A critical discourse analysis of Rev. Fr. Prof. B.A.C. Obiefuna’s “Let’s walk together”
On Tuesday, 30th September, 2014, lecturers of the Faculty of Arts, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka voted Rev. Fr. Prof. B.A.C. Obiefuna in as the Dean for a two-year tenure. The speech under analysis is his inaugural address in which he enlightens members of the Faculty Board on his dreams and agenda for the Faculty. The theoretical framework guiding this study is Fairclough’s model of Critical Discourse Analysis. Analysis reveals that the Professor tactfully uses language to legitimize proper and acceptable conducts capable of building a united Faculty of Arts while illegitimating behavior that could provoke further cleavages. Language is a means of regulating human conduct.