Amos Oche Ebiega is seeking the help of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State to save his education.
The SS1 pupil of Redeemers International School, Kaduna, is not just a pupil but an author of three children’s books (The Twins and The Murderer, Cats and Dogs and The Tricky Mouse, The Ruthless Ruler and Am I Not Your Father?) Oche is also a motivational speaker.
However, life has not been easy for the 14-year-old since losing his father last year. He is finding it difficult to get acceptance for his three books.
He said he was particularly disappointed that the Benue State Ministry of Education asked him to pay N30,000 for his books to be reviewed before being considered for use in schools.
He said: “We sent the books to them so that they could include them in the books for children to read. But they are asking us to pay N30,000 for them to read to see whether they could approve it for the children in schools. I was shocked. And it is absurd because I am from Benue State and this is my work. How could they be asking me to bring N30,000 before they read my books? Where would I get that amount of money? To me it is very strange and I am appealing to Governor Gabriel Suswam to intervene and assist me regarding this issue. I urgently need a scholarship for my education because I lost my Dad last year.”
Amos said he is inspired to write because he loves reading.
“I want to thank God for the inspiration and for giving me the ideas. Secondly, my hobby is reading books, and when I realised this, I developed it. As I developed the hobby, it became a habit. From there came ideas which helped me translate my personal experiences and other people experiences, as well as things around me into these books,” he said.
Amos said he is also interested in encouraging children to read more and so uses his books to campaign that they imbibe this habit.
“We have been to many places with the books just to imbibe the reading culture into African child. That has been my main aim and goal. I have been talking to young people. Whenever I am invited for seminars, or children’s programmes and other similar events, I use my books as a tool to appeal to them and I talk about empowerment, the need for them to be useful to the society. You cannot just sit down expecting things to happen. What I tell them is that they have gifts in them that are waiting to be tapped; that they are not ordinary, therefore, they must try to bring out the gifts in them and use it to better the society,” he said.
In future, Amos wants to be a Chemical Engineer. Nonetheless, he said this would not stop him from writing.
I want to go into the aspect of Engineering, Chemical Engineering to be precise, but I would not drop my writing talent. I will continue with it,” he said.