Munachi Mbonu, Nigeria’s youngest best-selling author, spearheaded a groundbreaking event, READvolution. – Igniting the Love of Reading Among Young Nigerians, to celebrate World Book Day and promote literacy among Nigerian youth. Held at the prestigious Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos Island, on 26 April 2024, the event welcomed over one thousand students from private and public schools across Lagos. As well as esteemed dignitaries, leading voices, and changemakers.

READvolution Ignites Minds with Thoughtful Activities

READvolution, which commenced in the early hours of Friday, ignited young minds with a dynamic mix of activities. Thought leaders engaged in discussions on the vital role of literacy, while a captivating keynote fireside chat featured Munachi Mbonu in conversation with Co-founder of Narrative Landscape Press, Dr Eghosa Imasuen, exploring the power of storytelling and creative processes. Rising teen poet and activist Uwaoma Nicole delivered a moving poetry presentation.

The event culminated in thrilling competitions featuring over 30 participants. Kings College Lagos triumphed in the spelling bee while Supreme Child Schools Ikorodu claimed victory in the impromptu speech challenge, showcasing exceptional talent.

Mesmerizing Performances and Book Readings

Attendees were treated to a mesmerizing dance drama presented by the talented drama group from Bright Achievers School Bariga. In addition, there were captivating book readings delivered by special guests and business leaders from diverse industries. Legendary Nigerian actor and producer Joke Silva added an extra dimension to the event with her engaging rendition of a compelling folktale, igniting a genuine passion for literature among all present. 

Prominent Figures Laud the Importance of Literacy

“The theme of this year’s World Book Day, Read Your Way, is to inspire young minds to be focused on whatever they want to achieve and be reminded of the power and joy of reading,” said Munachi Mbonu, READvolution convener, author & Head Girl at Atlantic Hall Schools Lagos. She added that “to become successful leaders, young Nigerians need to have a good foundation in reading”.

According to Hon. Fuad Atanda Lawal, Chairman, Eti-Osa Local Government, Lagos, “Education is always going to be the tool bridging the gap between the rich and the poor. ” He admonished that “as parents and leaders in our own rights, we must continue to emphasize the importance of the reading culture.” 

“At FAMFA OIL Ltd., investing in READVolution aligns with our commitment to corporate social responsibility, which helps students develop a passion for reading, enhancing their cognitive abilities and critical thinking skills,” added Rotimi Alakija, Executive Director of Famfa Oil Ltd, explaining why the company partnered with the literary initiative. 

Distinguished Guests and Supporters

Other distinguished personalities who graced the occasion included Nigeria’s first professor of corporate governance, Fabian Ikenna Ajogwu, OFR, SAN; Founding Chairman of Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Council, Chief Mrs Taiwo Taiwo; Managing Partner at Allan & Ogunkeye, Chief Marlies Allan; Senior Manager Corporate Transactions at MTN Nigeria, Theresa Chikwendu; 43rd Miss Nigeria, Lawyer & Founder of NKASSI, Ezinne Akudo; Founder, Kids Literary Circle, Adesola Alli; Director, Business Development, Narrative Landscape Press, Dr Eghosa Imasuen; Author and Special Needs Advocate, Mrs Tonye Faloughi-Ekezie; Managing Partner, Seedling, Victor Onyekere; and Poet & Activist, Uwaoma Nicole; among others.

READvolution: Nurturing a Generation of Avid Readers

READvolution exemplifies Munachi Mbonu’s unwavering dedication to nurturing a generation of avid readers and lifelong learners. By leveraging the power of literature and storytelling, Mbonu aims to inspire positive change and empower young Nigerians to unlock their full potential.

Famfa Oil, MTN Nigeria Foundation, NHD Foundation, FROT Group, Eti-Osa Local Government, and Glazia Magazine are some of the brands that supported the event. 

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