WEEK/TERM: THIRD TERM /WEEK 2
CLASS: Grade 2
DATE: 26th June, 2020
SUBJECT: History and Current Affairs
TOPIC: Killing of Twins
In time past, twins were seen as children of bad omen in some African countries. So, they were usually taken to the evil forest at a very tender age and left there to die. This happened in Africa until a woman called Mary Mitchell Slessor, a missionary from Scotland came to the rescue.
Notes for the pupils
In the olden days, most African villages believed that it was a taboo (something forbidden) to give birth to twins; if it happened; the village chief or king would give oders for them to be killed or left in the forest to die.
Mary Mitchell Slessor, a Scottish (Someone from Scotland) missionary was sent to Calabar, Nigeria on August 15th 1876, when she was 28 years old. She lived in Okoyong a settlement of an Efik speaking tribe, in Cross River State near Calabar. She was able to convince the people that twins were wonderful children from God and should not be killed. It was not an easy task but in the end, she was able to stop the killing of twins in Nigeria.
She took ill and died in January 13th, 1915 and she was buried in Duke town in Calabar.
- _________ stopped the killing of twins in Africa.
- Someone from Scotland is called a _____________
- Mary Slessor was a missionary. True/False.
- On arrival in Calabar, Marry Slessor lived in __________
- When did Mary Mitchell Slessor die? ________________
- Where was she buried?