries, where the next-billion Internet users are set to come from, aimed to give users fast, secure, and easy-to-use Wi-Fi experience.

Joshi explained that in order to provide the service, Google offered fibre carriers, the companies, which build software for Internet-connected hardware, and venues a cloud-based platform and devices, which make it easier for them to provide, manage and monetise the Station hotspots.

She disclosed that the initiative is a long term project and that the security aspect has been fortified and encrypted to guard against any breaches.

Joshi said Google was doing this because the Internet has the potential to completely transform Africa. “Across the globe, countries which have invested in nurturing digital and innovation-based cultures not only enjoy extraordinary wealth (and job creation), but have also transformed the way people live and do business. That positive change can only happen, however, if everyone can access the Internet,” she stressed.

Speaking in the same vein, Google’s Country Director, Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, who said the move was to ensure that more Nigerians participate in the digital economy, noted that the technology firm hoped to roll out Station to as many public locations as possible, including markets, malls, bus stops, city centres, and cafés, universities so that people can have a consistent Wi-Fi experience during their daily routines.

On the choice of Nigeria now, Ehimuan-Chiazor said the country is an important market for Google and the largest market in Africa, saying that the target was to develop the technology ecosystem and later scaled to other part of Africa.

Silent on the amount gone into the investments, she disclosed that the initiative was targeted at a populated area, with the hope that by 2019 about 10 million Nigerians must have benefitted.

According to her, there are huge possibilities of the initiative helping the country to leapfrog the 30 per cent broadband target set by the Federal Government for this year, “knowing full well that a World Bank report claimed that there is direct correlation between broadband and GDP growth. That is a 10 per cent increase in broadband correlates to 1.38 per cent increase in GDP growth.

“Even beyond GDP growth, the Internet provides opportunities to pursue social and developmental objectives. So we expect this to fuel some changes, especially in creating jobs, helping the SMEs, among others.

“We have believed since the very beginning of Google that when more people have better, more dependable and secure access to the Internet, everyone in the entire Internet ecosystem benefits. Google Station will work to this mission by bringing more people fast, reliable, quality Wi-Fi to more places.”

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Sadly, only a few care about writers, 

Yet many lives are testimonies of their letters.

A word can be as fragile as a bubble, 

Yet strong to lift one out of trouble. 

Many a times I'm on doomed missions,

But words help me make right decisions. 

When I can't think of what I love, 

You write about what I love.

You stir up laughter and smile. 

Your place is with stars in the sky. 

The most valuable of all skills is that of using two or more words to end one's strife.

Words are not enough to tell how your words changed my life.

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB‏) has announced through its twitter handle, @JAMBHQ that the sale of forms for the 2017 UTME begins on Monday 20th March, 2017 to Wednesday 19th April,2017.

All prospective candidates are advised to get their forms early so as to get posted to a centre close to where they live
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If you know someone seeking admission into the University of Nigeria Nsukka, please check this link for his or her name
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It has always been a news of mass failure whenever O'Level results are released in Nigeria. But this time around, The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the June/July 2015 results with improvement of 16 per cent in credits in English and Mathematics. This means that 65 percent of students who wrote the examination passed. The NECO Registrar, Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, who announced the results on Thursday in Minna, said that 68.56 per cent of candidates got more than five credits this year.
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Most of the time, we spend many years learning Mhow to be a great Accountant, Engineer, Medical Doctor, Lawyer, et cetera, and yet one day, we are retired from service or retire ourselves from our business. We hardly spend one percent of that time learning how to be A Great Spouse', our most important contract until Death doth us part'. Appreciating this anomaly, Silas has written this book as an eye-opener. Being the first son of born-again Christians, he has drawn, not only from his personal experience, but has tapped from that of his parents. It is good that How To Be A Great Spouse' is not written by those of us in old school' but by a youth, who understands his fellow youths.

Silas would not have written this book if couples
understand the implication of I do' when signing the
dotted lines. His acronym on Parents, Fathers and
Mothers are apt and it is an easy-to-remember formulae
for responsibilities. Spouses, he stressed should live in
unity, dutifully and respectfully for their own good and that
of their children. It is not that couples are not doing their
utmost towards this, what is needful is becoming great, he
In this journey, personal effort will crumble overtime. This
is why the author reminds us of the need to be born-again,
which does not only guarantee a home in Heaven but also
is the anchor that holds the home.
The English is flawless and the reading is smooth. I
recommend this book without any reservation for any
single who wants to marry A Great Spouse' and for the
married who want to transform to A Great Spouse'.

Osondu Anyalechi
Past Board Chairman
Scripture Union Press and Books Ltd
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South East Celebrity Nite is an annual social event designed to bring together, sons and daughters,and also an interactive section for the nite

