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Sustainable Development Goals Book Club African Chapter Inaugural Book Picks - SDG 1 - No Poverty


Sustainable Development Goals Book Club African Chapter Inaugural Book Picks - SDG 1 - No Poverty

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Publisher:UN SDG Book Club African Chapter

Level:6-12 years +

Sustainable Development Goals Book Club African Chapter Inaugural Book Picks - SDG 1 - No Poverty

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Goal 1 - No Poverty

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015, too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

Kayim's Quest

Book Title: Kayim's Quest for Good Fortune
Author: Ama Worla
Illustrator: Cycil Abban Jones
Publisher: Mountype Publishers, Ghana
ISBN: 978- 9988-30-737-0

In this delightful story, a little boy dreams of a great fortune but does not like to wake up early. His grandfather who lives in the countryside teaches him the importance of a work ethic and he learns to equate work with wealth in such fun ways. The book is entertaining, full of life lessons in an African context with values and virtues clearly articulated. An added bonus at the end of the book, are: a glossary, word puzzles to grow a young reader's vocabulary, discussion prompts and a quiz to promote critical thinking.

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Leg Power

Book Title: Leg Power - Victor Wanyama
Author: Jimmy Asudi
Illustrator: Abel Murumba
Publisher: Nsemia Inc. Publishers, Kenya
ISBN: 978-1-926906-84-3

From a poor, football-loving family based in Kenya, Victor Wanyama and his brother, Macdonald Mariga Wanyama, have found international success as footballers

The book throws open a window onto aspects of football history and emphasizes the importance of family support and inspiring role models. Ultimately, the book demonstrates that it is possible to climb out of poverty and into wealth by doing what you love - particularly football - with great proficiency and dedication. An inspiring football book for boys and girls.

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Monkey Business

Book Title: Monkey Business
Author: Chukwuemeka Iroegbu Chukwudi
Publisher: University Press Plc, Nigeria
ISBN: 978-978-940-2090

A badly paid driver with a university degree can barely feed his family and is desperate to become rich. He strikes an outrageous deal with his scheming and heartless employer. This is a full length stage play, comical, colourful and alive with caricatures - situations and characters - from Nigeria's socio-economic landscape.

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Village Boy

Book Title: Village Boy
Author: Anietie Usen
Illustrator: Mike Asukwo
Publisher: Origami - imprint of Parresia Publishers, Nigeria
ISBN: 978-978-983-107-4

This vivid coming-of-age book revisits the life of the author - an orphan - who grew up in a typical Nigerian village community in the 1960s - 1970s. Humorous and loving recollections are a gift of nostalgia to readers of the author's generation who also started their journeys of life in African settings new to modernity.

Curious and colourful headings introduce curious and colourful vignettes about for example, the season for flying termites. They are a gift to children raised in 21st century urban settings defined by western values, nuclear families, materialism, constantly innovating western technology and the fast-paced life. Excellent and humorous illustrations of the rustic life adorn stories that beg the questions: What is wealth? What is poverty?

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SDG1 - No Poverty

Kweku Anansi

Book Title: Kweku Anansi and His New Wife
Author: Farida Salifu
E-Library: World Stories
E-Library Website:
Language: Akan
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Anansi, because of his greed asked God to give him a wife without a mouth on her face. Unknown to him, God gave him a wife whose mouth was hidden in her armpit.

When he discovered, Anansi felt betrayed and humiliated but God had no sympathy for the greedy man. God said to him, "You had a devoted and loving wife, Anansi. But because of your greed and selfishness you thought you would be clever and demand a new wife from me."

Anansi felt ashamed of his greed and begged God to return his old wife to him because he had indeed learned a valuable lesson. Perhaps he would even try to be more generous with his food.

Facts about the Akan Language

Akan is a Central Tano language and the principal native language of the Akan people of Ghana, spoken over much of the southern half of Ghana. About 80% of Ghana's population can speak Akan, and about 44% of Ghanaians are native speakers. It is also spoken in parts of Côte d'Ivoire.

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