DIGNITARIES RESPOND TO PORT HARCOURT’S NOMINATION AS WORLD BOOK CAPITAL

DIGNITARIES RESPOND TO PORT HARCOURT’S NOMINATION AS WORLD BOOK CAPITAL

”We believe that Port Harcourt is ripe and ready to be the first World Book Capital City in sub-Saharan Africa…”

-His Excellency,

Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi

Executive Governor of Rivers State

 

 

 

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”I extend my congratulations to the city of Port Harcourt for the quality of its proposed programme, which provides for extensive public participation and aims to develop reading for all…”

-Mrs Irina Bokova

UNESCO Director-General

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”I congratulate the city of Port Harcourt… for this honour which they have brought, not only to the nation but to the African continent…”

-Prof. Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate

 

 

 

 

‘‘I am confident that the impressive record of the Rainbow Book Club and the unfailing support of the Rivers State Government in promoting literary activities, will ensure the success of Port Harcourt as the World Book Capital City 2014’’

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         -Chief Emeka Anyaoku

                                                                                                                                                                               Former Commonwealth Secretary- General

                                                                                                                                                                                    Honourary Member, Rainbow Book Club

 

 

 

                                           

             

 

‘‘The Port Harcourt World Book Capital is a major milestone in the history of Port Harcourt and Nigeria. It is a catalyst for stimulating a sustainable reading culture. We at the University of Port Harcourt are proud to be associated with the noble legacy’’

 

                                                                   -Professor Ajienka Joseph

                                                         Vice chancellor, University of Port Harcourt

 

 

‘‘ …it will trigger a very important development as far as books are concerned. So reading of books, emergence of new authors, the global recognition of many more authors from all over Africa and then a complete focus on the importance of human capital because everything the book is about is the development of the mind and the mind developed is more creativity and that can be a counter culture to most of Africa that depends on natural resources for its economy.’’    

Excerpt from an address at the opening ceremony of Port Harcourt World Book Capital  

          

                                                                    -Dr. (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili

                                                                       Former Vice President (Africa) World Bank,

                                                                      Former Minister of Education, Nigeria

                                                                    Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Rainbow Book Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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