‘Obele and the Storyteller’, a dance-drama written by Oladipo Agboluaje, directed by Israel Eboh and produced by Bikiya Graham Douglas, was performed at a dinner held at the Governor’s lodge on April 23rd . It traced the history of information dissemination in Nigeria from our oral storytelling to the physical and now digital book. This colourful show featured live performances of praise singing, storytelling, traditional […]
Port Harcourt song writers and singers, Burna Boy and Timi Dakolo, joined Mr. Incredible (M.I.),Waje, Nosa Omoregie and Yemi Alade to perform the official PHWBC Theme song. The song was written and produced by one of Nigeria’s finest music producers, Chocolate City.
The day began with a Symposium on Chinua Achebe’s ‘Arrow of God’. It was part of the ceremonies to mark 50 years of the book’s existence and was organised in collaboration with the Achebe Foundation with the Theme; Literature, Leadership and National Unity. The Keynote Speaker at the Symposium was Ms Natasha Vaubel, an Achebe student and Mentee from the United States. Prof. Molara Ogundipe […]
Since 2008 the Rainbow Book Club has had role models read to children and interact with them to stimulate their love for books and communicate good values. During the PHWBC opening ceremonies, the Wife of Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, Nollywood’s Patience Ozokwor (aka Mama Gee) and Chinedu Ikedieze (aka Aki) were among celebrities who read to school children during the opening ceremony week. […]
Foreign Missions and Embassies represented in Nigeria were invited to showcase the literature and culture of their respective countries in an exhibition titled ‘It’s A Small World After All’. This International Literature and Culture Exhibition (ILCE) held for 3 days from April 22nd 2014. Exhibitors included the Kenyan High Commission and the Embassies of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. […]
A cocktail party was organised to welcome invited guests. It was an opportunity for the guests to socialise among themselves. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the shortlisted nominations for the 15th Caine Prize for African Writing, by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. The 5 writers shortlisted were: Diane Awerbuck (South Africa), Efemja Chela (Ghana/Zambia), Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe), Billy Kahora (Kenya) and […]
Children form the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Rivers State were involved in writing a communal story on the sights and sounds of their LGAs. These stories were edited and compiled into a book titled 100 Years Around Port Harcourt which was presented to the public on Monday, April 21st , the first day of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital opening ceremonies week. […]
The Port Harcourt World Book Capital (PHWBC) year kicked off with a service dedicating the World Book Capital year to God. This service held on Easter Sunday (April 20th) 2014 at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Chapel of Blessing Parish, Port Harcourt. In his sermon, the Regional Pastor, Belemina Obunge, said that the World Book Capital title was an honour to Port Harcourt and […]