By: Usman Nurain Muhammad, Gombe
One of the major problems affecting reading culture and literary appreciation in Northern Nigeria is obviously the lack of adequate book distribution structures in the region which makes English Language usage and understanding very challenging to many. Many writers of English Language books have not had access to marketing means that can spread their works adequately within their local areas and beyond. The crux of these challenges and many others is what prompted the decision of a philanthropist in Gombe State, Dr. Jamil .I. Gwamna to purchase and distribute 500 literary books for children and youths in Gombe.
The books entitled High School Verses- The Formative Years & Other Poems is a collection of poems that talk about education, civic responsibilities and politics, evils of examination malpractices, cleanliness and keeping good company of friends alongside other topical issues for youths reorientation.
In his efforts to change the socio-political space for the better, Gwamna’s giant strive is evidently commendable and worth emulating. Many associates of the KEDCO boss described the gesture as no suprising owing to his track record of achievements.
Gwamna has been a distinguished personality exceptionally noted for his charisma and human capital development and currently serves as MD/CEO of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO).
Nurain, writer and new media journalist, studies linguistic-stylistics at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.