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  • Nigeria - 840 words
    The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria accounts for one quarter of Sub-Saharan Africa's people. Although fewer than 25 percent of Nigerians are urban dwellers, at least 24 cities have populations of more than 100,000. The dominant ethnic group in the northern two-thirds of the country is the Hausa-Fulani, most of whom are Muslims. Other major ethnic groups of the north are the Nupe, Tiv, and Kanuri. The Yoruba people Christian and half Muslim. The predominately Catholic Igbos are the largest ethnic group in the southeast, with the Efik, Ibibio, and Ijaw comprising a substantial segment of the population in that area as well. There are between 250 to 400 other recognized ethnic groups; ...
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  • Nigeria - 1,059 words
    Nigeria is found near the middle of Africa, its land area is at a total 923,768 square kilometers, 910,768 land and 13,000 water square kilometers. Nigeria is slightly more than twice the size of California. The borders of Nigeria are Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and 853 km of coastal boundaries. The climate in Nigeria varies; it is equatorial in the south, tropical in the center and arid in the northern regions. Nigerias terrain varies from southern lowlands that merge into central hills and plateaus; mountains in southeast, and plains in the north. Some of Nigerias natural resources are as follows, petroleum, tin, columbite, iron ore, coal, limestone, lead, zinc, natural gas, hydropower, ...
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  • Nigeria - 1,267 words
    Background Nigeria is located in West Africa and it is the most populated country in Africa. The country's name was chosen by the wife of Lord Lugard, who was appointed as governor of the country during colonial times. The name comes from a combination of the words "Niger," the country's longest river, and "area." Some of its major cities are Abuja, its capital, Lagos, its former capital, Ibadan, Osogbo, Port Harcourt, and Enugu. Nigeria has a long and varied history. The earliest known civilization of Nigeria is that of the Nok, an iron age people that inhabited the Jos plateau in north-eastern Nigeria from 500 B.C. to 200 B.C. After the Nok, the Kanem-Bornu Empire facilitated trade between ...
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  • The Transatlantic Slave - 2,910 words
    From the 1520s to the 1860s an estimated 11 to 12 million African men, women, and children were forcibly embarked on European vessels for a life of slavery in the Western Hemisphere. Many more Africans were captured or purchased in the interior of the continent but a large number died before reaching the coast. About 9 to 10 million Africans survived the Atlantic crossing to be purchased by planters and traders in the New World, where they worked principally as slave laborers in plantation economies requiring a large workforce. African peoples were transported from numerous coastal outlets from the Senegal River in West Africa and hundreds of trading sites along the coast as far south as Ben ...
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  • The Transatlantic Slave - 2,865 words
    ... tes often greater than for all other overseas trades combined. Slave mortality usually increased during the last stages of a particularly long passage when there were shortages of food and water. The Atlantic crossing lasted three to five weeks from West African trading sites such as the Gambia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone Rivers. Near the equator, in regions such as the Bights of Benin and Biafra (near present-day Nigeria), the voyage to the Americas took several months. A few French ships transported slaves from Mozambique or Madagascar to the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean and then returned to France via Saint-Domingue in the West Indies, where additional cargoes of captives from ...
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  • Lynchings In America - 837 words
    Recently, an L.A. Times article (dated 2/13/00) reviewed a new book entitled "Without Sanctuary", a collection of photographs from lynchings throughout America. During the course of the article, the author, Benjamin Schwarz, outlined some very interesting and disturbing facts related to this gruesome act of violence: Between 1882 and 1930, more than 3,000 people were lynched in the U.S., with approximately 80% of them taking place in the South. Though most people think only African Americans were victims of lynchings, during those years, about 25% were white. Data indicates that mobs in the West lynched 447 whites and 38 blacks; in the Midwest there were 181 white victims and 79 black; and i ...
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  • Privatization - 2,101 words
    ... opriate techniques to use, whether in the wealthier countries of Latin America or the poorest countries of Africa. In this section our group briefly reviews recent privatization developments in each major region of the developing world, Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Latin America. International and International Privatization Group estimates. Latin America has led the developing world in terms of the pace of its privatization, although central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have recently begun to implement massive programs. In 1992, transactions in Latin America accounted for about one-third of the developing world's total, up from less than 10% in 1988. Latin A ...
