American Culture and the Nigerian Society
by Innocent Emechete
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About the book:
An experiential observation of behavioral problems in some American and Nigerian children by the author sparks off this inquiry. Thus "American Culture and the Nigerian Society", an investigation into whether America has influenced other countries like Nigeria and to what extent, is born. It starts by looking at the word culture which makes a people unique and the cultural ramifications within and outside America. The author researches into whether or not these American influences are for better or for worse in the recipient countries. Incidentally Nigeria and the United States have something in common: both were once British Colonies; Nigeria for two months shy of forty seven years (Jan.1, 1914 to Oct. 1, 1960) and America for one hundred and twenty four years (1651-1775).
The author finds out that technological advancements have made it possible for American culture to take root in other countries like Nigeria. There are cultural exchanges in goods and services; the good, the bad, and the ugly are also exchanged: crime and drug culture, and sexual revolutions of the sixties are no exceptions.
In Churches there are religious cultural exchanges too. Through televangelism American religious views spread through many countries like Nigeria. The sense of the sacred disappears within a few decades. The author discovers too that the Church loses its moral fiber and its moral high ground by the day and replaces them with money, the 'almighty' dollar. The congregation in the pews is desensitized by losing a big chunk of the sense of humanity and feeling. Killing innocent lives becomes a common place activity that does no longer raise eyebrows. Moral decadence sets in because there is nothing sacred and no more sanctity of life in the very young and the very old.
The lawmakers, being part of the congregation in the pews across America, almost resoundingly say 'amen' to the foregoing. After all they make the laws, which the Presidents sign. The third branch of Government, the courts, register their consent through activist Judges. Then things completely fall apart. Who are the victims in all this? Our children! Since children do not stay passive, they become negatively active. We see it school shootings, students cutting school or classes, drug activities, bank robberies, and other deviant behaviors that land about two million of our children in prison. The author has some suggestions that can rescue our children from this downward trend if 'all hands are on deck'.
As in America so it is in satellite countries associated with America. The author focuses on Nigeria in particular and makes some recommendations to help Nigerian children to fight with the giant and not be crushed unto death.
Innocent Emechete, author of Animal Stories Daddy Told Us
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Author, Rev. Fr. Innocent Emechete is a Catholic priest born in Nigeria, West Africa. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Masters Degrees in English Literature and Theology; Graduate diplomas in Education, Journalism and Guidance and Counseling.
The Author has been an English Teacher in High School and an English Lecturer in College. From his teaching experience he has a tremendous love and faith in children and young adults. Fr. Emechete has also a 17 and half year experience in State and Federal Corrections as a Chaplain in the United States of America. He believes that with a little adult interest in the youth, they will have less problems dealing with confusing and conflicting world views, which make young people vulnerable to joining gang groups and other kinds of misguided occupations today.
He strongly believes that children and all young people are basically good until adults misguide them. The author believes in investing in young people.
He has also published some other books:
1. A Guide to Understanding Romeo and Juliet:
Published by FONSAP (Nig. Ltd). Owerri, Nigeria. 1985.
2. Model English Essays for Secondary Schools:
Published by FONSAP (Nig. Ltd.) Owerri Nigeria. 1990.
3. Entering the Poet's Mind: (Some African Poems)
Published by Assumpta Press. Owerri Nigeria. 2004
4. English as a Second Language, (A Nigerian Focus):
Published by Assumpta Press. Owerri, Nigeria. 2004.
5. The Bleeding Iroko:
Published by Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana USA 2005.
6. American Culture and the Nigerian Society:
Published by AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. 2007.
7. The Concept of the Deity In African Poetry:
Re-published by AYS Press, Ibadan, Nigeria. 2008.
8. What is in a Name?
Published by AYS Press. Ibadan, Nigeria, 2008.
9. Animal Stories Daddy Told Us.
Published by Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana 2009
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