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Prepositional and Collocational Abuse in Nigerian English

Prepositional and Collocational Abuse in Nigerian English

Written by: Farooq A. Kperogi * Prepositions are those pesky little words such as “to,” “on,” “from,” “for,” “of,” “with,” etc. that connect parts of sentences. They are the main ingredients of many popular English collocations, that is, groups of words that almost always appear together in a sentence. For instance, phrases such as “put […]

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (IV)

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (IV)

Written by: Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin* First impression lasts longer, goes a popular dictum. This underscores the painstaking efforts being made here at Naija Writers’ Coach to analyse the various successful techniques of opening an essay. An opening that works ensures your reader reads the piece, and does not just skim through it or even drop […]

4 Incredibly Silly Ways To Lose Your Essay Prize

4 Incredibly Silly Ways To Lose Your Essay Prize

Written by: Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin* Many people think that the submission of a well-written, quality essay entry which merit outweighs those of other contestants is invariably sufficient to guarantee a prize for them. No! It isn’t. There are more pragmatic, cautious and extremely simple things to put in place if you must deserve the fruits […]

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (III)

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (III)

Written by: Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin* The first two parts of this series enjoyed warm welcome from readers with positive, responsive feedbacks trooping in. But for the fact that I asked the esteemed readers of NWC to expect this third part, many had thought – or would have thought – the second part was the end […]

How To Sidestep ‘Fakism’ in Your Writing

How To Sidestep ‘Fakism’ in Your Writing

I have used the word ‘fakism’ in this context to mean an absence of genuineness and a lack of originality or unique author’s voice. Linguistically, the word is a bastadized derivative of the English adjective, ‘fake’. Now what exactly are we talking about here? What the heck is ‘fakism’? What is so disgusting and undesirable […]

Avid Reading Makes Proficient Writing

Avid Reading Makes Proficient Writing

Written by: Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin* That readers are leaders is a time-honoured saying. As an artisan, crafting literary pieces with words, I dare say that readers aren’t simply leaders, they’re prolific writers, and perhaps ‘righters’ too. The totality of what a writer scribbles are a product of his experience: what he’s seen, heard, felt or […]

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (II)

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (II)

Written by: Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin* In the first part of this series, I examined how a striking contrast or an important statistics can be used to write a gripping introduction to an essay. While there can be one thousand and one methods of scribbling a compelling opening to your essay entry or article, the ones presented here are tested-and-trusted […]

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (I)

How To Craft A Killer Essay Introduction (I)

Written by: Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin* You have most likely read engaging, page-turning articles before and marvelled at, or be intimidated by, the exceptional genius and language-mastery expertise with which the writer crafted the piece. You might have taken the essayist for a wizard – one whose talent and skills you do not possess and may […]