Cognitive Wellness 


Have you ever put your glasses on a surface in a room you are in and didn’t leave,  and 5mins later, you can’t seem to remember where you put it?

Or came in with the car keys, dropped it on a surface, went to get a drink, only to get ready to go out again and you just can’t remember where you dropped it?!!

By the way, you aren’t over 40 yet! Well for those who ask me what I mean by cognitive wellness… Can you guess what it is now?

The term “Cognitive Wellness” isn’t new on the world stage but it is definitely a rarity in Nigeria. We are currently all hyped up about wellness but only in the physical body category. Everyone is loosing weight, trying to eat with different diet plans for different body chemistry types. 

I am on the skinny side and really don’t do all that stuff; yes,  I am an organic and healthy eating “somebody” but that was it until I started forgetting where I put my glasses or car keys within minutes of using them. Then I realized I needed to do something fast as I wasn’t getting any younger and my brain was definitely not going to stop forgetting if I continued to ignore its own Wellness.

As a lady whose first degree was physiology, I knew the body and brain worked together and if I was going to fix the issues I had cognitively, I would also get ready to do a lot of bodily and lifestyle adjustment, the solution had to be wholistic.

I also know that I am not alone in this phase of forgetfulness so we, at The Reading Gym Nigeria,  decided to focus on Cognitive Wellness for our adult clients and believe me, it’s a big  package. Yes, we will have the occasional book reads but we are going to also work on our lifestyle and hope for the best.

I’m so excited about our “6 Thumbs of Cognitive Wellness”  and will be talking about that in my next post.

Till then, bye. 

The Minipreneur Book Workshop


OH dear! I should have posted this about a month ago. The minipreneur book workshop I attended was awesome and a must share. 

Despite the pouring rain and scary rain reviews, I was able to get to the venue a bit late and not so much was missed. 

Lanre, the lovely lady and author of the both was so easy to flow with as she explained what being an entrepreneur was and how to get our children to bring out the entrepreneurial spirit in them

She has a unique style of teaching that is easy for children and adults to follow. I can tell you I jotted down notes, plenty lines were filled in my notebook as I scribbled on like an effico. 

Then we had the fun part, our group discussions: Primary teachers and secondary teachers. We were to come up with a business plan based on what children loved. Sort of what we could build from a habit that children loved doing. 

Of course, I was in the primary group 😁. So we chose TV because children would do anything to watch TV. Very interesting session, we were actually able to come up with lots of professions. 

It was kind of like taking a bad habit and squeezing out the positive side, and nurturing it without actually killing the creativity, talent and imagination the child might have. 

The secondary school group below👇

After the discussion, then came the group presentations… I liked my group’s presentation, it was obvious we won. But the day wasn’t about winning, it was about helping the future leaders of tomorrow to think outside the box because the future will definitely be more challenging than we have it now. 

I definitely recommend this book to parents and schools. It’s so easy to read and understand, and the children will love the activities Lanre discussed. Even adult would pick one or two things to help build their business ideas. We are definitely going to add it to our bookstore list👌. 

Essential Oils & Reading 


This is the trending topic on our Instagram handle. 
Yes, reading is mostly about books! But…. 

One of our main aims @thereadinggymng is to make your reading experience a seamless one. That’s why we have created our Reading Accessories Collection. It’s not only bookmarks that serves as an accessory to books. 😉 We have many accessory ideas to share with you. 

I love EOs. I utterly, utterly love them. And my two main brands are Plant Therapy and Edens Garden. You really need to be careful where you source your EOs, there are many processes to getting pure grade authentic essential oils and there are things to look out for when choosing a brand. That’s for another day. 

Today? Let’s talk EOs for mental clarity and focus. 🙇🙇🙇. I will start with 5 oils to aid focus and clarity. 

5 Favorite Essential Oils for Mental Clarity:

  1. Rosemary 
  2. Basil
  3. Juniper Berry 
  4. Peppermint 
  5. Sage or Clary Sage

Though Sage should be used with caution. With rosemary, even a whiff of the smell from the herb🌱 gives the same result. 🌹🌹🌹 

Any of the above essential oils can be used singularly to help enhance your brain power and boost your mental clarity; however, if you want to get fancy and up the effectiveness, blend three of them together in a mix that’s pleasing to your olfactory system – or add one or two to another of your favorite essential oil (lemon or lemongrass, too, help with your energy levels – so don’t forget those)!💆💆💆 

You can also buy a synergy blend, a synergy blend is just a mix of different single oils, be sure to read the combo on the label though. 🛀🛀🛀 

You can apply EOs by diffusing (my favorite), topical (massage) and usually mixed in a carrier oil, or just add a few drops into your cream. 

