Pillars to Boundless Bridges Youth Marketing Teams presents Jane Finch Reads!
Written by Archana
Growing up in Jane and Finch can be tough with all the negative attention this community receives. Quite a lot of people fail to see beyond the surface and look deeper at the assets the community has, however, successful individuals and youth mentors like Francis Atta, Jelani “J Wyze” Nias and Yahaya Baruwa are breaking through the stereotypes and shining bright. Francis, Jelani and Yahaya are amazing role models for many youth from Jane Finch and are living proof and an example of the many talented people in this community who are excelling in the arts.
As a group of youth marketing assistants trying to change the negative stories about youth and our community, Pillars to Boundless Bridges presents Jane Finch Reads author series. Join us at PEACH on Wednesday August 17th at 6pm to converse with three trailblazing writers and youth mentors who will share their passion and creativity in the form of story-telling.
Jane Finch Reads Authors
Jelani “J Wyze” Nias was born on the island of Antigua in 1977, has lived in Bermuda and now resides in Toronto, Canada. He has been writing professionally for 16 years. In 2013, his short stories were featured in two anthologies “In The Black: New African Canadian Literature” and “So The Nailhead Bend, So The Story End: an Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing”. Jelani’s contributions to “In the Black: New African Canadian Literature were cited by The Chronicle Herald’s reviewer as his “favourite story of the collection” (http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/193504-powerful-black-voices-speak-to-everyone).
An accomplished spoken word artist, his poetry can be found in “Word Up: Spoken Words In Print” and on EMI Canada’s companion audio compilation also entitled ‘Word Up’. His articles have been published by the Toronto Star and included in Canadian civic high school texts. Jelani has done readings and performances across Canada including Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton and more. He has also had various poems incorporated into syllabi for the University of Alberta’s English courses. “Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly” is his first novel.
Motivator, author, celebrated award winner, and community youth worker, Francis Atta continues to be one of the most prominent speakers in Toronto. Once homeless, and failing in school, he went on to post-secondary studies and graduated with honours. Francis is the founder of Knowledge and Effort Yield Success (K.E.Y.S), a motivational speaking company that provides workshops and programs meant to inspire and encourage people of all ages to pursue their goals despite the many obstacles that may exist. In 2015, Francis was the premier torchbearer for the Pam Am Games, and in 2016 became a Harry Jerome Award recipient.
To date his biggest achievement is his published book, The Flip (2013). This book’s target and goal was to help youth ‘flip’ their lives around. Take it themselves from negativity and surround them with positivity. Francis once said, “I want to open up new horizons for people to pursue, to give kids hope that anything is possible” (http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4252161-book-helps-youths-flip-their-lives-around).
Biography for Yahaya Baruwa
Among the authors of Toronto’s literary landscape is 28-year old York University Psychology graduate, Yahaya Baruwa. Having chosen a not-so-common path as a creative entrepreneur, he pinpointed his passion and talent at 21 years old. As a successful writer, Baruwa has found a direct expression of his skills and interests in business and inspirational storytelling. This passion and talent led to his first literary offering, the novel titled, Struggles of a Dreamer: the Battle between a Dream and Tradition. www.StrugglesofaDreamer.com.
One of eight children of immigrant parents from Kano, Nigeria, this is his first of three novels, (the second and third novels are due for release in 2015), through Tapestry House Publishing (a business which he owns and operates in Toronto, Ontario).
Baruwa has a goal of inspiring 10 million readers both in Canada and the United States of America with the courage to take action towards their most desired personal goals in life; hence selling 7.5 million copies of the novel in the process of bettering the lives of many others.