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"This World Is Filled With Evil Tempertantrums And Sonic Explosions" - Dellarh

One Good Turn Deserves Another

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CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
English: - it is the West Germanic language spoken by the people of England, USA and in the Commonwealth, Liberia etc.   It originated in Anglo-Sexon England and has Lingua Franca status in many parts of the world as a result of the military, economic, scientific, political and cultural influence of the British Empire in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.   The oxford advances Learners dictionary defined English as a language which was originally gotten from England, now spoken in many other countries and used as language of international communication throughout the world.
Language: - What is a Language?   It simply refers to a system of communicating with other people using sounds, symbols and words in expressing a meaning, idea or thought.   This language can be used in many forms, primarily through oral or written communications as well as using expressions through the body language varieties.

HISTORY OF ENGLISH IN NIGERIA
The Portuguese were the first Europeans who traded pepper and slaves from the Nigerian coastal area.   They first arrived in Benin (city) at the end of the 15th century.   From the mid 16th century, the British took over as major trading partners.   With the abolition of the slave trade at the beginning of the 19th century, British colonial interests shifted to agricultural production for exportation to Europe.
In 1842 and 1846 the first missionary stations were established in Badagry (near Lagos in the Southwest) and Calabar (in the Southeast) respectively.   The missionaries were mainly interested in spreading Christianity among the African pagans.   In the schools they established in the Southern part of Nigeria (they were not allowed to settle in the Islamic North of the country) they also taught agriculture, crafts and hygiene.   In order to easily reach the population, the language of instruction was usually the mother tongue of the natives.   But the Africans refused to send their children to school...

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