Many people have asked me, “Did you read English Language?” My answer was ‘No!” “Then, why did you publish poems, articles and all such? My answer was simply, “Anybody can write, you only need the tutelage, advice and inputs of experts.”
In addition, self education and self development is important in life. If I tell you the number of books of the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka that I have read, and from many other authors, you will marvel.
Besides, I was trained specially for English Language. When you are closed to the elders, they like to pour everything in them into you. I was very good at Mathematics, in fact one of the best; you can ask those who knew me. This made me to some extent not to give enough attention to other subjects including English Language. Hence, in my first West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Exam in 1994, I got F9. This made one of my very good friends to introduce me to this good old WAEC examiner. He should be around 80 then, this made him to empty himself into me.
Thereafter, I wrote this examination the second time and I had my English Language. It would surprise you to hear that I had trained many students that had A2 in the subject. THIS IS A LESSON FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN EDUCATION – If a child is failing a subject, it doesn’t mean the child is dull or unintelligent, he/she only needs your support and/or guidance.
If a student can pass a subject to A1 level, it means he/she can do the same to all other subjects. My trainees in Mathematics always had A1’s and this prompted me to achieve the same thing in English Language, and at least we were able to record A2’s.
I have read novels written by Engineers, Mathematicians, Statisticians, Medical doctors, and many other professionals that their courses were distant apart from English Language.
You can do it! You are not meant for only one subject. You can write! You can be an author! You can be anything you choose to be!
A word of caution is just that: Don’t despise the experts in the areas you want to delve into.
Wishing you the best!