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Pragmatic Analysis of Chibok Girls. GBAMLOG.COM

Literature is so significant that it can perform a lot of functions. One of such functions definitely has to be the affective function. Literature can be affective when it aims to produce certain effects on the reader. Having established this fact, it is ideal to state that this essay aims to display the affective power of literature by conducting a pragmatic analysis of the text Chibok Girls.

The text in question has its characters and setting drawn from real life; hence, it can be described as a realistic one. It contains the investigations carried out by Helon Habila in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. The investigation revolves around the history and causes of insecurity in Nigeria. Because of the presence of the writer at strategic places that have been affected by violence instigated by the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, this text can be described as one which contains first-hand information on the prevalent issues plaguing the country.

The title of the text is significant because it captures the most notable and internationally-recognised crime perpetuated by Boko Haram — that is, the abduction of 276 school girls on the 24th April, 2014, by Boko Haram. This title, however, does not constitute the focal point of this report, rather it serves as an instance which illustrates the ruthlessness of the Boko Haram sect.

Insecurity, as highlighted in the text, is as a result of activities such as terrorism, bad governance, corruption, religious-instigated violence etc. All these issues no doubt are bound to have certain didactic or other forms of effects on the reader. Some of these effects include: pity, fear, anger, apathy, and the didactic lesson of early prevention.

Pity is one of the major effects this text has on the reader. This is plausible because ruthless and despicable acts of Boko Haram on harmless civilians will without doubt draw out the pity of the audience. A good example is how the mother of Riskatu, one of the abducted girls, is made to narrate the painful events of the day her daughter was kidnapped. This instance, surely, is significant because it captures the pain and suffering which the parents and the relations of the abducted girls are going through because of their ignorance on the status of their daughters — that is, are they alive or are they dead? Another object of the reader’s pity has to be the abducted girls who will now serve as wives and concubines of terrorists instead of being with their families and completing their education. Unarguably, the pragmatic effect of pity is brought to the fore through the theme of terrorism.

Another pragmatic effect the text will likely have on the audience is that of fear. Human beings are creatures who fear a lot of things, ranging from known and unknown dangers. In the case of this text, the reader’s fear is justified because of several reasons. One of these reasons has to be the reader’s in-depth knowledge of the activities of this sect, and another reason for the reader’s fear, obviously, is the fact that the reader is a Nigerian; hence, he is not completely safe from the violence caused by the nonchalance of the government towards small and large-scale criminal activities and, of course, violence instigated by religious extremism as seen in the way Yusuf, the elder brother of Shekau, was able to spur his followers to commit several atrocities, and also, through the Maitatsine Uprising, as described by Helon Habila in the text. Hence, one can be certain to say that the themes of violence, terrorism, religious extremism etc., are sure to instigate the feeling of great fear in the reader.

When talking about the pragmatic effect this text has on the reader, one is sure to mention anger. The reader is surely going to experience anger at the government because of their nonchalant attitude towards fighting crime and safeguarding the lives and property of Nigerians. This attitude is captured by Habila in the way he narrates the transition of different government and the way they have all handled insecurity with levity. The focus, however, centres on Jonathan’s regime as president because it was during his tenure that the Boko Haram sect committed their most notable atrocity — that is, the abduction of the school girls from Chibok. The security agencies are also not innocent. Habila, through his report, captures instances where soldiers decided to collect bribes instead of arresting offenders. Surely, the callousness of the government officials and military personnel will surely emit the anger of the reader.

Furthermore on the pragmatic effect this novel has on the reader is that of apathy. Apathy in this sense means disinterest. This disinterest encompasses both religious and political participation. Because of the extreme way in which the insurgents attacked churches, many Christians, especially those living in areas in the north, will, of course, find it difficult to feel safe during church service; hence, they will end up avoiding service to God. An example of Boko Haram’s ruthless way of dealing with Christians is captured by Reverend Madu’s story on how his church was attacked. Muslims themselves are not exempted from religious apathy. Habila reports stories of clerics who were killed because they spoke against the tenets of Boko Haram. All these acts of violence against religious institutions will surely make the readers feel discouraged about religion.

Still on apathy as a pragmatic effect, one can, of course, not gainsay the fact that the activities of Boko Haram has caused a lot of people to become apathetic towards politics. This is evident in that there has been no elections in Chibok for years because of the fears of an attack by the terrorists. This political apathy will surely manifest itself in the reader because they will, without doubt, contemplate their safety during elections, and this will ultimately make them sit at home instead of voting. Another cause of political apathy definitely has to be the Nigerian irresponsible government. Helon Habila does not mince words as he reports how the government both at federal and state level have played huge roles in the current malaise of insecurity plaguing the country. Knowledge of this irresponsibility on the part of the government is likely to make the reader brand everyone in politics as birds of a feather; hence, the reader will surely show nonchalance towards politics.

Finally, the didactic lesson that can be learnt from Habila’s report is that early action by the government towards the prevention of crime is the solution to insecurity in the country. Habila draws attention to this by constantly reporting or emphasising how the various governments in Nigeria have ignored the signs of an uprising until it became out of hand as seen in the Maitatsine Uprising and Boko Haram Insurgency. Because history is deemed as a great teacher, it is expected that Nigerians (both the government and the readers) should learn from past mistakes in order to avoid repeating these errors.

