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Founder of Diary of A Special Needs Mum Initiative, Bukola Ayinde launches Four Books

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Bukola Ayinde, Founder, Diary of a special Needs Mum Initiative had the launch of her four books last Sunday, 8th of July, which was also her birthday.

Her friends and family turned out in large numbers to celebrate this great feat with her.

Opening prayer was said by AVM Femi Gbadebo, Founder, Benola Organisation, Opening address by Dotun Akande of Patrick Speech and Languages. The first review was done by a six year old girl, Uyi Uwumarogie, a pupil of New Hall Nursery and Primary School. While the second was done by Dr. Ogechi Adeola, a member of the faculty at Lagos Business School. The third book review was done by Ifeanyi Omeni, an author and editor. While the last book review was done by  Feyi Olubodun, MD, Insight Communication.

There was also a five-man panel who spoke about ‘Disability and Inclusion’ in Nigeria. The panel consisted of: The author, Bukola Ayinde, Tobiloba Ajayi, Founder, Let Cp Kids Learn; Folusho Liasu, Founder, Super Parents (of children with disabilities), Bisola Babatude-Idowu, owner, Great Expectation Inclusive School and Korede Oladejo, Kabworld Physiotherapy.

The books were unveiled by Rufai Yusuf Ahmad, National President, Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists.

According to the author one of the major problems that people with disability face in Nigeria is stigmatization. This is mainly due to the wrong information that has been passed from one generation to another that children with disabilities are from strange worlds and therefore evil. Bukola hopes with these books, the younger generation will read them and understand that disabilities are medical conditions. She also hopes that children that read the book would grow up to become law makers, ministers in different sectors of the country, president, teachers, disability advocate who will fight for the rights of people living with disabilities.

My Name is Nimi – Is a story about the author’s five years old daughter, Oluwalonimi, who has cerebral palsy. It is a story told in her voice. She tells her friends why she is sitting on a wheelchair and why she cannot do things like them. She also tells her friends the things that she can do just like them. It ends with Nimi asking the reader the question, ‘will you be my friend?’

My Name is Nimi (colouring book)- The story of Nimi has a colouring book for younger children. With short sentences telling the story about Nimi with simple words.

My Sister is Special– The story was inspired by the author’s second daughter, who couldn’t understand the reason Nimi was getting most of the attention at home. The story helps children to appreciate their lives and to know that the grass is not always greener on the other side. It also tells parents to give attention to other children while caring for a special needs child.

Peter is different-Ten year old Jude has a new classmate, Peter who looks different from everyone else. This story was inspired by the persistent discrimination faced by children with disabilities in mainstream schools in Nigeria. The author showed how giving students the right information about disabilities could foster love and acceptance. The book also answered the question, who are the true bullies in a mainstream school? Is it the pupils, teachers, school owners or parents of pupils in the school? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

The books are available in bookshops in Lagos: Glendora Bookshop, City Mall Ikeja, Bookworm Bookshop at Illupeju, by Oshodi Apapa Expway, Ebano supermarket, chevon road.

For home and office delivery kindly contact 08035754038; [email protected].

The books will be available on Amazon in August, 2018.

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43 Comments

  1. Akintunde

    July 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Great!

  2. ayo emakhiomhe

    July 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    congratulations

  3. Seun Ojo

    July 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Excellent initiative, this is great! Pls keep it up!

  4. Seun (The Godfather)

    July 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    This is highly commendable as the education about people with special needs has to be done at all levels especially from childhood. This will help to eradicate any form of discrimination against them.

  5. Femi

    July 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    This is a very good intiative, am positive this will help other Nigerians in similar situations.

  6. Ayotunde Ayinde

    July 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Great effort. These books should be embraced by all to enable good knowledge of people liung with disability as part and parcel of the society. I have sent out the article to parents in my school.

  7. Adenike Rafiat Adejola

    July 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    This is a unique achievement. You are an amazing woman.

  8. Oluwafolakemi

    July 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Congratulations on your courage to bring this awesome work together. This type of enlightenment in needed in our part of the world

  9. Adeola Gbadebo

    July 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    a woman of substance and value. please ride on

  10. tomi

    July 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    well done .well done . the books will be a great spurce of enlightenment for all. keep up tue good work .

