Response to Nigerian Guest Speaker

Response to Nigerian Guest Speaker - the time that Dr...

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Roshni Sheth FLL 120-2D Response to Nigerian Guest Speaker Dr. Minabera Ibelema, the Nigerian guest speaker, spent much of the class time discussing the Nigerian Civil War, which took place when he was a teenager in the late 1960s and early 1970s. When he told the story of how his sister died in his arms during an air raid, I was shocked as to how deeply the war had affected his life. If I were in his position, I would not have been able to tell that story so calmly. When he went on to describe his childhood, he talked about how much he played in his hometown, which was a village. I was surprised when he talked about how safe it was to roam by himself in his village. He made it seem like he was always outside and that it he had a lot of freedom as a child. In stereotypical thoughts of villages, they are portrayed to be more dangerous. Perhaps, the safety of children in villages has changed from
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Unformatted text preview: the time that Dr. Ibelema grew up to now, which is about a 40 year difference. Additionally, Dr. Ibelema discussed the prevalence of polygamy in Nigeria. He explained that women do not fight against polygamy because it can put them in a better position. Usually, men who practice polygamy must be wealthy to support more than one wife and family. Many women would rather have one room in a mansion where she is a co-wife than have to live in a run-down place where she is the sole wife of her husband. This allows these women to live more comfortable lives and ensures financial stability for their children. Moreover, having a co-wife can lighten the load of housework that each wife has to do, and co-wives can help each other take care of the children. Most Westerners would never consider this perspective of polygamy being something that could benefit the wives as well as the husband....
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course FLL 120 taught by Professor Lamiazayzafoon during the Spring '10 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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