With a Book You Are Never Alone- Bisila Bokoko

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bisilalibary "I am a cultural hybrid. I was born in Spain from African parents, became an American citizen, and have been living in New York City for the last fifteen years." My first trip to was almost five years ago. Like many visitors who have traveled there, I fell in love with the people and the country; I returned from the trip with a desire to contribute, and help Africa develop and grow. There is a serious need to build infrastructure to empower people though , health, and medicine. I was inspired to work on increasing the supply of something very close to my heart: Books! Since then, I have been working to create an African Literacy Project, focused on building libraries around Africa, with the first one established in, Kokofu, located in the Kumasi Region in Ghana. I came into contact with William Kamkwamba through this project. His family could not afford his tuition fee, and were unable to support his school attendance. Through the program he read a book on windmills, learning their use as an alternative and powerful energy source. William Kamkwamba became inspired to build a windmill, which later created enough electricity to power his own household and eventually his entire village. I believe there are more young men and women like William Kamkwamba in other parts of Africa and I would like to supply them with that can inspire them in similar ways. Why begin the African Literacy Project in Kokofu? John Hutchinson, my guide in Ghana, asked me if I didn't mind passing by Kokofu on our way to Kumasi in order to check the house of a former U.S. resident who was building a home in the area. While there, I met Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo II, the Chief of Kokofu, who granted me with the honor and title of "Queen Development Mother." With this title, Chief Okogyeasuo II offered me a piece of land, where we decided to build the first BBALP library. To witness firsthand a child's excitement when they receive their books is priceless, and heartwarming to see them entering the library's premises. The Kokofu library has since become a community project, a focal point for both the families and communities to practice togetherness and emphasize on our common love for books. The literacy project has since grown, and we now have library projects benefitting children in Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. We have cooperated with various schools, educational institutions and other partners to send books over to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and South Africa. We have recently created the BBALP Scholarship Fund in order to help talented children get access to education in countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana. The important lesson I have learned from this experience is that: "It takes a little to do much." We believe at BBALP that education is the door opener for new opportunities and I keep finding, along the way, very supportive people to my vision, for which I am very thankful. Every library and every country is an adventure. Collecting the books for the children, finding the right partners, meeting the children in person, having the opportunity to read some stories to them is a beautiful experience all in one that I would like to pursue in other countries with the simple goal of spreading the love for books.
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13 Comments

  1. tyra bello

    January 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Inspiring though kids this days don’t wanna read…

  2. Adewumi Taofiq

    January 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    That great

  3. Louis Offor

    January 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    This is the truest display of the African spirit of brotherhood that i have come to know while growing up. As an African, you are taught to always show interest and concern for your immediate community and even if you are far away, that love never wanes. That’s exactly what Bisila Bokoko has done due to her African heritage and parenting despite her foremost country of birth and the many years of being away from her original home. To this act of kindness and commitment to ensuring that literacy and the light of knowledge is brought to our darkest communities, i must say thumbs up and i do hope that other persons, organizations and even the government will encourage this initiative effortlessly.

  4. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    January 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Wow this is Lovely

  5. fabinu ayodeji

    January 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    wow….great

  6. akinlabi olawumi

    January 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    A great project that needs urgent attention. Our government wont attend to that instead they steal in trillions to cater for their nuclear family alone.

  7. Oloye Adeniran

    January 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    From Article She Aint Nigerian But Has A Big Heart For Africa, Started From Ghana Her Home(maybe) And Expanding The Reach Of Her Works And Genuine Kind And Care.
    The Part I Love Is The Boy That Did A Windmill.
    I Have Always Thought To Build Something Exceptional That Will Make People Marvel And Stand The Trying Stance Of Time.
    She Indeed Has Inspired Me Not By Her Boks But Those Testimony Of People Who Had Little But Made Much Out Of It.
    Me With Much Doing Little With It, I Have No Excuse Then. Thanks Thebbbuzz For This

  8. Chinaza Victor

    January 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    That’s kul

  9. Nnenna Ugwuonah

    January 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    If we could find few people like you in our world, we will have a beautiful world to live in

  10. Lucky

    January 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    One thing i keep on saying is that we can develop ourselves in Africa even without looking up to the government.Since we have very notable and weathy men and women in Africa they can do more in building infrastructure that will empower the people
    through education, health, and medicine.If truly we want to have stabilty,security and economy development in Africa we must carry along those without hope if not we are heading nowhereThank you for initiating that process that would help us in discovery more talent in Africa.

  11. Grace Aigbokhae

    January 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Good 1.

  12. Ability ifeanyi

    January 27, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Bisila Bokoko you are a great woman that knows the value of education,you have the vision and worked it out for you to see that africa is set to it’s standard in terms of education,if other rich and wealthy people across african both men and women can follow your footstep not only for acquiring wealth for selfish interest but invest it in a way that but rich and poor people will benefit from it without looking everytime on the government of our country for infrastructure and other social amenities what are we talking africa would have been paradise,and the spirit of reading will come upon the children to do more and be remembered in the history.

  13. Winnie

    January 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Whoa!selflessness.The growth of our nation starts with us.depending on the government has gotten us nowhere,we are still turning in circles.May God give us the strength to be selfless