Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) has held its 22nd inaugural lecture series Wednesday at the school ground.
The lecture was presented by a professor of French translation, Professor Dinatu Iwala, on the topic, ‘Language Contact, Translation and the Challenges of Internet Technology’.
Iwala stressed that language translation is difficult when the basis is not observed, She disclosed that language contact is the social and linguistic phenomenon by which speakers of different languages interact with one another.
She said language contact had been the focus of interest since philologist became aware that no language would be free of foreign elements as language is a source of information, communication and it also influences people at different locations.
She appealed to parents to embrace girl-child education as training a woman is developing the society. Iwala the former commissioner for commerce and industry reiterated that Nigeria as a nation is surrounded with francophone countries, therefore people should embark on learning French Language for easy contact and free flow of communication. The long-serving HOD in French department at NSUK expressed gratitude to her parents for giving her the opportunity to go school.
In his welcome speech, the vice chancellor, of the university, Prof. Suleiman Bala Muhammed stated that inaugural lecture is the avenue where professors showcase their ability to defend their professorial title. The VC who was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic (DVC) Professor O. Akinwumi, said that Iwala, during her engagement, was the Dean, Faculty of Arts.
In the same vein, the Chief of Migili, HRH Dr Ayuba Agwadu Audu, applauded Professor Iwala for making their chiefdom proud. The traditional ruler said Iwala’s achievement in academic pursuit was an encouragement for accepting girl-child education by parents. Dr Ayuba in his goodwill message said the Professor Iwala holds a traditional title in Migili chiefdom as Zhe Garula.