On Thursday, 8th June 2017, The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud announced the readiness of the National Library of Norway to sign a letter of intent for the digitalisation of books for Nigerians in Norway.
The agreement was signed in Abuja on June 10 by the two respective national librarians, Prof. Lanre Aina and Prof. Aslak Myhre.
According to him, the National Library of Norway is one of the world’s leading digitisers that preserves and makes available the totality of Norway’s cultural heritage.
The Ambassador said that by the end of this year, the National Library of Norway would have digitised all books published in Norway.
The Norwegian’s National Librarian, Prof. Aslak Myhre, said in the statement that the aim was to give access to digitised books in Nigerian indigenous languages for Nigerians living in Norway. He also hopes that this project becomes a model for their cooperation with other countries, and the success of more African languages.
The agreement covers literature written in the Nigerian languages of Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.