We believe in community engagement driven by artistics initiatives
— COAL Literature Store
After recognizing the difficulty faced in accessing African literature; the inability to exchange or recycle old books for new ones considering the cost of books and the stringent payment structures of most stores limiting the variety of books most book lovers can purchase, We established a social enterprise called COAL Literature store. The goal of the store is not just to make African literature accessible but to also make them affordable and available to all individuals who need them.
— Community Outreaches
We are passionate about civic engagements that bother on social impact through the execution of community-focused projects. However, COAL is interested in Creative Education and Gender issues, we notice social problems and move to solve them in these areas.
— COAL School Clubs
The “Catch them young” mantra is as old as time itself. The school club tries to improve the reading culture amongst students in the hope that this would translate into a deep discipline for reading and learning for pleasure. It also hopes to expose these students to other avenues of expression e.g. spoken word. Our model in achieving this is through the training of trainers across schools in the adoption of the COAL model for teens across schools. COAL only plays a supervisory role and provides resources to help every school club maximize the potentials of a range of literary activities put together by COAL. Our advocacy is for spoken word poetry to be included in the curriculum of schools in Africa as this will;
- Build the creative writing skills of students
- Build confidence in teens and young adults
- Develop the oratory skills of students
— Spoken Rhythm
Spoken Rhythm is our annual literary event staged to promote consumer-friendly poetry through entertaining performances accompanied by live music and theatre. It features artists from across Nigeria and also gives younger poets an opportunity to express their craft.