Nwokolo, who published the first two installments of the Princess Omalie series, “The Coronation and the Polka Dot Lamb” and “The Cheetah and the Chatterbox Parrot,” spoke to nearly 70 attendees about the adventures and culture in the books.
The Princess Omalie book series is also based on the dolls she designed, each reflecting a rich history of African heritage.
“The book-signing event totally exceeded my expectations,” Nwokolo said. “It was a great way to interact with the community, especially the youth.”
Renee Goicochea bought two books for her grandkids.
“She never told me she was a writer,” she said. “When I was picking up my granddaughter I bumped into her, and she asked me if I wanted to attend a book signing, and I love books so I said yes.
“Then when she sent me the text with the information I realized it was her and I said, ‘oh my god, she didn’t tell me,”” Goicochea added. “I made the attempt to come here and give her the support. It’s important especially because she’s a local writer and she’s an amazing woman.”
In addition to reading excerpts from “The Cheetah and the Chatterbox Parrot,” a story of the young princess who wants to save the wildlife in her backyard, and holding a Q&A session about her writing process, Nwokolo wanted children to express themselves through conversation and creativity.
She provided tea party treats and an art station for the children where they painted their favorite wildlife.
Some of the proceeds from the event went towards saving African wildlife. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, 96 elephants are killed in Africa daily.
Nwokolo teamed up with the Wildlife Conservation Society by providing elephant key chains and donating some of the proceeds to the organization.
There were also discussions about “Girls With a Conscience,” a section on the Princess Omelie website. The section complements the books and doll by teaching young girls about positive activism and caring for those in need.
The doll’s social media pages further emphasizes the importance of inner beauty through posts about self-image and the importance of kindness, manners and education.
“The activities elicited a robust conversation about the plight of wildlife,” Nwokolo said. “It served to enlighten the minds of the kids, and might have even inspired activism in some.”