By Emmanuel Edukugho
Two books written by Abel Olaniyi, an award winning author, seasoned lecturer, language consultant and researcher at the University of Lagos were launched recently in Lagos. The books are Standard English and office English.
The event took place in UNILAG Guest House and attended by a cross section of the Nigerian Society including Scholars, clergy people and students.
Standard English – A Handbook For Everyone is designed as a communication guide for everyday speakers of English language.
The book covers over 30 topics on grammar and errors relating to them, comprehension, letter writing, summary writing, oral English as well as individual and general revision questions and answers on all teh aforementioned topics.
Office English is meant to help people â€œGet and Keepâ€ that job. It serves as a pathfinder for those intending to prepare: Business proposals; Application Letters and Resume; Officer Letter, Order Letter, Quotation Letter, Memorandum, etc; project writing.
It is useful and a good companion for professionals, students, job seekers, entrepreneurs, and any other group seeking success in business and academic fields.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Mrs Deborah Omoruyi, a motivational speaker, whose presentation was titled – â€œSocio Economic Challenges and the fate of the 21st century youth,â€ talked about identity problems, the purpose of people in life and accomplishing what you have been created to achieve.
She noted the need to empower youths for working life, our mission on earth and how to fulfill it. That there are difficulties in life and gave suggestions on how to overcome such difficulties, in efforts towards achieving success in life.
Omoruyi said that young people should have belief in what they want to achieve in life. They should shun social vices like smoking, cultism, immoral behaviour. Youths should dare it and endeavour to face life squarely because life itself is very tough.
In a brief interview with the author, he revealed what motivated him to write the books. â€œI have passion for language. There is need to do it better than what is in existence and the love for humanity.â€
Olaniyi, radiating self esteem, sense of accomplishment said:
â€œI am satisfied today. I am a fulfilled person with the launching of these books.â€
Among guests present at the ceremony were the parents of the author, Mr and Mrs Olaniyi.
Mrs A.O. Bailey was Mother of the Day, and Prophet AdetumobiÂ Mathew, Father of the Day.
Also present were students of University of Lagos, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, and CMS Grammar School, Lagos.
The MC was Abulo (Do ur mouth well) who gave jokes that lightened up the audience while some talented young men entertained with songs and dancing.