These Teachers Are Great!

by Dr. Michael Bitz / Oct 17, 2013 /
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The Nigerian school teachers completed their third and final day of Comic Book Project workshops, and in doing so they completed their three-page comic books. They did a fine job and were all smiles by the end of the day. There were some amazing stories created, which I will share during tomorrow’s lead paper at the Reading Association of Nigeria’s conference. I had the pleasure of meeting the president of RAN as well as some regional representatives from different Nigerian states. It was exciting to see people coming into town for the two-day event.

 

Dr. Michael Bitz with schoolteachers in Nigeria

 

After the workshop, Professor Virginia Dike, Professor Obiajulu  Emejulu, and I headed over to the university’s radio station where we were interviewed live about the conference. Then the plan was to head to the studio of internationally renowned Nigerian artist El Anatsui, who I had met at the university staff lounge two nights before. He creates large-scale sculptures from found objects like bottle caps; his work has been featured at museums worldwide. Most recently, El Anatsui had an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, and he is leaving Nigeria on Friday for an opening in Des Moines. Unfortunately, we had our signals crossed, and he had left his studio for home. Instead, Obi took me on a driving tour of Nsukka followed by a beer at a bar/restaurant overlooking a stunning view of the city’s hills.

 

Exploring Nsukka, Nigeria

 

Exploring Nsukka, Nigeria

 

Exploring Nsukka, Nigeria

 

 

 

To follow along on the journey, please see: The Comic Book Project in Nigeria

 

 

 

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.
 
 
 
All photos courtesy and copyright Dr. Michael Bitz