8th Inaugural Lecture: Chancellor, Others Laud Professor Awonuga
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, including other dignitaries at the 8th Inaugural Lecture of Covenant University have commended the Inaugural Lecturer, Professor Christopher Awonuga, for delivering an educative and enlightening lecture.
Professor Awonuga, a Professor of Stylistics and member of faculty in the Department of Languages and General Studies, Covenant University, had on Friday, March 31, 2017, spoke on the topic, ‘What Does this Text Mean? Stylistics and the Process of Interpretation’ at the Inaugural Lecture.
Following the delivery of the lecture, which focused on the importance of meaning, style and interpretation of texts in the use of language, specifically English, as a means of communication within a society and as a means of expression by an individual, the Chancellor, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, congratulated Professor Awonuga, saying that what he expected was what he found.
“I came to learn new style. Professor Awonuga’s emphasis in his area of focus has come to the fore,” said the Chancellor.
Affirming that there is no end to learning, Dr. Oyedepo said that clarity of communication is vital to maintaining relationship and quality decision making. One’s depth of understanding in any subject defines the meaning he gives to it, he added.
He said that Covenant University remains committed to creating knowledge in all disciplines, and whether it is in the sciences, arts or humanities, people would need to build capacity of communication. “The lecture today belongs to everybody, so we take advantage of it to build our communication.”
The Ogun State Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, who was represented by Mrs. O.M Oloko, thanked the Inaugural lecturer immensely for doing justice to the topic. Communication, she said, is key and she really gained a lot.
Also, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Crawford University, Professor Patrick Onuwa Yalokwu, who represented the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Isaac R. Ajayi at the occasion, said that the Inaugural Lecture was an epoch making event. “We have learnt a lot. Many things were mentioned which I didn’t know about,” he remarked.
The Crawford University Deputy-Vice-Chancellor stated that Covenant University’s Vision of being one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022 is something that will come to manifestation from what he saw, particularly based on what the Chancellor, Dr. David O. Oyedepo and others were doing.
Professor Awonuga, in his lecture, examined the application of stylistic principles in the analysis and interpretation of texts with special focus on the study of the language of politics and the language of sermons, and the stylistic study of poetry and prose fictional texts.
Also, he discussed issues about the nature of literary communication, creation of the fictional world, use of English personal pronouns in both non-literary and literary stylistics, some key concepts in literary stylistics and a sample stylistic analysis and interpretation of a poem so as to demonstrate how some of these linguistic and literary devices operate in the actual study of literary texts.