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  • Investment In Russia - 1,894 words
    In 1991 Boris Yeltsin became the first elected leader of Russia. This was the end of Michael Gorbachevs policy of perestroika ( radical changes in the economy) and glasnost ( the possibility of free expression) ( Gunn, 1995). The new elected president wanted some more radical changes; decentralisation, democracy and a market economy. For Russia, transition to a market economy has been difficult because the government has been trying simultaneously to change the economic and the political system of the country. This resulted in a lot problems, but the Russian market is emerging. This brings me to the following problem statement; Is it Interesting for a multinational enterprise to invest in Ru ...
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  • Values - 2,400 words
    ... *: Are they h'elr,tul to achieve your personhood? Wliy2 Tree freednni is releasing oneself from the enslavement of the chains imposed by doing what is wrong. Doing wrong is not oxercisistg rue freedom as it heads one to be tied down to the consequences of the evil action. An example would be drinking liquor. With it would result actions which are not done with proper judgement. An example would be aiolv.nce. With violence may result hod ily harm or being put to prison. Surely doing wrong limits one~s freedom. Through striving to attain persormlioott, one would be led to attain tine freedom. had the opportunity to travel to a ceriain pl~ovi'lec in Africa. called Nigeria when I was traveli ...
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  • Raisin In The Sun - 2,473 words
    ... his attempts to kiss her, he departs. Mama asks her daughter whether she had a nice time. Beneatha says that she thinks George is stupid. Mama tells her that she need not waste time with fools. Beneatha is glad that she is understanding. Mrs. Johnson, a neighbor, enters. She has come over to warn the Youngers of the dangers involved in moving into a white neighborhood. Her concern for their welfare does not seem very genuine; instead, she comes across as an interfering busybody, who gets into a small argument with Mama. After Mrs. Johnson leaves, Walter's employer calls to ask why he has not come to work for three days. Mama quizzes Walter about where he has been. He tells her that he h ...
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  • A Civil War - 1,337 words
    A civil war that has raged for seven years in the small West African country of Sierra Leone has turned increasingly brutal. (1, p.1) Rebels are mutilating civilians without much response from the international community. A strong Nigerian contingency has tried to suppress the rebellion, but the rebels continue to cause major trouble in Sierra Leone. The rebels overthrew President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. However, President Kabbah returned to office on March 10, 1998 to face the task of restoring order to a demoralized population and a disorganized and severely damaged economy. (2, p.1) The country of Sierra Leone is located in western Africa between the countries of Guinea and Liberia, and it bo ...
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  • Malcolm X - 1,108 words
    ... ight to use violence against violence. Malcolm said, its smarter to say youre going to shoot a man for what his is doing to you than because he is white. [Malcolm x speaks, 213] If you shoot a man because he is white and not because of his actions, then you are going to be on the white racists level. White racist attacked black people indiscriminately, for trying to secure civil rights, and this was immoral. Malcolm did not want emulate the white mans actions. Malcolm continued to promote armed defense against white injustice, throughout his whole life. Malcolm X changed during the last two chaotic years of his life, his break with Elijhah Muhammad and the black Muslims, and his comments ...
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  • Biafra - 499 words
    Biafra: A People Betrayed by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. explains the end of the short-lived Republic of Biafra. In the article the Biafrans were portrayed as people fighting for their survival and in complete awe and knowledge of what was about to happen to them, Genocide. Complete and utter genocide, although it never came, neither did the peace, freedom, and first world life that it tried to achieve. Throughout the article Vonnegut uses sarcasm to illustrate his points. At the beginning of the article Vonnegut wrote, It had a few friends in this world, referring to Biafra, and among its active enemies were Russia and Great Britain. Its enemies were pleased to call it a tribe. Some tribe. Some trib ...