In conclusion, the text Chibok Girls is one which captures the realities of people living in Nigeria. It is set in Nigeria; therefore, it may be regarded as one which will have lots of pragmatic effects on Nigerian readers. Some of these effects have been discussed in this essay; thus, proving that the text Chibok Girls is one which can be defined based on its affective powers on the reader.

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Mimetic Approach to Analysing Bomboy. Chiedozie Ude. Gbamlog.com

The novel Bomboy revolves around the character of Leke, a single young man who is portrayed as quite restless and antisocial; hence, he develops the habit of stalking women and stealing irrelevant things from people. He later finds out through a series of letter written to him by his biological father that the cause of his queer mannerisms stems from a generational curse placed on his family by a witch doctor whom they wronged. Having found the source of his troubles, Leke embarks on a mission to rid himself of the curse. All the events in the story prove that the novel Bomboy is one that can be analysed based on the verisimilitude it shares with the human society.

The novel Bomboy is rich in content in that it displays the relationship between modernity and tradition as it portrays human life. The novel portrays modernity through several ways such as the author’s depiction of a plethora of instances when Leke seeks modern and professional help in his search for rest and peace of mind. By so doing, themes such as: the universal theme of cultural conflict, as depicted by the clash between the Nigerian and South African beliefs; the theme of identity; the theme of love; the theme of racial discrimination; and the theme of the despicable nature of the prison system etc., are projected by the author. All the aforementioned help reinforce the argument that this novel contains some present issues faced by people in the society.

However, it is, arguably, the author’s use of traditional events that make this novel really stand out. By fusing tradition into the story, the author, who is of the Yoruba origin, has been able to reinforce several notions postulated by other Yoruba authors such as Wole Soyinka in Death and the King’s Horseman, Femi Osofisan in Women of Owu and Ola Rotimi in his Nigerian adaptation of Sophocles Oedipus Rex — that is, The Gods are not to Blame. One of these notions is the belief in the gods and their ability to affect destinies. Consequently, we have the theme of fate. All these themes combine to strengthen the argument that Bomboy is a realistic work of art with happenings that are peculiar to man.

The theme of fate can be considered as central to this story. The author develops this theme by employing several literary devices such as flashback, suspense and other factors such as happenstance. Through these devices, the theme of fate is established and the reader is also able to link different events to the subject matter. One may be tempted to argue that the author’s use of similar dates to convey past events that have significant effects on present events is purely coincidental; but however, it simply strengthens the argument that everything has been premeditated by the gods. Hence, one can be justified to describe the gods as domineering and all powerful because they are capable of determining the destinies of man. This theme of fate is arguably most prominent in the life of Oscar, who from a very little age realises that he will never know peace or be happy because of the curse of the witch doctor, an emissary of the gods, on his family. Therefore, one can be justified to declare that it is the pronouncement of the gods that made Leke to behave awkwardly.

Another theme that is worthy of attention is the theme of cultural conflict. The concept of cultural conflict is a universal phenomenon which appears in many works of art. This theme is portrayed by Oscar who finds it difficult to get along with his South African colleagues because of his belief in the stories which surround the mythical and ancestral Queen Moremi of Ile-Ife. Because of this belief, Oscar fails to acknowledge South African heroes such as Rhodes. This clash of beliefs adequately sums up the tensions that plague the relationship between Nigerians and South Africans in the modern era — that is, 21st Century.

Closely related to the theme of cultural conflict is the theme of identity, another universal concept. The theme of identity is brought into focus in this book through the plights of biracial people. Both Leke and his father are the products of interracial unions; hence, they can hardly pass as whites or as blacks. This issue plagues Leke’s childhood because he gets bullied by school mates who recognise, through his white foster parents, that he was adopted. Another instance which reinforces the theme of identity is Leke’s name. Leke, because he was not raised by his biological parents, is forced to answer awkward questions about the meaning of his name and its origin.

The theme of love is another recurring idea which helps to project realism in the text. Love, however abstract, may be regarded as the force behind the actions of the characters. For example, Oscar’s grandmother is motivated by her love for her daughter; hence, she refuses to honour her promise by withholding her daughter. Unarguably, love may also be regarded as the catalyst behind Oscar’s decision to have Malcom Feathers killed. Also, everything Jane does for Leke is motivated by love and this explains why he really adores her, even after death, as seen in his ritual of planting 4 o’clock flowers. The budding love affair between Leke and Tsotso cannot be exempted. Through this theme, the characters have been able to vividly portray the sacrifices humans can do for their loved ones.

Another theme which ensures that this novel possesses verisimilitude with its environment is the theme which captures the despicable nature of the South African prison system. The South African prison system neither rehabilitates or reforms. Rather, it is a place where different vices such as murder, homosexuality, rape violence, etc., thrive. The pathetic situation of these prisons are vividly portrayed in Dennis Brutus poem: “Letters to Martha” where Dennis Brutus describes in detail the atrocities that are committed by inmates on one another. This inter-textual evidence strengthens the theme being discussed because it proves the truism of the theme through the similarities in the way the inmates in both texts act —that is, violence, homosexuality and killing are the order of the day. With all this evidence, one will surely not receive Oscar’s death in prison with much surprise. Therefore, one cannot gainsay the fact that the theme of the despicable nature of the South African prison system as portrayed in Bomboy captures the reality of prisoners in South Africa, and by extension, prisoners all over the world.

