According to the organizers, unlike the first edition in which the winner (reader of the year), six-year-old Master Gideon Utip Ekong went home with N150,000, in the second edition, the first place kid will smile home with N5 million, while first runner-up or second position kid will get N2 million. The second runner-up or third place winner will be rewarded with N1million. Aside books they will receive as part of the prizes, their schools will also be given volumes of books.
Speaking at a briefing to usher in the take-off of the second edition of the nation’s first Reading House Academy and Reality TV Series in Lagos, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, decried attitude of students to reading and acknowledged that reading culture was dead in the country. Thus something ought to be done to revive the decline, he said. The minister who was represented by the General Manager of the National Theatre, Mr. Kabir Yusuf, promised that the ministry will encourage authors to write story books on Nigeria for the kids to read while urging television stations to devote more time for educational programmes for children.
Duke lauded the organizers of the project and pledged that his ministry would donate 50,000 books to the star winner, 150,000 books to the school of the winner and 20,000 books to the runners up while 50,000 books would be given out to their schools.
The Producer of the Reading House Academy and Reality TV Series, Mr. Kelvin Otung, noted that reading is one of the fundamental building blocks of education. “Becoming a skilled and adaptable reader enhances the chances of success at school and beyond. Reading is not just for the schools, it is for life,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »