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YouTube has launched the African Reading Challenge, an online reading race aimed at promoting African writers.

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The video streaming program will bring 54 readers from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Each country will be represented by 18 readers in a tender aimed at promoting a culture of reading in the three countries.

Kenya will be represented by One Story founder Muthoni Garland, famous storyteller James Murua, creative writers Anne Moraa and Aleya Kassam, renowned journalist and writer John Sibi-Okumu, poet and actress Laura Ekumbo and actress-writer Mugambi Nthiga among others.

The month-long event will highlight the Secret Life of Baba Segi’s Wives, a book by Nigerian poet Lola Shoneyin. The 2010 publication was the winner in a twitter poll conducted by Google last year when the major technology company sought to know which Netizens book they wanted to hear read aloud.

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The secret life of Baba Segi’s wives focuses on polygamy in modern-day Nigeria, providing a fun and sensible view. It exposes the struggles, controversies, complex family politics and the overcrowding of personalities held and the introduction of polygamy. This book also addresses traditional discrimination on infertility.

“Childbirth has been blamed on women, and I’m glad the Twitter referendum selected a book that is one of the best in African literature,” Laureen Mayoye, a diligent reader commented.

“One could say that the book was named, Baba Segi because a child does not have to be biological in order to be considered yours. The adopted child is also a child and is related to new evolution in the republic,” he explains.

Interested parties have been invited to join the reading challenge by uploading a 10-second video reading the book and the hashtag #AfricanReadingChallenge.

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