Owerri, Here We Come

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 22, 2013 /
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It was a fun ride from Nsukka to Owerri on Friday. I saw lots of street vendors, roadside markets, and military checkpoints. Obi and I bought roasted corn, peanuts, and bananas for the trip. We were well stocked for the 3 hour journey.

 

Driving to Owerri

 

Driving to Owerri

 

Owerri is a bustling city, much busier than Nsukka. I'm staying at a small, clean hotel called Lamonde. It's right across the street from the Federal College of Education, which is where the presentation was today and where the workshops will be tomorrow.

 

Dr. Michael Bitz speaking in Nigeria

 

After paying courtesy calls to the provost and other officials, I was ushered into the hall where the talk would take place. There were already a number of people waiting, so we got underway fairly quickly. Once again I sat at the high table with university officials. The kola nuts went around again, and the provost gave me a very nice introduction. My speech was titled Why Creativity Matters; I discussed the role of creativity in learning with the Comic Book Project as the basis. It went quite well, and the audience asked very interesting questions. Again, I was impressed by the similarity of issues faced by educators in the US and Nigeria.

 

Dr. Michael Bitz speaking in Nigeria

 

After the lecture, Obi and I had lunch at the restaurant attached to the hotel, then watched the end of a Nollywood movie at the restaurant. Afterward Obi took me to his house where I met two of his five children. They were really lovely. Tomorrow we launch Comic Book Project workshops for teachers and university faculty. Looks like things are off to a good start in Owerri.

 

 

 

Dr. Michael Bitz is the founder of the Comic Book Project (www.comicbookproject.org), where he helps young people write, design, and publish original comic books as a pathway to literacy and creativity. He is currently in Nigeria at the invitation of the Reading Association of Nigeria and the Ford Foundation's Institute of International Education, and will be working with teachers and students in Nsukka and Owerri to help build creative pathways to literacy through the Comic Book Project.
 
 
 
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