In conclusion, the text Bomboy is one which portrays real life with its setting — places drawn from real life; themes — ideas that are universal; and character actions etc.

Reality story: WHEN I WAS RAPED by Nicole Economou | GBAMLOG.COM

In high school, a relationship can last only a few days or weeks, enough to get one through the social events of the season, which in this case were the Spring Formal and the Powder Puff Game. Today, I cannot recall which came first. I know this: I attended both the kegger that followed the game and the formal dance with a rapist. My rapist.

He was the captain of a sports team and was regarded as having a shot at a professional career, even if he also was clearly deficient in the brains department. I liked him simply because I was concerned at the time with being popular, and dating a sports captain was an automatic ticket to the in crowd.

I was also uncomfortably a member of the Most Likely to Succeed crowd, and dating a high school sports star was becoming a habit for me; I’d previously been dating another less-than-brilliant young man who ranked high on the rosters of both the football and baseball teams. He was no prince of morals either; he dated me behind the back of his “real” girlfriend, who ultimately was crowned homecoming queen.

But we left the keg party to drive to the house where he lived with his parents and pick up some eight-track tapes for the party. I had consumed a little bit of beer at the party just to fit in, as I didn’t like beer and wasn’t accustomed to drinking. I felt drunk, unstable on my feet.

A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER, I ENCOUNTERED MY RAPIST ON SPRING BREAK FROM COLLEGE AT A HOMETOWN BAR WHERE MY DAD TOOK ME TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT A “GROWN-UP” COLLEGE STUDENT I NOW WAS.

We went in through the garage; no one was home. He pushed me down onto my back on a sofa in the family room, pulled down my pants and forced himself into me. I recall feeling acutely aware of how weak my arms felt, like jelly. I still recall the sensation of utter helplessness. I could not push him off. I recall saying “no” several times. It didn’t matter. He kept going and was done quite quickly; he pulled up his pants and in mute shock, I assembled myself and we got back into the car and went back to the party.

I vaguely recall that the dance came afterthe rape and that I attended it with him despite the rape, because I was trying to maintain the facade that I was so cool and nonchalant about sex that the attack had not upset me.

Over the next several days my mind was preoccupied with only one thought: What would I do if I were pregnant?

My parents were very strict immigrants from Eastern Europe who set a stern curfew, had complete confidence that I would attend a top university and regularly checked for signs that I’d been smoking cigarettes when out with my friends. We had never discussed sex, and I knew that although they were loving and supportive, they would be shocked at the idea that I’d had any sort of sexual relations with a man.

When I got my period, I was incredibly relieved. At the time, I felt pride at my cavalier attitude about the attack once my anxiety about pregnancy was relieved. By that time, I’d consumed a lot of literature from the ’60s, including Portnoy’s Complaint, and thought my sanguine attitude was simply because I was cool and cultured.

MY ATTITUDE AT THE TIME WAS THAT THE “POOR GUY” WAS SO STUPID HE KNEW NOT WHAT HE HAD DONE.

A couple of years later, I encountered my rapist on spring break from college at a hometown bar where my dad took me to demonstrate what a “grown-up” college student I now was. My rapist asked me to dance and I accepted, congratulating myself on my forgiving nature and again, my “cool” attitude about sex. My attitude at the time was that the “poor guy” was so stupid he knew not what he had done. I tend to still believe that.

But my rapist? Well, I found an item in the local police blotter: He’d ended up in jail on a petty theft charge. His bright athletic future never came to fruition. As for me, I went to law school when I was 28 and still never told anyone what happened to me. I worked hard to be published in the school’s law review — my topic was Rape Trauma Syndrome, inspired by an Indiana case in which the jury acquitted the defendant of a rape charge because the plaintiff had shown insufficient trauma.

The jury had been allowed to hear evidence that she’d gone out dancing in the days following the attack. The case outraged me. I knew from experience that it is eminently easy to pretend, even to oneself, that the attack “was nothing.” Yet, I still told no one of the motivation behind my interest in writing on criminal law, a field I did not pursue. To this day, although I mention the article on my résumé, I delete the reference to its title.

So before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter to Dianne Feinstein was revealed to the general public, I’d recently begun telling the story of how I was raped at the age of 16 by a boy in my high school class. I had kept the story a secret from everyone in my life for nearly 40 years, with the exception of the young man I briefly dated as a freshman in college.

I never told my parents; I never told my younger sister, with whom I am still very close; and I never told any of the women with whom I was very close friends in high school and college. I never told any of my current girlfriends, until close to a year after the Harvey Weinstein allegations became public. I still have not told my sister, who knew the perpetrator. I want to shield her from it. I still have not been able to tell of it to a man I have been regularly dating for the past five years.