celebrate sons and daughters of South East origin who have made names in the world of music, comedy, acting, modeling and athletic.
The event will also be a relaxed forum for interaction with the celebrities on Socio-Economic issues for the benefit of the people of South East and their youths in particular. The discussions will revolve around sharing knowledge, experiences, ideas and suggestions in developing and enhancing progress on entertainment business for our youths. This type of interactive section will sharpen skills, encourage and build confidence in the upcoming entertainers because they have heard directly from their brothers and sisters who had undergone the same struggle on their way to the top.
The South east Celebrity Nite is slated to hold at Crown Tent Hall, Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu on November 6, 2015. The event will be most exclusive and high profile night for top celebrities and special invited guests. Coming Soon........50% Loading
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Announced on Saturday, 25 July 2015.
The University Of Nigeria, Nsukka hereby invites
candidates who made their first choice in the 2015
University Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME)
and scored 200 and above for screening.
The computer Based Test screening will be
conducted at the Nsukka campus of the University
as follows:
DAY ONE: DATE: Tuesday August 11, 2015:
FACULTIES: Agricultural Sciences, Medicine and
Surgery, Dentistry, Health Science and Technology,
Veterinary Sciences and Engineering.
TIME; 9:am - 11am - Veterinary Medicine (All
candidates) Agricultural Sciences (All candidates)
11:am - 1:pm - Medicine and Surgery (All
Dentistry (All candidates)
1:pm - 3pm - Health Sciences and Technology (All
Candidates) 3pm - 5pm - Engineering (All candidates)
DATE: Wednesday August 12, 2015:
FACULTIES: Law, Arts and Education.
TIME- 8am - 10am - Law (All candidates)
Arts( mass communication) 12pm - 2pm - All other
departments in Faculty of
2pm- 4pm - Education (All candidates)
DATE: Thursday August 13, 2015:
FACULTIES: Biological sciences Pharmaceutical
Sciences, physical
sciences and environmental
9am - 11am - Biological sciences(Plant Science and
biotechnology, Microbiology, Zoology and
Environmental studies and Combined Biological
11am - 1pm - Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)
Pharmaceutical Sciences (All candidates)
1pm - 3pm - Physical Sciences(All candidates)
3pm - 5pm - Environmental Studies (All candidates)
DAY FOUR: DATE: Friday August 14th, 2015:
FACULTIES: Business Administration and Social
9am - 11am - Business Administration (All
candidates) 11am - 1pm - Social Sciences (Econs,
Public Admin
and Sociology/Anthropology)
1pm- 3pm - Social Sciences ( All other departments
in Social sciences)
A) Eligible candidates should pay a processing fee of
Two thousand
naira (N2000) only through e-
transact for online registration at any branch of:
- Zenith Bank Plc.
- Access Bank Plc
- First Bank of nigeria Plc. - Fidelity Bank.
B) Online Registration commences on Monday 27th
July 2015 and ends on Friday 7th August 2015.
Those who fail to register within this period will not
be screened or call 08023960959 for any
assistance. Candidates should access and complete
University Of Nigeria 2015/2016 Post-Utme
screening form online at
C) All candidates are required to bring the following
for the screening exercise.
i. A copy of ONLINE form duly completed ii.
2015/2016 JAMB slip.
No GSM handsets, calculators or any other
extraneous material should be brought into the
screening halls.
Venue for the screening is Nnamdi Azikiwe Library
(Digital Laboratory), University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Blind candidates should register online but they are
not invited to the screening exercise.
Candidates may also visit University of Nigerian
website for this information. The details of the
screening for direct
entry will be
announced later.
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Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
― Barack Obama
Obama isn't particularly concerned if his thoughts would hurt his political ambition and that's why he is a one of a kind president. He has visited a Federal prison, voiced out support for gay marriage, worked on amending immigration bill to help immigrants in the US. This man is just the CHANGE and this book is so great
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Fearless. A towering achievementFrom the place of Africans in the race politics in America, to love across continents, AMERICANAH dares to bring us a world of a confident and self-made woman making her way in these complicated times. This is the Africa of our future. Sublime, powerful and the most political of Chimamandas novels. She continues to blaze the way forward.
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This book published in 1975 by Danish writer, teacher and psychotherapist Per Holm Knudsen was an object of social media ridicule some days back. How can you teach a kid how a baby is made? Well, the book has gone viral and according to reports, How a Baby is Made book is sold for more than $600 per copy on Amazon US now and over 1000 on Amazon UK

Find the book review here
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What effects drugs have on you and why not to take them? Drug use can cause you to lose your ability to remember things, to think clearly and to study properly... Say No to Drug Abuse
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If you have any important information concerning UNILAG Post UME 2015, please do let us know here for the sake of everyone
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First, you need to purchase a scratch card at the sum of N500 only (excludes bank commission) from any of the following banks; UBA Plc, Fidelity Bank, First Bank or Access Bank. Then follow the steps below to practice for the Cbt.

To Register for the Cbt practice:
2) Log on with your Jamb Registration Number and the Cbt practice Scratch Card pin you must have purchased as stated above.

Find out more on this site
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Jimi Solade is woken up by his brother Wole. He is so happy to see him as Wole is not always around because of some crime he committed. Jimi rushes to prepare for school as it is the first day of the school year and he was going to be in SS3. He comes to take his breakfast when suddenly his father walks in, seeing Wole , flares up. His wife Mrs Solade pleads with him to forgive Wole (we are made to understand that Wole had forged his fathers signature and made away with a lot of money leaving his father almost bankrupt).
Jimi gets to school with his best friend Ansa just before the Morning Assembly. As the students march into their classroom, jimi is seen to be everyones favorite boy. He is said to be smart and friendly. Ansa his friend is only good at Painting.

A new girl Efua Coker is admitted into the school, which is queer because students are not normally admitted into SS3. She is very beautiful, brilliant but strangely quiet and rudely shuns every boy that comes her way. She is seen not to have time for boys. She becomes friends with Nene Ekpo who is a mutual friend of Jimi and Ansa. Jimi leaves his favorite girl Caro to see if Efua could give him some attention but Efua seems to hate him.

A youth corper Miss AgbeneNovi is sent to Forcados High School to assist in English Language, she and Efua becomes friends after Efua was humiliated at the Mid-term Dinner by mistakenly being poured drink by Jimi; she gets to talking with her and finds out that Miss Novi belonged to a group for the support of Women and Childs right as well as some charity work. Efua joins the group and is soon seen busy with campaigns and Rallies.

Jimis Mum dies of Ovarian Cancer, and is buried at a private cemetery. Their Father travels out of the country on a business trip leaving just Wole and Jimi with some money to take care of themselves. Wole goes wild as he throws parties in their house all the time, he invites his friends over while the smoke Heroine. All these become unbearable for Jimi as his grades constantly drop in school. Ansa, Nene and Efua helps him out by convincing him to stay in Ansas house. Gradually he gets better.

