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Alakija harps on importance of literacy, preaches routine reading

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Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija. Photo: TWITTER/ALAKIJAOFFICIAL

To promote reading culture among children and enlighten them on its benefits, Famfa Oil Limited has hosted its yearly Literacy Day in Lagos.

The programme, themed, “Readers are Leaders,” held at the City Hall, Lagos, had over 500 students from 50 low fee-paying primary schools in the state in attendance.

Vice-chairman of the company, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, while stressing the importance of knowledge at the event, noted that literacy is the bedrock of education.

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She said it enables children to discover and develop their full potential in life, thus empowering them to be leaders.

She added that literacy plays a major role in reducing poverty and inequality while creating wealth, which is an impetus for economic growth.

At the event, guest readers such as the managing director, Energy Inc advisors, Mrs. Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani, managing director, Amber II media, Mr. Oscar Gbemileke, media personality, Ada Ogunkeye and Africa’s peak performance coach, Bankole Williams read excerpts from the book written by child author, Miss Oluwatofunmi Ayomikun Lawal, titled, “The first female ruler of L’eko.”

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Children also participated in a quiz anchored by popular quiz master Oscar Gbemileke based on the storybook, to test their attentiveness and intelligence. 

Oscar Elizabeth of BODMAK Solid Beginning School emerged winner of a spelling competition moderated by the Nigeria Spelling Bee at the event.

Wisdom Jackson of Godsave Nursery and Primary School and Ogungbeje Janet of Ken-Ade Private School were first and second runners-up. 

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The three finalists will further compete with other contestants at the Southwest regional level. The best speller will proceed to the national level, representing the country at the 2020 Africa Spelling Bee Competition in November this year.

Other activities include a drama presentation by proud African roots, that showcased the resilience of an orphan in receiving educational empowerment that resulted in him rising to leadership within his community.

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