Edited by Koko Kalango & Titi Horsfall
This book is birthed from the belief in the ingenuity of the Nigerian child. As Port Harcourt celebrates its centenary and assumes the title of UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 (first city in sub-Saharan Africa to receive this honour), we though it a great idea to showcase the talent of Rivers children by engaging them in a creative writing exercise.
The Book: 100 Years around Port Harcourt
Ada and Nsirim are so excited!
They are travelling to the ancient city of Port Harcourt where they would spend their vacation with their grandparents. After spending a month with their beloved grandpa and grandma, their parents would then join them for the remainder of the vacation. Ada overheard Mum telling Grandma over the phone, that she was considering having the children attend secondary school in Port Harcourt!
Besides being very knowledgeable, Grandpa and Grandma never get bored with their grandchildren’s endless questions. For these reasons, Nsirim and Ada looked forward to their vacation.
Grandpa, who is a reputable historian, has promised to share century old stories and memories of Rivers State. In contrast, their grandma who loves the ‘current things’, enjoys travelling to the unspoilt rural areas to hold on to the memories of years gone by. What an irony! Unspoilt to grandma meant she could hear crickets at dusk, or pluck fruits from low hanging branches while taking a stroll. She basked in the euphoria of festivities and cultural celebrations steeped in the heritage of the Rivers people. Grandma has promised to take her grandchildren sightseeing.
What a vacation it promises to be!
Do you wish to embark on this adventure with Ada and Nsirim? Well, welcome aboard and enjoy a most memorable and knowledge filled adventure!