Children’s book author and journalist, Mr. Anote Ajeluorou (author of Igho Goes to Farm), On-Air-Personality and author of Distortions, Lady Ejiro Umukoro and another On-Air-Personality and Warri-based Isoko language coach, Mr. Oghenero Ezaza led a group of book enthusiasts to the first edition of Oleh Book Club’s reading and conversation at the Oleh Public Library on IDC Road, Oleh, Isoko South LGA, Delta State.
The event held on Friday, May 28, 2021 by 11.30AM. The trio also mentored pupils and students from schools in the community and environs that include Emore Grammar School, Emiye Secondary School and St. Michael’s College, among others.
The event was designed to commemorate this year’s Children’s Day, May 27, but it was held a day after. It will be the first time the state-owned Oleh Library will host such event after it was recently rebuilt by an NGO, The Martha Charity Foundation, after it collapsed and was shut to the public for many years.
A similar library in the neighbouring Ozoro community, headquarters of Isoko North LGA, is currently in utter ruin and needs urgent government and private sector attention to bring it back to use.
The Oleh Book Club is being powered by Network of Book Clubs and Reading Promoters in Nigeria, which aims to establish a network of book clubs across the country with the ambition of steadily building up a crop of readers and leaders and putting books in the hands of citizens, especially young people, who have lost touch with the immeasurable joys of reading for leisure.