With the support of the Presidency, the Government of Rivers State and UNESCO Nigeria, we bidded for Port Harcourt to be World Book Capital 2014 and we beat 10 cities, including Oxford, to clinch the coveted title. The nomination is ‘an exclusive symbolic acknowledgment of the best programme dedicated to books and reading’. In the year of our tenure we successfully delivered 23 exciting programmes with a far reach to players in the book chain industry and the general public. World Book Capitals in the past have included Alexandria (Egypt), Antwerp (Belgium), Montreal (Canada).

Dep. Gov. of Bangkok, Mr. Amorn Kitchawenghul, officially handing over the WBC title to Gov. of Rivers State, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi on April 23 (UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day) 2014, Prof. Soyinka, Mrs Kalango and former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar applaud
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka delivering the keynote address at the official hand over ceremony
PHWBC delegation to Incheon World Book Capital 2015, led by Mrs Koko Kalango and Dr. George Nwaeke (Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Rivers State) with Mayor of Incheon, Mr. Yoo Jeong-Bok.
L-R Ms. Monica Umah (SPDC), Mrs Koko Kalango (PHWBC), Emmanuel Ekpenyong (SPDC) and Ms. Mayen Effiong (PHWBC), at the PHWBC closing ceremony. SPDC received an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’