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ALFA society deepens reading culture with book club


In furtherance of its vision to inspire a culture of reading in Nigeria, the AIFA Book Club, an initiative of the AIFA Reading Society, recently hosted a book session in Lagos. Programme Officer, AIFA Reading Society, Magdaline Oyoroh, said the event aimed to deepen interest of members in reading, which in turn, will improve the country’s literacy index.

According to her, the event was designed to engage participants and guests to appraise and analyse fantastic pieces of literature. “This ensures that participants not only garner knowledge and insights from the book being read but also have fun while doing it.”

The book, The Yellow Wallpaper, an interesting short story authored by Charlotte Perkins, was the subject of discussion. The host and chief moderator of session, Dr. Enase Okonedo, who is President of AIFA Reading Society and Dean of Lagos Business School, led discussions on the book, which explores themes such as, gender roles, self-expression, mental and physical wellness and others.

The book is a significant piece of writing that left participants with a better understanding on issues of gender roles and mental health in the 19th century.

Members of the Society and invited guests also shared their opinions on these central themes of the book, which the group finds fascinating and worth reflecting on, as they directly affect the African Society and the 21st Century world.

In his remarks, a Director of the Society, Professor Fabian Ajogwu, reemphasised the need to maintain a strong reading culture among the people so as to further serve as an unshakable foundation for the growth and development of the country.The AIFA Reading Society is a registered not for profit organisation, committed to the promotion of a reading culture, and the attainment of sustainable educational development across Nigeria.

Through its various projects and activities, the Society seek to achieve a world in which majority of the children and young adults in Africa can read, write and have opportunity for a decent education.

AIFA Book Club helps to awaken the interactive keenness among these students as well as build students’ ability to undertake intense research.The club is a community of book lovers who relish the opportunity to express their opinions and feelings about every literary piece that is read.


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