- Nigerian writers have been called upon to beam the light of hope for citizens in the country in terms of moral values
- The call was made by Professor Zaynab Alkali, a topmost female novelist from the northern region of the country
- Alkali said that through their creative works, writers in Nigeria should see that they uphold moral uprightness
Foremost female novelist, Professor Zaynab Alkali, has made a clarion call on Nigerian writers to do their utmost in bringing back the moral uprightness in the country through literary works.
Speaking at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA, Alkali, on Sunday, November 3, said that a writer should uphold the nobility of the soul by encouraging moral integrity and rejecting societal vices.
As the first Nigerian woman novelist from the northern region, Alkali said that a writer has the responsibility of propagating virtues and rectitude in society.
Meanwhile, Professor Ernest N. Emenyonu, delivering a lecture at the same institution, alleged that the Nigerian government is not friendly with writers, hence the low recognition accorded them.
Emenyonu lamented that creative writers in the country have been relegated to the background, a situation which he described as unfortunate.
In an earlier post, Legit.ng reported that the 2019 BBC Hausa Short Story Writing Competition was won by Safiyya Ahmad, a 23-year-old from Zaria, Kaduna state.
Safiyya beat 25 other competitors and claimed the $2000 (N723,000) prize money, with her story titled Maraici.
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