Prof. Soyinka proceeded to the university auditorium and delivered a lecture on “Magic Lantern: Excursions in the Creative Realm” at the 3rd Ziks Lecture Series organized by the faculty of social sciences of the university. While delivering the lecture, Prof. Soyinka condemned the high rate of insecurity in the country and poor attitude of successive governments towards the development of the education sector and urged the government to see the security of lives of her citizens as a priority and also give more necessary assistance to the betterment of the education sector.

In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion and also the former secretary general of commonwealth Chief Emeka Anyaoku expressed his appreciation to the university for organizing the event because it will serve as an intellectual booster. Chief Anyaoku also pledged his support to the future editions of the event.

Also in his remarks, The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. Joseph Ahaneku thanked the noble laureate for honoring his invitation to the event despite his tight schedules and promised that the university will always support such good gesture in the future. Prof. Ahaneku also restate the willingness of his administration to move the university to a higher level.

In his remarks, The executive governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano pledged that his government will always support all programmes that will promote education in the state. Represented by the state commissioner of education Prof. Kate Azuka Omenugha, governor Obiano disclosed that Anambra state has emerged as the best in various national educational competitions organized for primary and secondary schools across the country and attributed the success to the love and tireless efforts of the state government on the development of education in the state and urged all to join hands with the government to do more as the government cannot do all alone.

Moreover, majority of the students interviewed expressed their joy for the event as it gave them the opportunity to physically see the renowned noble laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka. However, the students lamented that they found it difficult to understand the lecture due to the high level grammar employed in almost all paragraphs of the lecture by Prof. Soyinka and prayed the noble laureate and other scholars to always employ simpler English whenever they are addressing an audience that includes undergraduates in order to achieve effective communication.

Other dignitaries at the event were the Eze-Uzu of Awka HRH Obi Gibson Nwosu, Senator Ndi Obi, lecturers, students, gentlemen of the press, among others.


Photos Credit: UNIZIK Directorate of Information and Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu

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