A University don, Dr. Rebecca Jones, has stressed the need for the Nigeria press to give more attention to travel writing, in order to increase its popularity in the country.
Dr. Jones, a lecturer in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, made the statement in a paper she delivered on Friday November 27 2015 in Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo. Speaking on a topic entitled” The rise of Nigeria travel writing in Yoruba and English from 1923 to 1937, the University don made references to several articles written in Yoruba Language by some Newspapers which include Eleti Ofe, Akede Eko and Eko Akete, where travel writings were prominently featured.
As specialized area in journalism, Dr. Jones gave some characteristics of travel writing to include use of epistolary style in reportage, subjective expression, literary writing and playing with language, subjective account of places, and description of people, places, current affairs, politics and religion among others. Harping on the need for newspaper organisations to provide more spaces for travel writing in their publications, the University don said this was necessary in order to create opportunity for preservation of existing culture documentation, highlight benefits and sociability of travel and compilation of Yoruba literary experimentation.
On the benefits that could be derived from travel writing, Dr. Jones said newspaper reporters specialising in the field would become popular and the development could also lead to increase patronage of the newspaper titles.
She also stated that editors who goes on tours outside the confines of their offices would be able to acquire new experience in the discharge of their duties and become expert in travel writing. The University of Birmingham University lecturer also spoke on sociability of travel writing, Yoruba print and literary culture among others.
Earlier in his address, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen said the programme which is the first in the series of international seminar slated to hold in the College, was aimed at bringing experts from whom students and staff could tap from their wealth of experience.
He described the seminar presenter, Dr. Rebecca Jones as an outstanding scholar, who has made tremendous contributions to the development of African Studies.
The programme held at the S.K Babalola Conference room was attended by Principal Officers of the College including the Registrar, Mr. Felix Aderinboye; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul and Acting Librarian, Mr. R.A Awoyemi. Others present were Deans, Directors, Head of Information and Public Relations Unit, Mr. Moses Akinfolarin, as well as staff and students.