In partnership with the United States Mission in Nigeria, the American Corner-Abuja held a Summer Reading Program for children between the ages of six and twelve.
The program, themed “Spark a Reaction,” started on August 4 and ended with an award ceremony on August 21, 2014. More than 100 children participated in the program, which Information Resource Director Elizabeth Akinbulumo noted was “aimed at inculcating early reading habits among children.” The program featured events such as reading, storytelling, poetry, arts and craft, and a spelling bee. At the end of the program, the children won prizes as best readers and at a spelling bee competition.
At the closing, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle, and Director General, National Center for Women Development, Abuja, Lady Onyeka Onwenu, visited with the children.
Speaking to the assembled children and parents, Ambassador Entwistle stressed to the children about the importance of developing good reading habits and the need for excellence in their academic pursuit. Narrating his love for reading to the children, he recalled his early days before the joining the Foreign Service. He mentioned that his readings even included a book written by Chinua Achebe, “Things Fall Apart.”
The highpoint of the program was the reading to the children of President Barack Obama’s “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” by Ambassador Entwistle. The summer reading program closed with the award of prizes to outstanding participants in various categories.by Ambassador Entwistle and Lady Onyeka Onwenu.