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Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright, poet, novelist, and critic, first black African who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Soyinka has been imprisoned several times for his criticism of the government. From the 1970s he has lived long periods in exile. Soyinka’s plays range from comedy to tragedy, and from political satire to the theatre of the absurd. He has combined influences from Western traditions with African myth, legends and folklore, and such techniques as singing and drumming.

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Suez Canal

Suez Canal opening ceremony 1869

Suez Canal opening ceremony 1869

Suez Canal, Arab. Qanat as Suways, waterway of Egypt extending from Port Said to Port Tawfiq (near Suez) and connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Gulf of Suez and thence with the Red Sea. The canal is somewhat more than 100 mi (160 km) long. Proceeding S from Port Said, it runs in an almost undeviating straight line to Lake Timsah. From there a cutting leads to the Bitter Lakes (now one body of water), and a final cutting then reaches the Gulf of Suez. The canal has no locks and can accommodate all but the largest ships.

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African Proverbs

African Proverbs

African Proverbs

 Proverbs provide wonderful nuggets of discussion-provoking wisdom. Proverbs, while arising out of and illuminating distinct cultures, also speak to widely shared, perhaps planet-spanning, truths. According to the Ghanaian researcher Kofi Asare Opoku, “The Yoruba of Nigeria emphasize the value of proverbs with a proverb, saying, ‘A proverb is the horse that can carry one swiftly to the discovery of ideas.'” (quotation from http://www2.wcoil.com/~mdecker/af-prov.htm). Like a good storyteller, proverbs can paint vivid pictures of precepts which accelerate understanding. Good proverbs are more complex than they seem at first blush — they can almost always be fruitfully examined, discussed, and even reversed.

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Great Home Recipes For Acne Treatment

Acne Treatment

Acne Treatment

 In the US, millions of dollars are being spent each year on acne medication, and acne skin care products ; however, as most people who suffer from acne can attest, the majority of these products only give temporary relief, with the added downside of mild to severe side effects. If you’re someone who’s struggling with mild to moderate acne, you can control it with natural products you can find around the house, or your garden.

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Cultural Diversity and Globalization

Cultural Diversity and Globalization

Cultural Diversity and Globalization

Cultural diversity is a product of the vast range of human experiences and achievements. It is a broad concept based on the connections between people through shared history, tradition and language. Our diversity is also a reflection of our values such as freedom of expression, pluralism of ideas, effective participation of people, and choice. Fostering cultural policies in a global environment to support cultural diversity includes:

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