By Tare Youdeowei & Elizabeth Uwandu
Head of Languages and Arts, Oxbridge Tutorial College and author of The King’s Scepter, Mr. Kunle Abrahams, has urged Lagos state to hold bookworm competitions in schools to build the reading culture of children and make them better leaders, as he mentored pupils of Acehall School, Adekunle Fajuyi, Ikeja, Lagos, during their Bookworm Competition, held on Saturday.
The competition which saw eight year old Elera Bodilawnson who wrote the story Best Friend and nine year old Iniolowa Adeoye with the write up Archery Contest emerge as lower and higher grade overall winners respectively; had Abrahams as guest where he expressed delight at the pupils outstanding performance in creating and writing their own stories.
The Author advised the pupils to improve in the areas of stage confidence and making their stories reflect local content as he praised Iniolowa Adeoye for his creativity, originality and the presentation of the Africa culture in his story. While commending the school for organizing such an event, Abrahams also urged the school to introduce spelling competition as he enjoined parents to play a greater role in the development of their children as they spend more time with them than the teachers.
His words; “The development of a child is a tripod involving the parents, teachers and pupils, and for me, despite all the stakeholders having roles in the success of the child, parents still play a greater role in a child’s life as they spend a larger time with the child. So, rather than spoil their wards with toys and goodies, good books should be the priority for their children.”
Parent of two contestants, Mrs Angela Okoye expressed joy over the competition for making her wards enthusiastic about books and reading generally. “Since this competition started, my children have improved in the areas of speaking and vocabulary.