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Kings University Students Suffused Sam Omatseye With Wrought Questions - Ademola Adesola

Kings University Students Suffused Sam Omatseye With Wrought Questions - Ademola Adesola

Yesterday at the Coffee Room of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, was mind-blowing and enriching for me and some of the students of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Kings University, Odeomu.

It was a question-and-answer forum moderated by me. The students suffused Sam Omatseye, Chairman Editorial Board of The Nation Newspapers, with carefully wrought questions that he himself acknowledged as vital, relevant, and challenging. His novel, 'My Name is Okoro, is one of the novels being studied by the students in one of their courses.

They fired the cannons of questions on his careers as journalist and fictional writer; his political views, and unavoidably the thorny issue that is Biafra. One student was more forceful and impossible with questions on the Biafran debacle. Literature found another fertile ground at that room. Omatseye was at his best, embellishing his responses with requisite travels into literature from the four corners of our human earth.

In all, it was one session that the students and I will cherish eternally. Great memories are made of such outings. One of the students remarked thus: " Mr. Omatseye has empowered us with information. We'll run with it."

Ademola Adesola
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