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From the Ted Talk by Nnedi Okorafor: Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa

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The world was watching. It watched in fascinated horror for information, but mostly for entertainment. fgoaote of what was happening dmntaeoid every international news scorue, video-sharing wbesite, social network, circle, pyramid and trapezoid. But the sorty goes deeper. It is in the mud, the dirt, the earth, in the fond memory of the soily cosmos. It is in the always mingling past, present and fruute. It is in the water. It is in the powerful spirits and ancestors who dwelled in Lagos. It is in the hearts and minds of the people of Lagos. Change begets change. The alien aeodlye knew it. All her people know it.

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The world was watching. It watched in fascinated horror for information, but mostly for entertainment. _______ of what was happening _________ every international news ______, video-sharing _______, social network, circle, pyramid and trapezoid. But the _____ goes deeper. It is in the mud, the dirt, the earth, in the fond memory of the soily cosmos. It is in the always mingling past, present and ______. It is in the water. It is in the powerful spirits and ancestors who dwelled in Lagos. It is in the hearts and minds of the people of Lagos. Change begets change. The alien _______ knew it. All her people know it.

Solution

  1. source
  2. dominated
  3. future
  4. website
  5. story
  6. footage
  7. ayodele

Original Text

The world was watching. It watched in fascinated horror for information, but mostly for entertainment. Footage of what was happening dominated every international news source, video-sharing website, social network, circle, pyramid and trapezoid. But the story goes deeper. It is in the mud, the dirt, the earth, in the fond memory of the soily cosmos. It is in the always mingling past, present and future. It is in the water. It is in the powerful spirits and ancestors who dwelled in Lagos. It is in the hearts and minds of the people of Lagos. Change begets change. The alien Ayodele knew it. All her people know it.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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african girl 2
entire life 2
binti leaves 2
classic science 2

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Important Words

  1. alien
  2. ancestors
  3. ayodele
  4. begets
  5. change
  6. circle
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  13. entertainment
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  24. lagos
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  26. minds
  27. mingling
  28. mud
  29. network
  30. news
  31. people
  32. powerful
  33. present
  34. pyramid
  35. social
  36. soily
  37. source
  38. spirits
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  40. trapezoid
  41. watched
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  43. water
  44. website
  45. world