How ANA changed literary narrative in 2021 Part 1
For literary enthusiasts, academics, writers and researchers at the Association of Nigerian Authors’ (ANA) 40th anniversary held in November at the Mamman Vatsa Writers Village, Abuja, literature could serve as a veritable tool for national development.
With the theme: Resilience and Nation Building: The Role of Nigeria literature, they also said literature could contribute positively in addressing current challenges confronting the nation.
In her keynote address, former Head of Department, English Department, University of Lagos, Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, said, “there is no end in ways literature can contribute to national development, apart from its other role of entertaining people and giving them aesthetics pleasure.”
Speaking on the topic: Creativity, literary Advocacy and Nation Building: The Role of Nigerian Literature, she said, ‘bad leaders’ are afraid of writers. She cited the military era in Nigeria as a good example.
She said, “the world has just entered the third decade of the 21st century and the future is beckoning on intelligent and rational individuals, groups and nations to come up with innovative ways of creating comfort and peace for people and nations of the world.”
Prof. Ezeigbo, who currently teaches at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Abakaliki (AE-FUNAI) Ebonyi State, said that Nigeria must not be left out in the race for progress “and disciplined, creative and imaginative people can drive progress, especially technological progress.”
Literature, she explained, could help people achieve the necessary discipline and creative impetus. Consequently, she advised that even as emphasis is laid on science, engineering and technology, “literature must be carried along in order to ensure that the nation is properly socialised and integrated into the finest ideals of our culture.”
The literary icon and Emeritus Professor of Theatre, University of Ibadan, Femi Osofisan, stressed the need to take “formation of leaders in the country seriously.”