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Growing up in Nigeria

Emerson 8th graders in Carol Kelly’s Language Arts class had a visitor recently, who shared stories of growing up in Ibo-land, the southern area of Nigeria.  Welcome, William Derksen’s mother!

She dressed in traditional Nigerian clothing and brought items and photos from her West African homeland.

A focus of her visit was Things Fall Apart, an influential English-language novel, written by Nigerian author Cinua Achebe, published in 1958 and read throughout the world ever since.  She helped the class understand the book’s setting and led them in practice pronunciation of places and characters’ names.

West Africa came closer when William’s mother walked through the door.  Thank you!