Nigeria was the country in which Kio Global was born. In a pristine children's bookshop in busy commercial Lagos, Chimaechi Allan found zero books that reflected the local children and languages. Further, she found so many teachers who wanted more for their students, and would want to see their culture reflected in the curriculum. The Wedding Week was developed in partnership with teachers in Lagos, Nigeria and London, England, to 'marry' culture and the curriculum for a world-class classroom.
Like many cultures, the traditional Nigerian wedding often takes place in a rural setting. Drawing both rural and urban landscapes in The Wedding Week presented another great opportunity for the illustrator to create different backdrops, for children to see a variety of settings, and for rural readers to see their environment reflected. We couldn't pass up an opportunity to show the rich red of the untarmacked earth of Africa, and Lagos's new suspension bridge. What colour is the background where you are (green, grey, gold, red)? How many Lagos landmarks can you find in the story?