ABUBAKAR GIMBA LIVES ON – PROF. BABAJO

A don from the Department of English and Drama, Faculty of Arts, Kaduna State University, Professor Ahmad Babajo has said that although, the late eminent writer, Abubakar Gimba no longer lives, his contributions to the literary world and humanity would continue to remain evergreen as his novels and writings are among the most widely read in Nigeria, serving as cornerstone of researches within and outside the country.
He made this known while delivering his paper as guest lecturer at the maiden memorial lecture organised by Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai in honour of the renowned Nigerian Novelist, Abubakar Gimba with the theme: “An Oasis in the Desert – Abubakar Gimba and the tradition of the Nigerian Novel” held in Auditorium of the University.
He pointed out that Gimba’s literary works had contributed immensely in advocating for equitable distribution of resources, balanced development and sound citizenry.
Professor Babajo stated that Gimba’s works demonstrated his nationalistic and patriotic concerns by bringing to fore questions of national integration towards addressing problems of social fragmentation through tackling issues of empowerment, gender rights and hegemony as well as quest to entrench transparent and purposeful leadership values in the younger generation.
The Guest lecturer disclosed that Abubakar Gimba’s novels and writings were inspired by ideas, passions, furies and desires that could make the readers think and explore the complexities of daily life, which made his works stand out in the Northern Nigerian Literature in particular and Nigeria in general.
He commended the University Management for immortalising the prominent Nigerian Novelist with the academic tradition of annual memorial lecture who lived a life worthy of emulation and until date remained a pride of northern Nigeria; urging the University to continue to expand his collaboration frontiers with other Citadels of learning to enhance its academic standard.
While declaring the occasion open, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare extolled the virtues of late renowned novelist, Abubakar Gimba for living a very simple and impactful life for betterment of the society.
He said that the late famous writer did not allow his achievement take the better part of his life in spite of enormous feats in various human endeavours; adding that his valuable contributions would remain indelible in the history of the University and literary world at large.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that it was on record that late Abubakar Gimba has on the global database of literary giants 22 works in 62 publications and 425 library holdings of WorldCat member libraries worldwide.
Professor Maiturare appreciated the foresight and initiatives of Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies for making sure that the literary icon is celebrated annually with a scholarly activity and assured of his continued support.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies of the University, Professor Apegba KER underscored the contributions of legendary literary Icon, Abubakar Gimba to development of literary circle and the establishment of IBB University.
He said the lecture was organised to celebrate the achievements of the literary hero and to set a model for the upcoming generation.
The Dean expressed gratitude for the overwhelming the Faculty was receiving from the Management.
Giving his vote of thanks, the Head of Department, English Language, Dr. Muhammad Alkali expressed delight with intellectual presentation by the guest lecturer and attendance of crème of personalities at the occasion.

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