A member of the faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages, French section, Dr. Saah Nengou Clotaire, has won the Golden Pen award of the 16th edition of Dakar’s International Bookfair and Teaching Logistic. The Book Fair which held in Dakar, Senegal, with the theme “Books, Youth, Economy: The Challenges of Our Development”, was organized and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture (Directorate of Books and Reading; the Francophony International Organization; and the International and External Trade Centre of Senegal. Dr. Saah Nengon, a Cameroonian and Senior Lecturer in the department represented Nigeria at the International Bookfair in which he won the prize for the best International communication Presentation.
Nine (9) communications were selected from African and European countries out of which Nigeria’s entry made by Dr. Saah Nengou Clotaire was adjudged the best. The entry titled, “A la Croiséedes cheming du dévelopment médiatique, guerre des livres et paix à la lecture”, meaning, “At the Crossroads of Media’s development: War of Books, and Peace unto Reading”, highlights the cacophony and rivalry in the media world today, between the traditional paper book (the codex) and the digital book (Electronic book).
The paper goes on to expatiate that the youths are increasingly addicted to androids, and consequently, visit less the conventional libraries and bookshops. This sudden shift, according to the paper, has been perceived by many parents like a rebellion and threat to reading’s discipline and the long time-honoured tradition of reading books at school. The International Bookfair was presided over by the President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency, Macky Sall.