The Bible’s prophecy that
at the last days, knowledge will abound, could best be said to have found fulfilment in the life of little Miss Waboso Meryl, a primary 4 pupil and Press Club member of Chokmah Int’l Academy, Port Harcourt.
Born 8 years ago to the family of Dr and (Mrs) Idawarifaa Felix Waboso, Meryl Diekramabo Waboso as she is known, began her debut into the pen fraternity while she was yet a grade I pupil of the International Bible Christian Fellowship School Port Harcourt, with the publication of her first book “Stories From My Heart”, three years
Today, Miss Meryl has a second book to her credit titled: “Rivers From Within” with the third book almost ready to hit the book stand interesting isn’t it? Now, what actually propelled this little Abia-born damsel into the litrary world, drew the writer’s attention hence more anxious about unraveiling the mystery behind the girl Meryl Waboso.
In an interview with The Tides Woman Editor, Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi, this beautiful creature
revealed a lot than any could ordinarily expect or even suspect of any neophyte like her. Highly talented as could be deduced from her speech, Merys; adventure into the world of authors, was gathered to have been triggered obviously by her passion for knowledge, ignited by the activities of Daniella Clinton Dan Jumbo, a friend of hers who within a very short time, published three books to the chagrin of Meryls.
Her book: “Stories From The Heart”, was a collection of short stories, facilitated through her observatory prowess, as she converted every situation around her into formation, entertainment and education. The entire content of the 29 – page book, ranging from ” I love God, The King and His Two Sons, Meryl in The Dream Land, Betty in the kitchen down to the Lion and The Dog were all informed by situations the author personally encountered.
But that is not all about Meryl, in her words, “three to four months after I published my first work, ” Stories From My Heart”, I thought of another publication that would make me more famous”. Meryl’s desire for fame, gave birth to her, second work: “Rivers From Within”, ever since, her pen has not ceased to flow.
Although the girl Meryl naturally radiates joy and beauty, these features of her are further consolidated by the consciousness of her status as an author, one that distinguishes her from her peers.
Meryl is not alone in her world, she also derives her strength, and inspirations from other people’s work whom she describes as her models. “I like Daniella Clinton Dan Jumbo very well. Her literary work inspired me a great deal, all her stories are nice and she is wonderful at story telling and her stories are usually longer and enticing. I also read William Shakespeare, he is a very nice author, he wrote plenty books that don’t fade eg Romeo and Juliet, Lamb Tales from Shakespeare, Midnight Summer, and Enchanted Castle” etc she said.
She continued, “What I like in Shakespeare is his intelligence and how he comes up with ideas. I cherish his work “Lamb Tales from Shakespeare because the book talks about emotions: Happiness, Sadness, Caring for one another etc”
Like every other child, Meryl watches television, reads her school books as well as play with other children in the neighbourhood some times as her leisure activities.
She encourages other children to read more, write stories and insist that their works are published.
She however, calls on the Rivers State Government, through the Ministry of Education to organize a book fare in Port Harcourt and extend an invitation to her to use the platform to teach children how to write stories.
Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun
A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.
World Bank Trains 54,000 Women, Youths On Economy
The Kebbi State Government has disclosed that over 54,000 women and youths have been trained by the World Bank to be economically active.
The government also revealed its readiness to reciprocate its achievement recorded in rice production in other products such as onions, sheer-butter and soya beans for exportation purposes.
The Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who stated this while launching women and youth export development facility, in partnership with Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), said, the state has comparative advantage in agriculture over other states.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Umar Babale Yauri, Bagudu said, “As you know, Kebbi State is blessed with a population of women who are engaging in rice production and it is now a top talk across the nation due to efforts and support of state governor.
“The state government is trying to reciprocate the achievement recorded in the rice production into sheer butter, onions and soya beans.”
He added that with the partnership with NEXIM, Kebbi State would start the export of soya beans, shea butter and onions.
The Special Adviser to State Governor on Women Development, Hajia Zarau Wali, disclosed that through partnership with the World Bank, over 54,000 women have been trained to be economically active.
According to her, “It is also worthy of note, that the state government in partnership with the World Bank empowered 54,000 women to be economically active through the formation of Women Initiative Group in Maiyama, Ngaski and Argungu local government areas.”
She explained that more women and youths, especially in the rural areas, are actively involved in the production of rice, sheer butter, onions and water melon stressed that they are capable of feeding the nation and exporting the products if they were properly guided.
Wali urged NEXIM to include in their programmes mode of processing and packages of perishable products during their training session for women and youths.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), Mr Abba Bello, had commended the state government over it investment on rice production in the state which has increased the IGR of the state.
“Let me commend the investment drive in the state by your administration, particularly the Rice Revolution, which recently led to the unveiling of the rice pyramid as well as the cassava-based ethanol project with huge prospects for production of biofuel and renewable energy.
“Your efforts in this direction have not only contributed to the significant increase in the Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) but have also positively impacted the socio-economic indices particularly in the areas of jobs creation and sustainable development”.
Eve Afrique Red Ball Takes Centre Stage In PH, Sunday
This year’s Eve Afrique Red Ball event with theme: “Together, Ensuring Peace and Development Across the Niger Delta”, is set to take place on Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
In an interview, the Editor in Chief of Eve Afrique Magazine, Mrs Ivy Davis Etokakpan, said, this year’s Red Ball event is the 10th and will focus on the socio-economic wealth of the Niger Delta region.
She stated that, over the years, Eve Afrique had worked on eight health related issues, but this time, because of times and seasons, “we are focusing on peace and development across the Niger Delta.
According to her, “we hope to achieve this with the cooperation of leaders of corporate organisations in the Niger Delta. We believe that with the cause action on the Red Ball, we hope to do that with our Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Eve Afrique Empowerment Initiative”.
Etokakpan added that this year will focus basically on internship programme for young people by asking partners of the NGO to accept and train secondary school students during holidays in their companies.
She said, “in the past, we used to do vacation jobs in the oil companies, even in our parents’ companies. We hope that our partners would teach our children workable skills. If this is done, the Niger Delta child would know his or her skill and work on it.
“We want these young ones to learn management and accountancy skills through these internship programmes. Our dream is that, in five years’ time, we would have raised a group of’ equipped and empowered Niger Delta youths who in turn will mentor those coming after them. We need to prepare these ones for the future.
At the Red Ball event this weekend, we expect Elsphon Nigeria Alabo (Dr) Emi Membrane-Otaji, Managing Director, to present a keynote address on “Economic Development across the Niger Delta. Also, former MD of NDDC, Mr Timi Alaibe will present a paper on Peace Across the Niger Delta at the event”, she said.
It would be recalled that over the years, Eve Afrique Red Ball has achieved levels of successes over the previous Red Ball events in raising awareness on general health matters, empowerment programmes as a way of giving back to the state and society at large.
Eve Afrique had hosted programmes which include the sickle cell awareness programme, cervical cancer awareness and prevention programme, diabetic management awareness and prevention programme, prostate cancer awareness programme and colon cancer awareness programmes.
Eve Afrique had the mandate of changing the narrative concerning the Niger Delta.
They are on a mission to highlight and showcase the beauty of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole, she added.
By: Ibinabo Ogolo
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