Day: June 20, 2016

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Culture and Tradition in the Pre-Colonial Africa in Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine

The story is a tale of a young woman, Ihuoma, who belongs to Nigeria’s Igbo ethnic group. Her plight involves her past life, when she was said to be the wife of the mythical Sea King deity. This gives her great status in the present, but portends doom for any mortal man who seeks to marry her. As the novel progresses, Ihuoma is wed and widowed three times, as a result of the wrath of the Sea King toward those who would usurp his bride. Though it seems a traditional cautionary tale on the surface, Dictionary of Literary Biography essay that “the strength of The Concubine rests on the fact that it is not folklore but realistic-style fiction, in spite of its strong penetration by the super-natural.

From his first appearance as a novelist, with The Concubine in 1966, Elechi Amadi established himself as a unique figure in African fiction. He was not alone in attempting to convey the day-to-day texture of traditional, pre-colonial life in an African village: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart had already done this, at least to an extent. But he distinguished himself by not offering any explicit contrasts between that traditional world and the one that replaced it. Whereas Things Fall Apart and many other African novels are concerned, in part at least, with the coming of the white man and the effect of that event, Amadi’s novels have never emphasized alien influences at all. The action of any of his three novels could have taken place either five years or a century before the colonial intrusion upon the area. Likewise the dilemmas that confront and finally destroy his heroes or heroines derive entirely from the beliefs, practices, and events of their indigenous culture.

In the novel, Ihuoma whose beauty attracts all men and women in the village of Omokachi and Omigwe, maintains rational behavior, intelligence and social decorum. her good reputation spans in the three villages including Chiolu. As a woman, she is a model of perfect beauty as the narrator attests by narrating that she was a pretty woman: perhaps that’s why she married so early… She was young; it was easy to reckon her age. Ihuoma’s complexion was that of an ant-hill. Her features were smoothly rounded… Ihuoma’s smiles were disarming. Perhaps the narrow gap in the upper row of her white teeth did the trick. At that time a gap in the teeth was fashionable. Ihuoma’s gap was natural and other women envied her. Her beauty is the scale of all women who want to be considered beautiful. Everybody envies her. Everybody likes to be her. Further, in truth she wanted to gaze at herself. That she was beautiful she had no doubt, but that did not make her arrogant. She was sympathetic, gentle and reserved. It was her husband’s boast that in their six years of marriage she had never had any serious quarrel with another woman. She was not good at invectives and other women talked much faster than …

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Lose Facial Fat – 6 Facts You Must Know

If you have a thin body but a fat face and you try to do exercises to lose facial fat the wrong way, it can cause a lot of problems to your health.

You can get dark circles and sunken eyes

The appearance of dark circles around your eyes or the appearance of sunken eyes can be directly related to trying to lose facial fat the wrong way. It can also make your skin look old, tired and worn out. Much of this can be caused by the decrease in elasticity of your skin.

The gym will not help you lose facial fat

You can be running on the treadmill at the gym for hours or doing any other cardio exercise and you won’t lose any face fat. Have you ever talked to other people about your face fat problems, and the only answer you ever get from them is to work out more, lose a bit of weight by doing cardio exercise? Ask your fitness trainer and all he or she will tell you is that cardio exercises would help you lose your chubby cheeks and double chin. This is Wrong!

Face fat isn’t the same as body fat

If face fat and body fat are connected and the same, then wouldn’t all skinny people have toned and well sculpted faces? There are two types of fitness, one is the regular body fitness and the other is face fitness. If you’re like most people you probably don’t know what face fitness is all about and thus facial fat is misunderstood. There’s a good chance you don’t know why you have fat cheeks or a double chin but somehow you’re body is not fat.

Chubby cheeks and double chins may affect people who are thin or average

The reality is that a lot of people who are skinny or of average weight may suffer from chubby cheeks and double chins. This is because face fat is different to body fat. And facial fat can be caused by among other things such as water retention as well as a variety of things like your diet and lifestyle.

There is no guarantee you will lose face fat by losing your body fat

Yes it’s true if you have a fat body and a fat face, then the most common sense thing to do is cardiovascular exercises to burn that fat off. However, this does not guarantee that you will lose facial fat. In fact your face may stay the same, while you’re body becomes thinner.

What you should do

There is a way to lose facial fat, and that is facial exercises and having the right diet. This does not require you to starve yourself, or do extreme and heavy cardio exercises it only requires you to put in a little amount of time everyday to do simple facial exercises.…

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The True Definition of Conditioning in Sports and Fitness

Conditioning is a word that is used a lot in the fitness industry but what does it really mean to have conditioning? There are those that are ripped from strength conditioning, marathon runners have to go through a type of stamina conditioning and then there is the conditioning that is necessary for fighters and martial artists.

Conditioning can come off as this hard core concept of hard work and training to build your body up so it can perform or endure what the sport demands of it.

And it’s true.

However, that is not the whole picture of what it means to be a conditioned athlete. Building your body and it’s performance potentials is only the outcome associated to having “great conditioning”.

The other half of the definition of conditioning is more about the discipline, the standard and the values that you adopt.

“Great conditioning” is the result of adopting and integrating habits, standards and values that slowly, over time changes and transforms the conditions of the body.

Conditioning isn’t so much about building yourself up but rather more about adopting a specific way of being that will serve you in the long run which is beneficial for the performance and execution of the skills in a given sport or physical activity.

So, how do you integrate a great conditioning ritual? One that will meet your athletic needs based on the sport or physical activity of your choice?

A good place to start is by looking at where your values are placed in your sport. By looking at the components that you already have a natural inclination to favour and value, then you have a platform where you can design for yourself a discipline that you are more than likely to commit to.

If for example you naturally favour cardio, then use that as a base to develop a discipline to condition, not only great cardio but also as a way to condition better form, more strength and greater endurance doing the activity that is the source of cardio. It’s also a great way to develop secondary attributes. If, for instance you typically rely on jogging for cardio but you would like to develop another physical skill or work on some upper body, than you might consider cardio boxing. Or you might want to develop better foot co-ordination and do some skip rope.

By focusing on what you already prefer, you are much more likely to build on it and develop a discipline and from a place of discipline is where conditioning can flow from the best.

Also, using discipline is a powerful way to predispose yourself to growth and improvement in a specific skill or attribute. Once you have established a discipline on a particular practice, then it’s only a matter of pushing yourself and upping the ante in order to improve and refine that conditioning.

Let me leave with one final thought, and that is, when thinking in terms of the type of conditioning you feel you may …

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