Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
Achieving functional education through teaching morality in short stories in Nigeria: A case of Eddie Iroh’s Without a Silver Spoon and Ufondu’s The Fruit of Honesty
Author(s): Mohammed Bello Umar, Aminu Baba Udubo
Abstract: Children Literature is highly demanding in our school system because of its philosophy of portraying, repositioning and sensitizing the community on its norms and values. The paper examines the trends in the Nigerian novels, and by extension African novels. This is in line with the assertion that Africa is a culturally homogenous zone. Such trends include use of proverbs, legends, institutions, mythology, mixture of Pidgin English, rich and poor class disposition and sometimes they are crime bent and reflection of societal dynamism. In both books, there is portrayal of honesty in the disposition of the principal characters and the corresponding success in their educational pursuit. The paper recommends for teaching of Children literature as one of the core subjects at Basic school levels in Nigeria.