YouTube has launched its first YouTube Africa Studying Problem, an internet studying marathon that includes authors, influencers and key opinion leaders throughout Africa.
In a bid to assist popularise the work of African authors throughout the continent, the personalities will learn extracts from The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, a novel by the African-born Nigerian poet Lola Shoneyin. The ebook is an entertaining, perceptive and enlightening portrayal of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. It reveals the struggles, rivalries, intricate household politics, and the interaction of personalities and relationships inside the complicated personal world of a polygamous union.
The novel emerged because the best choice by Africans in a Google Africa survey carried out final July, which requested social media followers which novel by an African writer they want to see learn dwell on YouTube. A complete 40 individuals throughout Africa have since been chosen to kick off the YouTube Africa Problem, and might be studying from its pages, encouraging others to affix them too.
Among the many notable names becoming a member of the studying problem are:
From Kenya: Writers and storytellers Muthoni Garland and James Murua, inventive writers Anne Moraa and Aleya Kassam, actor and journalist John Sibi-Okumu, poet and actress Laura Ekumbo, and actor and author Mugambi Nthiga.
From Nigeria: Media entrepreneur and speak present host Agatha Amatha, motivational speaker Olujimi Tewe, philanthropist and author Betty Irabor, efficiency coach and strategist Steve Harris, and profession and enterprise coach Muyiwa Afolabi.
From South Africa: TV presenter and philanthropist Maps Maponyane, media persona Penny Lebyane, actress and mannequin Pearl Thusi, storyteller and sociologist Upile Chisala, and award-winning marketer Khaya Dlanga.
“We’re extraordinarily excited concerning the YouTube Africa Studying Problem. Studying novels is such a essential talent and we hope this occasion will assist gas a studying tradition on the continent, whereas additionally highlighting among the distinctive literary works by African writers,” says Nitin Gajria, Google’s Managing Director for Africa.
Bookworms can be part of the problem by sharing a 10-second video on their social channels, studying the identical ebook, and nominating their mates to do the identical.
Free entry to learn The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is out there for one month by way of the OneRead app. This provide is aimed particularly at these keen to affix the problem, however who don’t have entry to a bodily copy of the ebook. They merely should obtain the app from the App Retailer, and discover the ebook underneath ‘Information and Updates’.
The hashtag is: #AfricaReads