Prof. T.Y. Surakat

Welcome Message from the Head of Department

English at Ahmadu Bello University is a challenging discipline. It is made up of a number of courses in Linguistics and Literary Studies aimed specifically at enabling students, first to improve their linguistic and communicative competence: second, to learn to think critically and imaginatively through systematic exposure to the best literary materials available in fiction, poetry and drama: and third, to be creatively engaged in producing new literature and drama in English. The Department was one of the first to be established in 1962 in the University under the leadership of a renowned literary scholar, Mr. A.J. Creedy, a Reader, assisted by Miss Margery Morris (who set up the English Language Laboratory). Miss Anderson, James Simmons (a poet), and two others, all from Leeds University, United Kingdom. They worked hard to develop an integrated language, hoping to produce competent users and writers in English in the northern part of Nigeria.

This approach remained so until a decade or so later when new courses in African ..... Read More.

Mission, Vision & Philosophy

  • Mission

    The mission of the Department is to serve humanity by helping to train the minds of the youth to enable them to understand the world around them through teaching, research and community service

  • Vision

    The Department of English and Literary Studies should be a Centre of Excellence, providing responsive academic leadership through relevant and functional curriculum, research, effective linkages and outreach programmes in a conducive learning environment

  • Philosophy

    The Department of English and Literary Studies should be a Centre of Excellence, providing responsive academic leadership through relevant and functional curriculum, research, effective linkages and outreach programmes in a conducive learning environment.