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Don challenges Northerners on literary works

By Ndahi Marama

Maiduguri — A    lecturer of the Faculty of Arts, University of Maiduguri, Professor Abudulhamid Abubakar, has said having a medical practitioner in the literary world that is also doing very well in the development of literature in Nigeria was a great challenge for those already in the literary field.

The university don stated this at the public reading of a book entitled: “Tenants in the House” written by a former member of the House of Representatives and chairman, sub-committee on National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Wale Okediran at the CBN Hall, University of Maiduguri.

Delivering an address during the public reading of the book, Professor Idris Amali of the Faculty of Arts who is represented by Dr. Abubakar Othman said  language, no matter how dynamic its position, was nothing, if credence was not given to the writer.

According to him, the attitude of the northern elite is not only imperative but shameful, and called on northerners who have the means to always make them available and support literary works for the betterment of the Northern region and Nigeria in general.

Also speaking, the Head of Department of Mass Communication, Dr. Danjuma Gambo, said the public reading of the book was the first of its kind in the University of Maiduguri, noting that there is the need for such an occasion where authors would be invited to read their works to help students and emerging writers have a better understanding of literature.

Answering questions from lectures and students of the institution, Dr. Wale Okediran, who read about two chapters of his book said this was the first time he would be addressing such a large crowd in the University of Maiduguri.


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