Nigerian media personality Stephanie Coker Aderinokun announces a children’s book. Titled Ariella and the Talking Drum, the was written in honor of Aderinokun’s daughter who bears the same name. [Pictured above]

The book tells the story of a girl named Ariella and her talking drum named Tito and inspires children to appreciate what they have.

Aderinokun shared the news on Instagram with a sweet birthday note to her daughter, who inspired the story and shares the name of the star characters: “You are unbelievably precious to me and you have brought so much joy to our family. I am celebrating you today by launching a book inspired by you my darling girl, titled Ariella and the Talking Drum.”


She also notes that the book speaks to her life as a mother who appreciates culture. “As a custodian of Nigerian culture and a mother,” she remarks, “I’m inspired to give expression to passions that honour both roles.”

The story looks delightful and the graphics beautifully illustrated. Read the synopsis below and see below for buying options.

Would you trade a precious friendship for the prettiest things you’ve ever seen? Ariella and her talking drum Tito, are getting ready for the spectacular Eko dance competition. Jealous Princess Adeteni decides to convince Ariella to hand over Tito, in exchange for some of the prettiest things Ariella has ever seen. Will Ariella succumb and trade in her best friend Tito? This beautifully Illustrated book celebrates African culture in its setting and characterization, woven through with Africa sounds. Readers will learn a valuable lesson on contentment. This book will also make a wonderful addition in any home or class library.

Buy Ariella and the Talking Drum: Amazon |