But I still remember the attack as if it just happened. I remember the sensation of terrible weakness in my arms and that I said “no” many times and was ignored. I remember that there was a pool at the house where the party was held, and that’s where the keg was located. It was a lovely, balmy night, typical of the town where I grew up, and I’m pretty sure the shirt I was wearing was light pink and had frilly cap sleeves.

And I still remember the cul-de-sac on which the rapist lived, and that no one was home, and details of the “rumpus room” where the rape occurred. I’m pretty sure he drove a gray Honda Civic, which was a relatively new model at the time. I remember vividly what he looked like. His name, of course, I will never forget.

REALITY CLASSIC TALE: LOVE? OR SLAVERY? By Hilary Chikuvira | GBAMLOG.COM


“If you are not going to be a girlfriend and wife, who is submissive, who follows the lead of a husband, then we got to deal with this now, because no wife of mine will rule my house, give me orders or go to a separate church from mine!”, said Tendai fuming, his voice was shaking from anger, l could see he was totally charged up and no longer caring to select his choice of words.
I was also fed up myself, and l retorted angrily, “fine, if you want me to be that kind of a wife and fiancée, then to hell with it, what are we even doing now? Let’s not waste each other’s time anymore. Have a great life”. I slammed his car door nice and hard as l climbed out and walked away into the dark.
So how did things get so messy?
Tendai and I had fallen in love with each other a year ago, he was all l ever wanted in a guy, ‘at first’ and l was his dream girlfriend too. Both of us at the age of 28 just thought this definitely was it. The search for true love was over.
With time there emerged those nitty-gritty human imperfections. Tendai is traditional, old school and reserved on the other hand l am less cultural and a newly emerging activist for feminism and gender equality. He is the type that prefers to not touch alcohol, deems it unclean for his soul, he prefers the traditional kind of music, and he loves spending his days chilled, watching movies or visiting family and friends. It made me look like l was the wild one, so eager to try anything and everything, ready to live, never content with sleeping before 11 pm on a weekend, and definitely never one to repeat the same activities over and over again.
So as expected in such cases, we started getting into each other’s nerves. He began to think l was too independent, l had no respect for tradition and that l could just not make a good wife for him, but this was never said out aloud. I began to find him quite boring, and just not fun to hang with. But none of us could audibly say it out. We had just come a long way to quit because of what we thought to be a few indifferences.
In my culture, men pay lobola to show respect to the bride’s family and say thank you for raising your daughter well. The culture sort of sells women under the guise of culture. Lobola can be 15 cows including other cultural things that a guy must pay up, not to mention that after the lobola the guy must sponsor the white wedding ceremony as well. The bride’s family demands the amount of lobola they want, and the amount can even add up to 15000 us dollars, which is a 2-year saving for a typical middle-class guy who has decided to forgo buying a house, a car, and a decent living style. Lately, families have become overly greedy and are demanding alarming lobola prices. The fathers of the bride use the lobola to buy things like a fancy car or spend the money getting drunk. And in turn the bride has to leave her family, her religion, her lifestyle, her surname and almost everything else important is foregone by the lady as she follows her husband. It becomes the duty of the wife to clean, cook, take care of the husband and kids, as well as to get formerly employed somewhere and contribute to the new family income. If lobola was truly a cultural way of appreciating a partner l do not see why both partners cannot give lobola to the spouse’s family, or why a guy cannot give out what he has, but instead must toil for years to get to afford a wife.
And as you can imagine, l being a feminist, who realizes there is something seriously wrong with this culture from as early as 11 was totally ready to rebel. And certainly not prepared to be sold off, so l tried reasoning with the love of my life.
We were sitting in Tendai’s car, he was preparing to drive me home, after we had spent the day in the park, doing what we usually do, ‘Chilling’ in the relaxed way he likes. And poor I got bored; there was nothing new to say, no interesting conversation about the latest movie, or the hit song on the market. Just family talk about how we would chill like this, during the weekends once we were married.
Sol blurted out, “Tendi, love brought us together, l love you dearly, but there are a few things we should change love. For starts l would love to keep going to my church, l like it there, and l would love for you to take care of your siblings, but the family culture of a newly wedded couple living under the same roof with family relatives just takes the vibe off honeymoon phase, we can always share, but l prefer staying with you only and my kids, unless we really have to take in someone in need. Can we do that?
Tendai’s eyes grew big, as if they were gonna pop out of their sockets, all he could mutter was “whaaaaat?” Since l had kept this buried for so long in my heart, l thought, ah why not just let it all out, after all, he is my boyfriend, he is bound to see things more from my perspective if l explain well.
“Yes Tendai, l think women’s positions in the house are a bit unfair too, for instance a man gets to come back from work, sits at home, and watches tv whilst the lady who has also come back from a long day at work, breaks her back to cook, wash and do dishes as well as take care of the kids. It sounds more like slavery rather than marriage. I hope when we are married we can share tasks according to everyone’s capabilities, it would make married life easier for me love”.
Tendai looked at me long and hard, with clear bewilderment in his eyes. “Love a woman should be a woman, know your place, and know that it will always be behind me, your boyfriend and future husband, l will be the head of the family, l will make the final decisions, you will be my wife, what is the purpose of a wife? Is it not taking care of the husband? Talk to your mother, talk to your church elders, talk to anyone and they will tell you the same! The husband leads, the wife follows. Equal rights are there, but just not on this!” He ended, fuming with fury.
I guess in his mind he was thinking, oh this gal, what nonsense is this, women are women, and they should remain women. That was the moment when l finally opened up my eyes to the truth l had refused to see all the time; nothing was going to change in this relationship. Not me and certainly not Tendai. It was my purpose to actively campaign for women’s rights. So l took my leave from the car that had become stuffy and tension-filled from the heated argument.
This is the issue that has brought about the end of our so-called love to where we are right now, bitterness, regrets, anger, and anger.
We both think we are right; we both want the other to see how they are the ones who are wrong. And above all, no one wants to compromise.
I take a taxi, and head home, with deep sorrow inside of me, hoping someday, the society will see life in the eyes of a woman because for now, life is just far from being fair where men and women are concerned. I don’t blame Tendai though; he was born in this world, where culture and tradition plays a major role in people’s lives, even if the culture clearly weakens another party and gives the other all the power. It’s the way it is, and everyone has a choice, to do away with the bad culture, or keep it alive and running for the next generation to copy.
But l know my stand on point.

