A member of Aishat Ibrahim Foundation, Jibromah Junny (left); convener, Kids And Teens Read, Joyce Marcus; author of The Girl Who Loves Her City, Aishat Ibrahim; Nasiru Kaoje and Co-ordinator of the foundation, Yemi Ojo at the maiden edition of Kids And Teens Read… in Lagos
To encourage reading culture among children, a book reading initiative, called Kids and Teens Read (KAT Read) recently featured a teen author, Aishat Ibrahim, who read from her book, The Girl Who Loves Her City, to mark the first edition of the club’s reading event. The teenage author, Ibrahim, captivated her young audience with delightful portions from her new book. She read excerpts from the book designed to open the minds of citizens to build themselves up for a better future.
Ibrahim’s book examines values such as religion, morality, integrity, education and contentment, that build up individuals. In the book, Ibrahim also frowns at corruption, discrimination, indecent dressing, procrastination and illiteracy. The literature also focuses on standing up to face the challenges and ordeals of life.
While speaking at the event, Ibrahim explained that the central theme of her book is that people should never give up. She added that Nigerians should love themselves as brothers and sisters belonging to one nation in order to achieve a better tomorrow.
The author informed her audience she was inspired to write the book by the unity of purpose she saw Nigerians display during the Ebola crisis and the campaign for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. She observed that those were the occasions Nigerians put aside their diversities to come together for a common cause.
Ibrahim, who condemned corruption, said the best way to fight the scourge is to start from the grassroots. She urged parents to teach their children good morals and integrity, adding, “People should learn to identify their own fault before calling on others to do the right thing.”
Co-ordinator of Aishat Ibrahim Foundation, Adeyemi Ojo, related how he guided Ibrahim through writing the book, saying her zeal encouraged him to push her to complete it. He stated that the positive reviews the book has received led to the formation of the foundation, which he noted was established to teach teenagers morals and entrench discipline most especially in secondary schools.
According to the convener of Kids And Teen Read Initiative, Joyce Marcus, the club was established to address dwindling reading culture among children. She observed that it is only through reading that children can aspire to be what they choose to become in life. Marcus stated it was what informed her decision to showcase Ibrahim, a 15 year-old girl, as someone, who has distinguished herself at a tender age and as an encouragement and challenge to other children her age.