Olumbe Bassir and Taiko no Tatsujin (iOS)Olumbe Bassir (1919 - 2001) was a Nigerian scientist, author and academic. His primary contributions to research were in the areas of aflatoxins, nutrition, and peace research.Contents 1 Earliy life and education 2 Career 3 Advocacy and Activism 4 Personal life 5 ReferencesEarliy life and educationBorn in Senegal in 1919, Olumbe Bassir was raised in the older part of the municipality of Freetown, Fourah Bay, by his parents Abdul and Isatu Bassir. He attended the Prince of Wales Secondary School where he passed the Senior Cambridge examination with exemption from London matriculation. In 1946 after a short teaching spell at the prestigious Bo Government Secondary School he went to Yaba College where he obtained the Higher National Diploma. He went to the United Kingdom, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and PhD in 1951 from Liverpool University. CareerHe spent most of his professional career at the University of Ibadan, where he founded the Biochemistry and Microbiology departments. He laid the foundation of what became the first medical school in West Africa. By 1958, he was already a full professor. His academic specialty was nutrition and biochemical toxicology. He was at various times Head of those two departments, Dean of faculty and also served as acting Vice Chancellor.He had written at least 250 professional papers by 1972 when University of London conferred the coveted doctor of science degree (D.Sc.) on him. He had performed very successful lecture tours in the then Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America among others.Olumbe Bassir was the author of several books. His 1957 book Anthology of West African Verse was seminal in introducing written African poetry to Western audiences. His other popular books include Handbook of Practical Biochemistry (1963) and Metabolism of Afflatoxins and other Mycotoxins (1989).In 1968, he formed a partnership with Tecwyn Williams through the British Inter-University Council for Higher Education Overseas. The programme's research division helped developed the Drug Metabolism and Biochemical Toxicology research program at Ibadan and contributed in fostering interest and making interesting findings in animal nutritional habits.After retiring from the University of Ibadan, he remained active for several years, continuing to act as editor of the West African Journal of Biology and Applied Chemistry. He also served as chairman of the Wellcome Nigeria Fund, which became the Bassir-Thomas Biomedical Foundation in the early 1990s. He also regularly organised the annual Open House Colloquim. Advocacy and ActivismOlumbe Bassir was a lifelong advocate for peace, and was an active member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He also contributed to the Universities and the Quest for Peace. He was also sympathetic to the Fabian Society which he flirted with in his student days in England. He founded the Association of University Teachers in Nigeria which later became the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Despite being non-partisan, he helped develop the manifesto of the Action Group. Personal lifeHe married Constance while still resident in the UK. He had 12 children. In 2000, he suffered a blood clot in the brain due to a traumatic injury to the head. Despite successful surgery and recuperation he died at Ibadan on May 23, 2001.
Taiko no Tatsujin (iOS) and Olumbe BassirThis article is about the iOS game. For the series, see Taiko no Tatsujin.Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人, lit. Taiko Drum Master?) is a rhythm game developed by Namco and published by Namco Bandai Games for iOS. It was released on February 1, 2010 in Japan, and is the first Taiko game to be released for the platform. Namco has announced that it is a Japanese-only release, and it has no current plans to release the game to western territories such as the United States or the United Kingdom. A second pack of this game was released on April 15, 2010, featuring 5 different songs.Gameplay is similar to other games in the series in that players hit a taiko drum to the beat of music, but Taiko no Tatsujin allows the player to directly tap the screen to simulate a drum strike. The game features five songs in its initial release, however more songs are expected to be released for the game as downloadable content.Contents 1 Gameplay 2 Soundtrack 2.1 Track listing 3 References 4 External linksGameplay Taiko no Tatsujin's start screen (Pack 1)Symbols moving horizontally along a timeline show the player what to tap and when. Blue symbols indicate that the drum should be tapped outside of the drum's face (representing the rim of the drum). Red symbols indicate that the face of the drum should be tapped. The drum can be tapped on the left and/or right side. The symbols can be either large or small. Large symbols indicate that the drum should be tapped on both sides simultaneously, and small symbols indicate that the drum should be tapped on either side. A large blue symbol thus means that the left and right rim should be tapped at the same time.Subtitles under the symbols give the pronunciation of the sounds (for example, "do don do don") using a traditional system called kuchi shoga (口唱歌).The player needs to accomplish at least 65% of the drum chart to pass, and the harder levels (hard and Oni mode) and modifiers (e.g.: hidden mode) require much skill and chart recognition.As a feature specific to iOS, the game allows players to login to a Twitter account to post scores. SoundtrackThe soundtrack of Taiko no Tatsujin follows the format of previous series releases with songs categorized through several different categories. Although initially released with only five songs, Namco is expected to release more songs for the game in the form of downloadable content. Track listing
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