FAMILY AFFAIRS BLOG (FAB) INSPIRING CREATIVITY IN CHILDREN: MRS. OLUBUNMI ABODERIN TALABI
Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi is a writer, publisher and the Founder of Clever Clogs Books, a niche organisation that specialises in the production of children’s books.
She started her publishing career working in a family newspaper business, Punch Nigeria Limited. She has served on the board of Punch since 1994 and worked in an executive capacity for 8 years as the Executive Director, Business Development and New Projects.
She was also the first Managing Director for the startup Punch Commercial Printing Limited, a subsidiary of Punch Nigeria Limited, which incidentally is the publisher of the highest circulating national daily newspaper in Nigeria THE PUNCH. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at Punch.
Olubunmi is also the current Executive Council Chairperson of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), and is a member of the Advisory Board for Terra Kulture. She is also the Chairperson, Board of Trustees, of the OA Foundation.
In 2017, her passion for writing developed into collaborating with talented artists to create beautifully-illustrated children’s picture books designed to make reading attractive, inspire innovation and excite children, parents and teachers.
Olubunmi is an avid book reader, a photo-enthusiast, and founder of the Olubunmi Programs. She has also written a number of articles in the areas of commerce, agriculture, sanitation and land use in Nigeria.
Her published books include: Tobi Visits the Conservatory (2017), Kob the Antelope (2017), Diary of a Toddler (2017) and Why Do You Wash Your Hands? (2018). Olubunmi has written three more children’s picture books scheduled for release in 2018.
Olubunmi is a member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria; the Corporate Governance Society of Nigeria and the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Nigeria. Olubunmi, has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from City University London, and is also a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School as well as the Advanced Management & Leadership Program at Oxford University Said Business School.
Do enjoy the exclusive interview with Mrs. Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi
I believe we have the power to create the future we desire. We can do our part to make the world a better place so that our children inherit good systems, structures, processes that they can build upon.
My faith that things can and will get better keeps me going.
The joy that young children get from reading my books is also a source of encouragement. It’s amazing to see the way their face lights up especially when they read Diary Of A Toddler.
2) How have you been able to successfully balance your career and family life?
I admire women who work full time in the corporate world while caring for young children, a husband and elderly parents. I appreciate the time flexibility that comes with being an entrepreneur so that’s the route I have chosen. As a self-employed person I am better able to balance my various responsibilities.
3) What are the top 3 tips that you would pass to every youth, young woman, married person and family to be successful?
CLEVER GLOGS LAUNCHES NIGERIAN-THEMED CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS
Lagos, March 1 2018 – To mark the celebration of the International World Book Day, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi, publisher and founder of picture book publication company Clever Clogs, has announced the launch of a sequence of Nigerian-themed children picture books.
The picture books which include The Tobi Series, Kob the Antelope and Diary of a Toddler focus on themes that help to develop an avid reading culture amongst children in Nigeria, using uniquely illustrated stories that depict activities or people in their environment.
Tobi Visits the Conservatory is the first in the series. It’s a story about a Lagos family’s budget-friendly day out during the summer holidays. The book includes a map of Nigeria, the use of a calendar, days of the week, animals and their habitats. In addition to being entertaining, this book can be the basis of an interactive discussion about Lagos tourism, family bonding time and the role of conservation in society. The Tobi Series is recommended for children within the ages of 4-6.
Kob the Antelope is an inspiring short story about a young antelope called Kob who wanders away from his way home and gets ensnared by a devious hyena. He eventually manages to escape and finds his way back home. The story is set in a West African savanna and it teaches children about the importance of following the advice of a trusted parent over the flattery of a stranger. It is an illustrative tool for talking to young children about stranger danger. Kob the Antelope is designed for children within the ages of 6-8.
Diary of Toddler introduces the concept of time and sequencing to preschoolers using bright, colourful illustrations that tell the story of a little Nigerian girl and her daily adventures. Children see examples of good manners, good personal hygiene and wholesome activities for toddlers. Diary of Toddler, is recommended for children in playgroup, or within the ages of 2-4.
Speaking at the book launch, author and founder of Clever Clogs, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi said “Many of the readily available and best promoted children’s books are from a different continent. These books tell their own stories, interpret the world through their own eyes and promote their own values. I write my books to tell our own stories, develop our own narrative and give our children wholesome protagonists who look like them and or live in their kind of environment. I want these books to be bedtime story favourites for children across the country. Following the launch of these books, we will be embarking on a book tour to schools in Lagos where we will talk to children about the benefits of developing a healthy reading culture from an early age.”
In line with the 2018 theme for the World Book Day celebration ‘Share a Story’, the launch of the books will encourage a perfect story time and bonding session between parents and children, as well as assist their cognitive development.
Clever Clogs Books