Read­ing cul­ture go­ing into ex­tinc­tion Etsu of Kwali

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The Etsu of Kwali, Al­haji Sha­ban Audu Nizazo III, has said read­ing cul­ture among Nige­ri­ans is go­ing into ex­tinc­tion due to over con­cen­tra­tion on so­cial me­dia.

Al­haji Nizazo, stated this at a book launch by the Cen­tre For Gbari Re­search and Doc­u­men­ta­tion, writ­ten by Dr. Mi­dah Kwali Ayuba, held at Kwali town hall on Satur­day.

He said it was un­for­tu­nate that ma­jor­ity of Nige­ri­ans, es­pe­cially the young, have aban­doned read­ing books and con­cen­trated on only so­cial me­dia, adding that there was need for both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate school teach­ers to in­cul­cate read­ing cul­ture in stu­dents.

“Dur­ing our days in school, we spent our time in class­rooms or li­braries to read for at least one or two hours. In fact, we had a com­pe­ti­tion on read­ing novels but the sit­u­a­tion has changed com­pletely es­pe­cially among our younger ones,” he said.

The tra­di­tional ruler de­scribed the au­thor of the book as some­one with a pas­sion for writ­ing books.

Also speak­ing, a lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of the Univer­sity of Abuja, who was the book re­viewer, Dr. Andy Nesta Philip, said he saw a brand new vi­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of the Gbari na­tion with the pub­li­ca­tion of the book, say­ing the fu­ture of the Gbari speak­ing peo­ple across the coun­try would be a great one.

“So if the youth will come back to their senses and em­brace what they have and value it, the Gbari cul­ture will not go into ex­tinc­tion,” he added.

City News re­ports that two books were launched; ‘The Leg­endary Hero­ine: Dr. Ladi Kwali’ and ‘Gbari Names and their Mean­ings’.

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