FG has been urged to ensure that Nigerian poetry is preserved

The Federal Government has been urged to create an enabling environment to ensure that Nigerian arts especially poetry is preserved and developed in the country as the World marked 2018 International Poetry Day, yesterday.

Speaking with Planet News in commemoration of the day, a renowned poet and member of the Poets in Nigeria, Evelyn Osagie said the culture of poetry was gradually dying in Nigeria due to the less emphasis placed on it in primary and secondary schools.

While describing poetry as an art that transmits culture and tradition from one generation to another, Osagie said it was necessary for school curriculum in the country to be reviewed to accommodate poetry, despite the challenges that accompanies the art.

According to her, Nigeria is blessed with a rich cultural heritage reflected in all aspects of life and should be promoted to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

Our Correspondent, Bassey Ibiatisuho reports that World Poetry Day is marked to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media.

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