Green Essay Competition For Children Focuses On Environment

Mrs AmosunThe First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has explained the idea behind going Green as a way of educating children and the youths to be responsible for the environment they live in.

She said one of her main interest was to reach out to children but through an essay competition called “Green Essay Competition” which will educate the children. Mr Amosun said that the competition was on a national level.

“We thought that if we tell children to just read the book and have an idea about going Green they might not be interested so we felt that if we organise a competition and tell them there will be great prizes, the children will be motivated to read the book which the competition will be based on.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Saturday Sunrise, the First Lady noted that it was easier to impact knowledge into the young ones. “The intention is for us to have a green generation, such that its their way of life, so they impact it to everyone around them”.

The competition is in collaboration with Channels Book Club.

Channels Book Club: How To Get Nigerians To Read More

Channels Book ClubOn this edition of the programme, Adeniyi and Josephine Oluwajobi, a couple who have worked with thousands of young Nigerians to help them develop leadership and communication skills joined us to discuss why young Nigerians are not reading enough and what can be done to reverse the trend.

Adeniyi and Josephine manage Eloquent Speech International, which owns the Young Public Speakers Club.

Also featured is Oluwakemi Salako, a PR professional based in Lagos, who despite her busy schedule, is able to read about 20 books a month.

She also gives tips to upwardly mobile urban professionals on how they can find time to read.

Channels Book Club Features Authors; Stephen Ojji, Toyin Bejide

channels book clubOn this edition of Channels Book Club, we featured one of America’s leading authorities on the enhancement of personal effectiveness, the development of human potential, and the art of salesmanship, Brian Tracy.

Tracy, a respected international bestselling author, recently visited Nigeria to provide business development tools for business owners and managers and he took out time to inspire young Nigerians.

The Book Club also had a chat with Stephen Ojji, a Nigerian business coach, trainer and entrepreneur and founder of Brimass – a business development and support company.

Ojji co-authored a book titled, ‘Crafting Your Own Turf’ – success strategies for attaining significance in business, career and life.

Stephen joined us to discuss this book and a few other related things.

We also interviewed a young and talented fiction writer, Toyin Bejide, the author of 30 Sheckels, which is a novel about love, jealousy and hatred. She joined us to discuss her book and what living in Nigeria means for young, emerging writers like her.

CHANNELS BOOK CLUB Features Writer, Toyin Adesola

channels book clubThis edition of the programme features Toyin Adesola, a courageous author who turned her 50 years of personal battle with sickle cell into a crusade to educate and encourage everyone directly or indirectly faced with the disorder. Toyin Adesola who is the daughter of the late distinguished surgeon, Professor Akin Adesola and the executive director of Sickle Cell Advocacy & Management Initiative (SAMI), puts her story into a soul stirring book titled, ‘Still Standing’. She joined us to review her book and share her experiences.

Channels Book Club Reviews Major Bashorun’s Book On Dele Giwa’s Murder

On this edition of Channels Book Club, we reviewed two important books by two fascinating Nigerian authors – one is a retired major who tells his version of a high profile murder and the other is a young lawyer who is on a mission to educate and empower Nigerians; on matters of the law and the constitution.

In 1986, one of Nigeria’s leading journalists, Dele Giwa, was killed with a letter bomb. The murder case still remains unresolved till now. Major Debo Bashorun (Rtd) who was one of the core members of the administration of the day published out with a book revealing all that he knows about the murder.

The book is titled, ‘Honour For Sale’.

The good thing about books like ‘Honor For Sale’ is that they can spur others on to write their own sides of the same story and we, the readers, can compare and contrast the narratives. This can help us to get closer to the truth.

Channels Book Club Features Author On A Legal Mission, Adekunle Osibogun

Also, one of Nigeria’s emerging young leaders, Adekunle Osibogun who is a legal practitioner & arbritator, is on a mission to educate Nigerians on matters of the law and the Nigerian constitution with the aim of developing an enlightened citizenry.

Adekunle has written a book to that effect titled, ‘The Citizen’s Book On Governance’. He joined us to discuss this important work.

Channels Book Club: Ogun First Lady Introduces New Project

Mrs Olufunsho AmosunOn this edition of the programme, the First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs Olufunsho Amosun, introduced her new project, the first National Green Essay Competition, hinged on her first book, Green Education for the Youth.

Mrs Amosun holds a Masters degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Lagos and has worked as part of a Loss Adjustment Team in Barclay’s Financial Services and New Prudential Insurance Company which were both in the United Kingdom in the 1990’s.

Olufunso Amosun has contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of the less privileged in Ogun State in various capacities.

She is the founder of UPLIFT Development Foundation. “UPLIFT”, is an acronym for Understanding People’s Limiting and Inhibiting Factors Today.

Olufunsho Amosun’s programmes for the less privileged in Ogun State include UPLIFTing SS3 students, UPLIFTing the Aged, UPLIFTing the Unemployed Graduates, UPLIFTing the environment, etc.

Also, Joshua Awesome, spoke about his adventures, books and life.

