Wednesday, 11 April 2018

OLUEBUBE SHARON JAMES - NIGERIA/AFRICA'S YOUNGEST AUTHOR, CLOCKS 18



Miss Ebube, the Morning of her 18th birthday 

Today April 11, 2018 she clocks 18. Nigeria/Africa's youngest author, and according to the Guinness book of records, probably the second youngest female published author in the world, after Dorothy Straight who was born on May 25, 1958 in Washington, DC, USA, and wrote “How the World Began” in 1962, aged 4. It was published in August 1964 by Pantheon Books.
 
her book Freedom written at age 5+
Ebube in her skill class producing a bag
Ebube on the cover of Pacific Success Digest

Born April 11, 2000, she enrolled in Beulahfield Nursery & Primary School in 2001 at the age of 9 months. She started writing at the age of 5, but presented her first published book on her 6th birthday, April 11, 2006 “FREEDOM”. 

Ebube with her family, parents standing and siblings by her side

She was described then by the Lagos State Polytechnic Magazine as the “The Guinness Book Of World Records success breaker and youngest author in the World”. 

Ebube with Mrs Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, OON

In 2007-2008, she received the Beulahfield Nursery & Primary School, Certificate of Merit for the overall best performance in neatness. Sharon is also involved in philanthropy works; she donated foodstuffs, clothing and a tricycle to the Center for Destitute Empowerment, Idimu Ejigbo in 2007. She has been interviewed on Women Tower FM, Israel, Radio Nigeria, Inspirational FM 92.3, TVC, NTA2 Channel 5. In 2010 she served as her School Social Prefect while in Primary six. Same year, on February 10, she was voted as ‘The Western Magazine “Face of the future – EBUBE, Nigeria’s Young Author”, on February 19, 2010, she launched project “WASH-A-HAND” and donated 18 wash hand basins to all the classes from nursery one - primary six in her school. On July 28, 2016, her graduation day from secondary school, she donated 50 lap top bags to her class mates and school teacher in appreciation of time spent with them while in secondary school.

Ebube with Prof Wole Soyinka

In December 2011, she got a special phone call from American based, Nigerian born Computer wizard Professor Philip Emegwali, who showed great interest in her book and encouraged her to write more. 
Ebube with Prof Wajackoya, when he visited her in her school

On February 23, 2012, she played host to Professor George Luchiri Wajackoya in her school, when the American based Professor of Law and Kenya's Presidential candidate visited her school. Prof Wajackoyah described his meeting with 12 year old Oluebubechukwu as the height of his joy, during his visit in Nigeria and in his words, “I have met with world leaders outside Nigeria and Kenya, but meeting with this young girl who is proudly standing tall even at this tender age is a thing of joy, I am honoured, and I consider it a great privilege to have her visit me specially.” Sir George made a contribution to the young writer towards her upcoming second book. She has also hosted in her school Chief Emeka Kalu PDP Chairman in the United States of America and Chief Reagan Ufomba an Abia State Gubernatorial candidate. In June 2015, she hosted Miss Nollywood Nigeria Gwendolyn Elohor Tagbarha in her school and donated 100 copies of her book to her.

Ebube with Miss Nollywood Nigeria Gwendolyn Elohor Tagbarha during her visit to Ebube's school

On July 28, 2016, she received 'Excellent Service Award' for her contribution to her school First Buelahfield College, as the school Ambassador and Assistant Health Prefect. On May 27, 2016, she was among the "TIKFA Faces of the future: celebrating ten children affecting lives in Nigeria" On October 3, 2015 she received a 'Merit Award in recognition & celebration of her achievement & ground breaking ingenuity as Nigeria’s Youngest Published Author' by SPEAK QUILL INITIATIVE (SQI) in celebration of Nigeria’s 55th Independence anniversary. On 30th September 2015, she was honoured with the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Meritorious Award by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Africa Genius Award Centre, Ghana. On February 20, 2015, she won the ‘Youngster of the Year’ The Ikenna Kalu Facebook Award (TIKFA) 2014. On July 22, 2014 she was awarded the First Buelahfield College Promotion Merit Award for promoting her school at the national and international level. On July 20, 2013, she was appointed and crowned her School Ambassador - “First Buelahfield Ambassador” On July 17, 2012, she was awarded with a Certificate of Recognition form “Shake The Tree” Organisation in America, for her accomplishment and valuable contribution to the world of literature.

Ebube have a press interview

On Monday February 10-17, 2014 she was voted the author of the week by the Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014. On November 15-17, 2013, she was among the Readers at the “GREEN FESTIVAL” Green Reading’ young authors of the Lagos book fair held at the Freedom Park, Lagos. On August 2013, she was Special Teen Guest at “TEN TO SIXTEEN/COKER-AGUDA BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK FAIR” held at the Coker-Aguda Development Council. On July 17, 2013, she was appointed the Children Pastor during the Children’s Week program at the Redeemed Christian Church, Mount Zion Parish, David's Court, Province 37, Idimu

Ebube with Chief Sir Alex Akinyele JP, former Minister of Information Nigeria

She has autographed her book for personalities including Professor Wole Soyinka, Professor J P Clark, Professor George Luchiri Wajackoyah, Governor Rotimi Amechi, General Jones Arogbofa, Chief Alex Akinyele jp, Chief Mrs. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Ochiagha Reagan John Ufomba, Chief Olu Jacobs, Uncle Pelu Awofeso, (aka) Waka-About,  Amara Van Lere and many others.

Ebube signing an autograph for Gov Rotimi Amaechi of rivers state

She has featured in over two dozens of book readings in Lagos and other states including the: She delivered a talk at the CEE-HOPE's Girl Conference and the review of 'RUN' her documentary film on girl marriage, October 16, 2016.  "REFLECTOR BOOK FESTIVAL" at the Obafemi Awolowo University on March 5th 2016. 


Ebube with Mr Mike Awoyifa of the Sun Newpaper

She has donated over 7000 copies of her book, “FREEDOM’ to schools, Orphanages and NGO, She also donated books to the Internal Displayed Persons in Northern Nigeria through the 'Young Bookworms of Nigeria'. On Saturday April 26, 2014 she featured on 92.3 Inspiration FM.  on “Teen Times with Chichi” and was subsequently appointed to reign from Monday April 28- May 5, 2014, as the week leading youth, “TEEN OF THE WEEK’ on the 9INETEEN magazine website. She also took part in March 1, 2014 'Notable Wo-Men of the Centenary' event held in Lagos.  

Ebube after making a presentation in a program with some of the students

She was also invited as a guest at the World Book Capital in Port Harcourt, where she donated 30 copies of her book for the program.  
A Vanguard newspaper publication on Ebube 2006

A Newswatch Publication on Ebube 20006
Magazines cover: She has been on the cover of the 'Pacifist Success Digest Magazine' August 2016 edition and ‘Life Experience’ magazine May 2014 edition; cover of 'Echonews School edition' April May 2012. Highlighted on the cover of 'The National Pride Magazine' June/July 2006. She has granted interviews to over 10 publications and featured in 18 news-stories. 

Ebube when she received the Kwame Nkrumah Award with other recipients

She is a member of the Lagos based CRIMMD Library, a member of the Children And The Environment (CATE). A volunteer member of the Beach Samaritan, a volunteer member of the CRIMMD FREE SKILL ACQUISITION CENTER FOR WOMEN. Her hobbies include writing, reading and bead making.  













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