Nene goes to take her Biology book from Efuas house, Efuas aunt tells her to take it from her room as she was not around. When Nene was reading her book, she sees a piece of paper with Efuas hand writing on it, it contained Efuas deepest thoughts of her being in Love. When Nene flips it over she sees a letter addressed to Miss Novi telling her how much she treasured their hugs and how she was in love with her. Nene is shocked and just then sees Jimi, she calls him and shows him the letter after making him swear never to show anyone.

The letter is seen everywhere as someone had made photocopies of it. The school gets wild and the principal calls Efua and Miss Novi to his office, Efua explains that the letter was a mere thought as it was harmless. The Principal agrees but tells Efua to stay away from school for the rest of the day, The students are reprimanded for turning the school upside down for the letter they found, Jolly the boy who photocopied the letter is addressed and Miss Novi is sent to another school.

Efua is sick and in the hospital, Nene comes to see her and she tells Nene how she had been sexually abused by her step father leading to her running away from her former school. Nene pities her and swears to protect her in school; and she did.

Wole steals the key to the schools Chemistry lab from Jimis school bag, he and his friends makes away with the new microscope and tries to sell it but they are caught.Wole says it was Jimi who gave him the keys, Jimi agrees just so he could save his brother. He is isolated from the rest of the students during their WAEC exams. He is made to apologise to the whole school. But Efua stood up for him and asked the principal series of questions ,in the end AAnsa tells everyone that it was Jimis brother who stole the equipments, Jimi had nothing to do with it, he was only standing up for his brother.

Everything is settled. Charges against Jimi are dropped. T heir results are out and excellent. Jimi looks for Efua to thank her but she was nowhere to be found. Nene tells him that Efua already left the country.

Review written by Chinemerem Onuorah, you can get more information about the book by contacting her on Twitter @Mererah or phone +2348108221203
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Nigeria is turning into a two party system, with APC forming a strong opposition to PDP. Similar to the Republican and the Democrats in the US. After the 2015 election, the stronger side could emerge. But opposition is good.

Do you Agree?
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The Big boss had sent the list to NFF before making it Public for transmission to FIFA.
Keshi chose to talk to the seven dropped players before his list was aired to the Nigerian audience and media.
A top source in the camp said:"It will not be right for us to release the list, and the players hear it from anybody other than the coach," explained the official prior to the squad announcement."
The Unlucky seven are Obinna Nsofor, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Daniel Akpeyi, Joel Obi, Sunday Mba, Nosa Igiebor, Ejike Uzoenyi.
Nigeria's captain Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama is billed to take part in his their 3rd World cup, having played in Japan/South Korea 2002 and South Africa 2010, while this will be Mikel Obi's debut in the Tournament.
The Unucky Seven won't leave camp but will also participate in the friendly game against Greece.
GOALKEEPERS: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim
DEFENDERS: Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Kunle Odunlami
MIDFIELDERS: John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, Reuben Gabriel
FORWARDS: Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor
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Paris: Vincent Enyeama became the first Nigerian, the first goalkeeper and first player from English speaking Africa to be named France`s Ligue 1 African player of the season on Monday.

The 31-year-old, who is set to feature at the World Cup finals for his country in June, has played all 37 championship games for his club Lille this season conceding just 25 goals.

At one point this season -- which comes to an end next weekend -- he went 1,062 minutes without conceding a goal in the championship.

He won the Marc-Vivien Foe award -- named after the Cameroon international midfielder who died aged 28 of a heart attack during the 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final -- ahead of Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier, who plays for Toulouse, and Lyon`s Cameroon defender Henri Bedimo.

Enyeama, who captained Nigeria to Africa Cup of Nations success last year, succeeds Borussia Dortmund`s Gabonese international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who won it after a successful season with St Etienne last season.

The award is voted on by 60 journalists from all branches of media and is co-sponsored by Radio France Internationale (RFI) and France24 TV news channel.
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The controversy surrounding the release of the highly anticipated movie, Half of a Yellow Sun (HOAYS), in Nigerian cinemas is yet to end as the Nigerian movies Censors Board is yet to approve it.
Half of A Yellow Sun did not premier at Nigerian cinemas in April 25 due to the producers inability to obtain public viewing certification from the Censors Board.
The Board has, however, said it has not banned the movie, but is yet to approve it for public viewing in Nigeria.
One of the media handlers of the movie, Bigsam Media, assured that a new cinema date will be announced as soon as regulatory issues are sorted out.
The $10 million movie has made history as the first African movie to get international release dates in the U.K., U.S., Australia, Portugal, Middle East and New Zealand. It is also the first Nigerian movie to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. It is already showing in the U.K.
The HOAYS Movie is an adaptation of Chimamanda Adiches bestselling and award winning novel of same title. It stars OSCAR nominee and BAFTA award winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, John Boyega, Wale Ojo, Tina Mba, Zack Orji and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
It was directed by U.K.-based Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele, and was produced by winner of an OSCAR and three BAFTAs, Andrea Calderwood, and Yewande Sadiku, an investment banker.

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James Ezimoha writes on about whether Ahmed Musa deserves to be or not be included in the list of players to go for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
It is of general opinion that the winger lacks some experience, especially whenever he has a chance to score, but his speed is a good quality every winger wants. Is there ever going to be a player with speed and skill? Yes there are, but maybe none from Nigeria yet.

The question is, do you think Ahmed Musa deserves to be in the first team?

Find more insight here
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Nigeria will meet Morocco on 25th of January 2014 ahead of the CHAN in South Africa. This will be a knockout as only one team shall survive the encounter! Let's wish the super eagles goodluck
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Do you have an ebook sir? It looks like you are the author of this book! You may share a demo page with us in the ebook section
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A signboard outside a restaurant said:

"Eat as much as you can and let your grandchildren pay the bill".

