By Prisca Sam-Duru
FOR the past few weeks,Vanguard’s Deputy Woman Editor, Yetunde Fashina Arebi’s book which is perhaps, the latest offering to the world of literature, titled, “Youth, Sex and Well Being” has been talk of the town. Arebi’s book has gained much publicity at a very short period due to its content which without reservations, lays bare the intricacies of sexual relationships amongst the youths with the aim of availing them of vital information that would enable them protect their future.
And in a very colourful celebration organised by Vanguard Media, Publishers of Vanguard Newspaper, held last weekend at the Afe Babalola Auditorium, University of Lagos (UNILAG), the well documented master piece was presented to the public.
The well attended event also doubled as occasion for the 20th anniversary celebration of the author’s column “Human Angle”, a weekly column published on Vanguard Newspaper. Describing “Youth, Sex and Well Being” as indispensable, the Chairman of the occasion, Justice George Oguntade (RTD) emphasised the need for the book to be made available to every youth because “There are so many books in circulation as well as social media which expose the intricacies of married life to the youths at their detriment.”
He noted with regrets that the manner in which career mothers abandon their duties at home so as to meet up with the present harsh economic realities in the country, has led to dysfunction of family life and “the result is that the children are not properly guided through adult life.”, emphasising that, “This makes the book worth reading.”
His words, “Sex life should be discussed in the family, it is so good that Yetunde has documented the intricacies about sex life which will properly guide the youths through adulthood. And I pray that the book will get to the nooks and cranny of the country for it to achieve its aim.”
Vanguard Publisher, Mr Sam Amuka who was represented by the General Manager/Editor in Chief, Gbenga Adefaye commended Yetunde for converting into permanent form, invaluable articles from her years as Vanguard staff, for the development of the society. The book he noted, talks more about education adding that sex education is not just about sex but how to manage general life style, health and relationship. He posited that a man who manages his sex life well, lives a successful and decent life.
Reviewing the book, Professor Ajike Osanyin said that Yetunde has done well by drawing from her years of experience at Vanguard, adding that the author’s firm believe that youths are not properly tutored on sex related issues which often exposes them to problems arising from “involvement in all kinds of abuses, sugar daddies and mummies, rape and illegal abortion”, birthed the priceless material. According to her, “The author offers explanations with practical examples of human anatomy, used right terminologies to drive home crucial points on touchy and sensitive issues concerning youths and sex and this makes it a must read for all.”
In her detailed speech, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, lamented how parents have abandoned their primary duty of properly guiding their children through adult life thereby, leaving them at the mercy of neighbours, friends, peers and social media. She pointed out that exposures to uncensored information available on the social media only provide information that impact negatively on the youths.
She however enjoined parents to be “available, useable and sustainable” to their children for proper parenting.
And as a proof of her readiness to continue to partner the author and of course Vanguard Media in the campaign for proper sex education as well as good parenting, Orelope-Adefulire gave a copy of the book to each student who was present during the launch.
Vanguard Sports Editor, Tony Ubani who anchored the event added flavour to it as he made the most of the situation, supplying ice breakers that cooled the nerves of many at the launch. Also, K-Star entertained with late Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”, bringing back fond memories of the legendary American pop singer
Roll call at the well attended event include; Vanguard’s Editorial Chairman, Ikedi Isiguzo; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, First Lady of Bauchi State, Hajia Yuguda; Rev. Dele Babalola, Alh. and Hajia Kola Animasaun; Vanguard AGM brands, Fred Odueme; Vanguard Editor, Mideno Bayagbon; Hon Ayo Obiderin; the Katsina State Commissioner for Information, Honorable Sani Batagarawa who represented the Katsina State governor and a host of others.