‘Campus radio must be socially-responsible’
As more campus radio stations continue to spring up in the country, a professor of journalism and mass communication, Ralph Akinfeleye, has insisted that campus radio must not be a PR tool
Declining English language use by Nigerians - Part 2
English is already implicated in the way we think, our policymaking processes, our educational and pedagogical dynamics and or administrative framework.
Declining English language use by Nigerians
A recent article in The Guardian of the UK, titled “Why it’s time to stop worrying about the decline of the English language,” critically outlines the issues regarding the possibility of a breakdown in communication due to the deterioration in the quality of the English language spoken in the world today.
D. O. Fagunwa and his overbearing ‘ helpers’: a novelist’s predicament
Whenever the full history of the Nigerian literature is written, Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa (popularly known as D.O. Fagunwa), the Yoruba language novelist, would certainly occupy his rightful place as one of its pioneers. Although literate in the English language, Fagunwa chose to put his indigenous language in the limelight by employing it in the writing…
You need an interpreter
An interpreter in simple English language is someone who interprets, someone who explains something. Synonyms for the word “interpreter” are guide, deliverer, reconciler, illuminator, provider, clearer, solver and so on. Words that are also similar in meaning to the word “dream” are vision, nightmare, idea, visualise, to create pictures, pursuit, aspiration, plan, goal, passion and…
“Hello this is your pilot speaking, welcome aboard Flight SA60 to…” Those may just be the sweetest words spoken in the English language. Perhaps it’s my love of travelling, the exhilarating feeling of seeing an unknown city’s lights twinkle beneath you before landing. Or it’s the random intense conversation with the passenger besides you as…
African literature, the English Language and the nation - Part 2
In another essay, “Where Angels Fear to Tread” (1962), Achebe observes: “The question then is not whether we should be criticised or not, but what kind of criticism.”
African literature, the english language and the nation - Part 1
This essay is three-pronged: ‘African literature’, ‘the English language’ and ‘the nation’. I intend to be conscious of these key terms as I go along without promising I would be fair to all of them. The very first thing to say about ‘African literature,’ which we now take for granted did not come to us…