Don wants authors to challenge bad governance
By Sani Abdulrahman
Kaduna, November 7, 2019 Prof. Emmanuel Sule of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai in Niger, on Thursday challenged Nigeria authors not to shy away from constructive criticisms of bad governance through creative writing.
Sule made the call in Kaduna at the 2nd international conference organized by the Department of English and Drama, Kaduna State University (KASU).
The theme of the conference was ‘Languange, Literature and Leadership in Africa: Present Realities, Future prospects’.
Sule said that unless authors become more politically and socially vigilant by writing the kinds of pieces that dramatize what is going on in the society, there would be no accelerated change of attitudes towards bad governance.
“Not only dramatizing what is going on in our societies through writing, but to also show some kind of visionary impetus where when people especially our leaders read, they should be able to imaging what future could liberate humanity.”
He added that contemporary writers have failed to pay attention to that aspect because of personal issues.
“A writer needs to depersonalize himself and write about the current ills of the society, to go out of this mess in the society, writers have a great role to play.
“Writers should use their pen as weapons to project the ills of the society for positive and attitudinal change to people especially the leaders inorder to become conscious of the factual things going on in our societies and fight against it.”
Sule further said that in the post independent and first generations writings, some of the vigilance projected through writings were captured and solutions were proffered to curtail some of the societal ills.
Sule gave an example of ‘Violence’, written by Festus Iyayi, which captured the lives of the poor being trampled upon by the rich and the provocative stands it injected to readers against the powerful and wicked in the society.
“That is the kind of writings we need,” he stressed.
“Writers wrote extensively during military regimes in Nigeria, despite cruel sanctions by the military, they never stopped writing to project the ills of the society.”
Sule called on African leaders to imbibe sense of humanity in addressing the challenges faced by the citizens.
In his presentation, Prof. Olatunde Ayodabo of English Department, Ajayi Crowder University in Oyo state, said that English Language as an educational instrument has the power to create and transform social realities.
He noted that man’s intellectual, moral, social, economic and political developments largely depend on the instrumentality of language.
“Writers should make use of their intellectualism and project bad governance for change to come into effect”, Ayodabo said.
Ayodabo therefore called on African writers not to derail from using literature as a weapon of change due to fear of sanction.
The Vice Chancellor of KASU, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, who declared the conference open, thanked the paper presenters for imparting positive knowledge to the participants especially students.
Tanko who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Yohana Tella, said that the academic environment should support local writers to pave way for projection of our values and cultures.
He noted that as a result of brain drain, many Nigerian authors abroad are writing to the dictates of foreigners who publish what they feel about Africa, which is mostly far from the reality.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
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