By Japhet Alakam
The society with its traditional Family structures is going through enormous changes. Stress within the family system has brought about these changes that threaten family values. Maybe at the centre of this disconnection is our society’s inability to read, learn and assimilate adequate knowledge with which to combat the marauding changes that face families.
Worried by the decline of reading, FVDI – Family Values Development Initiative campaigns for the restoration of faith in the family system is poised to change the trend. And to actualise that, it is set to present two books written by its Executive Director Mr Greg. Nwamadi: “Lush Garden in an Arid Land” a collection of poems on essential values for social development.
The publication according to the author is a response to its periodic youth program: ‘Values for Future Leaders.’ It targets different categories of young people, challenging the emergence of a better society. The other book “Legend of the Lost” is a fiction that looks into contemporary events that will eventually lead to the end of times saga.
The plot builds up to reveal how environmental crisis and technology will play critical role in the apocalypse. Both books will appeal to different categories of readers and help them make right decisions in their day to day life.
The Keynote address on the subject: “Technology and Values for Future Leaders” will be presented by Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun A Oyewole, President/Chairman Governing Council of the Institute of Information Management (IIM) while the Special Guest of Honour, Mr Dolapo Bright – the Senior pecial Assistant to the President on Agriculture and the Real sector will equally give a keynote speech. The event is scheduled to hold on the 10th of March 2018 at the Golden Gate Chinese, 25B Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Speaking about the issue, Nwamadi, a versatile artist and author of inspirational books is of the view that the decline of reading comes at a time of increasing media saturation. “Simply put, just because people are not reading does not mean they are not being informed. They’re watching movies, television, listening to music and podcasts. Regrettably, all channels of information are not created equal. Someone reading a book and someone watching the movie adaptation, in fact, think differently. The difference is the level of assimilation. Promoting a good reading culture amongst our youth is therefore one of our cardinal agendas. Reading helps our children to grasp concepts and think logically.”:
At FVDI, we have assumed the moral responsibility of ensuring that the values that are the mainstay of traditional family systems are sustained. We support our work through publications and events, by promoting literary materials targeted at different categories of young people.