To celebrate the World Book and Copyright Day, the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) is organizing a reading programme in Abuja on the 23rd of April 2018. His Excellency, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof, Yemi Osinbajo will read to primary school students in Abuja from The Legend Nelson Mandela by Dapo Adeleke. The Rainbow Book Club (RBC) is an NGO that was founded in 2005 to promote reading for personal and social development in Africa. Our work culminated in Port Harcourt being nominated UNESCO World Book Capital 2014. Obi Ezekwesili chairs the board of trustees. Koko Kalango founded the RBC. RBC, an official UNESCO club, is part of the Rainbow Foundation. RBC kicked off the ‘Get Nigeria Reading again!’ Campaign in 2005 and since then has enlisted the participation of high profile authors, captains of industries, government officials and celebrities to create awareness of the correlation between reading and building a successful nation. The organisation has run over 200 book clubs in primary and secondary schools, set up 13 libraries, organised trainings for over 500 book club facilitators, organised over 42 reading and writing exercises to groom upcoming writers and published some of them. We have also promoted established writers.
At RBC, we believe that there is no better time to build the character of individuals than as children. We believe that any form of impact has to start from the foundation that is why we channel our energy into activities that mould the minds of young people. In 2008, RBC began to get leaders in various spheres of society to read to and interact with children over carefully chosen books. Through this initiative, RBC inspire children as they listen to the stories and the readers share how books have shaped their lives. We have worked directly with over 10, 000 children from over 100 schools
RBC seeks to encourage people to read for human capital development. This is key when we select books for our programs. Our team is always in search of books that are relatable, inspiring, challenging, informative and packed with morals. The Legend: Nelson Mandela is a story that contains these qualities. Every reader is bound to be informed and inspired, from understanding a part of South Africa’s history to inspiring ones quest for change in their community.
Readers in the past have included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Governors, Ministers, Ibinabo Fiberesima (President, Actors Guild of Nigeria), Tonye Cole (CEO, Sahara Group), Mr Charles Gbandi (HR Operations Mnanger, SHELL), Mrs. Lulu Briggs (Executive Director, Moni Pulo Ltd).