Not my business
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 10

Not My Business PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 34 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Not My Business. Learning Objectives: Review context Close reading and annotation of the poem Link to Pastor Niemoller’s poem. Slide 8 has a link to a video in the folder about war crimes across history: Must be small or quality suffers. Read the poem through again.

Download Presentation

Not My Business

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Not my business

Not My Business

Learning Objectives:

Review context

Close reading and annotation of the poem

Link to Pastor Niemoller’s poem

Slide 8 has a link to a video in the folder about war crimes across history: Must be small or quality suffers


Read the poem through again

Read the poem through again

  • Remind yourself of Akanni, Danladi and Chinwe’s story.

  • This poem has a chorus:

“What business of mine is it

So long as they don’t take the yam

From my savouring mouth?”

What is the attitude of the speaker in these lines?


Now look at the final stanza

Now look at the final stanza

  • What happens here?

  • Does the poem suggest that the speaker in some way deserves what happens to him?


Not my business

Who are ‘they’?

African name

How does this image make you feel?

They picked Akanni up one morning

Beat him soft like clay

And stuffed him down the belly

Of a waiting jeep.

Is Akanni treated humanely?

Was this planned?

What business of mine is it

So long as they don’t take the yam

From my savouring mouth?

What does this represent?

Why use this word?


Not my business

Who are ‘they’?

Does this sound more or less threatening than the first verse?

They came one night

Booted the whole house awake

And dragged Danladi out,

Then off to a lengthy absence.

African name

Is this a vacation?

What business of mine is it

So long as they don’t take the yam

From my savouring mouth?


Not my business

Chinwe went to work one day

Only to find her job was gone:

No query, no warning, no probe –

Just one neat sack for a stainless record.

What does this show?

Why ‘stainless’?

What business of mine is it

So long as they don’t take the yam

From my savouring mouth?

Why is it ‘neat’?


Not my business

Change of person. What is the effect of this?

Think about the country in which this poem is set. Why is this an effective image?

And then one evening

As I sat down to eat my yam

A knock at the door froze my hungry hand.

The jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn

Waiting, waiting in its usual silence.

Is this image effective?

Why does the poem not end with a definite outcome?

Why repeat this word?


Akanni danladi and chinwe

Akanni, Danladi and Chinwe

  • Take a closer look at what happens to these three and write a comment on each.

  • Comment on:

    • Beat him soft like clay

    • Stuffed him

    • Booted

    • Dragged

    • No query

    • Stainless record


Read the following poem

Read the following poem

First They Came For The Jews

‘First they came for the Jews

And I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the communists

And I did not speak out –

Because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out –

Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me –

And there was no one left

To speak out for me.’

Pastor Niemoller, 1938


About niemoller s poem

About Niemoller’s Poem

  • First They Came For The Jews

    • ‘First they came for the Jews

    • And I did not speak out –

    • Because I was not a Jew.

    • Then they came for the communists

    • And I did not speak out –

    • Because I was not a communist.

    • Then they came for the trade unionists

    • And I did not speak out –

    • Because I was not a trade unionist.

    • Then they came for me –

    • And there was no one left

    • To speak out for me.’

    • Pastor Niemoller, 1938

  • This was written by a German Christian pastor at the time the Nazis were rounding up Jews and sending them to death camps.

  • Could you see any similarities?

  • What similarities are there between the contexts of the two poems

  • Is there a link between the structure of the two poems?

  • Write two paragraphs explaining these points.


  • Login