This is the remedy to your hair problems

If you have never heard the saying that Coconut oil cures everything, then you may have been living under a rock. Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body. People are using it in everything from smoothies to coffee. But we are going to concentrate on its benefits for hair.

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Coconut oil is one of the few substances that can actually penetrate the hair follicle. It gets right inside your hair itself and helps address lots of concerns directly. It has been in use as hair oil for thousands of years, and it has shown remarkable results in hair growth since ages.

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Certain components in it keep the hair strong, nourished and protected from the effects of premature ageing, like baldness and excessive hair loss. Wondering what benefits this all-purpose oil possesses for the hair?

Here are some benefits of coconut oil for the hair

1. It helps prevent dandruff

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The various fatty acids present in coconut oil serve as very good anti-dandruff agents and are far better than any anti-dandruff shampoo. Regular application of coconut oil can help you get rid of dandruff forever.

2. It prevents split ends

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Coconut oil (especially in combination with almond oil) can be applied topically to help heal split ends.

3. It is a natural hair detangler

Coconut oil is a great alternative for store-bought detangler and is much cheaper. You just have to be careful not to apply it so close to the roots that your hair looks greasy.

4. It conditions the hair

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Coconut oil will give any conditioner a hydrating boost. The oil will trap the conditioner’s hydrating ingredients within your hair, allowing them to penetrate the shaft more effectively and longer.

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17 YEAR OLD GRADUATES FROM HARVARD 11 DAYS AFTER GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE

A teen from Kansas will soon take home a degree from Harvard just days after he walked the stage to receive his high school diploma.

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On Sunday, Braxton Moral graduated Ulysses High School in Ulysses, Kansas. And on May 30, the 17-year-old will receive his undergraduate degree from Harvard Extension School.

“I’m relieved to have a little bit of a head start,” Moral told “Good Morning America.” “I thought it really broadened my horizons. It helped me understand new things and what I want to do [in life].”

Moral has been gradually taking classes at the esteemed college since he was 11 years old. Harvard Extension School allows students without certain prerequisites to enroll in programs so long as they can prove they’re able to perform by way of trial classes, testing and administration voting on your admission, Moral said.

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PHOTO: On May 19, Braxton Moral, 17, graduated Ulysses High School in Ulysses, Kansas. And on May 30, the 17-year-old will receive his undergraduate dress from Harvard Extension School.

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Some courses were online, and others Moral took during the summer on campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Moral said his parents, Carlos and Julie Moral, supported him in hopes it would stimulate his education.

“Harvard Extension School allows people to take classes for development, for fun,” Moral said, adding that he stuck with the courses and finished an undergrad degree in six years.

Moral’s first class he ever took at Harvard was a challenging JavaScript programming class. His favorite courses included Chinese language and Ancient Greek Hero — a mythology class.

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PHOTO: Braxton Moral, 17, is seen with his parents Carlos and Julie Moral, from Ulysses, Kansas.

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When he’s not simultaneously earning two degrees, Moral enjoys videos games, movies and playing sports.

“[My friends] think I’m an absolute loser,” Moral joked. “No, but they’re supportive and they don’t treat me any differently.”

Moral’s sister, Brittney Jo Segar, said she knew her younger brother would be successful ever since he was in diapers counting exact dollars and cents at drive-thru restaurants for their mother.

“He always said big words and was different, but that’s when we kind of noticed, when he was about a year to 18 months,” Segar, 29, told “GMA.” “Myself and the rest of my family are extremely proud of him. He’s worked so hard to get to this point.”

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PHOTO: Braxton Moral, 17, of Ulysses, Kansas, is seen with his sisters, Brittney Jo Segar and Brandi Zamarripa, on the day he graduated from Ulysses High School on May 19.

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Moral will graduate from Harvard with an A.L.B — a Harvard Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, which is granted by Harvard Extension School — one of the degree-granting schools within Harvard University. He majored in government with a minor in English. The ALB is distinct from the Harvard’s BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree granted by Harvard College — one of the schools that makes up Harvard University.

