2GO FRENZY

There is another wave of frenzy going on among Nigerian youths. Do not think it is kidnapping, armed robbery or thuggery. It is defenitely not. It is the 2go frenzy, another social network that has caught the attention of Nigerian youths. Its addiction is on the rise as many can spend hours on the free mobile chatting network. A friend in facebook once made a comment, ‘if you are in facebook and you are not in 2go, you are incomplete! That is the general feeling among the Nigerian youths that most have given all just to have a taste of the tantalizing chatting site.

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Really Like “The Elephant Vanishes: Stories” by Haruki Murakami: Books

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EX GUNNERS VERSUS GUNNERS

 

Over the past few years, Arsenal Fc have been heavily criticised for its sale of its key players, season after season. From Patrick Veira in 2005 to Alex Song in 2012. Most of these players have gone on to establish themselves in their new clubs and have as well won silverwares (Arsenal’s last being the FA cup penalty victory against the Red Devils in 2005)

Well, we have gathered a team of ex gunners who are still featuring for their clubs and in this post, we are trying to measure their width and find out if the current Arsenal’s first team can overcome them in a football match.

The Line Up For Ex Gunners Will Be;

Almunia… GK (Watford)

Ashley Cole…. LB ( Chelsea Fc)

Kolo Toure…… CB ( Manchester City)

Williams Gallas….CB (Tottenham Hotspur)

Emmanuel Eboue…. RB (Galatasary)

Lass Diarra….. DMF (Real Madrid)

Alex Song…… CMF (Barcaleona)

Francesc Fabregas…. CMF (Barcaleona)

Samir Nasri… AMF (Manchester city)

Van Persie… FWD (Manchester United)

Emmanuel Adebayor.. FWD (Tottenham Hotspur)

in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation with Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie leading the attack

with Gael Clichy ( Manchester City)

       Eduardo Da Silva (Shaktar Donestk)

       Matheiu Flamini ( AC Milan)

       Matthew Upson ( Tottenham Hotspur)

       Theiry Henry ( NY Redbulls)

all making the bench

 

The current Arsenal Squad will be as it is

Wojcieh Szczensy….. GK

Keiran Gibbs….. LB

Vermaelen thomas  . CB

Laurent Koscielny… CB

Bacary Sagna…. RB

Abou Diaby….. DMF

Mikel Arteta…. AMF

Santi Carzola….. AMF

Lukas Podolski…. FWD

Oliver Giroud….. FWD

Oxlade Chamberlain…. FWD

in a 4-3-3 formation, with Oliver Giroud leading the attack

with Andreas Santos

       Coquelin

       Andrey Arsharvin

       Mertasacker Per

       Thomas Rosiscky

       Aaron Ramsey

        Lukas Fabianski

in the bench…….

 

I will say a scoreline of 3 – 1 in favor of the ex gunners, they have a ruthless midfield and a deadly attack unlike the present team…

Maybe the current team have an edge with their centre backs but with Ashley Cole and William Gallas, the ex also do possess depth in their back four…

 

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A BIT FOR THE YOUNG MINDS ON ANGER

An angry man is always a stupid man.

Chinua Achebe (1930 – )
Nigerian novelist, poet, and essayist.

Anthills of the Savannah

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

Horace (65 – 8 BC)
Roman poet.

Epistles

The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended.

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
Greek philosopher.

Nicomachean Ethics

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WELCOMING MIKEL CHUKA AND EMEKA UDO ON BOARD

I am so pleased….. very very pleased to welcome you fellaz on board… it is a great honour to have you around.. contributing your quota to the development of mankind.

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HAND OF GOD

   THE TALE OF A YOUNG GIFTED CONVERT TRULY PUSHED ME TO THE WALL OF RETHINK… BATTLING YEARS OF SOLITUDE, SUICIDE IS THE IN gOD FOR THE PEAK OF FUSTRATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.. BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A HAND OF LOVE EAGER TO PULL US OUT OF THE JAWS OF DOUBLE DEATH. IT DID SO WELL TO REJUVINATE MY FADING FAITH THAT  I DECIDED TO DROP A LITTLE POEM AT THE END…

   “THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE “ARAGON SON OF ARATHON, lords of the ring; the two towers.

 

          “Man it’s not very pleasant though.. well, there are series of things I passed through, addictions to alcohol, porn, just to mention the ‘easy to say ones.
• It got to a point; just to cut it short, I almost committed suicide. I got to a roof top back in my former school to jump off cos I lost hope in everything even my own self. For everything I had done while in school. I was too naive to think God would ever forgive me..
• But just then, as I was about to take off, it was as if a hand caught me and gripped me firmly until I almost couldn’t hold myself any longer. I got down from the roof and it was as though I had been touched by something greater than humanity…
• From that day, all my addictions seized so cold it was impossible for me to even as much as think of them all; sex, porn, drinking, and all…
       Even as I write, the Holy Spirit has taken charge over me and I have come to understand why I did not get to school when I was supposed to….
       I was in a cult just briefly and they valued me so much as to give me whatever I needed only if I will stay…. “

SUDDEN BANG

The cheeks of Nile is not veiled
a sword awaits
the Leviathan of a mobbed flame.
the sun has awaken

A shoulder to lean on
a HAND to hold on to
a reverberation of the sudden bang
for the islet of soul
weeping

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NNEOMA UHUEGBU

   The teenage Abia State University Crooner has made history by being the youngest Abia Citizen to have her literary work welcomed into the school curriculum.

