• Adaku at the Homowo Festival

    Age Range: 7 – 12 years

    Twelve year old Adaku lives in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Her father is always telling his children stories about their tribe, the Gas. He believes that a person must know his roots.

    During the school vacation, Adaku travels to the Greater Accra Region to spend the holidays with her grandparents in a large fishing village near Accra.

    She arrives just before the Homowo festival of the Ga people, and is plunged into various strange and interesting activities.

    Join Adaku as she learns about the history of her people and the Homowo festival.

  • Nigerian Festivals: The Famous And Not So Famous

    Local festivals have always been an attraction for international visitors to Nigeria. While some (like Durbars) are very well known abroad, quite a number of others (Puusdung, for example) are not. This book brings ‘under one ‘roof’ an interesting selection of these cultural fiestas, which take place year round and hundreds of kilometres apart.
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    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    Why do our headaches persist after taking a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a 50-cent aspirin?

    Why does recalling the Ten Commandments reduce our tendency to lie, even when we couldn’t possibly be caught?

    Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup?

    Why do we go back for second helpings at the unlimited buffet, even when our stomachs are already full?

    And how did we ever start spending $4.15 on a cup of coffee when, just a few years ago, we used to pay less than a dollar?

    When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we’re in control. We think we’re making smart, rational choices. But are we?

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Not only do we make astonishingly simple mistakes every day, but we make the same “types” of mistakes, Ariely discovers. We consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. We fail to understand the profound effects of our emotions on what we want, and we overvalue what we already own. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They’re systematic and predictable–making us “predictably” irrational.

    From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, Ariely explains how to break through these systematic patterns of thought to make better decisions. Predictably Irrational will change the way we interact with the world–one small decision at a time.

  • White Lagos

    From specially crafted attires in designated colours, to roles played by maskers and carriers, to competitions among Eyo ‘families’, to rules which must be followed to the letter, Pelu Awofeso unpacks intimate portrayals of the festival as an outsider-cum-observer.

    White Lagos


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