Testimonial of a TAICO Alumnus

diekaraDiekara Oloruntoba-Oju, an ex-student and former Headgirl 2011/2012 academic session of our school wrote to us on how she is making it in life after school. From publishing her debut novel “When Lemons Grow on Orange Trees” to getting amazing reviews from critics and performing book reading sessions at different events and festivals we celebrate Diekara and more future successes coming her way. Below is her testimonial to the principal on behalf of the school.


Dear Sir,
There are a great deal of things I would like to say to you and to the entire TAICO community but the words fail me now. The effect of the sort of mentorship I got there is too tremendous to be described. I can only say thank you.
Indeed I’m grateful for the soft skills I imbibed; the hard lessons learnt; the sort of teachings that make children become leaders and world changers. I guard those teachings jealously and take them with me everywhere I go. They continue to make and guide me and for all these I am forever in TAICO’s debt.
My debut novel waquotes_2s published earlier this year and over the past few months I have been on a very exciting literary journey where I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with leading literary icons in Nigeria. If this experience has taught me anything, it is that hardwork rewards. I really hope the younger ones still at TAICO continue to learn this and work accordingly without grumbling.
So this message is thanking you dear sir for heading a school where it is taught that hardwork births success, where the sort of reading culture that grooms writers is encouraged, where the sort of integrity that our nation needs is preached, and where the sort of complete education that produces great men is given.

My novel is a story that attempts to chronicle Nigeria’s social problems through the experiences of a family. I will also be reading this November at the Lagos Book and Arts Festival that’s to take place between the 10th and 14th of November 2016.

I would love to do a reading at TAICO, It would be a wonderful opportunity to encourage the young people at TAICO to make the best of their opportunities there.
Thank you so much once again and my warmest regards to the entire school.
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Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju(Headgirl 2011/2012).
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Below are links to some of the reviews of the book and the last book reading by Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju:
http://m.guardian.ng/art/oloruntoba-ojus-lemon-for-orange-metaphor-in-a-season-of-change/

 

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