For clarity, a brief on one of the eras may suffice.The Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, for instance, was a cultural movement in Europe when normal men and women thought that they could think for themselves, and be smarter. It had its center in France and there it was led by philosophers like Descartes and Denis Diderot. Diderot spread the enlightenment's ideas with the 'Encyclopédie,' the first big public book of reference.
The motto of Obafemi Awolowo University is ‘For Learning and Culture’. No one academic in Nigeria reflects and personifies that maxim more than Professor Chinua Achebe. The grandfather of modern English literature in Africa was both a colossus in learning as he was a thorough bred and highly cultivated individual in manners and character.
This column is not out to amuse or to pander to any one’s exaggerated self importance. Beginning from today, this column will say it as it is and will not submit to any pretence. We live in a country that is almost in tatters and those who have collected the mandate to fix it are busy fixing themselves and their families while feeding fat on our common patrimony.