Please, if you are just starting with EOs, you need to do enough research because some are too strong and could actually harm your skin when used wrongly. 🚫🚫🚫 

So which ones do you use? What are your favourite brands? 

The Joys of Reading.


I read so that I can be informed, enlightened, engaged, distracted, consumed, occupied, reminded, identified, sojourned, trained,…and educated.

I read to be informed of the past, present and future.
I read to be enlightened of happenings around me and in the world at large.
I read to be engaged at times that I seem to have too much time for too little to do.

I read to be distracted from the daily tribulations of life.
I read to be consumed in the thoughts of great minds, known and unknown.
I read to be occupied with the more important things of life.
I read to be reminded of my essence of being.

I read to be identified with the world of imagination, the world of books.
I read to be sojourned to places known and unknown to me.
I read to be trained, so that I can do things I need to do, in order to be able to do things I want to do.
I read to be …..
I read to be educated!

Why do you read?



Abdul Ghaniy Otukogbe. He is married with 3 kids, a Learning Instructor with Adult Education of ERYC, UK – with special interest in Literacy, Numeracy and Learning Disabilities.

Treasure Hunt.


In the world of written words, your local ‘USED-book’ store is a treasure bank.
While it is not impossible to assume that the used-book store will not have much to offer (a far cry from the truth) – the reality is that it offers much more than just good and cheap books. It offers an intellectual experience that I always find therapeutic, relaxing and deeply satisfying.
For me, a visit to the used-book store gives an experience of satisfaction in the midst of everyday life’s challenges and demands. Searching through piles after piles of books, with some being dusty (even to the point of me sneezing), and then discovering books that remind me of my childhood, bring back the nostalgia of the years gone. At times, I discover a book that I have heard about but have not been fortunate enough to read,

“Oh, how I cherish my visits to the used-book store!”

There is also the regular experience of coming across titles by less known but very good authors. After all, in used books you find other peoples’ book choices. Any time I visit a used-book store I wonder at the amount and depth of knowledge buried in the store’s dusts – and even more at the ridiculously cheap prices.
For me, my love for used-book stores is insatiable, because I see it as a means,….. as I am an environmentally friendly person, I know used books are recycled goods, cheaper, and they fit into my budget. Most people that sell used books are just happy to see these books passed on to a new owner, amongst other reasons.
Sometimes I do come across books that the previous owners had taken full ownership of it by having a stamp on it, written their name on it, or the occasional commenting on the pages of the book, giving life and meanings to the book.
Unlike most other used stuff in life, a used book contains the same content like a new one, and both books are of the same title, edition, and also written by the same author.
To me used books make the reading world go round and are a source of joy to the reader, bookseller, book donor, society and writer.
So, when next you pass by that used bookstore, pop in and go on a book hunt!



Abdul Ghaniy Otukogbe. He is married with 3 kids, a Learning Instructor with Adult Education of ERYC, UK – with special interest in Literacy, Numeracy and Learning Disabilities.

READ ALOUD BASICS: Making children book lovers and not haters (Part 3)




2. Who Should Read Aloud?

   Who should read aloud? Me! You! We all have to.

 It is a common assumption that reading aloud is something children should do to we adults in order to show us their reading proficiencies. Perhaps we have forgotten those days of our childhood of tales by moonlight, bed time stories, and courtyard story times riddled with various moral values. Continue reading

READ ALOUD BASICS: Making children book lovers and not haters.


This is a write-up by a parent, turned teacher, as he unravels his discovery of reading aloud and its immense benefit to the child. Follow us as we learn about an interest turned into a passion.


” I think story telling was my life. I was very curious about story telling. Even attempting to remember the first one is like trying to remember the day you were born. I’m not sure you can”.

         Chinua Achebe (on CNN). The Author of the classic novel: “Things Fall Apart”.

In retrospection of a typical childhood in the part of the world where I grew up, reading has always been a thing of discomfort than comfort because when an adult sees children playing, the typical words that will come out of such an adult’s mouth is “e lo gbe iwe yin” (yoruba) emotively meaning “go and read your books” and for children, this spelt doom. Continue reading