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Choose Your Role Models Carefully, Osofisan Tells Youths


Renowned playwright, poet and essayist Prof. Femi Osofisan has advised the youth to always stand for truth, integrity and knowledge, rather than making wrong people their role models.


Osofisan gave the advice at the 2016 World Book Day organised in his honour by the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Osofisan, who gave tips on reading, said: “If you read and face your work diligently you do not have to steal.

“Through writing, I have been able to rise and acquire all kinds of honours, meet important people, including heads of states.

“I hope that my case inspires you. I want to advise you to make good people with integrity your role models. You don’t have to steal to make an impact in the society.”

The don read some poems from his collection titled: Minted Coins.

One of the poems, “Yeye Osun”, was dedicated to his wife.


The Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. Ben Emunemu, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, encouraged learners to develop their potentials through reading.

Emunemu said: “Reading is what we cannot do without. It should be a part of our lives. It is key to knowledge.

“If you want to know you must read. Endeavour to read everyday.”

He advised the audience to read contents that would impact them positively rather than dwelling on junk.

In her welcome address, CEMRS Acting Director Fadekemi Oyewusi said: “We are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to celebrate books, reading, authors, illustrators and people who have to do with books.

“Research has shown us in the last three years that children are reading.

“But the question is what are they reading?”

CEMRS Founder Prof. Adetoun Ogunseye, who presented a plaque to Osofisan, said: “The book will always be with us, no matter what happens.”

Participating schools include Anglican Grammar School, Kutayi; Oke-Ado Comprehensive College; The Concord School, Mokola; The Vale College, Iyaganku and All Joy College, Ibadan.

Others are Pathfinder College, Jericho; the International School and Abadina College, UI; Methodist School, Bodija; Mount Olivet Grammar School, Bodija and Lead City School, Jericho.

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