Retired don canvasses reading culture at Ibadan book launch

Sekoni said this on Tuesday in Ibadan at the launch of  a book, ‘The Fragrance of Roses’  written by Mrs Kike Ojo.




By Ibukun Emiola
Ibadan, Feb. 5, 2019 (NNN) Prof. Ropo Sekoni, a retired professor of Comparative Literature at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, USA,  says reading remains one of the best ways for human beings  to broaden their outlook of life.

Sekoni said this on Tuesday in Ibadan at the launch of  a book, ‘The Fragrance of Roses’  written by Mrs Kike Ojo.

Sekoni, who was the Chairman at the event, underscored the importance of reading books, saying it helps to provide a  wider horizon for human beings, especially the youths.

“The book is to encourage younger people to tell the story of their own time; from what the author says in the book, one can tell that nowadays,  reading is not  fashionable.

“What happened over the years was that young people stopped reading for so many reasons; one,  the advent of  television, cinema, smart phones and computers.

‘’Another reason is that people have come to accept that the books they need to read are the holy books.

“A book like this which speaks to different age groups will be a good material for young people to read.

“ It highlights the tension between a patriarchy system and a young one looking for freedom,’’ he said.

Prof. Modupe Adelabu, a  former Deputy Governor in Ekiti and chief launcher at the occasion, commended the writer for  making out time to write at an old age.

“The book highlights  the good and the bad part of parenthood; for the young girls of today, the book is about feminine gender and  how you can empower yourself through hard work.

“It is the story of how you can grow old gracefully as it spans through life from childhood to old age. It is full of life lessons that will help the reader,” she said.

Dr Omolola Ladele,  the book reviewer and lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, said the author was determined to make her mark among  Nigerian women writers.

“ The book  teaches moral lessons and particularly if you place it within the context of  a decadent society, you will find that it is a sterling book,” she said.

The author of the book, Mrs Kike Ojo, said the central theme focused on the  girl child and the woman who should be given a voice in the society.
“When I was growing up, the girl child was unable to contribute to decision making within the family.

“  I want to correct some of the anomalies women and girls go through in the family.

‘’So, I depicted some of the  anomalies women and girls go through in the book,” she said.(NNN)
(Edited by Yahaya Isah/Mufutau Ojo)

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