NLNG PRIZE AUTHOR HOLDS BOOK READING IN LAGOS
Longlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2019, Anote Ajeluorou’s Igho Goes to Farm reminds the older generation of Onuora Nzekwu’s and Michael Crowder’s Eze Goes to School.
Written for the pleasure of his daughter who was 10 at the time of its writing, Mr. Ajeluorou’s Igho Goes to Farm went on to make the longlist of the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2019 (Children Literature).
At the book reading of the children story which held at Jelosimi Art Centre Oshodi, Lagos, on 29th of January, 2021, the author fascinated his audience as he read excerpts from the book.
The award winning author who is currently the politics editor with the Guardian Newspaper encouraged his audience who were mostly children to read more.
Restating a point he made in an interview with The Newtelegraph, Mr. Ageluorou stressed the importance of engaging young people in rewarding creative engagements, in the discovery of new talents who will drive national development.
He made reference to the discovery of Amanda Gorman — America’s Young Poet Laureate at such events, organized by her country.
He therefore called on the government, corporate organizations and individuals to intervene in updating the libraries in the country.
Igho Goes to Farm is approved for junior secondary school classes by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council -NERDC.
The book is timely at this time when the need to return to agriculture is urgent. Let’s put it lightly, if Eze went to school and forgot agriculture for oil and gas, Igho is armed with education and is going back to farm. What can be more promising than that?