Monthly Archives: November 2012

Languages

For my friends who need subtitles when folks don’t speak with a Midwestern accent, a partial transcript of this video is included here:

Kofi: Just like United States of America is a melting pot of cultures, Nigeria … the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a melting pot of many cultures.  And, you know we have many languages.  But the major languages we have is [are] the one popularly known as “wazobia”: the three main languages we speak here in Nigeria.  “Wa” stands for [is a word from] Yoruba – “come”; “Zo”, Hausa – “come”; and “Bia” stands for Igbo – “come”.  So in Yoruba in the morning the greeting is always “Ikaaro”.  And in Igbo you have “Ibolachi”.  Hausa: “Ina Kwana”.  They are all beautiful languages.  But apart from these languages we have other 250 languages spoken by smaller ethnic groups.  Also within these languages we have dialects – over 2,000 dialects that they speak here.  Nigeria is really a beautiful country where we have unity in diversity.

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Fishing Village

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Construction and Security

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Roads

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Water Cycle

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Herdsmen

 

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High School

I graduated from Hillcrest School.  It is the best Christian international school in Nigeria.  This is a quick view of the campus, which is better than the typical schools n Nigeria.

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Plants of the North

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Fast Food

“Traditional” Nigeria fast food.

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Morning Assembly

 

Update (11.20.12)

It appears that subtitles would be helpful on this video.  The children are singing the Nigerian national anthem when the video starts and then sing their school anthem.  Transcripts of both (and other dialogue) included below.

National Anthem
Arise, Oh Compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey.
To serve our Fatherland with love and strength and faith.
The labors of our heroes past shall never be in vain.
To serve with heart and might, one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause;
Guide our leaders right,
Help our youth the truth to know, in love and honesty to grow,
And living just and true great lofty heights attain:
To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.
School Anthem – Fulfill Our Destiny

… sorry, I can’t make out all the words.  Some guy is talking over the children.  The song is definitely repeats the phrase “to fulfill our destiny”.
Headmistress: You shall all fulfill your destinies in Jesus name.
Students: Amen
Headmistress: Good morning pupils
Students: Good morning Ms. Ademi; Good Morning teachers; Good morning friends
Headmistress: Good morning.  How was your night?
Students: Fine, thank you.  Any you?
Headmistress: Now, let’s have the marching song
“Marching song” video is in another post!

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