Chris Steven, Abuja
The President, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mrs. Funke Egbemode has called on Nigerian journalists to go beyond mere writing to writing books as a way of preserving their works for the future generation.
Mrs. Egbemode lamented that writers and journalists despite writing on different issues and topics on a daily basis have not been able to put their thoughts together in a book form.
She made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at the public presentation of the book “Eight Evils of Human Trafficking” organised by NGE and Human Dignity Project (HDP).
According to her, writing books remains the only way that the story of the present can be told to the unborn generation stressing that journalists should slow down from rushing around and do something that the next generation can learn from.
Her words: “One thing that today has also brought to the fore is one of the things that we have always advocated in the media. The need for writers to go beyond writing stories and move into writing books and it is not a difficult process . It is something we do on a daily basis as journalists but something that we have not been able as a collective, we have not been able to harness our thoughts and put it in book form.
Some of us have done it but too many of us have not sat down, have not found time, have not put our thoughts into books. I will seize this opportunity to call on all writers in the pen profession, media profession, on TV, on radio , those who produce newspapers everyday to realise that they can do what we are doing here today. We can all write books. How many words are in a book? And how many words are in a story we write on a daily basis.
You find out that virtually all writers, all columnists or reporters can put together one book per year. You imagine how many books we can put together in one year. The crime reporters, they have enough materials to put into book, the political reporter has enough materials to put into book.
I’m using this opportunity to call on my colleagues for posterity to learn from us, to know what we are doing. For us to prepare something for the future, we need to record the present. That is what we are doing here today. Journalists whether they are writing stories or photojournalist, we should put our works together, we should slow down from rushing around and do something that the next generation can learn from”.
She however described human trafficking as evil business of human trade that affects everyone in one way or the other.
“Let me also state that there are many evils of human trafficking; the one that affects you is the that you would count. For the purpose of this book, the authors have captured eight.” She said