Are you one of those people who “blow” English language the way they like? You don’t care using “is” where “are” is supposed to be? Then, you have to watch it now because an English language policeman is in your neighbourhood!
But do not be scared. He is only out to help us right the wrong in our handling of the language that is one of the most important globally.
That language cop is Akeem Lasisi, journalist, writer, publisher and acclaimed performance poet, who has also taught English for many years. He has just initiated Phenomenal English, a video lessons series that will be powered by Phenomenal Hub on YouTube.
Watch the Phenomenal Language promo here:
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According to Lasisi, Phenomenal English is another way of intervening in the crisis that now defines the kind of English that many people, especially Nigerians, speak and write. He explained that many people were always with their phones and other related gadgets; so, it would be double-rewarding to provide them with the opportunity to improve on their English with ease.
He noted in a statement: “My experience as a constant user of English language is that many people have problems in it because their foundation in the language poor. Once the foundation is faulty, the house will not be able to stand well. Things have, of course, worsened due to the hydra-headed crisis confronting the Nigerian educational system. The quality of expressions in many places is bad and getting worse by the day. But I feel the urge to be part of seeking practical solution to this. This is the essence of Phenomenal English.”
He added that he would be working on other organisations to advance the cause, including Neo Media, on an English language competition for secondary schools.
A native of Ibadan, Oyo State, Lasisi studied Education/English at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife – after earning the National Certificate in Education (English/Yoruba) from the Oyo (now Osun) State College of Education, Ila-Orangun. After teaching English language and literature for several years, he went into journalism, working with several media houses variously as a proof reader, reporter, staff writer and an assistant editor. Prizes he has won include the Association of Nigerian Authors/Cadbury Poetry Prize (twice) and the National Media Merit Awards.
Watch one of the episodes of Phenomenal English here:
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