Chairman of the LEADERSHIP Group, publisher of LEADERSHIP Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, has decried the poor reading culture in Nigeria, describing the trend as embarrassing.
Nda-Iaiah stated this at the launch of a book, “Wasted Generation,” written by Hajiya Amina Abdulmalik Giwa, which he chaired, yesterday. According to him, Nigeria is probably the only big country in the world without big bookshops. “The reading culture here is very bad. Nigeria is probably the only big country without big bookshops. If you travel around smaller countries like Singapore, South Africa, even Dubai, you see bookshops on many floors. We don’t have that here.
“I want to congratulate the author, Hajiya Amina. If you are a writer, you will appreciate what she has done. The book is well written. Well thought out. Writing fiction is more serious than any other writing. “I have advised her to register the book with Nigerian Educational Research Development Council (NERDC), so that, our young ones in secondary schools can have access to it. It talks about contemporary issues. Young people can see from the book that there is another way, instead of short cut approach. The book is a valuable contribution to the growth of our society, ” Nda-Isaiah said. The 154-page fiction, presented at the Chelsea Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja. The story dwells on the moral decadence and the resultant corrupt tendencies of an average Nigerian. Speaking on the book, the author said, “I finished writing the story in 1996, but abandoned the idea. But my interest in the book reawakened when Dillibe Onyeama encouraged me not to let the literary fire in me die, when we met at the memory of Alhaji Abubakar Gimba.”
“Coincidentally, Alhaji Abubakar Gimba was the one who introduced me to the publisher of my first book, “Painful Surrender. “The book was inspired by the Buhari/Idiagbon 1984-85, War Against Indiscipline and Corruption. So, a peep into the book will reveal to you the level of moral decadence in our society. Regrettably, all the ills, identified in the book are still very present with us today. Basically, the story is about corruption and how the society needs to change, so that, we can develop. “The main character, Hannafi came from a wealthy family. His father is a wealthy politician. But he chooses to be different from everyone else in a society that is so blessed but everything wasted. In a bid to correct the anomaly, Hannafi decided to set up a school, where he will train a new generation, since the older generation is wasted,” she explained.
Mrs Giwa urged the family to be alive to its responsibility of shaping the character of their wards by instilling in them, the right values like honesty, diligence and handwork. She maintained that that is surest way to recover the destiny, and by extension, the future of Nigeria. The book reviewer, Lara Olugbemi, noted that, despite the fact that the script was written in 1996, it is relevant today, than it would have been then. She praised the author for well written book, explaining that, Hannafi, the main character in the book is a huge lesson for Nigerians, especially, the younger generation. “Hannafi had all the luxury of life but decided to be different. That is one example our youths should emulate. The book is very timely; there is no better time than now.”
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