Guaranty Trust’s You Reads initiative hosts Damilare Kuku at book reading event – WorldStage

Book lovers in Lagos enjoyed an afternoon of stimulating creative interactions at the book reading event organized by the Guaranty Trust Bank (Guaranty Trust) on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Herbert Macauley Library, Yaba.

The event is an offshoot of the Guaranty Trust’s You Read initiative which aims to support continuous learning and promote a culture of reading across Africa as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

The literature chosen to read the book was, Almost All Men in Lagos Mad by Damilari Koko – a work of fiction chronicling the experiences of different women as they navigate the world of friendships, dating and marriage in Africa’s most populous city.

Each of the twelve stories employs great characterization and intelligent dialogue to deliver relatable content and evoke familiar emotions. The author recited different parts of the book during the session and went on to explain her impact. She also introduced some colors to her characters, which aroused public curiosity and provoked a range of reactions.

Attendees were allowed to join the discussion, and some got their own personal experiences. Radio personality and journalist Judith Atebe assembled the event, which included a poetry performance by Kolade Pelumi, a budding spoken word artist.

Commenting on the You Read initiative, Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd, Miriam Olsanya, said: “Reading is a rewarding life-long practice that greatly impacts quality of life – from building character and shaping thought to channeling ambition. With You Read, we provide a platform that nurtures talent. It rewards creative projects while promoting social participation especially among the youth in the community.”

She further added; “We will continue to explore opportunities to expand our reach and impact with this initiative as it demonstrates our unwavering commitment to achieving better outcomes for the individuals and communities in which we operate through education.”

The Herbert Macauley Library was renovated and outfitted by Guaranty Trust Bank in 2017. The project, implemented in partnership with the Lagos State Government, included interior and exterior redesign of the physical structure, refurbishment of furniture, installation of computers and internet facilities, creation of an electronic library and provision of new books.

Guaranty Trust Bank is the main branch of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, a leading financial services company providing banking and non-banking services across 11 countries spanning across West Africa, East Africa and the United Kingdom. The group proudly operates a diversified African franchise and is known for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement, notably through its consumer-focused non-profit exhibitions and capacity building initiatives for small businesses and individuals, which have made the brand endeared by millions of people across Africa and beyond.

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