Author decries low rate of reading culture among students

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An author, who doubles as a Journalist, Mr Odikpo Mmadubueze has decried a low rate of reading culture among students.
“The need for the revival of the now declining interest in reading and studying of literature cannot be over stressed considering the invaluable wealth of moral, ethical and intellectual experience it offers individuals,’’ Mr Odikpo said this in his welcome address during the formal public presentation of his 5th book.
The book is entitled: “Introduction to poetry’’, at the Archbishop J C Paterson Auditorium, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.
“This is an effort I made toward bridging this apparent gap by galvanizing student’s interest in the study of literature and allied subjects.’’
“Nigeria, conservatively, has not less than 200 state and private universities, excluding polytechnics and Colleges of Education, where huge sums of money are spent annually. But what does the country have to show for these?
“As we lack in science, so do we in technology and literary-art studies. Unlike in the previous decades when students showed deep interest in literary studies.
“Students of the present age seem to have totally abandoned literary works, especially the study and theatrical performance as the trend will need to be reversed; the gap is unfortunate,’’ he added.
“These days, the young and old prefer fast money to the development of the mind as parents go after money; so do students abandon their education and rush after money.
“Everyone in this part of the globe thinks about money, dream money and speak money at the expense of genuine, moral, intellectual and spiritual development.
“I urge Nigerian Universities and Colleges of Education which seem to be having sagging interest in literature to look for veritable means of rekindling the student’s interest in literary studies.
“I also appeal to well to do members of the public to encourage our indigenous writers in publishing their works; this is because from experience, lot of prolific writers roam our towns and cities soliciting financial assistance to publish their works.’’
Mr Ikechukwu Ewelum, in reviewing the book observed that Mr Odikpo simplified everything; the meaning of poetry, very understandable in a manner that a layman could challenge the source to look into the concept of poetry as a component of literature.
“As a literature teacher, having gone through the book, it is very simple and straightforward,’’ he said, stressing that poetry was something that relieved pain and gave joy.
He notes: “some students avoid literature simply because of poetry, and I have gone through many text books, especially poetry, at times it will not be easily understood unless you are a poet.’’
He encouraged everyone to introduce the book to his/her child whether science or art.
The Chairman, who doubles Chief launcher, Mr Simeon Nnakwe urged the youths to at least get the basic foundation of education, stressing that this was no longer the time of having secondary school education level but higher institution level, which could help you to do anything on acquiring it. (MOI)
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