Kawe is a social enterprise that aims to develop human capacity on the African continent by encouraging Africans of all ages to appreciate and embrace a reading culture.
KAWE is a Yoruba word of Nigerian origin meaning to READ! Reading has the ability to liberate the minds of our future leaders and empower them to take charge of their lives and become responsible for whatever they desire to become.
It was a common thing for us to hear while growing up that: if you want to hide anything from an African, put it in a book.
“Kawe as an organization is out to debunk that notion and send a message to the world, which is: AFRICANS NOW READ!“
Our focus is first African as we look to champion this cause across the nations of the continent, sharing the message on the power of reading and by extension, enhancing the heritage of our continent.
The book club goes a step further by organizing events and activities around the book reading experience and often has authors of the books share in this experience.
In addition, the book club members champion the Kawe Africa Library Project where they adopt, restore and run libraries of public primary and secondary schools to help raise the next generation of readers. And most recently, the Kawe Eyes Initiative where students of public schools get free eye tests and glasses.