The Department of English and Literary Studies at Federal University Lokoja (FUL) marked a momentous occasion on September 29, 2023, with the generous donation of a "Student Creative Writing Board" by Professor Al-Bishak (MON), a Sabbatical Lecturer from Nasarawa State University, Keffi. This heartfelt gift was dedicated in honour of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi.
Addressing the audience, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Bamidele Ayodele Anthony, lauded Professor Al-Bishak for his thoughtful contribution. He emphasized that this board would serve as an inspirational source for budding authors, motivating them to craft scholarly articles of distinction. The Dean also extended gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor for his leadership, which has attracted remarkable individuals dedicated to the University's growth.
Professor Bamidele aptly noted that the donation symbolized the genesis of greatness, evoking the spirit of legendary authors who began their creative journeys on boards like this before sharing their work with the world.
Professor Al-Bishak, in his remarks, expressed boundless enthusiasm for the impact this board would have on the students. He envisioned it as a source of encouragement and enlightenment, fostering creative expression as students navigate their academic journey. He expressed deep appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor for his pivotal role in bringing him to FUL and commended his exemplary leadership.
Head of the Department of English, Professor Lawal Adesina, echoed gratitude to the donor and the Vice-Chancellor, acknowledging the positive influence of their goodwill on the University's progress.
Professor Lawal, as the Head of the Department, received the board on behalf of the Department and conveyed profound appreciation for the far-reaching gesture. He recognized its potential to expand and enrich the realm of creative writing, a cornerstone of great authorship.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, brimming with excitement, expressed gratitude for the high-caliber individuals attracted to the University. He praised Professor Al-Bishak's generosity, underscoring its embodiment of the ideals scholars should uphold. He took the occasion to call upon the Faculty to collaborate in creating a "Creative Corner" adorned with aesthetics, fostering creativity, discussions, and innovations among staff and students.
The vote of thanks was gracefully delivered by Miss Precious Onyim, the outgoing Course Representative of the 400-level students, joined by other graduating students, all elated by this brilliant donation.
The event, expertly hosted by Miss Abigail Sunday, concluded with a beautiful recitation of one of the poems elegantly displayed on the board, a testament to the enduring power of creative expression authored by Christian Ugbojah Ojonuja. See more pictures here