A 10-Year-Old pupil of the Nigerian Christian Institute Early Learning Centre (NCIELC), Obongawan Edet William, has launched her 35-paged book titled “Emediong”.
The young author’s book was launched on Friday, July 26, at the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) building along IBB avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
The event which attracted dignitaries including the Chairman, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Ekomabasi Akpan, was also witnessed by the political class, the academia, family and friends of the author, as well as the church community.
Speaking at the occasion, the Ibiono Ibom Council Chairman, Rt. Hon. Ekomobong Akpan, who doubled as the Chairman of the event, was full of awe for the author.
“I’m happy to be part of this victory and pleased to be identified with this young talent”, he said.
He called on parents who witnessed the event to model their children after the young author and encourage them to achieve feats, adding that children are a product of their parents’ tutelage.
“Children will not depart from the ways they are taught if they are well groomed by their parents”, the Council Boss asserted.
Hon. Akpan also stressed on the importance of proper upbringing and encouragement of children, maintaining that it was a panacea to the vices, moral decadence and youthful restiveness the society is now plagued with.
While acknowledging cheers from well-wishers for his daughter’s feat, father of the author and Chief of Staff to the Ibiono Ibom Council Chairman, Mr. Edet William, noted that the ideas contained in the book, the storyline, sequence of arrangement and the initiative to write, were all his daughters’.
“She approached me on what she could do to make more money for the family and requested that I buy her a wool for knitting bags, which she would sell and make money for the family,” he narrated.
“She later came up with the idea of writing a book and I encouraged her.”
Speaking on how Obongawan was groomed to start writing so early, the Chief of Staff and erudite teacher hinted that his homework on her was a factor.
“People believe that schools have to teach their children. Families should not leave children to the school because what the school give to them is what they will grow with.”
“None of my children started school below 3 years. I used the 3 years to give them the kind of training I want. By doing so, it would be difficult for any teacher to convince them otherwise”.
“You see children tell parents ‘My Aunty said…’, but if you tell him/her what they should know, they will rather tell the Teacher, ‘My Daddy said or My Mummy said”.
Mr. Williams, therefore called on parents to be their children’s first teacher at their formative stage.
“I started teaching this girl how to read and write at the age of 2 and she was doing them when she was 3”, he noted.
Obongawan, despite her flair for writing however aspires to be a Petroleum Engineer.
In an interview with newsmen, the youngster noted that she was inspired by her father’s pieces she had read, and the encouragement she got from him.
The Primary 4 Pupil stated that her dream of becoming a Petroleum Engineer was sacrosanct even as she planned writing a play as her next work.
“Writing is my hobby”, she said. “When I don’t have anything to do when I am at home, I start writing”.
In her vote of thanks, Miss Obongawan expressed happiness at the large turnout, while thanking God for his mercies on her, and for the success of the event.
She acknowledged the efforts of the dignitaries present and thanked them for their support for her work.
High point of the event was the reading of the author’s citation by her 6-year-old brother, Henry Edet William and a presentation by “The Spirit Lifter’s Accapella”.
At the event were the Vice Chairman, Ibiono-Ibom Local Government Council, Rt. Hon. Dominic Udotan; wife of the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Obongawan Veronica Ntukubom; Principal of the NCI, Mrs Mfon Nze; members of the Ibiono Ibom Local Government Council, Ministers of the Churches of Christ, the NCI community, and a host of others.