Obasanjo, Peter Obi, Adenuga’s daughter attend Chimamanda’s book launch

Olusegun Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and former presidential candidate Peter Obi on Friday attended the launch of a children’s book written by renowned author Chimamanda Adichie.

The book titled Mama’s Sleeping Scarf was presented at an event tagged Christmas Magic in Lagos.

Mr Obi, on Saturday, shared photos from the event on social media.

Also present at the event were Datti Baba-Ahmed, Prof Hakeem Bello-Osagie, Oby Ezekwesili, daughter of billionaire Mike Adenuga, Bella Disu; Ndidi Nwuneli, Chimamanda’s husband, Ivara Esege; and others.

Obi said, “The motive of the author was to help reinforce the reading culture among Nigerians, especially the youth and children.”

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Obi noted that reading remains a very important aspect of educational development, which must be encouraged always.

He, however, lamented the decline in reading culture among Nigerian youths due to a poor educational system, an inordinate desire for materialism, lack of reading materials and functional libraries, and the dying passion for reading among the youths.

He said every speaker at the event encouraged the youths to rekindle their passion for reading.

“As I have always maintained, our New Nigeria will encourage our very gifted youths to discover their talents, fuel their passions, and develop their skills for the progress of our society,” Obi added.

Chimamanda has written several best-sellers such as Purple Hibiscus, Americanah, and Half Of A Yellow Sun.