Nigeria: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name:  Ryan O'Hara

Period: 2nd

Nation of your choice: Nigeria

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): My fathers best friend has a close friend who is the son of a former Nigerian king. His dad, the king, was assassinated. This interests me, and makes me want to find out more bout this foreign place.  I understand that it is a very corrupt place right now. It very much interests me to investigate their social problems.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that Nigeria is in Africa. I know that it is a very corrupt place right now in the world. I know that there is a large islamic population.  I really do not know much about Nigeria.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I feel that there is a chance i will be shocked because of startling events that are going on right now in Nigeria. I predict that i will learn interesting things that will open my eyes to the rest of the world, and the problems that we are facing right now outside of america. I feel this will be a good experience for me, and it will give me a better understanding of the world. I will most likely come out of this project being very thankful for what i have in my life because of the corruption i will learn about.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): I feel it is of huge importance that we are aware of the issues going on not just in America, but in the world also. I however do not have and emotional attachment or connection to the country. I do think it will be very interesting to learn about, as are other middles eastern/african countries and places are currently.  It is important that we understand the world beyond America, and i feel that this project will help me further expand my knowledge.  

New York Times Topics: Nigeria

#1 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Schoolgirls are facing more threats"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Rick Gladstone

Date of Publication: February 9, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Nigerian Schoolgirls are kidnapped and taken and forced to join extremist groups such as Boko Haram.

Quote: Rick Gladstone, while speaking upon women rights and education, states, "attacks against against girls accessing education, persist, and alarmingly, appear, in some countries to be occurring with increased regularity"(NYT).


Comment: Rick Gladstone's idea on women education rights are extremely useful because they shed insight on the difficult problem of basic inequality for women. I agree that this is a problem right now, a point that needs emphasizing since people think all around the world there are not still problems dealing with women's rights. Even though we are living in the 21st century, we still actively face these set backs in society. I feel that a reassessment of the assumption that there is equality all over the world is very much needed. In the middle-east, girls are being kidnapped, destroying their hope for education. and trained to fight for radical Islamist insurgent groups such as Boko Haram. If Gladstone's ideas on women rights are true, as I think they are, I conceive that a plan to take actions upon, and resolve this conflict, should be put in order.   

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Ryan O'Hara

Period: 2nd

Title of article (in quotation marks): In Nigeria, Boko Haram Loses Ground to Chadians

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Adam Nossiter

Date of Publication: February 18, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Nigeria is facing problems in the area of gaining control over territories that are trying to be taken over by extremist islamic groups such as Boko Haram.

Quote: Adma Nossiter, speaking upon Boko Haram losing ground to Chadians, says, "The Nigerian army had official comment on the Chadian advance, but Chadian state television made note of it Wednesday evening, saying there had bee heavy loses in Boko Haramside in the fight for Dikwa, and that two Chadian soldiers had been killed.


Comment: I feel that this is a very interesting topic. Boko Haram is a very feared extremist group in the middle east. The fact that a group of people are defeating these ruthless killers is a very good sign. Obviously, these people need to be stopped. Most people are focusing on the Isis, however, Boko Haram is a terrible group of humans that need to be stopped. The Nigerian army and Boko Haram are fighting over an area on the Cameroonian border in this article called Dikwa. This is just one minor plan in Boko Harams Scheme to become more powerful in this world.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "The Karam of Boko Haram"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Date of Publication: February 22, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The focus of this article is to inform a general audience upon the topic of Boko Haram, and what this extremist islamic group is doing to the world. This article was written by a highly educated man that spends very much time of life focusing on new social issues in the middle east.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This text is about a serious issue in the middle east. This informs readers upon an issue with an Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram. Adaobi wants to inform people that Boko Haram is slaughtering hundreds of people at a time with little to no coverage in the media. It is mostly an overlooked issue that needs to to be focused on. He stresses that there are rages and massacres going on in the middle east by these terrorists, and nothing is really being done to stop them. They are trying to invade territories and take over lands much like isis is trying to do. However, isis, is a highly covered issue by the media. The author tries to convey a message that Boko Haram is a big problem.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The overall mood in this selection is a very calm, yet meaningful, informative tone. He describes the people overlooking this serious issue as "ignorant". Words like these are used to attack the people and clearly denominate his feeling towards them. This text would most likely make a reader feel puzzled as to why this issue is not covered more. It would leave a reader asking questions as to why this issue is being overlooked in the world.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The author does not really mess around with any sarcastic feeling. However, he uses strong adjectives to empower the sentences, making them feel more meaningful. He attacks each strong paragraph with harsh words towards the group of terrorists, and the people overlooking their acts.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This text is a strongly written and does a great job of informing readers on this huge middle eastern social issue. He does a great job of persuading readers to believe what he believes in. He uses a large vocabulary that enhances the sentences meaning. This is a very well written passage.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "American Is Kidnapped in Nigeria"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Adam Nossiter

Date of Publication: February 24, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This text was written by a man who wanted to inform the reader of an event that took place in Nigeria. He wanted to let people know about what is going on in the middle east. He focused on a kidnapping that was most likely not the work of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The focus of this article was on a kidnapping that had taken place in Nigeria. The group that kidnapped the woman, has yet to be identified. However, they are almost positive it was not the work of Boko Haram. 24 hours after the kidnap was committed, a ransom of 300,000 dollars was demanded. The message of the author was to simply inform readers on this issue that is going on in Nigeria right now. Kidnapping is a very common thing in the middle east east currently.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The writer does not chose to take a highly advanced writing path. He instead states what he has to say in a brief, concise, manner that allows for very little confusion as a reader. I like the way he wrote this article. It is not complicated, yet it gets his point across. The text makes you feel like you have a better general awareness for what is occurring in the Middle East.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The writer does not chose to use any devices to enhance his writing. This author does not beat around the bush. He states facts, and gets his informative point across. He does a good job of informing readers without boring them with unneeded information.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This text is an informative article that has the events discussed in an organized, chronological order. This was very good work by him.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I found the article about the girls who were kidnapped very interesting. I was entreating because it is good to know about the dangers of the country that were going to. This got me thinking about the dangers of going to Italy and I will continue to research and educate myself on the dangers of Italy.

2 years ago
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i don't really know why you did this project if you don't even go here. but anyways it was amazing and i love you.