2.Schools will start preparing  their  SS1 and SS2 students for 2016  from this term using the scheme below while using scheme and texts above with SS3 for MAY/JUNE 2015

3.Any SS2 student hoping to take Literature in GCE of Oct/Nov 2015 will be tested using the above schemes and texts.Maybe it is advisable exclude Literature since teachers’ attention would have shifted by then to the scheme below


SCHEME OF EXAMINATIONS FOR 2016-2020 (to be taught to ss1 and ss2 from 2014/2015)

 LATEST 2014/2015 WAEC/GCE LITERATURE SCHEME/SYLLABUS AS REQUESTEDThere will be three papers – Papers 1, 2 and 3. Papers 1 and 2 will a composite paper and will be taken at one sitting.
Paper 1 will be a multiple choice objective test. It will contain fifty questions distributed as follows:
(a) Twenty questions on General Knowledge of Literature;
(b) Five questions on an unseen prose passage;
(c) Five questions on an unseen poem;
(d) Twenty context questions on the prescribed Shakespearean text.
Candidates will be required to answer all the questions within 1 hour for 50 marks.
Paper 2 will be an essay test with two sections, Sections A and B. Section A will be on African Prose and Section B on Non-African Prose.
Two essay questions will be set oneach of the novels prescribed for study. Candidates shall be required to answeronequestion only from eachsection within 1 hour 15 minutes for 50 marks.
Paper 3 will be on the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus. It will be put into four sections, Sections A, B. C and D as follows:
Section A: African Drama
Section B: Non-African Drama
Section C: African Poetry
Section D: Non-African Poetry
There shall be two questions on each of the prescribed drama texts for Sections A and B. There shall also be two questions for each of the poetry sections ie Sections C and D.
Candidates shall be required to answer one question from each of the sections, making a total of four questions. The paper will take 2 hours 30 minutes to complete and will carry 100 marks.


(i) The Unseen Prose passage for Paper 1 shall be about 120 – 150 words long.
(ii) Only context questions shall be set on the Shakespearean text. The context questions will test such items as theme, characterization, style and setting in the Shakespearean text.

(iii) No essay question shall be set on the Shakespearean text.

SET TEXTS FOR 2016 – 2020

African Prose

(1) AmmaDarko – Faceless
(2) BayoAdebowale – Lonely Days

Non-African Prose

(1) Richard Wright – Native Son
(2) Patience Swift – The Last Goodman

*William Shakespeare:OTHELLO

Non-African Drama

(1) Oliver Goldsmith – She Stoops to conquer
(2) Lorraine Hansberry – A Raisin in the Sun

African Drama

(1) Frank Ogodo Ogbeche – Harvest of Corruption
(2) Dele Charley – The Blood of a Stranger

African Poetry

(1) Birago Drop – Vanity
(2) GbemisolaAdeoti – Ambush
(3) Gabriel Okara – Piano and Drums
(4) Gbanabam Hallowell – The Dinning Table
(5) Lenrie Peter – The Panic of Growing Older
(6) Kofi Awoonor – The Anvil and the Hammer

Non-African Poetry

(1) Alfred Tennyson – Crossing the Bar
(2) George Herbert – The pulley
(3) William Blake – The School Boy
(4) William Morris – The Proud King
(5) Robert Frost Birches – Birches
(6) William Shakespeare – Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?



 Heirloom Of Love

There she sits before her mirror
Primping in excitement, her face flushed
Today is her day; she will never know
How much I hurt, how scared I am
Of the void she will leave behind

Will she forget me? I’ll be replaced
By someone new, someone who makes her heart
Dance in her chest, a drumbeat
Will he, can he protect her as I’ve done?
I have no choice but to trust…

I seethe with an almost-rage
An unfounded, illogical jealousy, an anger
For what he is taking from me
I am selfish. She is my joy, my life
I would die for her

Today I will. A thousand times.