Moral’s next stop is law school. His first choice is Columbia University, where he hopes to study constitutional law.

Kevin McGrath, an associate professor in South Asian Studies at Harvard University, described Moral to “GMA” as “a remarkable and unique young scholar.”

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PHOTO: Braxton Moral, 17, will receive his undergraduate degree from Harvard Extension School on May 30.

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“Intellectually, he is extraordinary, but more than that, it is his discipline and endeavor which has enabled him to begin adult life with such startling success,” said McGrath, who taught Moral at Harvard. “Braxton, thanks to the terrific support which his family have supported and surrounded him with, has become a fine humanist and we all wish him well at law school and then, in later years, in his future life in American politics.”

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PHOTO: Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral sits for a portrait at the school in Ulysses, Kan., in this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo.

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Moral’s education and career advice to young people is to explore your interests as early as you can.

Moral has also written a book titled, “Harvard in the Heartland,” which can be pre-ordered through Kraken Books, Ltd.

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UNILAG Cut off Mark 2019/2020 and Departmental Cut off Point.
There are certain criteria to be observed by students before being admitted to study in any of the courses in any university. One of these which include meeting the required cut of mark for each schools as well as the courses itself. It is very easy to obtain admission if one has met the required cut off mark for the admission into a particular course.

UNILAG Cut off Mark 2019.
Cut off mark is an agreed score set by a particular institution as a basic of admitting students into the department of study. This score is usually accredited to candidates based on their performance in a particular examination. However, students who have scored above the required cut off mark will be given admission and preferentially treated in admission process above those who have met the exacts cut off mark.

UNILAG JAMB Fixed Cut-off Mark 2019
Following the scrapping out of post UTME by the federal government, the Joints Admission and Matriculation board (JAMB) had given a bench mark of 180 and above for candidates applying for Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education. Hitherto, the University of Lagos has follow suit in the 180 general cut of mark of JAMB.

You might ask questions like: I had 180 and above but was not still given the admission to study my desired course?

Candidates with higher scores are first considered; in admission basics, candidates with lower scores though might meet the cut off mark of 180 may likely not be admitted. In fact, it is the higher your scores, the higher the chance of being admitted.

UNILAG Departmental Cut off Mark 2019
The University of Lagos does not really have a specific cut off mark for courses. However, candidates who have scored a minimum of one 180 in UTME examination is eligible to apply for admission into any of their choice courses.

Due to the high number of students wishing to study in the University of Lagos, the admission processes is competitive and an admission is given based on JAMB score and O level grades.

Below are courses offered in the university as well as their cut off mark;

How to Calculate UNILAG Screening Aggregate Cut off Mark.
O’Level ==> 20%

UTME ==> 50%

Post UTME ==> 30%

Calculate It Thus: For O’level

A1 = 4 points

B2 = 3.6 points

B3 = 3.2 points

C4 = 2.8 points

C5 = 2.4 points

C6 = 2.0 points

Calculate your 5 Core subjects only

For UTME/JAMB Score:

Divide your JAMB/UTME by 8

Divide your post UTME Score by 2

NB: The Candidate must not score below 40% in Post UTME to stand a chance.

JAMB Direct Entry 2019 Registration Centres in Nigeria
JAMB UTME Registration Form 2019 Instructions & Guidelines
JAMB Registration Closing Date 2019 for JAMB UTME Registration
Jamb Brochure 2019/2020 PDF Download – See Syllabus For 2019 Jamb Exam
2019 Jamb Novel “Sweet Sixteen (16)” – Summary and Characters
Federal Government Approves Reduction in Cost of JAMB and NECO Forms
JAMB Subject Combination 2019/2020 For All Courses | Download PDF
UNILAG MERIT CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF ARTS
FACULTY OF ARTS MERIT
Creative Arts (Music) 50.85
Creative Arts (Theatre Arts) 62.15
Creative Arts (Visual Arts) 55.80
English 61.00
French 56.60
Russian 55.40
History And Strategic Studies 60.15
Linguistics Igbo 51.68
Linguistics Yoruba 55.55
Chinese 58.53
Philosophy 58.88
UNILAG MERIT CUT OFF MARK for BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
FACULTY OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MERIT
Accounting 68.65
Actuarial Science 61.78
Insurance 60.95
Business Administration 60.70
Finance 63.08
Industrial Relations And Personnel Mgt 60.38
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF EDUCATION
FACULTY OF EDUCATION MERIT
Adult Education 51.15
Education Economics 60.23
Education Business 59.13
Education Islamic Religion Studies 52.05
Education Igbo NIL
Education English 61.90
Education Early Childhood 57.88
Education Yoruba 54.70
Education French 55.70
Education History 54.50
Education Christian Religion Studies 52.30
Education Geography 54.75
Educational Administration 54.10
Educational Foundations 57.78
Health Education 51.05
Human Kinetics 50.83
Education Biology 55.73
Education Chemistry 51.18
Education Home Economics 52.93
Education Integrated Science 52.45
Education Mathematics 52.53
Education Physics 52.85
Education Technology 50.45
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF SCIENCE
FACULTY OF SCIENCE MERIT
Biochemistry 63.60
Botany 56.83
Cell Biology & Genetics 61.70
Chemistry 62.35
Computer Science 68.80
Geology 65.63
Geophysics 65.18
Marine Biology 57.18
Fisheries 50.78
Mathematics 63.83
Microbiology 61.75
Physics 58.43
Zoology 55.48
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES MERIT
Economics 65.80
Geography 58.45
Mass Communication 65.70
Political Science 62.08
Psychology 62.98
Social Work 54.15
Sociology 60.10
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING MERIT
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering 70.93
Civil & Environmental Engineering 71.18
Computer Engineering 73.73
Electrical & Electronics Engineering 72.40
Mechanical Engineering 74.00
Metallurgical & Material Engineering 64.23
Petroleum & Gas Engineering 67.90
Surveying & Geo. Engineering 60.35
System Engineering 70.40
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK – FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES MERIT
Architecture 68.95
Building 59.05
Estate Management 62.03
Quantity Surveying 62.75
Urban & Regional Planning 60.95
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF LAW
FACULTY OF LAW MERIT
Law 67.80
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF PHARMACY
FACULTY OF PHARMACY MERIT
Pharmacy 70.93
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF MEDICINE
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MERIT
Nursing 67.93
Medicine & Surgery 77.03
Physiotherapy 68.40
Radiography 66.70
Medical & Laboratory Science 67.65
Pharmacology 66.55
Physiology 63.45
Dentistry 70.53
For a list of UNILAG admission cut off mark for all catchment area –

