By SIKIRU AKINOLA, OAU
It was a gathering of literary icons and intellectual giants at the Obafemi Awolowo University International School (OAUIS), Ile-Ife, as a corps member, Paul Young Akpomuje, two weeks into his compulsory youth service, launched his new book.
The ceremony which was graced by crème-de-la-creme of the Obafemi Awolowo University community was electrifying as speaker after speaker poured encomiums on the graduate of OAU who graduated with the best result from his department and second best from his faculty.
Geepee as Paul is fondly called, co-authored Tears: Anthology of Poems and Short Stories in 2009 and is a motivational speaker, teacher, regular television programme guest, a veteran freelance journalist with published works in many national and international newspapers and a researcher.
The 165-page book with the title: The New English Compass, is divided into four chapters. The first chapter centres on grammar, lexis and structure; chapter two on vocabulary and meaning-making; chapter three on test of orals while chapter four is on summary, comprehension and composition. In the book, 32 broad topics were carefully and painstakingly treated.
Copious examples and ample exercises are drawn from JAMB and SSCE past questions in order to acquaint users of the book with how questions are set in these examinations. Paul, ‘who did not sleep for seven months’, said the big question he has always asked is ‘why do people fail English Language in examinations?