A man entered the restaurant, ate as much as he can and when the waiter gave the bill he pointed to the signboard, "Don't you see, only my grandchild needs to pay for this bill".

The waiter said, "Sir, this is not your bill. This is your grandfather's bill".
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Nigeria 6 - 1 Mexico
Nigeria 3 - 3 Sweden
Nigeria x - y Iraq

What is x and y?

P.s: Judging from the first match in UAE FIFA U17, Kelechi Iheanacho needs to be imported into the Super Eagles. He knows the road to the post, no matter the distance.
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Good people of, we all know that our country Nigeria would soon be 53 Years old since she gained Independence in October 1, 1960. We've been through obstacles (ASUU strike) since then but we are still a giant in Africa. If you have any message, poem, article or anything for Nigeria, you can post it in this group and we shall share it for you on Facebook and on Twitter.
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Welcome to 9jabooks. Enjoy your stay and do reach out to us if you encounter any problem
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It's so beautiful to read. Awesome to be read!
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Spain thrashed Tahiti 10 goals to nothing. Striker Torres grabbed 4 goals, David Villa 3 goals, David Silva 2 and Juan Mata 1. But Nigerians scored Tahiti 6 goals while Tahiti replied with a goal. With these data as input, can you output the score when Nigeria meets Spain?
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The last time when Ghana team played the one from Uruguay, South Americans rejoiced, and all Africans could do was to watch helpessly as Ghana allowed a victory to be wrestled from their grasp. It has been quite a while since that fateful July evening in Johannesburg, and things have changed dramatically for the side that would eventually lose to Germany in the third-place game by a lone goal.
While the South American champions still boast of the mercurial and cunning Suarez, the rest of the team has lost its fizzle and is far removed from that sound side that impressed us all at the World cup.
They currently stand on equal footing with the Africa champion, but only because Nigeria has not found her groove in the last three games she has played.
Their bid to win through to Brazil next year is in considerable jeopardy, as they lie in the inglorious sixth place in the South American qualifier. So they simply can't throw caution to the wind and must guard against injury.
The reminder to get revenge for the entire Africa came even from the Ghanaian Asamoah Gyan, who sent the Eagles a special message urging them on to victory. It simply read "do it for Africa".
Go Super Eagles! Do it for Africa!
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The the world football ruling body, FIFA, has disqualified Uwa Echiejile as the first goal scorer of the match between Nigeria and Tahiti.

Echiejile was initially thought to have scored the first goal which led to a 6-1 drubbing of the tiny Oceania country yesterday.

However, FIFA technical committee says the goal was in fact an own goal scored by one of tahiti's amateur soccer player, Nicolas Valler.

FIFA released a statement today clarifying the status of the first goal

See full FIFA statement below:

"Following further studies of the video of the match between Tahiti and Nigeria on June 17 in Belo Horizonte, FIFA's Technical Study Group has decided the first goal of Nigeria, scored in the fifth minute, was an own goal by Tahiti number 10 player, Nicolas Valler'

'The goal was initially awarded to Nigeria's Uwa Echiejile but after careful review was credited as an own goal'.

A second player Jonathan Tehau also scored an own goal for Tahiti after scoring the first goal ever in a FIFA tournament for Tahiti, making him the first player in the history of Confederations Cup to score a goal and an own goal.

Nigeria tops Group 'B' of the FIFA Confederations Cup with 3 points, the same as Spain but ahead on goals' difference.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play against the national team of Uruguay tomorrow Wednesday in Salvador, Brazil.
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The embarrassment of players holding the Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation to ransom over their match bonuses is no longer news but the fact that the football managers left the team and went on their merry way to Brazil should be news and it should be of extreme concern to all football lovers in the country.
That it also took the intervention of Fifa to get a commitment from the players that they will be in Brazil is additionally laughable. So Fifa is in control of the Super Eagles now and will be paying their bonuses?

But the first shock is that our football officials left the team in Windhoek for Brazil. What are they going to do there if the team does not go? Will they pull on the Nigerian jersey and confront Tahiti on Monday? The attitude and character of these officials has been exposed to the entire world to see they simply do not understand their roles as football administrators and leaders they are in it for personal gain and glory, put simply.

When the house is on fire, the father abandons his family to go take some shots of rum is not the attitude that needs to be reflected here. While the football authorities laid off some of the backroom staff of the Super Eagles after the Nations Cup win, they followed that up with the employment of the likes of James Peters, Amodu Shuaibu and Kashimawo Laloko on higher salaries than those that were asked to go. So how does that tally with being broke?

The Eagles have also been on a win bonus of $10,000 for over five years and the reward they get for winning the Nations Cup is a cutting of that bonus how does that make sense?

As they are also complaining of being broke, they sponsor the trip to match venues for hangers-on, journalists, family and friends how does this tally to being broke?

The NFF officials should seriously look at the mirror and not at a prism so that they get the image of what they actually look like. Yes, nobody is perfect but the mark of great minds is that they are always striving to get better.

Without the Super Eagles, there wont be any need to be junketing around the place. They should ask the football officials of countries like Benin Republic, Eritrea and the likes what they do the year round as their teams never get to qualify for any tournaments then they will know.

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Heartland players are not happy with the Imo State Government and have vowed that they will look for new clubs when the transfer window opens next week.

The players are owed allowances and sign-on fees since last season and the state government is not bothered about doing something for the players to get their money.

The recent N60 million that the State Government announced which they are yet to see has also spurred them in making the decision to leave.

Some of the players told Goal in anonymity that they have suffered untold hardship since the season started, even though they have made the state proud in recent times.

"There is no need wasting our time, praying and thinking that all will be well when everyday it gets worse. We cannot feed our families.

"The owners of the club also make sure they cajole us to play and win matches. We don't look forward to anything because we don't know where our next meal will come from.