  11. Olutosin

    July 20, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    This is a quite passionate intervention… May your effort and love be crowned with great results!

  12. Joseph Raymond Ayodele

    July 20, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Grace work. Life is all about donation and not duration.
    Great grace upon you.
    Congratulations.

  13. Afolajimi

    July 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Great work. Higher heights on the way

  14. Chieke Donald

    July 20, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    May God continue to bless this ministry and empower the founder.
    You are a blessing to this national

  15. Garuba Paul

    July 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    This is so touching and revealing..just having a preview of the books. It’s makes one appreciate the extent of Grace and strength of such family with special and miracle children….God bless the Ayinde family and by extension other parents with such grace. I pray for more strength and encouragement for the Bukola Ayinde.

  16. Rolayo

    July 20, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Great one Bukola Ayinde. These books will go a long way in changing the narrative around CP and the inclusive education as a whole. Kudos to you and your team.

  17. Rolayo

    July 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Well done BN for the good work. BN is my prime place for safe/sane news and lifestyle content and your support for this kind of causes just wins you more *hearts*

  18. Shoneye Bukola

    July 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Wonderful initiative. Go Girl. More of Gods wisdom and knowledge. Bukola indeed. Its a great Job. Weldon

  19. Taiwo Gasper

    July 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    A GREAT work I must comment..keep Soaring HIGHER Ma..

  20. Onyinyechi Onuzurike

    July 20, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Greater heights you shall attain. Great job ma.

  21. Onyinyechi Onuzurike

    July 20, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Great job.

  22. Lisa Emelogu

    July 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Very nice work done, it’s a great thing to write about special needs children. May God continue to strengthen you and your family

  23. Austine USHIE

    July 20, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Awesome & Great initiative!
    More Grace for Global impact! ?

  24. Jumoke

    July 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Amazing book

  25. Rachel

    July 20, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Weldon

  26. Hope Onukogu

    July 20, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Congratulations madam, you have done so well on this journey. May God bless you as you throw more light in this direction at a time as this.
    Kudos

  27. Glory Isijola

    July 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    This is a good initiative. I encourage every parent to read the books. I’m certain there will be a lot to learn. Kudos madam.

  28. tolulope maraiyesa

    July 20, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    This is a good job,kudos to you my sis,pls,do not relent,God is your strength

  29. Kaysea

    July 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Well done ma!!!

  30. Ebere

    July 20, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    This is commendable. God bless you.

  31. Zinny

    July 21, 2018 at 2:23 am

    I’ve always admired your strength and courage.. Brave effort putting these together.. More Grace!

  32. Tosin

    July 21, 2018 at 5:52 am

    This is great work. Congratulations.

  33. Femi Olokesusi Snr.

    July 21, 2018 at 10:49 am

    My dear Buky this heroic outputs deserve robust congratulations. Well done. We are very proud of this.

  34. Oyinlola Adeyemo

    July 22, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This is lovely! Congratulations!

  35. Omolola Yeni

    July 22, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Inspiring to see how a mother sees beauty in what others would otherwise see as challenges. It really is important to teach our children to accept everyone and s3e the uniqueness each child has and how it can add value. Well done ma!

  36. Prince Azubuike

    July 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Congratulations. The grace of God shall continually avail for you.

  37. Dew

    July 22, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Well done ma. Greater heights.

  38. Lydia Dominic

    July 24, 2018 at 7:08 am

    This is amazing! Mothers and teachers have a lot to learn from these books. Congratulations.

  39. Onikepo Sadiq

    July 24, 2018 at 8:04 am

    The LOAS! You guys are awesome! I salute your courage,you have amazing spirit. You turned the situation around to benefit the world. Works of your hands shall be blessed beyond measure. Your labour on your children shall be fruitful & the good Lord ,that has control over all things will surprise you positively concerning OluwaloNimi.

  40. Peter Abe

    July 29, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Thank you ma for equipping our generation with this powerful tool to embrace and maximize this reality of life

  41. Bukola Ayinde

    July 31, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Thank you everyone for your love and support. God bless you all.

  42. Ifeanyi Omeni

    September 30, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    What an awesome initiative. Glad to be part of it

  43. kemi

    November 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    A wonderful ‘you are not alone’ project to shatter the ceiling and allow sunshine for Children With Needs.

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