Awesome is a high performance consultant, coach, columnist, compère and adventurer. He was an anchor on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for over half-a-decade.

Joshua Awesome is a product of South Africa’s Prestigious University of Cape Town Graduate School Of Business.

Joshua is a member of the Professional Speakers Association Of Southern Africa (PSASA); and the International Association Of Coaches, USA.

He is the founder of Motivational Speakers Network (MSN) Nigeria.

Joshua has climbed Mountain Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa – twice.

Joshua’s last climb of Mountain Kilimanjaro was in honor of the late Dr. Nelson Mandela.

Channels Book Club Features Writers; Nike Campbell Fatoki, Uzor Ngoladi

channels book clubOn this edition of Channels Book Club, author of fiction novel titled ‘Thread Of Gold Beads’, Nike Campbell Fatoki spoke about her works, novel and her life.

Also find an interview with a young writer who dabbles into fiction and non-fiction skillfully. He is Uzor Ngoladi. He discussed his latest novel titled ‘Toxic Eucharist’ and a few of his other works.

Channels Book Club: Interview With Nigerian Authors

channels book clubIn today’s episode, we’ll be showing you two interviews the first interview is one I had with Professor Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka the author of ‘Rich Country, Poor People’ and the second one is one I had with Sunkanmi Vaughan, author of a new groundbreaking book for those trying to figure out what kinds of businesses they can start. Both interviews have related events which we’ll also be showing.

Don’t forget we are hosting children at our first children’s book club scheduled for the 29th of June, 2004 in Lagos. It will be a time for children to enjoy books and have fun. If you are keen, send the name, age and school of your kid to 0809 111 4809. Remember we have very limited spaces.

Channels BookClub: Lawyer & Poet – Donna Plans To Die ‘Empty’

Donna SodipoOn this edition of the programme, oil and gas lawyer, writer and poet – Donna speaks about her plan to explore all her talents and potentials and then die ‘empty’.

She also speaks about Maya Angelou, the internationally-acclaimed poet, author and civil rights icon, who passed away at the age of 86. Maya has been described as one of the most inspiring women that ever lived.

She was honored with more than 50 awards, including America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, most notably her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, which made history as one of the first nonfiction best-sellers by an African-American woman.

President Barack Obama called her “one of the brightest lights of our time—a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman.”

Her last tweet read:

“Listen To Yourself And In That Quietude You Might Hear The Voice Of God”.

Maya, in more ways than one represented the concept of womanhood and she inspired many women to be the best they can ever be.

Channels Book Club: The Death Of Book Shops In Nigeria

channels book clubThis edition of the programme shows more highlights of the 13th Nigerian International Book Fair which played host to 110 exhibitors and about 5000 guests, in a 6-day event, in Lagos.

Also, on the interview segment, we focused on the death of book shops in Nigeria, with Mrs Oluronke Orimalade, a veteran in the bookshop business.

She shared her experiences and views on why our bookshops are dying and the book industry in Nigeria is generally suffering.

We also dealt with the issue of new tariffs being introduced to book importation in the country, which threw the entire publishing and book industries into chaos. The government claimed that it was done in good faith – to encourage local printing.

However, the tariffs were contradictory to the UNESCO agreement (called the Florence Agreement) which requires all signing nations to put zero tariffs on book importation so as to ensure smooth information and knowledge flow. Nigeria signed on the 26th of June 1961.

Well, after much pressure, the federal government suspended the new tariffs until September, 2014. A letter signed by the federal ministry of finance clearly stated this. Unfortunately, the Nigerian Customs officials still claim that they have not received such suspension directives.

The implication of this is that, book importers still have tons of books worth multiple millions of Naira stuck at the ports.

This situation has been described as bad for all stakeholders including importers, booksellers, students, writers, readers and generally Nigeria.

Cyril Anioke, a publisher, writer and executive member of the Nigerian Publishers Association shared his views on this policy.

Channels Book Club Features Authors, Yemi Sikuade, Kolawole Oyewole

channels book clubIn 1977, Macmillan began a series of pop fiction novels written by African writers. It was called the Pacesetter Series and it turned out to be hugely successful.

Over the next 15 years, 130 of the novels were published. The novels included Meet Me In Conakry by Sheriff Sarr; The Smugglers by Kalu Okpi; Symphony Of Destruction by Sunday Adebomi; The Betrayer by Sam Adewoye; The Delinquent by Mohammed Sule; The Extortionist by Chuma Nwokolo.

On this edition of Channels Book Club, Yemi Sikuade, the author of ‘Sisi’, one of the most popular novels of the Pacesetter Series joined us to discuss the series and her writings.

Also, marketing professional and author, Kolawole Oyewole, shares his thoughts on the reportedly poor reading culture in Nigeria, particularly amongst young people.

Oyewole also speaks on his literary awareness campaign tagged, ‘Ko Readers ‘R’ Leaders Destiny Walk’ which will feature thousands of young people in a walk to re-awaken and promote the reading culture of Nigerian youths.