"That is why we have decided that the best thing to do is to look for a club that will appreciate our efforts. Nobody is happy. Nobody wants to remain with the team.

"Already some of the players have started negotiating with other clubs and before the end of next week, they would have moved.

"We learnt the state government approved N60 million recently, but up till now nobody has told us anything about the money.

"Somebody in govenment wants a cut from the money before it is released, but would that same person come and help us receive tackles and score goals in matches?

"Inspite of what we are going through, we have done well in the first half of the season. All we need is the state govenment to know that we need motivation to work," the players said.

Heartland are placed fourth on the table with 28 points.
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria this afternoon beat the Harambee Stars of Kenya 1 0 in Nairobi in a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match.

The goal only goal of the match was scored by Ahmed Musa at 89 minute.
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Officials at Nigeria's state-owned television network NTA told 9jaSPORTS that the rights holders are asking for an astronomical 400 000 broadcast fee to carry the game.

"It is outrageous! That is an obscene amount of money for just two hours of live transmission and at very short notice," an NTA official said.

He added that the network is still in negotiations to review the fee downwards.

"If we can get it down, and bring in other stations like AIT, and so on, we may still be able to bring the game to Nigerians," he said.

With just hours to go until the game, that is looking like a long shot.
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Jose Mourinho has won multiple league titles (across 4 countries), the Champions League twice, and many other honours that would accumulate to suggest he's one of the best football managers of his generation.

However, his plain arrogance and decision making has prevented him from being placed up there with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Matt Busby and Bob Paisley.

Mourinho busted onto the stage in an eccentric interview after becoming Chelsea manager in 2004, and after referring to himself as 'The Special One', his arrogance was plain to see.

After talking the talk, everybody in football was intrigued to see whether he was capable of walking the walk. And initially, he did just that- winning Chelsea their first league title in 50 years. However his complete lack of class soon soured his Chelsea success, eventually seeing him leave the club a few years later.

After Chelsea's Champions League tie against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2005, Mourinho accused the then Barcelona manager, Frank Rijkaard, of making a suspicious visit to the dressing room of referee, Anders Frisk. Something which was thoroughly denied. In the aftermath, Frisk received so many death threats that he saw fit to retire. Mourinho was branded an 'enemy of football' and handed a two match ban. And so the discourtesy began. Although not confirmed, it's been implied that Mourinho got around this two-match ban by delivering messages to his fitness coach via an earpiece. Whether true or not, Mourinho displayed a complete unprofessionalism in the entire saga, which simply cannot see him as one of the best managers of his generation.

Frank Arnesen, and coupled with the on-going friction with Roman Abramovich, he eventually left Chelsea in 2007. Mourinho became engaged in a power struggle between himself and sporting director,

After a brief spell in Italy, Jose moved onto to manage Real Madrid, where his managerial short-comings were truly exposed. He walked into the Bernabeu with the usual 'Special One' talk, however they needed more convincing. They wanted to see proof. Real Madrid are traditionally a class football club, and Jose Mourinho simply didn't fit that fold, hence his brief stay.

Inheriting a squad including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, all things considered, he failed. He was handed the platform to achieve greatness, yet his obsession with beating Barcelona got in the way of what could have been. The first El Clasico of Mourinho's reign ended in a 5-0 defeat. Being an icredibly egotistical man, this crushed him. From then on, he put every effort into beating Barcelona, perhaps refusing to look at the bigger picture, resulting in points being dropped in relatively easy matches, and a complete failure in Europe.

Winning the league in 2012 was enough to convince most that the 'Special One' was as good as he proclaimed to be. However, this was his only real success at Madrid, and so for me the short-comings inevitably overlook this one achievement.

His idiocy continued to prevail. Poking the eye of Tito Vilanova and being sent-off in the 2013 Copa del Rey final for, once again, showing a lack of respect towards officials, serve as two examples.

His fall out with club legend Iker Casillas proved the last straw for Real Madrid fans, making his eventual exit in the summer inevitable. And I'm sure he won't be missed.

Jose Mourinho looks set to return to Chelsea to the utter joy of their fans. And after failing to compete for the league title for a few years now, that's understandable. With Mourinho, immediate success seems inevitable.

However it's only a matter of time before he presses the self-destruct button once more, and leaves the west London club in a worsened state to what they were in beforehand.
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JOSE MOURINHO will fly to London on June 2 and sign a four-year contract at Chelsea worth £250,000 a week.

Mourinho will jet in the day after his final game in charge of Real Madrid to seal his mega deal.

That is a commitment of around £50m from owner Roman Abramovich for the second coming of The Special One.

Mourinho is so keen to get started in his new job he will not waste any time after Reals final game against Osasuna at the Bernabeu.

He will be accompanied on the trip by his fitness coach Rui Faria and goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro.

But there is no prospect of Chelsea signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid as the superstars relationship with Mourinho has broken down.

Although Mourinho is coming to London on Sunday week he bought a home in the capital last year there are no plans yet to formally announce him as the new boss at Stamford Bridge.

His salary this time is around three times what he was paid when he first arrived at the club in 2004.

Real Madrid and Mourinho, 50, confirmed they will part company at the end of the season.

And because the split has been mutually agreed, Chelsea will not have to pay any compensation to the Spanish giants.
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Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo was like the rock of Gibraltar for his Turkish side, Fenerbahce Wednesday night in their Turkish Cup final game against Trabzonspor at the Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium, reports

Yobo was on for all 90 minutes as Fenerbahce relied on a Moussa Sow's 9th minute goal to emerge Turkish Cup kings, thereby making up for the disappointment of losing the Turkish League title to Galatassaray.

Meanwhile Yobo, who has been declared surplus to requirement by Eagles gaffer, Stephen Keshi, has been named as one of the four best centre-backs in the Turkish Super League in the 2012/2013 season.

