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Rename Ondo State Library After D.O. Fagunwa, Aiyedatiwa Urged

  1. Akure Book Club, a book reading club under the aegis of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW Global), has made a passionate appeal to the Governor of Ondo State, Gov. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa.

The club is advocating for the Ondo State Library to be renamed in honor of the renowned literary figure, D.O. Fagunwa, recognizing his monumental contributions to Nigerian literature and culture.

The call was officially made through a press statement issued by Wole Adedoyin, the Founder of Akure Book Club. Adedoyin highlighted the significance of D.O. Fagunwa’s work and his profound influence on African literature, particularly through his pioneering efforts in writing Yoruba-language novels. Fagunwa’s legacy, Adedoyin asserts, is an integral part of Nigeria’s cultural and literary heritage.

D.O. Fagunwa stands as a pillar in the world of African literature,” Adedoyin stated. “His novels, written in Yoruba, opened the doors for many African writers and helped to preserve and promote our rich linguistic heritage. Renaming the Ondo State Library in his honor would be a fitting tribute to his enduring legacy.”

The Akure Book Club emphasized that this renaming would not only honor Fagunwa but also inspire future generations to explore and appreciate indigenous literature. Fagunwa’s works, such as “Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmale” and “Ireke Onibudo,” are considered masterpieces that have left an indelible mark on the literary landscape.

Adedoyin noted that Fagunwa’s contributions extend beyond literature; they encompass the promotion of Yoruba culture and the preservation of oral traditions. “Fagunwa’s storytelling was not just about entertainment; it was a means of cultural preservation and education. His influence can still be felt today, and it’s imperative that we honor him appropriately,” Adedoyin added.

The Akure Book Club believed that renaming the library would also enhance the cultural prestige of Ondo State. “It will place Ondo State on the global literary map and attract scholars, researchers, and tourists who are interested in African literature and culture,” Adedoyin said.

The club also pointed out the importance of localizing historical and cultural recognition. “By renaming the library after a local literary hero, we celebrate our own and set a precedent for recognizing local talents and contributions to global culture,” Adedoyin remarked.

As Gov. Aiyedatiwa’s tenure comes to a close, the Akure Book Club sees this as a timely opportunity for the Governor to make a lasting impact on the cultural landscape of Ondo State. “This would be a legacy project that underscores the Governor’s commitment to education, culture, and the arts,” said Adedoyin.

Packaged by Mayowa Owogbade

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