About ESAN

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Conscious of the fact the English Language had shown many faces and passed through many phases in Nigeria for about a hundred and twenty years, a group of linguists, literary scholars and teachers of English came together in Jos, Nigeria in 1966 and formed the Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA) now English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN) with Lamidi Sofenwa as National President. Regions were encouraged to form chapters. English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN), formerly Nigeria English Studies Association was established for the study and promotion of the English Language and Literature in Nigeria, an interest that is said to be no way incompatible with the concern for the improved teaching of indigenous (vernacular) languages. The Association also believes that the promotion and study of English must be done in a style that is relevant to Nigerian needs and, at the same time, capable of wider or global application. In order to actualize the objectives the founding fathers of the Association established a journal now known as Journal of English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN) formerly journal of the Nigeria English Studies Association (JNESA). The Journal was initially published twice a year in June and December and the first volume was presented to the public in 1967. It then had an editorial team led by H.M.A. Sutton.