Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: UDSM Don Elucidates Literature Use

INCOMPETENCE in using English language has been noted as one of the causes for poor presentation of literary works, simply because some authors fail to explain their themes coherently.

Professor Mugyabuso Mulokozi from the University of Dar es Salaam made the remarks in the city, when addressing students who won literature writing competition. He said that some people have a lot of literature materials to present, but fail to do so because they feel obliged to write in English language.

"Writing stories needs some degree of competence in any language. To make sure you are knowledgeable in a certain language before doing any literary work is among the rules to consider for quality production," he said.

Professor Mulokozi urged the government to implement literary work in schools by motivating students to write and read stories written by competent authors, to improve their literary skills, because citizens should cultivate reading culture.

"The number of people who are reading books is minimal. The government should inculcate the culture of reading from primary school level," he said. Giving her views in the same occasion, the director of SOMA Organization, who organized the competition, Mrs Demerce Kitunga said that promoting literary work fosters new ideas which can bring changes to the society.

"To promote a literary work is to promote a resource which is useful, however some people do not understand why we promote literary work as it presents the real life of our society," she said. She urged the government to put more efforts by building more libraries so that people may adapt reading culture as it is the case in some neighbouring countries.

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