Fela Durotoye Signs 10,000 Books In Less Than 9 hrs, Sets New Record

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Fela With Some Gemstone Group Members

Nigeria’s Foremost Motivational Speaker- Fela Durotoye has set a new world record by signing a massive 10,000 books in 8 hours 48 minutes at the Book Signing Event of the Gemstone Global Reading Festival 2012 on November 19, 2012.

Fela Durotoye had earlier informed his Twitter followers about the history making event where he signed 10,000 copies of his new book, 17 Secrets of High Flying Students.

“Morning family, I’m going 2 be signing 10,000 copies of my book, 17 Secrets of High flying Students at my office today from noon to 10pm,” he tweeted.

Further tweet about the event read; “I’m on a quest to set a new world record of the highest nos. of books signed by a single author…join us now.”

He started at 12 noon, and 8 hours 48 minutes later, he had set a world record of the most number of books signed in the time he used.

The record setting is not going to end there as a new Guinness World Record will be set on Saturday November 24, 2012, when history would be made as the Gemstone Group launches the first-ever simultaneous global reading of a book – ’17 secrets of High Flying Students’ in 17 cities in Nigeria and 17 countries across the world at the same time (via live streaming).

The Gemstone Reading Festival is an annual event that has been designed by the Gemstone Leadership Institute to encourage people to pursue academic excellence and Global peace.

The festival includes a 17-day reading activity where the book, ’17 Secrets of High Flying Students’ will be read, each chapter/secrets as each day passes. This will be done across the globe, involving the entire community of schools, homes, religious houses, corporate organizations, etc. It is the first and the biggest literacy campaign in the world, also set out to make a Guinness World Record Attempt of having the largest number of students reading the same book (17 Secrets of High Flying Students) at the same time (simultaneously). This according to the organisers will amount to having over millions of students and adults across the nation, reading simultaneously.

The organisers intend to use the festival to improve the literacy level in the country, drive and instill the reading culture in students, and teach the Principles of Success. The book will also sharpen students reading and listening skills, as well as provide a yearly platform for stakeholders of the industry to get involved in eradicating illiteracy in the country.

The festival according to the organisers will feature Sign – Ups, Press Conference, Prayer for Global peace by a representative from each continent, World record attempt and Display of medallion indicating proud participation in the world record attempt. It will also feature Special Interviews, Photo Sessions, Book Reading (each chapter of the 17 Secrets of High Flying Students).


Bez, Jeremiah Gyang To Storm Paris For Literacy Africa International Charity Concert

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Nigeria’s neo-soul musician, Bez Idakula will headline the show at the Literacy Africa International Charity Concert, taking place at Le Comptoir General in Paris, France from the 26th November to 5th of December to raise awareness for the donation of books to the Literacy Africa International Project. Other performers and musicians will include: world-class flutist, Tee Mac Iseli, Jeremiah Gyang, General Pype, and Aduke. There will be a fashion show organized by the Paris-based magazine, IN-CORRECT to feature top designers from Europe.

Literacy Africa International Project was initiated by Melbourne-based Obinwanne Okeke, who founded Invictus Entertainment. The objective is to use music and art to create awareness to get people to donate books that would be shipped to villages in Africa. Volunteers have also come onboard to go and teach children for two weeks. It has been endorsed by celebrities like Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Ama K Abebrese and supported by the Catherine Acholonu Center for Research and Sandbox, the global community of young innovators under 30, which Bez Idakula belongs to.

Literacy Africa International Charity Concert is put together by Blues & Hills Consultancy, IN-CORRECT magazine and supported by 360nobs.com, NaijaPals Music, TayoTV Africa, Sizzlers Magazine.

The Comma: History and Origin

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The comma’s ancestors have been used since Ancient Greece, but the modern comma descended directly from Italian printer Aldus Manutius. (He’s also responsible for italics and the semicolon!) In the late 1400s when Manutius was working, a slash mark (/, also called a virgule) denoted a pause in speech. (Virgule is still the word for comma in French.) Manutius made the slash lower in relation to the line of text and curved it slightly. In the 1500s, this new mark acquired the old Greek name “comma”. The word comma literally meant “a piece cut off” from the Greek word koptein meaning ”to cut off”.

Other than the period, the comma is the most common punctuation mark in English, but the little mark is often misunderstood and misused, even by native speakers. The comma plays an important role in the sentence because it tells a reader when to pause briefly. When should the comma be used? The comma is often used to separate items in a list as in the sentence: “Mark went to the store to buy eggs, bread, milk, and blueberries.” The third comma in that sentence is the topic of much debate. That comma—before “and”—is called the “serial comma” or the “series comma”.  Some usage conventions require a serial comma, but others do not. Whether or not to use a serial comma can also depend on the items in the list. Consider this sentence: “For breakfast, Mary had an apple, toast and jam, and coffee.” Without the final comma the sentence would be unclear. She isn’t eating jam with coffee, so a serial comma clarifies the situation.

Commas are also used to separate independent clauses when a conjunction is used, as in the compound sentence: “Mark went to the store, and he bought eggs, bread, milk, and blueberries.” Commas have many other uses as well. When an entire phrase may be removed from a sentence, commas are used to set the phrase apart. Take this as an example: “Shelia, reconsidering her options, did not want to go to the movie.” In a similar fashion, they set off introductory participle phrases as in: “Reading over her notes, Julie realized she missed an important detail.”

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