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WATCH: Sefi Atta Meets Channels Book Club Competition Winner by Dave Agboola

Submitted by admin on 8 October 2013

 Remember the Channels Book Club's book review competition for Nigerian teenagers we blogged about a few months ago? Eniola Oladipo, a 15 year-old student at Vivian Fowler Secondary School in Lagos, won the competition aimed at promoting a love of reading among young Nigerians with her essay on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Along with the N50,000 worth of books and sponsored trip to the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair Oladipo won for her writing, she also had the opportunity to meet international award-winning writer Sefi Atta at the Yellow Chilli Restaurant and Bar in Victoria Island. Oladipo, who was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria, shows remarkable confidence and knowledge during her half-hour long conversation with Atta, which touches on topics such as the competition (which she kept a secret from her parents), Nigeria's current political situation, and the literary themes explored in Things Fall Apart: We love how the Channels Book Club is encouraging young people to pursue and excel in creative fields and debunking the popular belief that Nigerians don’t read. What an inspiring example for organisations and individuals across Nigerian society. And of course, kudos to this bright young woman - we can't wait to read the book she's working on! Learn about ZODML's CATHY and Secondary School Reading Programmes aimed at getting Nigerian primary and secondary school students reading, discussing and loving books. Image source: ChannelsTV website