In fulfillment of one of its mandates to engender the resurgence of African arts and literature, Renaissance Africa held its maiden edition of Community Reading Program for children. The event, which is aimed at improving reading culture among children of school age, was held in Agege, Lagos.
It had in attendance scores of children. The celebrity guest, Dupe Noma, read to the children two books that had impacted her life. The two books are Eddie Iroh’s ‘Without A Silver Spoon’ and Abayomi Oyelami’s ‘Finding Purpose for Kids’.
Noma said she was very impressed by this kind of initiative which aims to improve reading culture. “Most of our kids only read when they have exams or when their teachers make them read or put them to test,” she said.
She noted that an event like this is highly appreciated.
“You can see the children are all happy, they like it because they are all in their homes and were called out to join in reading with their colleagues in the community.
Even these children like reading but what they need is encouragement, they need that push and I appreciate this platform because it is not only encouraging children but the entire neighbourhood. It stimulates the spirit of camaraderie and that is very encouraging.”
She was also full of praises for the convener of the programme, urging him not to relent, and prayed that God would help him to sustain the good development. She charged government to encourage young stars like Mr. Abayomi Oyelami for coming out with initiatives like this that enhances reading culture.
She added that by doing that failure in schools and examinations will reduce.
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