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Let us cause some scandal starting from this season. In wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year this season, here is a thought: Join us in the Read More Campaign by adding a book to all the hampers or other gifts you give out. You can even include a link to an eBook in the eCard you send.

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Let’s Say it Differently this Year. Anthony Kila

Let us cause some scandal starting from this season.

In wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year this season, here is a thought: Join us in the Read More Campaign by adding a book to all the hampers or other gifts you give out. You can even include a link to an eBook in the eCard you send.

In a world where outrage is the new norm and crazy is the new normal, you and I now have a chance to cause real scandal and have some fun this end of the year, so let us do it by putting a book in front of some people.

This year, say merry Christmas and Happy New Year with a book.

A gift is a thought, when we give people gifts, what we are really saying is “Hi, I thought of you” or “hello, here is what I think of you”.

Contrary to what we think, humans are not the only ones to give gifts. Chimps, spiders, and kingfishers all share gifts with each other frequently.

What better way to make our gift a notch higher than those of animals by making our gifts full of thoughts? And what is more thoughtful than a book?

Luckily for us, books are like people and places, they are like clothes and views: there is one for everyone. Like people, some books are attractive, funny and easy going, others are not, some are popular and rich others are not.

I am sure you know, but like most, we probably forget that with a book we can make people laugh or cry, think or act. We can make them love or fight.

Think about it: There are books about food and fashion, love and wars, histories and stories, religion and tradition, politics and business. You can always find one for anyone.

As we prepare our hampers or gift this year please have some fun: Think of the person you are about to send the gift to, think of something you want them to do or think, start or stop and then say it with a book.

Now let’s have some fun. What book will you send me and what book will you send two people we both know?

Tell us below

Prof Anthony Kila is the Centre Director at CIAPS.

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10 Comments

  1. Dr Tunji funsho

    Great idea!! Revolutionary. Let’s bring back to ready culture. No better time than when people have some free time during the holiday season

  2. Comfort Agbai

    Fantastic idea,have always believed in your idealogies to think of this is novel,and i believe it would cause a stir in people’s faces. Well done sir

  3. Shola OMOLOLA

    This is a welcome development. Giving out books in this Yuletide season is very thoughtful I must say. I think Everybody must embrace this Noble idea. Cheers!!!

    1. === Chf. Dapo Abitoye

      You are GREAT my friend
      You have the heart of other people in your heart
      Remain progressive & blessed NJMN. AMEN

      Goodmorning

  4. Peter Obrone

    Dear Prof
    This is a fantastic idea, another great initiative from CIAPS. Well done
    To Anthony Kila I will give a book about Cooking and Cocktails
    To President Buhari I will give a book about the Rule of Law
    To Jeremy Corbyn I will send a book about the 3rd Way.

  5. Nnenna Azuka-Onwuka

    Simply Novelle Prof Kila,

    The reading culture in Nigeria is almost extinct. If we can get the adults to inculcate it, they may just pass it on to the generation next.

    For my friend Funke, I will love her to read the book called Good to Great and Great by Choice by Jim Collins

    For you, I could recommend reading Become a better you by Joel Osten, if you haven’t already read it.

    Now what would you have me read?

  6. Hauwa Booth

    Love the idea. And going to definitely give out books as gifts.

    For you- “Rebel Talent” Francesca Gino

    For friend 1: Elon Musk- Ashlee Vance
    All the President’s men: 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

  7. Bode Oje

    This is a good idea. I love it and will support it in anyway I can. I have Dan Brown ‘s The Lost Symbol to give out. How do I get it to CIAPS?

    1. Centre Director

      You can reach us by using
      https://ciaps.org/contact-us/

  8. Marie-Laure

    Great idea Anthony. I love books and I was thinking to purchase your book about Yoruba proverbs for a my daughter’s lodger who is Spaniard with a Nigerian dad. Let me go quickly on Amazon to get it! For you, I’ll get a method, maybe book and CD for brushing up your knowledge of the French language. Joyeux Noël et bonne et heureuse année 2020 mon ami.

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