Yobo is up for the centre-back honour along with Galatasarays Semih Kaya, 22; Diego Angelo of Eskisehispor, 27; and Aykut Demir of Gençlerbirliği, 24.

In describing the Nigeria captain, who is the oldest nominee at 32, the website writes: The experienced Nigerian international installed confidence into the back four. When Yobo played Fenerbahçe looked a lot more sturdy in defense. The stats speak for themselves, the Yellow Canaries conceded 19 goals in the 20 games Yobo played in however, conceded 18 goals in the 14 games which he missed. The African Cup of Nations winner also helped guide the Istanbul giants to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Yobo has had a successful season, captaining the Super Eagles to their first African title in 19 years and playing a key role in his clubs unlikely run to the Europa League semi-finals. Fenerbahce also finished second in the Turkish top flight.

He made 30 appearances for Fenerbahce in all competitions in the just concluded season.
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There are rumours that ex-chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho may return to Stamford with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2014 Season
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The Spanish elite will meet the top two in Germany in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after today's draw paired FC Bayern München with FC Barcelona and pitted Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid CF.

2013 final: Wembley Stadium

Both first legs will take place in Germany on 23 and 24 April, with the returns in Spain on 30 April and 1 May after the open draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and former Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Bayern v Barcelona tie is a mouth-watering prospect: newly crowned German title holders take on Spanish champions-elect. They have met surprisingly little on the European stage, though their six encounters encompass the 1995/96 UEFA Cup semi-finals which Bayern edged and most recently the last eight of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League. There a first-half double from Lionel Messi in the first leg meant there was only ever going to be one winner.

Both teams have had their scares this season. Arsenal FC pushed Bayern all the way in a stirring round of 16 comeback while Barcelona were 19 minutes from elimination on Wednesday before Pedro Rodríguez struck against Paris Saint-Germain FC to seal progress to a record sixth straight semi on away goals. Dortmund left it somewhat later against Málaga CF, needing two added-time goals to complete their Lazarus act in a turnaround up there with the best in the UEFA Champions League's 21-year history.

Their reward is a tie with Madrid, who were also their opponents 15 years ago in the last of their three European Cup semi-finals to date. The Merengues proved too powerful, a 2-0 home victory preceding a 0-0 second-leg draw. The Schwarzgelben can take heart from the fact that in the group stage they claimed a 2-2 draw and 2-1 win against Madrid yet the Merengues present a real hurdle.

They may trail Barcelona by 13 points in the Liga with eight games to go but they have measured up with everyone in this competition. Earlier this week José Mourinho spoke of his side having a 25% chance of claiming a tenth European Cup next month, and for many those odds have shortened. It will be a record-equalling seventh semi-final for the Portuguese coach: he has won two out of six so far, though tellingly he has triumphed both times he has made the final.

The draw means there may be a final between two clubs from the same country for the fourth time in UEFA Champions League history and the first since 2008. Madrid were victorious in the first of those, defeating Valencia CF in the 2000 Paris showpiece. AC Milan sneaked past Juventus on penalties three years later and Manchester United FC also needed spot kicks to beat Chelsea FC in 2008.

FC Bayern München (GER) v FC Barcelona (ESP) 23 April, 1 May
Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Real Madrid CF (ESP) 24 April, 30 April

Final (25 May, Wembley Stadium)
For administrative purposes, a draw was made to determine who will be the designated home team for the final. The winners of the Dortmund v Madrid tie were selected first.

Head-to-head records
Bayern v Barcelona
Bayern W3, D2, Barcelona W1
Bayern's European Cup semi-final record: W9 L5
Barcelona's European Cup semi-final record: W6 A7

Dortmund v Madrid
Dortmund W1, D3, Madrid W2
Dortmund's European Cup semi-final record: W1 L2
Madrid's European Cup semi-final record: W12 L11
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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to England, the transfer take place at the end of the season. /Chelsea Transfer News.

According to sources close to the self-anointed Special One, Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho is once again the chosen one. He is the man Roman Abramovich wants to succeed interim manager Rafa Benitez and a deal, say those sources, is as good as done.

This is not something anyone can confirm. Not when Jose Mourinho remains the manager of Real Madrid, and the Spaniards remain in the hunt for the Champions League championship this season. But Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to return to England and the pouting Portuguese coach rarely speaks without an agenda.

I cannot deny what is clear in my mind, Mourinho said recently. After Real Madrid, England, thats for sure. I keep saying the same, I know clearly.

He said he could manage everyone. That he is a professional who would have to consider offers from other English clubs should they come.

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Mourinho, while Sir Alex Ferguson has made no secret of his admiration for his close friend.

When Ferguson does eventually retire, Mourinho would certainly be among the leading candidates to replace him, but a move to Manchester now looks extremely unlikely.

The only area in which Roman Abramovich has shown any consistency since taking over at Chelsea is in his ability to surprise.

Initially, the billionaire owner did want someone else this summer. But when Pep Guardiola resisted Abramovichs advances and opted to take charge at Bayern Munich for next season , the Russian oligarch was forced to think again.

Mourinho, he now realises, is his best option. A manager who is as close as it gets to someone who can guarantee success. He is a serial winner, having lifted the league title in all four countries he has worked Portugal, England, Italy and Spain and led Porto and Inter Milan to the Champions League crown.

Chelsea Boss Roman Abramovich knows Mourinho is capable of rebuilding a squad boasting some tremendous talent in players such as Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, but which still requires an overhaul.

And the Portuguese has dropped the biggest hint yet hes keen on a return to Stamford Bridge when his time at the Bernabeu comes to an end.

I have an adventurous spirit and do not know what will happen next season, Mourinho said. Its not easy to choose a new destination after working in England, Portugal, Italy and Spain.

Maybe I could return to somewhere Ive already been. Watch out for surprises.

