Nigeria 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 49

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/07/1960

PLACE OF BIRTH: Ovim, in the Nigeria state of Abia

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Nigerian (Igbo)

OCCUPATION: computer technician

EDUCATION: Subject has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject has been a resident of the United States since the early 1980s.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject learned British English in grammar school and had lived in the United States for nearly 30 years at the time of this recording.

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RECORDED BY: William Leonard-Fortes (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/09/2009

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, I went to school, primary school and secondary school in Nigeria. We have a, a system that allows you to do six years of primary school and 5 years of high school. After which you take a university exam. OK, also you have to take a final exam to graduate from, uh, secondary school, which is the equivalent of your high school. I did that and I graduated in ’79, uh, and in 1980 I went to do, uh, because I couldn’t get into a university, I went to do what we call upper sixth and lower sixth. You do lower sixth  first then you do upper sixth. So I was uh preparing to get into my lower sixth when my brother applied for admission for me uh at Edinburgh State College, which is now Edinburgh State University. So when he gave me the admission papers I came out to US in 1982, September I lived in New York September 10th. And from there I went to Washington D.C. From Washington D.C., I went to Edinburgh State College for a year; then I came back to Howard University in Washington D.C.

TRANSCRIBED BY: William Leonard-Fortes (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/09/2009

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