   Born November 21, the 19 years old 300 level student of Abia State University have always circled round the coven of literature. Published by Lumen Press, her break down of Chimamanda Adichie,s Purple Hibiscus will of no doubt be of great help to young English and Literary Prospects in her state and the country at large. Currently working on her own literary work, the teenage creativitist have caught the attention of brands of literary agents nation wide.

 Truly, in no little time, Nneoma Uhuegbu will be linning up besides the likes of 20 years old Chibundu Onuzo who has created a new dimension in the Nigerian Literary world.

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PLAY WRITING 101

 
       
 

 

Theatre is a collaborative art form.

  What that means is that a play, unlike a novel, short story or poem, is not meant to be read by one person, to stand alone based solely on the written words on a page.  A play is meant to be performed by actors, directed (usually) by a director, to make use of the technical assistance of lights, sound, costumes, set, props and, possibly, special effects which are all created by designers.  All of these people are meant to add their own visions to that of the playwright, finally creating a vision which encompasses all the creators which is what the audience finally sees.

Therefore, a play, as we usually think of it… that is, a script… is not a complete and finished product in and of itself.  It is the foundation on which, the blueprint from which, the entire “play”, the theatrical event that the audience sees, is built.  

A novelist has the luxury of description.  That is s/he is free to use words to describe time, place, characters, relationships, even the inner thoughts of his characters.  But the playwright, with the exception of a small amount of absolutely crucial stage directions (which most directors and actors use as a guide rather than  and brief character or set descriptions here and there (which the audience never sees or hears except through the interpretation of the actors, directors and designers), must tell their story entirely through the use of dialogue.  It is through this dialogue that the audience gets to know the characters, their relationships, what they think, what they do, what has come before to create the circumstances of the play.  It is through this dialogue that the actions of the play are created, the plot is conveyed, the mood and style are defined.  And all this while creating a unique voice for each character which, when combined, tell the story that the playwright wants to tell.  

There are numerous things a playwright must accomplish when s/he writes: create a beginning, middle and end; create an arc of the action – that is the action must move from the beginning of the play to the end; create character arcs – each of the characters must move, change, evolve from the beginning of the play to the end; convey a mood, a style, a sense of time and place; convey vital expostitory information without it being obvious that s/he is doing so; establish the relationships between the character and the evolution of those relationships throughout the play.  I believe the most vital of these is creating truthful, viable, believable characters since it is through these characters that all the rest is accomplished.

Most full length plays run about 2 hours (but that’s by no means a rule – there are 10 minute plays and plays that take 8 hours!).  Most plays (nowadays) are written in 2-3 acts (again, not a rule – Shakespeare’s plays and others of his day are in 5 acts).  Scenes encompass units of time and action that are more or less continuous.  Scenes usually change when time, place or major characters change.  Acts change usually when a major climax is reached (although there are other reasons and, again, there are no hard and fast rules).  

As you can see, one of the reasons why it is so difficult to give a “brief overview” of techniques is that, while there are “rules”, this is an art, and the rules are as regularly broken as followed in pursuit of the best way to tell the story.

 

Parts of a Play

There are certain elements you’ll want to include if you want to make your play interesting and professional. One important concept to understand is the difference between the story and the plot. This difference is not always so easy to understand, however.

Story pertains to the things that really happen; it is the chain of events that take place according to a time sequence. Some of the story is fluff—it’s the filler that makes the drama interesting and keeps it flowing.

Plot refers to the skeleton of the story: the chain of events that shows causality. What does that mean?

A famous writer named E. M. Forester once clarified a plot and its relationship to causality by explaining:

“’The king died and then the queen died’ is a story. ‘The king died and then the queen died of grief’ is a plot. The time-sequence is preserved, but their sense of causality overshadows it.”

Plot

The action and emotional ups and downs of a plot determine the plot type.

Plots have been classified in many ways, starting with the basic concept of comedies and tragedies used in ancient Greece. You can make up any type of plot, but a few examples might help you get started.

  • Episodic: Episodic plots involve episodes: several events are linked together with each event or “episode” containing a possible climax.
  • Rising Action: This plot contains a conflict, tension, and climax to resolve the conflict.
  • Quest: This type involves an adventurer who sets off on a journey and reaches a goal.
  • Transformation: In this variety of plot, a person changes character because of an experience.
  • Revenge or Justice: In a revenge story, a bad thing happens, but eventually everything works out evenly.

Exposition

The exposition is the part of the play (normally in the beginning) in which the writer “exposes” the background information that the audience needs to understand the story. It is an introduction to the setting and characters.

Dialogue

The dialogue of a play is the part that allows you to show your creativity. A play is carried along through conversations, called dialogue. Writing dialogue is a challenging task, but it is your chance to flaunt your artistic side.

Things to consider when writing dialogue are:

  • Habits or accents that provide insight to the character
  • Actions or behavior the character displays while talking

Conflict

Many plots involve a struggle to make things interesting. This struggle or conflict can be anything from a concept in one person’s head to a battle between characters. Struggle can exist between good and evil, between one character and another, or between a dog and a cat.

Complications

If your story is going to have a conflict, it should also have complications that make the conflict even more interesting.

For instance, a struggle between a dog and a cat can be complicated by the fact that the dog falls in love with the cat. Or the fact that the cat lives in the house and the dog lives outside.

Climax

The climax happens when the conflict is resolved in some way. It is the most exciting part of a play, but the journey toward a climax can be choppy. A play can have a mini-climax, a setback, and then a bigger, final climax.

If you decide you enjoy the experience of writing scripts, you can go on to explore the art in college through elective or even major courses. There you will learn advanced practices and proper formatting for submitting a play for production some day

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