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will not be staying beyond the end of this season, with Mourinho and a number of other high-profile managers continuously linked with the role.

The 50-year-old could yet remain in Madrid, particularly if he guides the Spanish giants to an unprecedented 10th European Cup crown.

The old guard, players who served Mourinho with such distinction when they won back-to-back Premier League titles, needs replacing, even if there would probably be a renewed desire to see Frank Lampard extend his stay at the club. But what of the problems of the past? What of the clash of egos namely between Abramovich and Mourinho that led to their split in 2007?

According to those same sources, Abramovich and Mourinho have settled their differences. Chelseas owner speaks fondly of his former manager in the company of friends and associates and stories of gifts that the Russian has sent to Mourinho are presented as further evidence.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co are among the favourites for the title after knocking out Manchester United to reach the quarter-finals, where theyll face Galatasaray.

Mourinho was spotted house-hunting in London last week and he has already stated his his intention to return to the Premier League.
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Sheffield Wednesday have signed Hull City midfielder Seyi Olofinjana on loan until the end of the season.

Olofinjana has found playing time hard to come by since returning from a serious knee injury that put him on the sidelines for nearly a year.

He has only made 39 appearances for the Tigers since signing for a fee of £3m in the summer of 2009 but did have a successful loan spell with Cardiff, where he scored six goals in 39 games.

The Nigerian midfielder is in line to make his Owls debut against local rivals Barnsley at Hillsborough on Saturday.
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Chinua Achebe, who died in Boston today at the age of eighty-two, was a few weeks shy of thirty years old when Nigeria was granted independence from the British Empire, on October 1, 1960, and he was already acclaimed, worldwide, as the preëminent novelist of black Africa. The British publisher Heinemann had brought out Achebe's first novel, Things Fall Apart, only two years earlier, and it had to have been the first African novel that many of his admirers on the continent and off had read. The sure tragedian's authority with which Achebe tells the story of Okonkwo, an Igbo elder of immense strength and pride, a figure of heroic qualities within the traditions of his culture, who is ill-served, brought low, and undone by those same qualities in his first violent encounters with colonial power, has ensured that still today, with more than ten million copies sold, Things Fall Apart remains the best-known work of African literature.
The great African novel? The book could as truly be called a great novel, period. Many writers would prefer to carry that badge of universality, but Achebe who has gone to his grave without ever receiving the Nobel Prize he deserved as much as any novelist of his era has said that to be called simply a writer, rather than an African writer, is a statement of defeat. Why? Because his project has always been to resist emphatically the notion that African identity must be erased as a prerequisite to being called civilized. Growing up as what he called a British-protected child in the colonial order, the young writer came to see that the Empire's claim that Africans had no history was a violent, if at times ignorant or unconscious, counter-factual effort to annihilate the history of his continent's peoples.
Achebe made his case in many forms essays and lectures, interviews and acts of protest, and as an ideologue and propagandist for the failed Igbo-nationalist secessionist state of Biafra but he made it most cogently on the final page of Things Fall Apart. With the reader in the full emotional grip of the many dimensions of Okonkwo's epic fate, the author boldly and deftly adds another, shifting to the perspective of a colonial governor who considers Okonkwo's story good material perhaps not a whole chapter but a reasonable paragraph for the book he is planning to write:  The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.
Having, with his first effort, created a permanent place for the African novel in the world literary canon, Achebe continued to be a prolific imaginative writer, producing novels and stories that evoked, in a range of voices, the trials of Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial history, and the traumas of its post-independence ordeals: from No Longer at Ease and A Man of the People in the sixties to Girls at War and Anthills of the Savannah in the aftermath of the Biafran war. But the fact that he must be remembered as not only the father but the godfather of modern African literature owes at least as much to the decades he spent as the editor of Heinemann's African Writers Series. In that capacity, Achebe served as the discoverer, mentor, patron, and presenter-to-the-world of so many of the now-classic African authors of the latter half of the twentieth century. The series's orange-spined, generously inexpensive paperbacks carried a stamp of excellence that drew readers everywhere to essential works by writers as varied as Kenneth Kaunda, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Dennis Brutus, Tayeb Salih, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Ousmane Sembène, Wole Soyinka, and Nadine Gordimer, to name but a few: it is an extraordinary legacy.
As a storyteller, as a voice of his nation, as a cultural impresario, an intellectual combatant and provocateur, Achebe gained with age the status in Nigeria of a bard and a sage that the modern world rarely affords to writers. After suffering terrible injuries in a car crash, he spent much of his time in the last decades of his life in America, where he settled into long-term professorships at Bard College and Brown University. But when he returned to Nigeria he was received as a national hero. Crowds of thousands sometimes tens of thousands gathered to pay tribute to him. The adoration hardly softened him, though. He was, in his old age, as much a scold to his compatriots as he had ever been in his youth.
I met Achebe a few times in his wheelchair-bound American years. When he gave you his hand it was at once firm and soft and notably warm. He had a gentle presence a man fully capable of wit and mischief and open laughter, but whose default expression, at ease, was one of sympathetic melancholy. His voice was another matter: low-pitched and rich and adamant. When he spoke, it was with great command and unmistakable music. In Boston, in 1999, at a celebration of the centennial of Ernest Hemingway s birth, I had the honor of sitting on a panel with Achebe, on the subject of writing about Africa. He was as cogently withering about Hemingway's Africa a place he could not recognize because there were no speaking Africans there as he was, in one of his most famous essays, about Joseph Conrad s. At the end of the session, the floor was opened to questions. An evidently confused woman in the audience took the opportunity to ask In what sense are you writers about Africa? The other panelists Nadine Gordimer and Kwame Anthony Appiah were too baffled to respond. Not Achebe. He leaned into his microphone, and very slowly and melodically, with rolling Rs and drawn out Os, roared: Read. Our. Books. The woman said, But I'm asking you. And Achebe said, I'm telling you: Read. Our. Books. 
What better epitaph for the man, and what better way to remember him today: read his books.
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Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Emenike has warned Nigeria that underestimating Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final could well prove costly.

