RBC Founder koko kalango, British Council Director and Chimamanda Adichie

Get Nigeria Reading Again 2005 With Chimamanda Adichie

The Rainbow Book Club (RBC) kicked off a national reading campaign in Port Harcourt with award- winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The US-based writer was in the country for the event which took place on May 27th.

Over 200 students from various secondary schools participated in the maiden ‘Get Nigeria Reading again!’ campaign. The students had earlier taken part in a writing competition at the British Council, based on Adichie’s book Purple Hibiscus. The entries were assessed by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and the winners rewarded with cash gifts of N30, 000. N20, 000 and N10, 000 for First, Second and Third places, respectively. The winners were 16-year old Master Adedotun Ajibade  of Nigerian Navy Secondary School,  14-year old Master Victor Amango of Emarid College and 14-year old Miss Nneka Jayne Moh of International Secondary School (R.S.U.S.T). Adichie was at the British Council and later at the Alliance Franciase centres where she met and interacted with different sets of students.{gallery width=150 height=100}GNRA/Gallery_05{/gallery}

A literary evening was held later that day at the Hotel Presidential. Here Adichie read from her book, the Alliance Francaise Director read from a French version of the book while a member of the Shell Book Club read from the Dutch version. Other distinguished writers present were the poet Gabriel Okara, Novelist Elechi Amadi, Historian E. J. Allagoa and journalist Ibim Semenitari. In her closing remarks, the RBC founder, Koko Kalango made reference to the saying that if one wants to hide information from the black man they should put it in a book, and announced that ” by the time we are through with our reading campaign, people would have to look for somewhere else to hide information from the Nigerian”.

Adichie was at the Rainbow Book Shop the following day where she signed autographs. Partnering with the Rainbow Book Club to mark this occasion were the British Council, the Alliance Francaise, British Airways, Le Meridian Ogeyi Place and the Association of Nigerian Authors. May 27th, which is celebrated as Children’s day in Nigeria, was an ideal occasion to flag off the reading campaign which is aimed primarily at children.

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