Session 36: September Book Review

  • Itsekiri NextGen Project: 2022 Session 36 Report
  • Topic: Book review (Full moon)
  • Date: Saturday 24/09/2022 
  • Volunteers Present: 4
  • Total Number of Attendees: 50
  • Timings: 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Venue: Former Caravan 4, Aja-Pessu (Pessu Town), Warri
  • Main Topic/Activity: Book review (Full moon).
  • Resource Person: Uwala Tedeye


The 36th session happened to be a book review because it is the last Saturday of September. The book titled full moon was distributed to participants two weeks ago in preparation for the book review. This gave them enough time to read and digest, which led to an easy flow during the review.

Session Delivery

Uwala Tedeye began the session with an opening prayer and the Itsekiri anthem. Then a quick recap on development via social and cultural tourism was done to refresh their memory of the previous session.

The book Full moon authored by Pharm Oduwole Samuel Femi was reviewed in the 36th session. 

Most of the participants came with so much enthusiasm because they were prepared for the book review having gone through the interesting story there in. Though a few did not read the book.

Participants were asked to tell the title and the author of the book. This they did with ease, and the moon was translated to them in Itsekiri as urantsu.

A different approach was used in this session’s review. The review began with questions as Uwala Tedeye prepared a list of questions for the participants. The questions are;

  1. Why were the students so excited?
  2. Who is the Alake?
  3. What is the king building in the land?
  4. Who did the Alake assign to guard the students throughout their stay?
  5. What is the occupation of Egba people?
  6. How do the men and women dress?
  7. What is the main food of the people of Egba land?
  8. The Olumo rock served as what in the olden days?
  9. Who is Ifa?
  10. How did Ogundele come out to tell them story?
  11. Who influenced king Labata’s second son negatively and what tdid the son tell his father?
  12. How did the young king spend spend his share of the land in cash?
  13. When the second son was found when they went on search for him what was he doing?
  14. Why was kunle sent to the battle field to fight?.
  15. Why did the gods turned the king into an old man?
  16. How did Oloye recognise the king?

A question was for each team. The point missed by any team goes to the next team. If they get it correct, they get the point, but if they miss it, the point goes to the next team that gets it right.

As the participants gave answers to each question, they explain the circumstances that birth the question. Everyone was eager to speak to gain more points for their team.

Team Ikenwoli missed a point while team Atuwatse II missed two points. Though they didn’t get those points, they attempted the question that also makes them winners. Team Ginuwa II got two extra points to theirs, while team Erejuwa II got an extra point.

Some of the moral lessons the participants learnt from the story are;

  • To learn new things whenever they go on excursions.
  • They should be well-behaved as the students that went on an excursion in the story.
  • To be loyal like Oloye the king’s friend. Due to his loyalty to the king, he was able to recognise the king even when he looked older than the king they used to know.
  • To be generous.
  • Not to be jealous

Wait for your time.

  • Be open to learning new things.
  • Advise your peers positively, not negatively.
  • Be patient 

Key activities during the session 

Participants learnt new words from the book. They were made to pronounce, spell and tell the meaning of the new words. The new words learnt are;

  • Regalia
  • Embark
  • Deity
  • Divination
  • Custom
  • Excursion 
  • Famous
  • Joint
  • Gem

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