UBA Foundation Takes ‘Read Africa’ to Liberia
By Dipo Olowookere
A new initiative by UBA Foundation called ‘Read Africa’ has been launched in Liberia and it is geared at rekindling the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.
This year, the foundation has selected the book ‘The Fisherman’ by Chigozie Obioma as one of the books to be distributed to children on the continent.
‘The Fisherman’ is a tale of four brothers growing up in the 90’s in Akure, Nigeria and the secret that bound them together.
The Read Africa, in pursuance of UBA’s mission to uplift the lives of the communities in which the lender operates, will hit schools in African countries to encourage young children embrace the culture of reading.
Conceived and introduced in 2011, by the UBA Foundation’s project involves the provision of recommended literature for junior and senior secondary school students across the African continent.
Acting CEO of the foundation, Bola Atta, visited the C. William Brumskine elementary school in Monrovia to introduce ‘The Fishermen’ to a delightful group of young students with hopes and aspirations for the future.
As she read passages of ‘The Fishermen’ to the children, she said, “We at UBA Foundation are eager to better the lives of people across the continent.
“I am here to tell you a bit about the importance of reading and how it can change your lives dramatically.
“Reading will encourage you to dream; it will broaden your knowledge, your vocabulary. You can read yourselves into very successful careers in the future.”