Get Nigeria Reading Again 2008 With Emeka Anyaoku

This ‘Get Nigeria Reading again!’ campaign continues to grow in relevance and impact. Now into its third year, the campaign held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, for the first time. This year the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) collaborated with UNESCO to mark the UN World Book and Copyright Day 2008. The highlight was a reading at the UN House on April 30th where students from over 50 public schools in the Federal Capital Territory had been invited to participate. Guest of honour at the event was the former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku. Also present were Dr. Abimanyu Singh, UNESCO Director and Country Representative and RBC founder, Mrs. Koko Kalango. The writer in focus was Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart. It is 50 years since Achebe wrote this book that has become the most widely read novel by an Africa author. The children present had earlier on taken part in a writing competition which held at the British Council was assessed by the Association of Nigerian Authors. Four winners emerged.

As part of this year’s activities the book club also organised a workshop for Teachers on how to make reading fun and how to set up and run book clubs. The workshop was also facilitated by the British Council.

 {gallery width=170 height=110}GNRA/Gallery_08{/gallery}At the UN House members of the Abuja Literary Society performed an excerpt from Things Fall Apart to a captivated audience. The highlight of the occasion was a reading from Achebe’s book by the guest of honour.

This year’s campaign was endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Information while sponsors where the UBA Foundation and Virgin Nigeria. The campaign began 3 years ago. Guest writers in the past have been Chimamanda Adichie (2005), Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka (2006), James Ene Henshaw, Chukwuemeka Ike, Femi Osofisan, Odia Ofeimun and Wale Okediran (2007).

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