Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2008

Full Length Research Paper

Language deficit in English and lack of creative education as impediments to Nigeria’s breakthrough into the knowledge era

Macaulay Mowarin and Emmanuel Ufuoma Tonukari*
  Department of English and Literary Studies, Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria. Department of Languages and Linguistics, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 27 April 2010
  •  Published: 30 June 2010



This essay discusses the linguistic and cultural factor that has acted as impediments to Nigeria’s breakthrough into the knowledge era. It identifies language deficit in English by most Nigerians, under- developed state of most Nigerian languages, absence of creative education and the presence of certain cultural taboos which stifles the flourishing of creative thinking as barriers to sustainable development in Nigeria. The essay observes that a paradigm shift from the present rote system of education, transparency in government, drawing up a road map for cultural change as barrier breakers to Nigeria’s inability to break through into the knowledge era.


Key words: Language deficit, knowledge era, sustainable development, creativity and innovation skills, modern, knowledge, economy.