My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means “The road is good.” Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future. So anyway, in grade school, because my last name started with an A, I was the first in roll call, and nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. So I went home and asked my mother if I could be called Zoe. I remember she was cooking, and in her Nigerian accent she said, “Why?” I said, “Nobody can pronounce it.” Without missing a beat, she said, “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.
Oh yes, I’m on the case of the Nigerians in my neck of the woods again. Why not? They keep on giving me reasons to write about them. My goodness, they never cease to amaze me. This group of how to pronounce Nigeria are very clever in many respects even when it comes to abbreviating their fine and meaningful Nigerian names to English names in an effort to avoid identification as a Nigerian or simply to avoid been asked to pronounce their names over and over by their American host.
Most Nigerians with long native [first] names know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m one of those with such long names as Tonye is but an abbreviation of an eleven letter name. But the abbreviation itself [Tonye] is still in my language and does not compromise the meaning of the full name. I can’t afford that for obvious reasons. Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!
In February 2011, Indiana University Press, in conjunction with the Africa Peace and Conflict Network and the West African Research Association, will release the first publication of the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review. A semiannual, interdisciplinary, theoretical, and empirical forum, the journal will include perspectives:
on the causes of conflicts and peace processes including, among others, cultural practices relating to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, legal and political conflict preventative measures, and the intersection of international, regional, and local interests and conceptions of conflict and peace.
The journal will take a holistic view of peace and conflict and will focus not only on large-scale international conflict and armed conflict but also peace and conflict dynamics at other levels — e.g., interpersonal, intra-group, and inter-group — and dispute settlement through customary law and cultural practices. Its scope will encompass the entire African continent, and it will incorporate works on all of its areas.
UNEB has released results for Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) today. Boys performed better than girls in the 2017 UCE examination although girls performed better than boys in English subject.
A total of 326,212 candidates sat 2017 UCE examination of these 151848 (46.5%) were Universal Secondary best schools in uganda beneficiaries. Non-USE candidates performed better that their USE counterparts. UNEB said that it registered a reduction in failure rate from 13% in 2016 to 8.9% 2017, absenteeism of candidates dropped to below 2% . Overall performance by subject showed that physics remained the worst performed subject as it has been for some good years.
However, there was some improvement in performance of most of the subjects except English. More girls who registered for the examinations actually sat for them compared to the boys.