Soyinka visits UNIZIK, urges Nigerian government to protect her citizens

Wole Soyinka arriving Unizik for the lecture

A Noble Laureate, Wole Soyinka, Friday, on Friday visited the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Unizik, Awka, Anambra.

During the visit, Mr. Soyinka had a brief chat with the university vice chancellor, Joseph Ahaneku, in his office and was also later briefly interviewed at the university FM radio station, UNIZIK 94.1 FM, Awka.

Mr. Soyinka proceeded to the university auditorium and delivered a lecture on Magic Lantern: Excursions in the Creative Realm at the 3rd Ziks Lecture Series organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the university.

While delivering the lecture, Mr. Soyinka condemned the high rate of insecurity in Nigeria and the poor attitude of successive governments towards the development of the education sector. He urged the government to see the security of lives of her citizens as a priority and also give more necessary assistance to the betterment of the education sector.

In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion and also the former secretary general of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaoku, expressed his appreciation to the university for organizing the event because it would serve as an intellectual booster. Mr. Anyaoku also pledged his support to the future editions of the event.

In his remarks, Mr. Ahaneku thanked the Noble Laureate for honoring his invitation to the event despite his tight schedules and promised that the university would always support such good gesture in the future.

Mr. Ahaneku also restated the willingness of his administration to move the university to a higher level.

In his remarks, the executive Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, pledged that his government would always support all programmes that would promote education in the state.

Represented by the state Commissioner of Education, Kate Omenugha, Mr. Obiano disclosed that Anambra state has emerged as the best in various national educational competitions organized for primary and secondary schools across Nigeria and attributed the success to the love and tireless efforts of the state government on the development of education in the state and urged all to join hands with the government to do more as the government cannot do all alone.

Majority of the students interviewed expressed joy for the event as it gave them the opportunity to physically meet Mr. Soyinka.

However, the students lamented that they found it difficult to understand the lecture due to the high level grammar employed in almost all paragraphs of the lecture by Mr. Soyinka and prayed the Nobel Laureate and other scholars to always employ simpler English whenever they address audiences in order to achieve effective communication.

Other dignitaries at the event were the Eze-Uzu of Awka, Obi Nwosu, lecturers, students and journalists.


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  • Uzoma

    “However, the students lamented that they found it difficult to
    understand the lecture due to the high level grammar employed in almost
    all paragraphs of the lecture by Mr. Soyinka and prayed the Nobel
    Laureate and other scholars to always employ simpler English whenever
    they address audiences in order to achieve effective communication.”

    Sorry, students, too late to force the Kongi to unlearn a bad habit. I too have always found his diction a little too affected for comfort. But I guess he has earned the right to speak big, big grammar: he is a Nobel laureate, damn it!

    • thomas ayan

      the undergraduates could not understand the lecture delivererd by prof. shoyinka because of his big grammar tells us that, the standard of education has woefully fallen in nigeria.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        It is not necessarily because of the fallen standard of education. Nigerians who benefited from the high standard of education in Nigeria of those days find it difficult to understand Soyinka. Even native speakers of English could find it difficult to understand him! It’s just that Soyinka was trained in the use of the type of English only easily understood by those who had done the classics as background or as an accompaniment of their regular studies.

        • Sharia_Haram

          English is just like any other language. Nothing special. To achieve effective communication, one has to use familiar words during public speech. US President and UK Prime Minister(the owner of English language) can be understood better when they speak than Soyinka. He is just exhibiting unnecessary elitism. We are not leaving in the time of Shakespeare.

        • Sharia_Haram

          Thank You.

      • Sharia_Haram

        The US President and UK Prime Minister(the owner of English language) can be understood better when they speak than Soyinka. He is just exhibiting unnecessary elitism. We are not leaving in the time of Shakespeare.

    • lawiri

      Your source please?

      • Uzoma

        Last but one paragraph of the article, sir. You need to read the article before looking at the comments, otherwise you’ll be creating problems for yourself.

        • lawiri

          Well said small fry