A Professor of English, Professor Godwin Emezue has advocated for the recognition of English in Nigeria as a distinct and legitimate variety of English inferior to no other variety in the world.
Professor Emezue who made this known while delivering the fifty fifth inaugural lecture of the Abia State University Uturu on the topic “English? Yes, but not quite: the Igbo-English bilingual paradigm” held at the University Auditorium said research should be intensified for the appropriate codification and standardization of Nigerian English because of its importance in communication among the people.
The Professor who advised users of the Nigerian brand of English not to feel inferior also noted that examination bodies like WAEC, NECO, JAMB, JUPEB should not treat choice of Nigerian words or expressions as incorrect and requested Chief Executives and Monarchs to use English in the mould Chinua Achebe did in his book “Things Fall Apart”.
Declaring the fifty fifth inaugural lecture open, the chairman on the occasion and Vice Chancellor ABSU Professor Maxwell Ogbulu expressed happiness that the inaugural lecture series has recommenced after the lockdown caused by the corona virus pandemic and urged the public to come to the University to acquire knowledge every third Wednesday of the month.
Professor Ogbulu however announced that admission for the 2020/ 2021 academic session is still on and advised parents to stop forcing their children to read medicine or law against their wish but allow them to choose courses that will bring out their talents.
In a vote of thanks, the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Professor Roseline Ndimele commended Professor Emezue for delivering a knowledge filled lecture to join the college of distinguished professors and thanked all who graced the occasion.
Correspondent Chukwuma Emele reports that the highpoint of the fifty fifth inaugural lecture was the appreciation of the inaugural lecturer Professor Emezue by the Vice Chancellor ABSU Professor Maxwell Ogbulu in company of a former Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Mkpa Agu Mkpa.