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CELEBRATING THE JOY OF READING ON WORLD BOOK DAY

World Book Day is an annual event set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for parents, older siblings, teachers, pupils and students to get together in appreciation of the world of literature and the life-long pleasure of reading. In an increasingly digital world, there is no better opportunity to get back to books. Every year, World Book Day falls on the first Thursday in March. This year, it was celebrated on Thursday, 7th March in over 100 countries around the world. 

This year’s theme is “Share A Story”, and every person is encouraged to participate by reading and sharing stories. In this light, the Society marked the event with students and teachers of Lafiaji Junior High School and Okesuna Senior High School in Lagos. The Society partnered with these schools to celebrate the World Book Day through the support of Parresia Publication, Yewande Adebowale, Purple Shelves Limited, Kachifo Publication, Learn Africa Plc (formerly known as Longman Plc).

On this day, March 7, 2019, Lafiaji Junior High School celebrated the World Book Day which was geared towards the students showcasing their creativity in poem recitation, essay writing, drama, and inter-class debates.  To commend the effort of students who took part in the ‘Share A Story’ competition, prizes were awarded to outstanding students whose works were worthy of recognition. Aliyat Tofeek in J.S.S 2 won the first position, and was presented with ‘New ConceptMathematics for J.S.S 3’ and ‘English Language for J.S.S 3’; The first runner up Olushoga Al‘amin in J.S.S 1 was presented with two (2) literary novels titled ‘After the Flood’ by Wale Okediran and ‘Guardian of the Cosmos’ by Emeka Nwabueze; bagging the 3rd position is Mohammed Aminat in J.S.S 3. Aminat who was presented with ‘New ConceptEnglish for S.S.S 1’ and ‘Economic for Senior Secondary School 1’.

Presentation of prize by the Principal of Okesuna Senior High School to the winner of the ‘Share A Story’ competition

 

In addition, the Society presented nine (9) copies of each book; ‘Season Crimson Blossoms’ by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and ‘Makwala’ by E. E Sule to teachers of Lafiaji Junior High School. The principal was also presented with a copy of the book ‘Voices: A Collection of Poems’ by Yewande Adebowale and ‘Woes of Ikenga’ by Ndubuisi George.

In addition, the Society presented nine (9) copies of each book; ‘Season Crimson Blossoms’ by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and ‘Makwala’ by E. E Sule to teachers of Lafiaji Junior High School. The principal was also presented with a copy of the book ‘Voices: A Collection of Poems’ by Yewande Adebowale and ‘Woes of Ikenga’ by Ndubuisi George.

In the same light, the Society also partnered with Okesuna Senior High School, Lagos Island to host the World Book Day celebration in their school on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The Society’s Programme Officer, Ms. Magdaline Oyoroh represented the Society at the event and delivered a speech on ‘The Importance of Reading and the significance of Copyright’ which was primarily to brief the students on the need to be self-motivated and creative rather than engage in plagiarism.

She explained to the student on the importance of acknowledging people whose works they have cited as it will go a long way in protecting ones intellectual property.  She further implored the student to make effective use of the library, read across different piece of works as it will open their minds to new ideas as well as help them fill gaps left by others. Ms. Magdaline further advised the students on the implications of plagiarism and its effect on the Nigerian students and the society at large. 

To highlight the event, the winner of the competition in Okesuna Senior High School, Titilayo Shobayo who shared her story titled ‘Better Days Ahead’, a story which summarised her journey through life was presented with ‘New Concept English Textbook for S.S.S 2′, ‘New Concept Mathematics Textbook for S.S.S.2′, a literature novel by Iheanyichukwu Duruoha ‘Eaters of Dust’, branded AIFA Mathematical set and a fancy highlighter pen. While the three (3) copies of the book ‘Eaters of Dust’ by Iheanyichukwu Duruoha and three (3) copies of the book

Chimere’ by Ifeoma Okoye and five (5) branded exercise books were presented to other students who participated in the competition. Twenty (20) copies of the book ‘Makwala’ by E. E. Sule were presented to the teachers and the principal received a copy of ‘Voices: A Collection of Poems’ by Yewande Adebowale and ‘OMO’ by Alexander Emmanuel.

Teachers of Okesuna Senior High School celebrating the joy of reading on World Book Day

The Society believes that this celebration of book and the joy they bring to their readers is about helping children and young adults discover books and creative writing, while highlighting and revelling the fact that books are still important in our 21st century.

The Principal of Okesuna Senior High School, Mrs. Ajikobi thanked the Society for its continuous effort in promoting a reading culture and the attainment of educational development in Nigeria. She added that reading should be a consistent habit as it improves one’s knowledge and understanding. Mrs. Ajikobi also stressed the need for schools to establish reading clubs for students as this will develop their proficiency in use of the English Language and Creative Writing skills.

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