CHAIRMAN of Nigeria's Governors' Forum, Governor Chibuike Amaechi, of Rivers State, one of the major oil and gas producing states in Southern Nigeria, says the country is facing a myriad of problems.
He is therefore, turning to writers to help navigate the most populous country in Africa, out of her perennial turbulent waters.
Governor Amaechi is calling on literary writers across the country to channel their ideas toward issues that will provide solutions to the myriad of problems facing Nigeria.
He was speaking on Wednesday while declaring open the 5th Garden City Literary festival in Port Harcourt; the state capital, with the theme: Women in literature.
Amaechi said the country was still seeking ways to address issues of poverty, poor educational system and the challenge of managing her resources to improve the living standard of the citizenry, noting that literary writing has nothing to do with sex as a concept.
“Chinua Achebe can be our witness that we have so many women who are literary writers but have not been able to find solutions to our problems, such as poverty, poor educational system, and we cannot even manage our resources, so it has nothing to do with sex”, Amaechi said.
Adding, he said, ''it has to do with what class you belong to, if you belong to the poor, you will write along that line, and if you are rich, you also do so, but I want us to look at it critically''.
The chair of the governors' forum observed that writers owe their readers the best literary satisfaction. He advised them to strive to match their writing style with their field of study.
According to him, ''there is one problem our writers generally have, especially those of them who didn’t study literature. They have to impress their readers on style, and to convince the literary writers that they are qualified to dwell in the field of literature.
“When you write, always go back and study what you have done to assess your performance and if it agrees with what you studied in the university.
“Take Chinua Achebe as a writer for instance, what I love in Chinua Achebe’s writing is the book ‘A man of the people’. In that book, you will see the replication of the Nigerian Political life after independence''. ENDS