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Preserving history, propagating culture through Okiojo’s Chronicles


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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It is evident that today’s children have no idea what their history is as was evident at the launch of Okiojo’s Chronicles. At the launch, the children were asked who Queen Amina was and none raised his hand to answer in a gathering of about 50 students.

Panaramic Entertainment is out to make a difference and bridge the knowledge gap for youngsters by creating a series of books on Nigerian history and culture titled Okiojo’s Chronicle. The series deals with historical events and the country’s role models involved from every part of the Nigeria, as well as their ways of life and morals in general. The first Oduduwa, Queen Amina, parts one and two was launched last week in Lagos.

According to editor-in-chief, Mr. Tunji Anjorin, the series was created to enable Nigerians and the rest of the world to engage in our rich history and culture and help to promote and preserve it.

Anjoring said, “Reading as a form of leisure and self-development is a faint concept in the hearts of most Nigerians and thus perpetuates the cycle of illiteracy. Through this medium, we are able to provide our audience with positive, historical figures and role models, who our readers can relate to, who face the same problems, address issues such as peer pressure, low or excessive self-esteem, tribalism and poverty, ultimately counteracting today’s insidious addiction to television and video.”

Anjorin continued, “Recently at the Senate level, they are pushing a bill for history to become a core subject but they are finding it difficult because somebody in the Senate is not comfortable with the word core. Maybe, if it was selective they may make it something that will be mandatory. If it is mandatory, who is going to read it? It is as good as saying you won’t even teach it at all. Is it that our leaders are not proud of our passed? If you don’t know where you are coming from you can’t know where you are going and you are bound to make the same mistakes.”

Several students from different secondary schools around Lagos attended the event while lectures on different topics were also delivered.

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