The Super Eagles striker is confident that his side can reach the Africa Cup of Nations final, but urged his team-mates to show their last-four opponents the respect they deserve

Yes we can

The Super Eagles ousted pre-tournament favourites Cote d'Ivoire to reach the last four on Sunday, but the Spartak Moscow striker feels his team-mates must still be on their guard, reports

We beat the team that everyone was talking about and I think we will make it to the final this year, he told

We will be making a big mistake if we take Mali for granted. We need to give them the respect that they deserve, because they fought hard to reach the semi-finals.

I want to score as many goals as possible to help Nigeria win the trophy. Getting a top-scorer award will be a bonus because I am representing Nigeria and not myself.

Nigeria and Mali face one another in Durban on Wednesday.

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THe Zambian government has put an attractive package on the table for the national soccer team to take if it retains the African Cup of Nations.

Zambia is in Group C with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Nigeria and the countrys Minister of Sports and Youth Chishimba Kambwili said Nigerias offer of US$100,000 each to the Super Eagles players is a sign of panic.

Nigerian players have been promised US$100,000 (about N1.6m)) each if they win the championship slated for January 19 to February 10 in South Africa. This is the same amount the Zambian government gave the Chipolopolo players for winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

The stage has been set for our team and I can assure the nation that the players have been given good bonuses. For Nigeria, they are just playing mind games with the money strategy because they are scared, he said.

Kambwili said the government is confident the championship will return to Zambia and the players will get the cash bonanza, whose value he declined to state.

He also disclosed that through the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the players have already been told the monetary gain if they win.

He however stated that Zambia would not make public what each player would get because the government and FAZ do not want to put undue pressure on the team.

Kambwili is confident that Zambia will retain the Africa Cup.

He said he sees no reason why the Chipolopolo cannot follow in the footsteps of Egypt who won the Africa Cup in 2006, 2008 and 2010, Cameroon who won it back-to-back in 2000 and 2002 and Ghana who were champions in 1963 and 1965.

Our expectations are high and we do not expect anything short of retaining the title. What can stop us if Egypt managed? Kambwili asked.

The Chipolopolo boys who will be based in Nelspruit will play their opening game on January 21 against Ethiopia.
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It is like all he did was in vain. But justifiable. I hope it will be made into a movie and I'm looking forward to its sequel. Great story
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The Potter's Wheel (1973) is the first novel I've read by the Nigerian Chukwuemeka Ike. He has written quite a few (I gather that Toads for Supper is his best known work) and I'll get back around to him sometime. It's a short novel that takes us in to a village Nigeria where one of the basic elements of the local idiom is sayings, much like a Bible-based community where people communicate through chapter and verse citations. Here the young boys have riddle and proverb contests to see who knows the most. They are at times convoluted and cryptic (\"The rat who follows a lizard into the river should come out with skin as dry as the lizard's\"), but after a while the cumulative weight of them is fun in itself.

The story is a simple one of an eight-year-old boy, Ubo, who, as the only son with six older sisters, has been badly spoiled by his adoring mother. His father, a kindly man but fearing for the boy's future, sends him off for a year to be a servant of Teacher and Madam, proprietors of the local school (a mere sixty miles away), where he and an assortment of other youngsters (some of whom are the children of Teacher's debtors) are beaten, abused, and work in semi-slavery. The moral of the story is ambiguous, however. While Teacher and Madam are clearly greedy, violent people with no scruples about lying and being dangerously cruel to the children, after a year of this Obu returns for Christmas and has indeed been transformed into a dutiful, hardworking young person. Despite his initial joy at his salvation from what he had experienced as an almost unbearable hell, after some talk with his father he even chooses to voluntarily return in January.

I can't quite work out in my own conscience the balance here between the idea that a child needs to learn to endure hardship and adapt to difficult circumstances, which is surely true, and my aversion to corporal punishment of children (I am a parent myself), especially the gratuitously cruel treatment that these children receive. There is some culture clash here between author and reader. Ike is telling us about a much harder, crueler (that is, poorer) world than my own so that is part of it.

Meanwhile as in so much African literature there is constant interplay between the (in this case Igbo) vernacular and the English language (and a glossary of terms at the end). Another ubiquitous element is the discussion of food which I found fascinating. Various roots and starchy fruits are pounded into mash that is shaped into balls and dipped into herb broths; that is the basic food. There is occasional meat that is much coveted, fried termites that are considered a treat, and great attention is paid to the cola nut that plays an important role in etiquette between hosts and visitors. I'm going to look into growing cola here in Puerto Rico where I have a number of fruit trees on my land. I also enjoyed the critical, sarcastic banter that is kept up between Igbo villagers who have known each other all their lives. There is an optimism and an innocence to much of the African writing of this period that belies the stereotype of the African novel as a politicized horrorshow (even as Ike does include some pointed satire of the British colonial authorities and their native lackeys).

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This book is a miracle and an inspiration. We interviewed people who made so many positive comments about it in the Adoration Ground. It was hundred percent rating, and most said some prayers in it were adopted from other popular prayer books.
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2012 UTME or Jamb exams has selected this book. Reviewers should keep the students in mind while reviewing, in order not to derail them. However, review is subjective.
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Obi, who was supposed to be the light of Umuofia, and their pride, was subdued by pressure of responsibility and cultural values. He accepted the bribe...
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Chinua Achebe takes us into the wonderful Umuofia, where Okonkwo is not afraid of anything, except fear. His pride led to his doom; a lesson for all
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This is a pace setter for African Writers going into the fantasy genre
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