Children and Young People’s Reading with Tọlá Okogwu

Children and Young People’s Reading with Tọlá Okogwu

Reading from Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun
  • Tọlá Okogwu
Date Thursday October 27th 2022, 10:00-10:50am
Location Online

Tọlá Okogwu reads from Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

(recommended age: 8+)

Join us this half term to hear author Tọlá Okogwu read from her book Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun, talk about what its like to be a writer and best of all answer your questions on all things reading and writing.

Tọlá Okogwu is a British-Nigerian children’s author, journalist, and hair care educator. Tọlá believes it’s important for children to read books that are reflective of their own experiences, as well as other cultures and she seeks to create these opportunities through her books and wider writing. Her self-published picture book series, Daddy Do My Hair is a firm family favourite. The books were inspired by the relationship between her husband and daughters and are designed to celebrate the special bond between father and child, whilst also showcasing the beauty of Afro textured hair. Tọlá’s debut middle grade series with Simon & Schuster is set in a futuristic Nigeria, powered by solar energy. The first book, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun was published in June 2022 with a second instalment due in March 2023. She also writes as part of the dynamic duo, Lola Morayo with four books in the Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door series already published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Tọlá lives in Kent, England with her husband and two daughters.

Arvon at Home Workshops for Children and Young People are designed with freedom in mind: freedom to think and to create! They offer online opportunities for creativity and self-expression, outside the curriculum, for young people aged 8 upwards, whether from their own home or in a school classroom, under the guidance of expert tutors in poetry and prose. And the best part? They’re completely free!

The event will be delivered via Zoom and will last 50 minutes. You will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. This event will be live and will be recorded. Recording will be saved in the cloud and made available to those with confirmed advance bookings for a period of two weeks only. It will not be downloadable.

If you have any questions about this or other workshops for children and young people please contact Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole on

Online: Free

If you are able to, donations are encouraged. Suggested donation £5.

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