PHWBC exhibited at the 2014 London Book Fair which held from April 8-10. Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, English writer Kay Whiteman, Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University, Prof. Rasheed NaAllah were all present on the final day and witnessed a panel discussion by Nigerian writers on the significance of the World Book Capital Project to the fortune of Nigerian […]
African 39 is a project to select and celebrate 39 of Africa’s most promising authors under the age of 40 from sub-sahara Africa and its diaspora. It is a collaboration of Hay Festival and the Rainbow Book Club in celebration of Port Harcourt World Book Capital year (2014). It will culminate in a publication of an anthology of the 39 writers by Bloomsbury Publishers. The […]
In November 2013, Port Harcourt World Book Capital was at Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria for the Lagos Book and Arts Festival (LABAF). Wale Salami of PHWBC discussing with a visitor to the stand.
The NIBF 2013 outing in May 2013 provided a platform for PHWBC to exhibit and meet with stakeholders in the book industry especially those designated by UNESCO as partners. The climax of this outing was a press conference held jointly with the partners (UNESCO, Nigeria Booksellers Association and the Nigerian Publishers Association).
In the practice of previous World Book Capitals, Port Harcourt was represented at the London Book Fair 2013 which took place from 15th till 17th April. The team generated media awareness through radio interviews on the BBC World Service’s Focus on Africa programme and on Colourful Radio’s arts and culture segment. Another benefit of the trip was the opportunity to hold strategic meetings with potential […]
PHWBC at the Rivers State Carnival 2013 The Government of Rivers State organises an annual carnival tagged ‘CARNIRIV’ at the end of each year. In the 2013 edition, the PHWBC float led the train of participants from the Agip end of the city to meet up with the procession that took off from old G.R.A., at the Elekahia stadium. PHWBC volunteers dressed as ‘books’ […]
The Walking Book – 100 Years Around Port Harcourt edited by Titi Horsefall and Koko Kalango A cross section of students who participated in the Walking Book programme The walking book programme is a creative writing exercise that culminated in a communal story written by Rivers State school children on the Sights and Sounds of their Local Government Areas. A school […]
A book donation drive was carried out in December 2013 for the Library Support Programme, with the theme ‘Give-a-child-a-Book for Christmas’. Residents of Port Harcourt were encouraged to give new or fairly used books (in good condition) as Christmas gifts for children in indigent communities. The drop off points where: The Jubilee Library The Central Library The Genesis Deluxe Cinema. The SHELL Club The Rainbow […]
Pilot Book Clubs were established in three secondary schools namely: Faith Baptist School Ambassador Nne Furo Kurubo Model Secondary School, Eleme Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri. The secondary school book clubs met once a month. The books used in the secondary schools are works by PH writers- Chimeka Garricks (Tomorrow Died Yesterday) and Kaine Agary (Yellow-Yellow) Faith Baptist College book club School, Book club in […]
In preparation for the actual year of Port Harcourt’s tenure as World Book Capital, several pilot programmes were carried out from July 2013 as follows: Reading Tree-Book Clubs The school that participated were: St. Andrews Primary School 1(Public) Port Harcourt Primary School(Public) Kingdom Heritage School (Private) Montessori International School(Private) The book clubs meetings held weekly. At least 3 teachers from each school were trained to […]