Literature in the Service of the Society: Uncovering the Hidden Facts

    Khadijat Muhammad SAMA (Ph.D)
    Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology
    Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

    Abu-Ubaida SANI
    Department of Educational Foundations
    Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto


    The paper is primarily concerned with the role of literature to the society. In an attempt to do justice to this topic, the concept and nature of literature is carefully examined with a view to unveiling its
    fundamental value to the society. The focus however is on contemporary Nigeria. Several works of art by novelists, poets and playwrights in relation to their services to the society were examined. Some these literatures are: “Man of the People” of Achebe (1996), “A Walk in the Night” of Alex (1968), “Sacred Apples” of Gimba as well as “Building the Nation” Of Umukoro (2001) among others. It is observed that, literature serves as a social commentary indulging in pleasure and leisure to the bulk of humanity. The paper concludes that, literature can influence positive changes on the part of the individual as well as the society in general.
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