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Ajeluorou to mentor school children at Jelosimi Arts Centre

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Author of Igho Goes to Farm (already approved for junior secondary school classes by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council -NERDC), Mr. Anote Ajeluorou will be a guest writer at Jelosimi Art Centre, on Arowojobe Street, Oshodi, Lagos, on Friday, January 29, 2021. Time is 10.00 am.

The book is rated as one of the best 11 children’s books in the country following its long listing at the 2019 Nigeria Prize for Literature. Jelosimi Art Centre is an arm of Sobayo Abolore Art Foundation.

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At the centre, Ajeluorou will read and mentor young people and inspire them to see the beauty in reading and writing and how the two activities can change their lives for the better. The children’s author urged parents to always buy quality books like Igho Goes to Farm for their children and wards.

Ajeluorou commended Abolore for his bold initiative in locating his art centre in Oshodi, saying the location is apt, as it would not only help to moderate the notoriety of Oshodi and give it a new image, but also give young people resident in the area a positive alternative platform to expend their youthful energy away from crime and other unwholesome activities for which Oshodi is renowned.

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Indeed, it’s a weekend of engaging artistic events at Jelosimi Arts Centre. After Ajeluorou reads on Friday, Pottery Workshop with Ato Arinze will hold the next day, Saturday from 12.00pm, while on Sunday, an Art Exhibition featuring Nurudeen Popoola’s works will also hold at 2.00 pm.

Founder of Jelosimi Art Center, Mr. Abolore, said of his centre, “It becomes a social responsibility for every community to better equip their youths with necessary tools to think creatively. Helping our youth through art programmes may be one of the most important steps we can take as individuals and as a society.

“With the Jelosimi Art Center, we hope to engage children and youth both in school and out of school with the teaching of moral values, self-discovery, life skills development, leadership, team building, history of our past heroes, goal actualization, monitoring and evaluation.”

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