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The other side of truth
Transcript of The other side of truth
‘Buildings, streets, floors, telephone wires, trees, cloudy sky and now dirty tunnel walls hurtle by outside the train window.’ (page 48, paragraph 1) This is where we find out Uncle Dele has been missing for a week.
‘In front of them rows of gray stone steps led up to large glass doors. Behind a ground-level window, some students sat at long tables working on small clay sculptures. Carrying the holdall between them, they climbed up to the entrance and pushed open the heavy glass door.’ (page 59, paragraph 1) This is where the kids live for a few days until they get a permanent foster home.
‘It turned out to be a massive block of flats along an almost deserted road.’ (page 75, paragraph 4) ‘On the fifth floor he branched off down the passage and knocked softly at number 59’ (page 76, paragraph 2) This is where the kids live with their permanent foster parents.
‘Mr. and Mrs. King lived in a quiet road of redbrick houses with arched doorways and small front gardens behind hedges, not very far from Mrs. Graham’s flat.” (page 109, paragrpah 1) This is the school Femi gets enlisted in.
‘…looked back up at the three stories of the heavy old redbrick building. The ground floor with its lower windows protected by thick long bars made her think of a prison. It struck Sade that the only green in Greenslades Primary was in its name and the children’s paintings on the walls inside.’ (page 113, paragraph 1) This is where Sade went to school in London.
‘Avon school was bit far from Greenslades. Much newer, with ginger bricks, concrete and large plate-glass windows, it was set back from the road, also behind a high wire fence. Tall spiked gates opened on to a tarmac drive, lined on one side with a row of skeleton trees. Bushed bordering the dingy grass opposite looked as if they were chosen for their toughness. A few empty crisp packets on the drive and the grass provided the only patches of color.’ (page 113, paragraph 2) This is the prison papa stayed in when the government though he was trying to get into London illegally.
‘But how strange that his prison was near oxford!’ (page 166, paragraph 4)
“…they stared up at a six-meter-high wire fence topped with great loops of barbed wire. Behind the thick poled and the wire, a cluster of large brown brick buildings looked above a tarmac tard. Every window was barred. Was papa behind one of them? Waiting, watching. Impatiently they both searched the rows of windows, but the bars were too dense and the glass too dark to see anyone or anything.’ (page 167, paragraph 2) This is where Mr. Seven O’clock news talks to Sade and Femi.
‘Guided though the glass doors, past the desk and Mr. Buttons, into the light and through the corridors…’ (page 196, paragraph 3) Courage is shown by Folarin Solaja, by posting articles in the newspaper “Speak” in Nigeria about the corruption. Putting those articles in the newspaper could have killed him, and he knew about it. Even so, he did what was right and posted them for everyone to see. He had the courage to stand up to the government and say what was on his mind.
"The truth is the truth, how can i write what's untrue?" (Folarin Solaja, page 8, paragraph 5) Honesty is shown when Sade tells Mariam about stealing the lighter from Mariam’s uncle’s store. Even though she was told her brother would be harmed if she didn’t, she felt guilty about what she had done. And from her point of view Mariam did not know about her taking the lighter, so not telling her wouldn’t have had any negative effect. But she knew that telling Mariam was the right thing to do.
“I stole from your uncle’s shop-a lighter, a cigarette lighter.” (Sade Solaja, page 215, paragraph 2) In chapter 41 Folarin says “We’re not going to give up hope”(Folarin Solaja, page 245, paragraph 3), which is a great theme for a novel. He is referring to their homeland, and he is talking about how someday it will be free of corruption. He has faith in the world and knows that Nigeria will be free again and will be a great place to live in. Sade made a difference by helping her father get out of prison and back with them. She did this by attracting the public and getting the media on her side, making the authorities check her father’s case thoroughly before sending him back.
"Do you know, Sade and Femi, that you actually saved your papa?" (Uncle Dele, Page 243, paragraph 3) Even with Nigeria’s armed forces at the time, the Solajas persevered and made it out of Nigeria and safely into London to have a good life. Sade and Femi's mother are killed by the Nigerian Army Sade and Femi are sent to London, England Go to London College of Arts, Uncle Dele is missing Temporary foster parents are found, live with Mrs. Graham for a few days Tried to call Folarin in Nigeria, line is dead Mr. and Mrs. King are the new foster parents Sade and Femi are enlisted in school Sade meets Mariam Sade is bullied by Marcia and Donna Sade steals a ligher from Mariam's uncle's shop Mariam tells Sade about her past Folarin is in London, England Sade and Femi meet Papa in prison Sade Solaja Folarin Solaja Mariam Femi Solaja Marcia Mrs. Bankole Time Lagos, Nigeria London, England Victoria Station London College of Arts The King’s Home Mrs. Graham’s Flat Greenslade Primary School Avon school Television studio Heathlands prison Courage Honesty Hope Anyone Can Make a Difference Never Give Up The Nigerian government says papa killed his wife Sade and Femi talk to Mr. Seven O'clock News Sade tells Mariam she stole the ligher Mr. Seven O'clock News talks about their story on the air Folarin has been transported either to hospital or airport Papa has been granted asylum Papa, Sade and Femi live with the Kings Inciting Incident Rising Action Climax Falling Action Conclusion Lagos, Nigeria / Somalia London Corruption Nigeria and Somalia’s cultures affect many of the characters in this novel. During the time Nigeria and Somalia both had very corrupt governments, which is the reason Sade’s mother died. Also, this is the reason why Mariam’s father died. Throughout the book, we notice Sade having nightmares and traumatizing visions due to her mother being killed, and Femi is constantly trying to separate from Sade, possibly to try and forget about the past. Folarin sends Sade and Femi to London to avoid the corruption of the government of Nigeria. Teaching Styles Sade has talked about on various occasions the different styles of teaching used between Nigeria and London. She has said that the teachers were very laidback in London, while they were extremely strict in Nigeria. She says Nigeria constantly learned about other countries, unlike London. She has also talked about the students being very talkative and disruptive, and constantly arguing with the teachers in London, which is nothing compared to Nigerian ways of teaching. Communities In Nigeria, everyone in the village knew each other and everyone was friendly with one another. They would all get along and there would hardly be any disputes. Especially in school, since it was a smaller set of children. Sade has referred to the teachers in London to be nicer and friendlier than in Nigeria. She also says school is a lot easier, and that the kids are a lot more disrespectful and disruptive in London. Finally, She mentioned that schools in London do not teach the children about other countries like Nigeria enough, and she finds it terrible. Children in London hardly know anyone else except for people from school, and only have a small group of friends. There are many more children in a class, and most of them hardly know each other. Often, the novel shows school to be like a competition, to be the "coolest' person. An example of this is when Sade was made fun of when she first entered the classroom for having a weird pronunciation of her name.