Writers, educators instruct children to dream, believe in their abilities


On May 19, children, youth, adults, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), teachers, school owners and parents gathered at Gracepoint Place in Ibadan to watch the presentation and reading of the children’s book ‘Yes I Can: Positive Affirmations for Kids’ written by Adejoke Oyekan and published by Purplebloom Publishers.

Oyekan, an independent radio presenter and founder of Purplebloom Publishers, while making her remarks, noted that the inspiration for writing the book came from regularly telling her children that they can do anything, and how she writes affirmations for them and tells them to write stories about positive affirmations.

She said the book, which is aimed primarily at children aged 3 to 10, has received positive reviews and recommendations, and will soon be available in bookstores.

Oyekan said the book received outstanding reviews written by award-winning author and editor, Chigozie A. Mbadugha; award-winning broadcaster and author, Ronke Giwa-Onafuwa, and children’s rights advocate and author, Olamide Akin-Alabi; and others.

On the role that children’s literature plays in the home and society, Oyekan states that children’s literature helps to create a reading society, a healthy home, a developed society, and unity in diversity.

She said she wanted kids to learn from the book that they can be anything they dream of, that they can be great, that they can be celebrated, that they can do anything, and that they can be awesome. they can accomplish anything.

She added that when children always say positive affirmations, it helps them develop a healthy self-image, positive mindset, positive emotions and confidence.

“Positive affirmations are powerful for kids,” Oyekan said. “Affirmations impact both conscious and subconscious areas of the brain. The more they affirm good confessions, the more they listen to what they say.

A lawyer and author, Olamide Akin-Alabi, gave the first reading of the book. She noted that children need to read the book to motivate themselves and learn how to help their parents. She added that the book’s lessons will help children become better adults.

A voice-on-air (VOA) personality, Teni Oladosu, gave the second reading of the book. Before reading the book, she asked teachers and school owners to get copies of the book for their libraries, and parents to get copies for their children as well.

After reading the book, Oladosu and the children sang the song “I Know I Can”, and she urged the children to read the book and also give it to their friends to read.

Nature’s Café CEO Ebun Akinwale did the book affirmation activity. While talking about affirmations in the book, she pointed out that positive affirmation is not just about saying things, but also about believing the things said. She told the children to read the book every day in order to be inspired by the words in it.

Lawyer and founder of Mentoring Assistance for Youths and Entrepreneurs (MAYIEN), Edem Ossai, reviewed the book. She talked about the title, cover design, images and content of the book. She said the book is easy to notice, read and understand.

She added that words can change the world and urged children to stop saying negative words.

“The characters in the book are people like you, people you can recognize,” Ossai told the kids. “It’s about your hobbies, the things you like to do, and the things you can relate to.”

Hosec Foundation CEO Ibukun Otasile presented the book. While introducing the book, she encouraged parents to take advantage of the lessons and morals the book boasts of teaching their children. She urged teachers and school owners to also get the book for their students.

A social worker, Temiloluwa Moronkeji, spoke about sex education. She used the acronym “PANTS” to illustrate her point.

“We have a lot to learn from our pants,” she said.

According to Moronkeji, “P” stands for private part, which should be private and not public; “A” always means remembering that your body belongs only to you; “N” means saying no to people who want to touch your body; “T” stands for telling secrets that you are not comfortable with; and ‘S’ means talk/scream when someone wants to touch you.

A short cardboard video was shown to demonstrate the PANTS lesson.

An early childhood educator, Ms. Adegorite, spoke about early childhood education and how such education can help children’s upbringing and growth.

The schools present at the event were: Anglican Commercial Grammar School, Abby’s Cradle Montessori School, Nest Montessori School, Bridge International School, Homydaze Academy, The Olives School, Vastab Mega School, Laurella International Group of Schools, Juniors International School, Early Years Montessori School and Orkids School.


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