On the 2nd of August 2019, our Book Summer 2019 edition began. The event opened up with Mr Philip Amiola, a Business Consultant, teaching on The Power of Books in Transformative Leadership. This was an insightful session as he taught the teens how they can be strategic in their reading and how reading can be a major source of exposure for them. He gave a lot of personal experiences that drove home various points on how books can open up their minds to myriads of opportunities even in how they can go about their trades, academics and careers.
Miss Glory Maduagwu taught deeply on self-esteem and etiquettes that can help the teenagers in their public and private life. It was an eye opening session as it focused on how they can capitalize on their strengths and embrace themselves for who they are.
On the 3rd, the teens proceeded to learn reading strategies such as Concept Mapping and how they can use context to find meaning. These tools are to be employed during reading to aid comprehension and of course lead to better grades in school. This session was handled by Onome Onwah who is a teacher and a literacy development coach. The next speaker was Mr Donald Tombia, a storyteller who taught the teens how they can create worlds with words. The art of storytelling is one that must be sharpened with the necessary skills and this was what he focused on. It was a great time to learn and the teens had to create their own stories afterwards.
On the 9th, the teens went on shopping for books at Book City Ventures and Bible Wonderland. The bookstore gave them the opportunity to buy books at really good prices that will gainfully engage them during the long school break. Book shopping is an integral part of Book Summer because one way of building the habit of reading is by buying books and reading them.
The 10th of August which was the climax of all activities was awesome as the teens discussed in detail the chosen book for the summer, The Concubine. The book which is an African narrative is based on folktales, myths and culture. We had a good time with Mr Olayiwola Adeyemi who taught them about the tricks of public speaking. It was a finally concluded after the session that despite fears they have when they have to speak on the podium or to a group of people, they must do it anyway and pick up courage.
Mrs Chinyere Chukwudi Okeh did a fantastic job discussing this beautiful novel. The teens were divided into groups to discuss issues like superstition, moral lessons they have learnt, the role of the supernatural in natural dealings of man, the conduct of marriage in the African setting and even the theme of love which basically is the fulcrum on which the novel stands. Mrs Okeh, discussed the connection between food and books whilst discussing The Concubine. Afterwards, the teenagers were treated to a variety of dishes like Pepper Soup and yam, Nkwobi and Rice. Awards were given and certificates were also awarded.
Generally, everyone had a good time. We want to thank everyone who supported this year’s edition and especially those who sponsored teenagers. Thank you so much. We are grateful. Visit our social media handles to see more pictures of the events.