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  • Sierra Leone - 1,680 words
    The British established a colony at Freetown in 1787 for slaves returning to Africa from Great Britain and the United States and for slaves rescued from shipwrecks. The land of original settlement, where the city later developed, was purchased from local chiefs. The Sierra Leone Company, formed in 1791, administered the settlement until 1808, when it became a crown colony. Britain set up a protectorate over the hinterland of Freetown in 1896. The British were relatively nice towards the people of Sierra Leone. While they provided what they could for the colony, they also illegally smuggled the nations diamonds to other countries. The first elections for the legislative council were held unde ...
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  • Yoruba - 1,824 words
    The first obvious answer to this question is the Yoruba are a nationality, numbering about 25 million, the majority of whom live in the South Western part of the state of Nigeria in West Africa. Obvious as this answer is, it is not wholly explanatory, and certainly, it is not without its own controversy. First, regarding its explanatory status. One has to add, that the Yoruba are a black people, of Negro stock; that they speak a common language, Yoruba, which belongs to the Kwa group of the Niger-Congo linguistic family, and it has about 12 dialects; that they are a well urbanized group with genius in arts as symbolized in the famous "Ife Bronzes"; that Yoruba people are also found in Togo, ...
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  • World Conflicts - 423 words
    In the 1990's,conflicts have threatened peace in many nations or areas of the world. Nigeria has been disrupted by conflict between prodemocracy forces and its military leaders. Nigeria has been ruled by military dictators for most of its 35 years of independence. The first elections held in over ten years in 1993 gave a landslide victory to Moshood Abiola, a prominent businessman, who was supported across ethnic lines in the large, multicultural nation. However, the military cancelled the results of the election and suppressed demonstrations and strikes in support of Abiola. When Abiola declared himself president, he was accused of treason by dictator General Sani Abacha, and again the army ...
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  • Ebola - 1,240 words
    ... freshly collected. A technique used to duplicate genetic material for study, called the polymerase chain reaction, is used to detect Ebola viral material in patient blood or tissues. When infection by the virus is suspected, local health officials institute strict barrier nursing procedures (such as the use of gowns, gloves, and masks) and usually call on experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Diseas The Ebola virus has been classified by the CDC as Biosafety Level 4, which requires the greatest safety precautions. To ensure maximum safety, virologists must work in special protective clothing, and their laboratories contain equipment that sterilizes air, and li ...
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  • Colonialism - 686 words
    By 1875 European possessions in Africa consisted of some forts and trading posts along the coast and a few tiny colonies. Between 1880 and 1910, however, Africa was divided up among the Europeans. For the next 50 years decisions affecting Africa and its people were made not in Africa, but in London, Paris, Lisbon and other European capitals. France acquired a huge empire in North and West Africa. Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Mali and other areas in West Africa came under French rule. Britain's colonies were scattered throughout the continent. Although the French controlled the most territory, Britain ruled the greatest number of people. Gambia, Sierra Leone, Gold Coast, N ...
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  • African Women And Developement - 1,343 words
    V.P. Epps-Sophomore Core The women of Africa have endured the systematic oppression of their development for countless of years due to elements in cultural, political and, historical events. Long before British-colonial occupation and the slave trade, the male dominated African tribal culture adhered to many oppressive yet accepted and structured forms of role categorization of women in African society. It is in examining the roots of such origins, that one can begin to understand the lineage of African The position of women in pre-colonial Africa was impeded mainly because of cultural aspects of their way of societal existence. African females would be type-cast from birth and instructed in ...
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  • Art Gallery Report - 464 words
    Out of Africa, the theme surrounding the art sculptures and masks at the American River College Art Gallery, can be viewed from February 21st through March 16th from 11am 5pm. The exhibit contains a collection of artifacts, mainly masks, owned by private collectors in the Sacramento area. Since the artwork is privately owned, information on the artifacts and the artist is somewhat limited. In rare occasions do the owners of these artifacts know anything about the artwork in which they could contribute useful information. Though limited, the exhibition still provides facts on the artwork and an approximate location of where it originated. The exhibit includes masks, woodcarvings, sculptures, ...
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