Day: April 21, 2019

7 Major Functions of the Legislature

Reading Time: < 1 minute   The legislature, one of the organs of modern government, is a representative body elected by the people. The mandate of the legislature is renewable after a period, usually four years or five years. In Britain and Ghana, the legislature is called parliament; in Japan, it is called Th National Diet; in Israel, it is …

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Top 6 Features of the Presidential System of Government

Reading Time: 2 minutes   The presidential system of government, also known as the non-parliamentary executive system, operates in a country where the executive arm of government is separated from, but is of equal status with, the legislative arm of government. The United States of America operates the presidential system of government. 1.    The head of state who doubles …

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7 Key Features of the Parliamentary System of Government

Reading Time: 2 minutes   The parliamentary system, also known as the cabinet system of government, is the system in which the head of government and his or her cabinet ministers are at the same time members of parliament. Examples of the parliamentary system of government can be found in Britain, Germany, Israel, Japan, Australia, Canada and India. The …

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10 Important Achievements of the Gold Coast Youth Conference

Reading Time: 2 minutes   In this brief  tutorial, we are going to discover 10 achievements of the Gold Coast Youth Conference Introduction The Gold Coast Youth Conference was launched in 1929. It held its first meeting at Achimota in 1930. After its inaugural conference, nothing was heard of it until 1937 when it was revived by J.B.Danquah and …

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8 Smart Steps to Help You Study Effectively

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here, I present to you 8 smart steps you must take to effectively study any subject of your choice. Every ambitious individual with big dreams is always aware of the need to keep adding to their stock of knowledge. Getting serious about improving our personal circumstances ultimately means undertaking to study to acquire new, relevant …

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Extracts From My Readings – Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

Reading Time: 5 minutes   Chinua Achebe remains one of the greatest writers the continent of Africa has ever produced. Reading his works has taught me useful lessons about the history of my people, how they came into contact with Europe and the indelible marks left behind as a result of that interaction. So why this? You may ask. Here …

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Memorable Excerpt from Shakespeare’s Tragedy, Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Here is the origin of the saying: Neither a lender nor a borrower be. Neither a lender nor a borrower be is part of the fatherly advice given by Polonius, arguably the most colourful and interesting character in the tragedy, Hamlet, to the prince, Hamlet. I present to you much of what Polonius said to Hamlet who …

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Mark Antony’s Famous Speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here lies the origin of the phrase: The evil that men do lives after them. It is first said in  this speech by the fictional character, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, one of the many tragedies by William Shakespeare. Let’s now go to Mark Antony’s moving speech at the funeral of his friend, the Roman …

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Machiavelli: What You Must Know About the Author of “The Prince”

Reading Time: < 1 minute Niccolo Machiavelli was the principal political writer of the Renaissance period in Europe. He was born in Florence, Italy. Out of his experience as secretary to rulers of Florence and his observations, he developed political ideas which he expressed in his chief work, The Prince. In this book, Machiavelli showed how a prince can strengthen …

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The Aspects of Character Every Literature Student Should Know

Reading Time: 4 minutes   In this tutorial, I will take you through aspects of character and characterization techniques writers employ to bring their literary figures to life. I will also show you how to easily find and add the ideas that will make your literature essay on a character a high-grade one. Here we go! What is a …

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The Features of the 1956 Loi Cadre Reforms in French West Africa

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here comes an outline of the main features of the 1956 Loi Cadre (Outline Law) reforms in French West Africa. Introduction As a result of certain political developments which took place between 1946 and 1956, the French introduced further reforms under the Loi-Cadre or Outline Law of 1956. Under the Loi-Cadre, the French passed a …

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What Are the Functions of Literature?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Literature is about life. Literature is about people, be they individuals or groups of individuals. Literature is all about the places and environments in which people live, work and interact with one another. Literature is about the actions of real people like you and me. In fact, literature is about the motives behind those actions. …

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Vital Aspects of the WASSCE Literature-in-English Syllabus

Reading Time: < 1 minute Let’s take a look at the key aspects of the WASSCE Literature-in-English syllabus. The following are the major elements of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Literature-in-English (Elective) Syllabus/Paper Papers 3 and 1 (combined) You shall take these two papers together at the first sitting. Paper 3 (African and No-African Prose) You shall …

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How to Identify the Theme in a Novel

Reading Time: 3 minutes   I’m about to show you how to identify the theme or themes in a literary work. Do you find it a major challenge finding the theme in a novel and/or discussing it in the desired detail in a literature essay? You need not to worry anymore. In a straightforward manner, I will now show …

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The Character and Role of Bigger Thomas in Native Son

Reading Time: 4 minutes Assess the Character and Role of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright’s Novel, Native Son. Here are the key points you must include in an essay on the character and role of Bigger Thomas in the novel, Native Son, by Richard Wright. And here is the format I suggest your essay should follow. The character of …

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