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JURISPRUDENCE AND LEGAL THEORY

ADJECTIVES (by ABEL OLANIYI)

An adjective is a word or group of words which qualify a noun or a pronoun. When adjectives are arranged or used in a disorderly manner, the sentence will be erroneous. Below are some errors relating to the use of adjectives and their corrections.

The grinded pepper is in the bucket (Incorrect)
The ground pepper is in the bucket (Correct)

The soup is very sweet (Incorrect)
The soup is very tasty (Correct)

I bought coloured television set yesterday (Incorrect)
I bought a color television set yesterday (Correct)

INTERNATIONAL TRADE (by VITE SOLUTIONS)

International Trade may be regarded as the exchange of goods and services between nations.
THE ESSENCE OF REGULATING INTERNATIONAL TRADE.   1.To provide a certain and predictable legal framework to guide transactions.   2.To provide a flexible and accommodating platform for parties’ interaction. 3.It allows for the application of trade customs and usage to confer internationally accepted rights and privileges.   4.It provides an efficient system for the resolution of commercial disputes. Usually through the machinery of arbitration. 5.It integrates and recognizes international rules, conflict of law rules,and so on. Thereby making parties rely on (not only municipal butalso) international rules. In construing an international contract, the courts try to decipher the intention of the parties.

CASE (by ABEL OLANIYI)

This is a form of a noun, an adjective or a pronoun which shows its relationship to another word. The two categories of case are: The subjunctive case and the objective case. 
Below are the rules on the usage of words in the subject and object positions.

I and you will attend the party (Incorrect)
You and I will attend the party (Correct)

You and I stole the goat (Incorrect)
I and you stole the goat (Correct)

I, Rachel and you will attend the party (Incorrect)
You, Rachel and I will attend the party (Correct)

HERBERT MACAULAY

During the 1920s, a period in Nigerian history associated with the beginning of political agitation for self-rule, Macaulay became a leading figure in the first generation of Nigerian Nationalists. In 1921, Macaulay passionately led protests in Lagos over water rates, land issues, and mishandling of the railway finances. 
     In 1922, he helped a Lagos chief in his legal battle with the colonial government who had forcefully taken some of his land for government purposes. The highest court in England heard the case and returned the land to the chief. This victory inspired Macaulay to establish in 1923 Nigeria’s first political party, the Nigerian National Democratic Party whose members were the first to sit in the Legislative Council.

I SEE NO TOMORROW (by JOSHUA OMENGA)

I see no tomorrow
Behind this wall of looming absence Only the darkness of inexistence Beckoning, the still unspoken words The unexpressed invitation Now rings louder than express summons And yet here, the feel is real

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE

At age 5 his Father died.
At age 16 he quit school.
At age 17 he had already lost four jobs.
At age 18 he got married.
Between ages 18 and 22, he was a railroad conductor and failed.
He joined the army and washed out there.
He applied for law school he was rejected.
He became an insurance sales man and failed again.
At age 19 he became a father.
At age 20 his wife left him and took their baby daughter.
He became a cook and dishwasher in a small cafe.

PHRASAL VERBS (by ABEL OLANIYI)

Phrasal verbs are often referred to as prepositional idioms. they are the making of a new verb arsing from the combination of a simple verb with a preposition or an adverb thereby forming an entirely different meaning from that of the simple verb. Here are aspects relating to the correct usage of phrasal verb. 

We must be at the alert, robbers are in the neighborhood (Incorrect)
We must be on the alert, robbers are in the neighborhood (Correct)

I'd like you to round up your lecture (Incorrect)
I'd like you to round off your lecture  (Correct)

He gained on the long run (Incorrect)
He gained in the long run (Correct)
*'In the long run' means ultimately

FAVOUR SPEAKS (by ASHIMOLE OLUCHI VICTORIA)

You look all around you
And you see everything that whispers to you
That God has failed you
You've tried all you can
Prayed all you can
But it seems like the harder you try
The worse it gets
And now you don't even bother trying anymore
You are even scared to hope
But it seems like the harder you try
The worse it gets
And now you don't even bother trying anymore
You are even scared to hope
Because you have been let down so many times
You are just watching and waiting
To see what exactly becomes of your troubles

CONFESSIONS (Sections 28-32 EA)

S. 28 EA defines ‘confession’as “an admission made at any time by a person charged with a crime, stating or suggesting the inference that he committed that crime.” The word admission is a recurring decimal in this definition. Some scholars like Prof Adesanya have argued that there is no meaningful difference between “admission” and “confession”. Some other scholars like Prof Nokes believe that in “admission”, a part of the offence is what is admitted while in “confession”, the whole offence is admitted.  Prof Osipitan(SAN) argues that though the definition of confession includes admission, the two concepts are not on the same level. According to the erudite scholar, “admission” deals mostly with civil cases whereas “confession” is relevant in criminal cases.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BITTER LEAF

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Everybody seems to know it. It grows everywhere. Bitter-leaf, vernonia amydalina, is a very homely plant. Wherever it grows, it flourishes. Evergreen. The Igbos call it Onugbu. The Yorubas call it Ewuro. The Hausas call it Shiwaka. Perhaps the most distinctive part of the Bitter-leaf plant is its bitterness. Every part of the plant is bitter: the leaves, stems, root, and bark.
     The Igbos of Eastern Nigeria use the bitter-leaf mostly as a vegetable, while the Yorubas use it more as a medicine. Bitter-leaf is popular among the old people for its bitterness. But the young people of today do not like the bitterness of the bitter-leaf. They would rather prefer biscuits, ice cream, chocolate and other sugary products. Their philosophy is "Life is sweet, therefore, food must be sweet".

