Book Launch: VON Journalist Unveils ‘Petals of Life’

It was all glitz and glamour as broadcast journalist Lilian Ario from Voice of Nigeria launched her highly anticipated book “Petals of Life” which is a collection of poems.

The book years in the making was unveiled at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) building with friends, colleagues, family members and well wishers in attendance.

Ario while describing the book said the poems explores themes, such as love, loss, joy, sorrow, growth, and reflection.

The collection also addresses “social vices and societal ills” she said.

“‘Petals of Life’ contains about 70 poems and 12 subtitles. The poems focus on themes such as faith, reflections, memorials, and depression, just to name a few.”

According to her, “The inspiration for “Petals of Life” comes from my enduring passion for writing. My poetry is my way of inspiring, motivating, and speaking against the social vices that plague our society.

“Through these poems, I delve into diverse life experiences that resonate with everyone, capturing a sense of connection to the universal experiences we all share.”

Ario, who is also the Secretary, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Lagos State Chapter, said the publication of the poem was made possible with the unwavering support of her husband, Pastor Ezra-Ben Ario, family, and friends.

There were times when I doubted myself, but the encouragement I received kept me going,” she said.

She appreciated the presence of the National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dr Chris Isiguzo, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Jubrin Ndace represented by the Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Mary Atolagbe, the Chairman of NUJ Oyo State and the Deputy Director of Languages, Voice of Nigeria, Mrs Christie Joseph.

She also lauded the poem publisher, Mr Gbenga of Sonnets Media, for believing in her vision and helping to bring it to fruition.

Mrs Lilian Ario (M) surrounded by friends and we’ll wishers at the unveiling of her book ‘Petals of Life’


‘Be creative’

In his remarks, the NUJ President, Isiguzo urged Journalists to be more creative to finding alternative sources of income.

He said, “Poetry is not fictional; it deals with emotions, reality, truth, and life.

“Whenever you are down, turn to literature because it helps convey your thoughts appropriately.

“This work is from one of us, a journalist.

Against this backdrop, I urge members of the pen profession to be creative outside our job”.

Isiguzo congratulated Ario for a job well done and charged journalists to devote their time to innovative projects, especially in the era of the internet.

In a goodwill message, the National Chairperson of NAWOJ, Hajia Ayisat Bura, represented by the Chairperson, NAWOJ Lagos Chapter, Mrs Adeola Ekine, said that the launch of the poem reminds her of the power of words and the enduring impact of storytelling.

As women journalists, we understand the significance of telling authentic stories that resonate with the realities of our diverse society. Lilian’s work is a shining example of how literature can bridge gaps, foster understanding, and inspire change.”

She congratulated the Ario for the outstanding achievement and prayed that her poem touches hearts, sparks conversations, and inspires many more women to share their stories with the world.

Book signing by the author ‘Petals of Life’ Mrs Lilian Ario


Dr. Olatunbosun Taofeek, an academic and creative writer who reviewed the book praised the author for her creative writing style.

He said the issues raised in the book, such as the position of a girl child, her place in the world, and her relevance were deep and engaging.

I read the book from the first poem, ‘I Found Me,’ to the last poem titled ‘Inspired Inclusion.’

He recommended the book for schools, institutions, social commentators, and libraries.

The launching also had as highlights poem recitals from the book and dance drama that conveyed some messages from the collection and thrilled attendees.

It ended with a book signing by the author.





Emmanuel Ukoh

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