The immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has charged creative writers and poets to use their work as a weapon to raise public consciousness about the plight of the society.
Mimiko, who was speaking at the Olu Obafemi Poetry Festival #ObaFest2017 at the Kwara State Cultural Center, in Ilorin, on Tuesday, said I have always known that artists, in a very creative way are the ones who see tomorrow, today and put it in an irresistible way that affects our consciousness.
“You shake our consciousness, shake our comfort zone to know and open our eyes to see the possibility of the future, so if you fail to give us the trajectory of the future, then we are doomed as a nation.” Mimiko said.
He further stated that with the present challenges in Nigeria, there is no doubt that creative writing has a big place in shaking the people and letting them see the possibility of the future.
“You have the responsibility to begin to shake our consciousness, so that we will have the audacity to say that peaceful change is still possible in our society” he said.
The former Ondo Governor also encouraged students on reading, that it creates the indepth knowledge and value required to make postive change in the society.
“In this age of instant information, I asume that people no longer have patience to read books because everybody can get something about something but at the end of the day, are we producing products who are deep because without reading you cannot attain the depth that will actually catalyse change in the society that we all dream of” Mimiko added.