Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah has challenged Nigerians, especially, the creators of literary works to overcome their cynicism to enhance development.
The cleric said, Nigeria is blessed with enormous resources that other countries lacked. “ I am saying this country has the kind of resources very few other countries have, in terms of sheer quality of manpower and capacity but the first hurdle is, how do we overcome our chronic cynicism? “
Fr. Kukah threw the challenge yesterday, when the board members of the Literary Society played host to members of the Abuja Literarily Society, at the residence of the Chairman of LEADERSHIP Group Ltd, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, in Abuja.
Kukah said, “The challenge for our next generation of writers should be to let ‘Arts imitates Life,’” instead of the other way round.
He drew linkage between Arts and nation building, “There is something I have thought about over and over, that is, literature and nationbuilding. In a lecture sometimes ago, I argue that, look, I find it very interesting that what our creative writers have been involved in, is what I called “Arts imitating life,” and I said, what I meant by that is, in our literarily works, be it “The Trial of Brother Jero, Things Fall Apart,” or whatever, no one wants be like Okonkwo. Nobody wants to be like brother Jero.
The chairman of the LEADERSHIP Group, who hosted the events, challenged Nigerians to develop the culture of reading, so that they can contribute meaningfully to national development.
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