Then she turns to look at me
In her beautiful face I see worry
For me? She sees the unspilled tears
She knows. Of course, she knows
She comes to me

And with the smallest kiss, the subtle smile
All is well. She is still mine.
She will always be mine
In a different and wonderful way.
She is a part of me

She will move on, she will give others joy
And I am comforted knowing her goodness
Will be shared by everyone she touches
And I am okay, and proud, and I take her hand
To give her to her love, her new life

I swell with almost unbearable pride
To have created something so perfect!
She was never mine to keep, this supreme being
Imperfect to me. Shining, golden, priceless…
My heirloom of love

And there he goes, that handsome, kind man
With his new bride, my daughter, my soul
Does he know what has been passed to him?
He could not know, not yet
But time will show him, he will realize

Someday, it will be his turn
He will have to pass her essence on
In his daughter, my granddaughter
Our heirloom of love
Will he weep? With loss, with anger?

Will he sit alone in his daughter’s room
Filled with love, and happiness…sadness?
No, content. A deep breath will help him stand
As I do now, and I walk with trembling lips
And chin held high. I leave this room.

I close the door.

Family Friend Poems



If tears could build a stairway
and thoughts a memory lane
I’d walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again.

No Farewell words were spoken
No time to say good-bye
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knows why.

My heart’s still active in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten
I pledge to you today
A hallowed place within my heart
Is where you’ll always stay.


1.You have some beautiful poem here.. brings tears to my eyes.. this sept will be 7 years of the loss of my baby son.. he was 32 years old..

2.Such a nice sweet poem. Made me feel very sad.

3.I could not have expressed myself better. This poem says it all, and the hardest part for a mother is never having been able to say goodbye.

4.The first stanza says it better than i ever could. My tears my thoughts and never having the chance to say goodbye have been the hardest parts to endure. Today is Mothers Day as well as my mothers birthday. Thanks for giving me a way to express what i am truly feeling today. i did not have the words. Thanks!

5. So so sad !!!brings tears to my eyes.

6.The poem expresses my pain it brought my hidden tears out of my eyes bcoz i lost my beloved husband 5 months back who was just 30 yrs.

7.Jerry…! I really miss you…(words r really touched my heart)

8.I just read this poem and it touched my heart so much.. I lost my 22 month daughter June 20,2009 and it seems like it isn’t getting any easier… I love you baby girl and I will see you when I get there…

9.This poem is very sad! If only tears and thoughts would bring you back… Both of you would have been back! To my beloved Uncle and Cousin I miss you both and someday we will all meet again…

10.O God do I ever miss Betty, love you so much. some day will see you again, you can count on it. Love you Betty,

11.This poem expresses my pain about loosing Michael Jackson…Can`t wait to really meet him in Heaven cuz I miss him sooo much. May your soul rest in peace, darling Michael!

12.I have the first part of this poem tattooed on the inside of my arm in memory of my nana….. Sums things up well

13.I have the first 2 clauses on little stones at the graves of my beloved dogs and horse. I think is speaks volumes for all the losses of those we loved.

14.Christopher, I love you so very, very much and I miss you more with each passing second. Why you were taken at such a young age, only God knows. It has only been 2 months, and it seems like forever. We’ll be together again someday, with all of my love, Aunt Carol If Tears Could Build A Stairway

15.My friend Steven passed away in May. This poem was everywhere at his Wake and Funeral. I enjoy this poem so much. 🙂

16.My dad passed away and this was the poem at the funeral. It basically sums up my feelings. He will never be forgotten.

17.i have this poem on my dad grave stone it means the exact way i feel thank you

18.On October 28th, 2010 my mother attended a funeral being held for the daughter of a close friend. When she returned home with the program I noticed that “If Tears Could Build A Stairway” was on the back. As I read it, the words touched me so profoundly that I felt compelled to write a song based (in part) on its wording. After re-reading the poem, I sat down with my guitar and completed the song.What I didn’t know it at the time was that my own father’s death was 0nly two weeks away. When I played “If Tears Could Build A Stairway” at my father’s funeral, there wasn’t a dry eye in the auditorium.I’ll be forever grateful to whomever wrote the poem. grandpa loved this poem and he always will… he has passed but still feels like he is with us

20.I really would like to know if I could use this for the home page of my website dedicated to my family that has passed away. It is not a commercial site, just for our family

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