By Dotun Ibiwoye
LAGOS—In its effort to take reading crusade across Africa, winner of the Read To Lead Africa, RTLA, Reality TV Show, Season 2, Master Adegoke Similoluwa, was yesterday, presented with N2 million scholarship prize by Reading Awareness Society for Development in Africa, RASDA.
RASDA is a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, founded in 2007 with the aim of promoting reading culture in Africa through sustainable awareness campaigns.
Speaking, founder of RASDA, Mrs. Bukola Ladoja, said the senior secondary school students were major targets of the programme aimed at improving pass rate of the national examinations in the country through reading culture.
She said: “50 students from Osun State met the benchmark, while 68 from Rivers State scaled through. Based on simple ratio, the second stage selection test conducted, produced seven students from Osun State and nine from Rivers State. These 16 students made up the housemates for Read to Lead Africa Season 2. However, one participant did not turn up on resumption day in the House for the reality show.
“While in the House, the housemates were tutored in reading and writing skills, public speaking, leadership qualities, choosing a career and how to use a library. Using the various learning experiences, housemates escaped eviction by engaging one another in various contests including quizzes, critical thinking, public speaking and debates, impromptu speeches, masterminds, library tasks, essay writing and many more tasks.
“Evenings and spare times were spent on recreational activities like excursions to tourist sites, sporting activities, moonlight games, and most especially reading.”
Dignitaries at the grand finale, held at Neander International School, Epe, Lagos included former governor of Oyo State, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Osun State, Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, the Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun, Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos, Ayodele Adewale.
Mrs Tomori was represented by Mr. Olatunde Adebayo, Political Officer (Education), Deputy Governor’s Office, Osun State.