ANTI-HOMOSEXUAL LEGISLATION IN NIGERIA IN PERISCOPE (by JOSHUA OMENGA)

Introduction
Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, enacted in 2013 and signed into law on the 7th Day of January 2014, has been a subject of much controversy, particularly owing to the socio-religious sentiments of the Nigerian public. A brief summary of this notorious legislation is necessary in understanding it, and perhaps in justifying or condemning it. Section 1 of the Act prohibits the solemnisation of same sex marriage and also provides that such marriage, if solemnised outside Nigeria, is invalid once the couple enter into Nigeria. Section 4 prohibits the registration of gay clubs, societies, association, organisation etc. and any procession or meeting related thereto. It further prohibits the public display of same sex ‘amorous’ relationship, whether direct or indirect. Section 5 deals with punishment related to homosexual offences. It provides that a person entering into same sex union is liable upon conviction for fourteen years imprisonment. On the other hand, anyone who re…

LEARNING TO MANAGE YOUR ANGER (by MERCY MARVELLOUS ALONGE)

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It is the beginning of an entirely new working day/week; beware of Lagos traffic! The hustle and bustle in streets hasn’t being altered. The previous day, a Sunday to be precise, and obviously a “no lecture” day had me chilling as I busied myself with a movie from which the subject of this article is coined.
     Anger! That sensation of fury when your boss throws all the work at you and expects you to stay up late and finish them. That enraging feeling when you struggle to get a front seat and at the end of it all,the lecturer fails to show up(year one). Or when that trusted friend gets busy spilling out your most confidential issue. However way it is, we are all aware of its meaning and we’ve felt it quite frequently.

A PIECE OF ADVICE FROM EMERALD MICHAEL

€1. My favourite memory from my early years as a girl child is being reminded of my..well, girl-child-ness. 
Why did I have to master kitchen work even though I hated it? - Because you're female, a future mother. Why did I have a curfew and my brothers didn't? - Because you're a girl. Why did I have to act a certain way? - Because you're a woman. I resented it, this gender that came with too many restrictions. Tried my feeble best to rebel but it still put me in my place.  Kept me locked down with the fear that my future marital home was already ruined because my intelligence would clearly not be enough wife material. I wasn't 14 yet, but my idea of marriage was already warped.

LOL!

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On Lagos-Ibadan express road, a Pastor met a team of policemen who, quite naturally, wanted 'something' from him. Since he was not prepared to play their games, they asked for his papers. Having combed through everything without any offence with which to nail the 'stubborn' Pastor, they asked him to open the bonnet of his car.
      A careful scrutiny of the engine number against what was on the paper revealed that letter U was written in such a way that it could be mistaken for letter V. That was all the officer-in-charge needed to shout "stolen vehicle!

Ladi Kwali (culled from AY TV)

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“This is Ladi Kwali (1925 - 1984), the woman on the Nigeria N20 note. She was born in the village of Kwali, Gwari region of Northern Nigeria, where pottery was a common occupation among women. She was so skilled that her work became known in Europe, Britain and America. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, her work was displayed in London at the Berkeley Galleries. She became Nigeria’s best-known potter, was awarded a doctorate and was made MBE in 1963 despite not having a formal education.”

ENVY AND JEALOUSY (by ENIOLA LONGE)

But godliness with contentment is great gain – 1 Timothy 6: 6
     As much as we will hate to admit, every one of us gets jealous or envious at some point in our lives. We didn’t set out to be envious but it just happens. Everywhere we turn there is a potential person to be envious of. Envy or jealousy in itself is not bad. The bad thing about this emotion is what it can potentially make you do. The Bible in Proverbs 14:30 says, ‘A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot’.

LOL!

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A Wife took her very ill husband to see the doctor. After d medical routine check-up.... the Doctor confidentially told the wife: "Give him healthy breakfast daily, be pleasant & in good mood, don't fight.. Cook tasty dinner & don't discuss your problems with him. Stop watching TV shows & Facebook. Don't demand for money or new jewels. If you can do this for one year, your
husband will be ok". 
     On the way home.......
Husband asks wife: What did the doctor say..? 
Wife: Your survival is not possible!�

GREETINGS, QUESTIONS....AND RESPONSES (by ABEL OLANIYI)

The topic aims at exposing the grammatical pitfalls relating to greetings, questions, compliments and requests from people. The correct response to these are also given below. 

GREETING: How do you do?
RESPONSE: a. Fine (Incorrect) b. How do you do? (Correct)

GREETING: How are you?
RESPONSE: a. How are you? (Incorrect) b. I'm fine. Thank you (Correct)

GREETING: How are you doing?
RESPONSE: a. Fine, thank you (Incorrect) b. How are you? (Correct)