RECOMMENDED:
UNILAG Nature of Admission Screening 2019
The University of Lagos holds her admission screening exercises within a week or couple of weeks and it usually comes in two phases. Students who applied to study in the school are to proceed for the pre-screening exercise when once it is being announced.

Documents required for the pre-screening exercise are: SSCE result and JAMB registration print out only.

It is often important that a candidate arrive early and locate his/her screening venue early. Candidates will be screen on the JAMB scores and their SSCE result.

The second phase of the screening is after the admission lists might have been released. Candidates who have merited the admission will be invited for another screening exercise. Here all documents such as;

IMPORTANT! Check UNILAG School Fees 2018/2019 Undergraduate & Postgraduate Here

Original copies of their educational qualifications (Statements of Results/Certificates).
N/B: Cases of awaiting results will NOT be accepted.
Birth Certification/Age Declaration.
A letter of good conduct from your Village Head or a responsible member of your
community/or civil servant not below Grade Level 10 or equivalent in the private sector.
Certificate of Local Government of origin; and this notification of admission status
slip
UNILAG Address and Locations
The University of Lagos is located in the heart of the town of Lagos – 101017 Akoka, Yaba., Nigeria

Contact US @ [email protected] or Call 01-2930330, 01- 8902526, 01- 8902312, 01- 7403307

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UNILAG Cut off Mark 2019/2020 and Departmental Cut off Point
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UNILAG Cut off Mark 2019/2020 and Departmental Cut off Point –UNILAG Cut off Mark 2019/2020, University of Lagos, UNILAG Departmental cut off mark 2019… UNILAG cut off mark for 2019/2020 has been released – See more details below;

UNILAG Cut off Mark 2019/2020 and Departmental Cut off Point.
There are certain criteria to be observed by students before being admitted to study in any of the courses in any university. One of these which include meeting the required cut of mark for each schools as well as the courses itself. It is very easy to obtain admission if one has met the required cut off mark for the admission into a particular course.

UNILAG Cut off Mark 2019.
Cut off mark is an agreed score set by a particular institution as a basic of admitting students into the department of study. This score is usually accredited to candidates based on their performance in a particular examination. However, students who have scored above the required cut off mark will be given admission and preferentially treated in admission process above those who have met the exacts cut off mark.

UNILAG JAMB Fixed Cut-off Mark 2019
Following the scrapping out of post UTME by the federal government, the Joints Admission and Matriculation board (JAMB) had given a bench mark of 180 and above for candidates applying for Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education. Hitherto, the University of Lagos has follow suit in the 180 general cut of mark of JAMB.

You might ask questions like: I had 180 and above but was not still given the admission to study my desired course?

Candidates with higher scores are first considered; in admission basics, candidates with lower scores though might meet the cut off mark of 180 may likely not be admitted. In fact, it is the higher your scores, the higher the chance of being admitted.

UNILAG Departmental Cut off Mark 2019
The University of Lagos does not really have a specific cut off mark for courses. However, candidates who have scored a minimum of one 180 in UTME examination is eligible to apply for admission into any of their choice courses.

Due to the high number of students wishing to study in the University of Lagos, the admission processes is competitive and an admission is given based on JAMB score and O level grades.

Below are courses offered in the university as well as their cut off mark;

How to Calculate UNILAG Screening Aggregate Cut off Mark.
O’Level ==> 20%

UTME ==> 50%

Post UTME ==> 30%

Calculate It Thus: For O’level

A1 = 4 points

B2 = 3.6 points

B3 = 3.2 points

C4 = 2.8 points

C5 = 2.4 points

C6 = 2.0 points

Calculate your 5 Core subjects only

For UTME/JAMB Score:

Divide your JAMB/UTME by 8

Divide your post UTME Score by 2

NB: The Candidate must not score below 40% in Post UTME to stand a chance.

