Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


M.J. Oloko


Language remains the most formidable tool that writers use for literary creativity. It is the vehicle through which literature delights and instructs. The most important gift God gave human beings over and above other creatures he created is the power of language (Ezeigbo 2008). Language is indispensable to the creative artists, to literary critics, who must have a facility for words. Words are no doubt a powerful tool in the literary arsenal of the writer. In the hands of a writer, words can do a lot of things. Writers are creative people who create with words. It is no longer in doubt that the English language has become the most dominant language in most domains of communicative activities in the twentieth century. It is also the language that has the largest population of speakers in the world. Akere (2004) identified three types of users/speakers of English across the world. The first types are first language (L1) speakers, that is those for whom English is a first or native language. This group of speakers are estimated to be above 375 millions. The second type is second language (L2) speakers who are as many as native speakers. They are those for whom English is a second or added language. The third type of speakers, are those for whom English is a foreign language (EFL). Nigerians belong to the second category of speakers.