I love writing ,especially poems.In my undergraduate days i use to think and write a lot about the philosophy of life and these thoughts usually came when travelling in a bus or in the school bus with my friends around.Sometimes they gist loudly in the bus and would always expect my contributions but would get nothing but silence.Then,they gave me a name.
They found it funny and wierd that somebody would spend a better part of the day writing, writing and writing, of all things, poems - geez,the most boring thing one can ever do! Those ones that had the modesty to read the poems dump the manuscripts back in my hands half way, giving every ostensible reason why they would be back to finish it (they never come.)
Only few who has genuine interest in literature reads,critiques and may even give you suggestions at times.
It was the same story in my high school days.Students never wanted to read the literature books included in the WAEC syllables especially poetry. They only try to read them during siesta and guess what? It puts most of them to sleep before they finish the first line.
Right from the days of our fathers,youths who had the priviledge to be educated utilized every opportunity.They became our teachers in primary schools and secondary schools.They were our lecturers in our undergradute days till date,they also wrote most books of literature students use for class work today. You don't see such zeal in our youths today.
So, i keep wondering,is it that youths are lazy to think,write and read or that the works of literature is totally boring(i disagree with this option) or that to do this literature thing is just innate ,you know, like a talent? I really don't understand. When all the old literature icons die,who will fill in the blank spaces?