JAMB Direct Entry 2019 Registration Centres in Nigeria
JAMB UTME Registration Form 2019 Instructions & Guidelines
JAMB Registration Closing Date 2019 for JAMB UTME Registration
Jamb Brochure 2019/2020 PDF Download – See Syllabus For 2019 Jamb Exam
2019 Jamb Novel “Sweet Sixteen (16)” – Summary and Characters
Federal Government Approves Reduction in Cost of JAMB and NECO Forms
JAMB Subject Combination 2019/2020 For All Courses | Download PDF
UNILAG MERIT CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF ARTS
FACULTY OF ARTS MERIT
Creative Arts (Music) 50.85
Creative Arts (Theatre Arts) 62.15
Creative Arts (Visual Arts) 55.80
English 61.00
French 56.60
Russian 55.40
History And Strategic Studies 60.15
Linguistics Igbo 51.68
Linguistics Yoruba 55.55
Chinese 58.53
Philosophy 58.88
UNILAG MERIT CUT OFF MARK for BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
FACULTY OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MERIT
Accounting 68.65
Actuarial Science 61.78
Insurance 60.95
Business Administration 60.70
Finance 63.08
Industrial Relations And Personnel Mgt 60.38
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF EDUCATION
FACULTY OF EDUCATION MERIT
Adult Education 51.15
Education Economics 60.23
Education Business 59.13
Education Islamic Religion Studies 52.05
Education Igbo NIL
Education English 61.90
Education Early Childhood 57.88
Education Yoruba 54.70
Education French 55.70
Education History 54.50
Education Christian Religion Studies 52.30
Education Geography 54.75
Educational Administration 54.10
Educational Foundations 57.78
Health Education 51.05
Human Kinetics 50.83
Education Biology 55.73
Education Chemistry 51.18
Education Home Economics 52.93
Education Integrated Science 52.45
Education Mathematics 52.53
Education Physics 52.85
Education Technology 50.45
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF SCIENCE
FACULTY OF SCIENCE MERIT
Biochemistry 63.60
Botany 56.83
Cell Biology & Genetics 61.70
Chemistry 62.35
Computer Science 68.80
Geology 65.63
Geophysics 65.18
Marine Biology 57.18
Fisheries 50.78
Mathematics 63.83
Microbiology 61.75
Physics 58.43
Zoology 55.48
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES MERIT
Economics 65.80
Geography 58.45
Mass Communication 65.70
Political Science 62.08
Psychology 62.98
Social Work 54.15
Sociology 60.10
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING MERIT
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering 70.93
Civil & Environmental Engineering 71.18
Computer Engineering 73.73
Electrical & Electronics Engineering 72.40
Mechanical Engineering 74.00
Metallurgical & Material Engineering 64.23
Petroleum & Gas Engineering 67.90
Surveying & Geo. Engineering 60.35
System Engineering 70.40
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK – FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES MERIT
Architecture 68.95
Building 59.05
Estate Management 62.03
Quantity Surveying 62.75
Urban & Regional Planning 60.95
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF LAW
FACULTY OF LAW MERIT
Law 67.80
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK for FACULTY OF PHARMACY
FACULTY OF PHARMACY MERIT
Pharmacy 70.93
UNILAG CUT OFF MARK FOR FACULTY OF MEDICINE
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE MERIT
Nursing 67.93
Medicine & Surgery 77.03
Physiotherapy 68.40
Radiography 66.70
Medical & Laboratory Science 67.65
Pharmacology 66.55
Physiology 63.45
Dentistry 70.53
For a list of UNILAG admission cut off mark for all catchment area –

RECOMMENDED:
UNILAG Nature of Admission Screening 2019
The University of Lagos holds her admission screening exercises within a week or couple of weeks and it usually comes in two phases. Students who applied to study in the school are to proceed for the pre-screening exercise when once it is being announced.

Documents required for the pre-screening exercise are: SSCE result and JAMB registration print out only.

It is often important that a candidate arrive early and locate his/her screening venue early. Candidates will be screen on the JAMB scores and their SSCE result.

The second phase of the screening is after the admission lists might have been released. Candidates who have merited the admission will be invited for another screening exercise. Here all documents such as;

IMPORTANT! Check UNILAG School Fees 2018/2019 Undergraduate & Postgraduate Here

Original copies of their educational qualifications (Statements of Results/Certificates).
N/B: Cases of awaiting results will NOT be accepted.
Birth Certification/Age Declaration.
A letter of good conduct from your Village Head or a responsible member of your
community/or civil servant not below Grade Level 10 or equivalent in the private sector.
Certificate of Local Government of origin; and this notification of admission status
slip
UNILAG Address and Locations
The University of Lagos is located in the heart of the town of Lagos – 101017 Akoka, Yaba., Nigeria

Contact US @ [email protected] or Call 01-2930330, 01- 8902526, 01- 8902312, 01- 7403307

We cherish your opinion and we look forward to it. Hence, if you need us to feed you with more updated information at the right time about UNILAG Admission 2019, kindly provide us your phone number and email Address in the comment box below.

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