Each generation has its own stars who present the society with exceptionally powerful points to remember.
This short piece is about the recent feats reached by two young Nigerians who are literary artists of repute. Their phenomenal rise as potent voices in Africa is what Nigeria as a nation should embrace through concrete support.
Gimba Kakanda and Saddiq Dzukogi, both from Niger state, will soon jet out as writers of note and developing scholars whose potentials could be supported by their home governments including their Local governments for a greater impact on the state in the future. Saddiq is headed for the US while Kakanda goes to London as international students and writers who have already established a mark on Nigeria, to say it mildly.
Kakanda is First Class as an undergraduate. His recent admissions for higher studies are two, so far: London School of Economics and King’s College London.
Saddiq’s own is three: University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Mississippi; and McNeese State University, all with scholarships attached and teaching assistantship. Nebraska offered academic journey of six years to Ph.D with teaching assistantship. They even added a fellowship to it when he insisted on going with his wife and son. Of course, he chose Nebraska after a fourth admission.
Why am I posting this? I am advocating for financial support for the two from Niger state government. Also, Niger state government should create a special unit in the governor’s office that will keep track of Nigerlites (especially young ones) who are establishing excellence abroad, for future use. A critical support system should be developed for them as a form of scholarship and award or grant.
These two children of Niger have managed to walk their ways to straight lines of excellence with no support from governments of Niger state.
If we are not careful, if these new Nigerian authors make it to their new schools, you may as well say goodbye to them, forever.
This ought not to be the case.
Lastly, I say this because a new light has sprout on the Niger state literary community which hopefully, will be a platform for her accelerated growth. Many teen authors of our art centre are dusting their bags to surpass Kakanda and Saddiq’s feats. This year alone, five of our published teen authors got admissions into BUK (1), IBB University (3), FUT (1), and Federal Polytechnic Bida (1).