Professor Ukala to speak at CWW’s next meeting
Ajiri-Oghene J. Oreh
APART being mentored by teachers, students also come under the influence of fellow students, some are redoubtable geniuses. Undergraduates undergo artistic apprenticeship in creative clubs in universities. At the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, the literary coterie called Creative Writers’ Workshop (CWW) offers beautiful opportunities for students to hone their artistic skill, tirelessly.
For sometime now, members of CWW have been undergoing intense artistic apprenticeship. Established creative writers and scholars and literary and arts critics have mentored members of the workshop. Mr. Aghogho Agbamu, who teaches literature at the Department of English and Literary Studies, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka was the first to mentor the students on the “Fundamentals of Play writing”. On the 18th day of January, Dr. Chukwuma Boniface Anyanwu of DELSU’s Department of Theatre Arts set the students’ creative imagination ablaze with his insightful lecture on “Writing is a calling”. While on Wednesday 25th of January, 2017, Miss Matilda Eyituoyo Ovie-Jack, a lecturer at the Department of Foundation and General Studies, Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu fired up the mind of the students on “Children’s literature”.
Come Wednesday 12 of April, celebrated humanities scholar, playwright and the winner of the prestigious NLNG Nigerian prize for Literature, Professor Samuel Chinedu Ukala will at Hall A, Delta State University, Site 3, Abraka by 12:noon, mentor students interested in creativity, with Dr. Sunny Awhefeada, Head of the University’s Department of English and literary Studies as chief host.
The multiple award-winning writer, theorist, scholar, Professor Ukala whose fine mass of radical scholarships on Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies which are testimonies of his painstaking and meticulous research lecture on Wednesday, will be a turning point, as it is going to enthuse the students to tell their our stories, through dialogues, narratives, and verses, engage with the Nigerian experience, the compelling economic, social and political quandaries and calamities ravaging the entity we called Nigeria.
At the Creative Writers’ Workshop, we sturdily believe in the power of words to engender rapid development, transformation and technological advancement. As the universally acclaimed poet, Niyi Osundare puts it thus in his “Invocation of the word”, a poem in his 1988 volume of poems titled Moonsongs, “In the Beginning was not the word/In the Word was the Beginning”. Members of the workshop are audacious, insistent and passionate to humanize our dehumanized Nigerian society. We are determined to keep the “song” close to the fireplace, around which our people are gathered, and put a moon in every sky. Thus, this is a call to all patriotic Nigerian students who are yet to join the workshop, to join, and contribute to national development and entrenchment of transformation in our country.
DELSU is an enabling academic environment for creativity to blossom. And CWW is one of the inherent enablers.
Comrade Oreh is the Director of Information of CWW, Abraka.