- Hot Soup (A Paly)
Hot Soup, reimagining Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, portrays a tragic event through the themes of over-ambitiousness, impatience, greed, wickedness, murder, death, revenge, and some motifs which depict a tense atmosphere and tone in the play.
In Standard English (SE), the play gives virtually a new taste of Macbeth in the plot (storyline) and dramatic techniques sustained by surprise and suspense.
…Balogun’s wife walks in her sleep and speaks of her part in the crimes. She dies while a force besieges Balogun’s palace. Balogun courageously fought to the last minute but was eventually murdered by Arogundade. Balogun hurriedly licks hot soup and ends up with a burnt tongue!
The play is exciting and spellbinding, and it has what it takes for education and relaxation.
The students, film houses, artists, and lovers of literature will love to read and act in the play. The examination bodies at the various levels can find it useful to recommend to the literature students. The proof of the pudding is in the eating!
I applaud the writer for his bold attempt to adapt a classic play such as Macbeth. While it often takes intelligent minds to read any of Shakespeare’s plays and understand the complexities of the language and styles in which they have been written, it is only a highly learned and determined individual would take the challenge further by investing time and energy into envisioning and writing one of Shakespeare’s best tragedies in a simple modern-day English language.
- The Present-Day English Language (Examination Aid) for Schools and Colleges (Textbook)
The Present-Day English Language (Examination Aid) for Schools and Colleges is really the examination aid that concentrates on the WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, JAMB syllabi, and other similar examinations. The book is meticulously spiced with cognitive and pedagogical approaches that prepare students for the lesson as if in the presence of a teacher. Also, it explicitly defines, explains, exemplifies, illustrates, and analyses all the concepts of the English language as required by external examination bodies. The following parts are captured in the book:
Part one treats General Rudiments: composition, essays, letters, criteria considered by the examiners in awarding marks for essays/letters, paragraphs, and paragraphing, organizing paragraphs, and developmental paragraphs.
Part two explains Essays and Letters: narrative essays, report writing, descriptive essays, argumentative essays, speech writing, expository essays, article writing, informal letters, semi-formal letters and formal letters.
Part three addresses Comprehension and Summary: the essential tips and question types under comprehension passages, attempting comprehension passages, comments and model answers to questions in comprehension, the concept of summary, do’s and don’ts in summary writing, comments and model answers to the questions in summary.
Part four analyses Lexis and Structure: the concept of lexis, elements of lexis (vocabulary), registers, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, spellings, affixation, homophones, idioms, proverbs, phrasal verbs, figurative expressions, structure (grammar): phrases, clauses, sentences, English tenses and conditional sentences, concord and proximity, articles and determiners, tag questions, active and passive voice, parts of speech, punctuation marks and model questions and answers.
Part five illustrates English Sounds: introduction to and branch of English sounds, deep knowledge of vowels and consonants, silent letters, important keys to note, consonant clusters, syllables and stress, contrastive/emphatic stress, minimal pairs and rhymes, intonation and model questions and answers.
This book stands out because the author writes clearly with the background of likely users in mind, and the book is designed to solve the problem of high rates of failure recorded in English every year by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, JAMB, and other external examination bodies.
The author, by his wealth of experience in teaching, tutoring, and lecturing the subject, and as an examiner/marker for the West African Examinations Council, National Examinations Council, and some other examinations, provides evaluative questions at the end of each unit to enable students to make self-assessment and have exposure to the different techniques to employ in answering questions.
He also provides answers to copious objective questions to reinforce the learning of the various units of the book.
- The Voices of My Talking Drum (Poetry)
The Voices of My Talking Drum is a collection of poems with variegated thematic concerns that capture the social, emotional, economic, cultural, and political experiences of man.
The issues discussed by the poet range from love, power, damnation, strained relationships, peace, morals, corrections, conflicts, resolutions, death, pride, wickedness, brutality, consequences, revenge, honor, and respect life issues to vanity.
The poet treats life as an undulation of sadness, joy, tolerance, hardship, failure, and success.
The language is simple and economical, but powerful. The structure is linear in a way that the audience will simply follow the poems with a clear understanding.
Its poetic configuration is across metaphoric and sound manipulative effects. Some imagery and tropes are used to arrest the attention of the readers and to make the poetry mind-boggling.
Every student at the various levels of education from primary schools to tertiary institutions and society at large must have very special lessons to learn in poetry.
Also, there are many thematic concerns that fit in for different examinations of literature, from which examining bodies may select to set questions.
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