Call for reading culture resonates at launching of Quest, Save the Child

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The need to develop and improve the reading culture in Nigeria has again been emphasised especially amongst parents in order to serve as model for their children to emulate.

This was parts of the take home at the recent book launch of two books, ‘Save the Child’, and ‘Quest’, authored by Helena Adoyi-Niyi, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The books, Save the Child, focuses on Child abuse, sexual harassment and its various forms, while Adoyi-Niyi also stressed that the child is prone to various attack, sexual abuse and the need to encourage abstinence from sex before marriage.

The Quest, a novel, dwells on the story of a young couple that battles society convention on genotype, irregular migration, and keeping faith.

The book reviewer, Dr. Ebunoluwa Ibibo emphasised that although every child is vulnerable to abuse, the girl-child is particularly more vulnerable in the society.

“Protect your girl child, protect your boy-child, and ensure that everything is done within your ability to save a child,” she said.

Speaking on the second book, Quest, Ibibo said the novel focused on love, keeping faith, and the role of corruption in the society.

“Someone who harasses sexually does not appeal to you as one. As a parent and guardian you have to look out at the red flags,” Ibido said.

While describing the author as a godly feminist, Ibibo observed that the two books centred on women. “People hide under the guise of feminism to do negative things, but she adopted positive feminism,” Ibido said.

The book launch also provided a platform to discussed child abuse as Lauretta Igoh of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) while stating that in spite all effort to dissuade adults from child abuse, it remains rampart in the country.

Speaking to our correspondent, the Author, Helena Adoyi-Niyi, said her books are voices against the negative moral vices that are affecting the society negatively. Speaking further she said her books help parents to explain to the young one “the complexity of life, understand the dimension of harassment, rape, banditry and suicide as it currently happens in Nigeria.

Speakers at the launch agreed that reading not only exposes humans to knowledge, it elongates lifespan; it eases stress, alleviates depression and also exposes one to a world of imagination.

The books launching

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