Get Nigeria Reading Again 2009 With Dora Akunyili

To mark the World Book and Copyright Day 2009, the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) collaborated with UNESCO for the second year running. The Minister for Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili was the Guest of honour at the climax of this celebration which took place at the UN House in Abuja.

This event was hosted by Dr Joseph Ngu, Director/Country Representative of UNESCO. Also present was the RBC founder, Mrs. Koko Kalango and renowned historian Prof. E.J. Allagoa. Over 100 students assembled at the UN House on April 28 for a reading and interactive session with Mrs Akunyili. The book in focus was AKE, Wole Soyinka’s childhood memoirs. The students had earlier on read the book and were able to actively interact with the Minister. Prof. Akunyili shared her experience on how book had changed her life and encouraged the children to embrace a reading culture. Koko Kalango, founder RBC shared the vision of the book club and called for the establishment of libraries around the country.

{gallery width=170 height=110}GNRA/Gallery_09{/gallery}This event was endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication. It has been 5 years since the RBC kicked off this national reading campaign. Guests of Honour in the past have included authors Chimamanda Adichie (2005) and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka (2006), James Ene Henshaw (2007). Last year the former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku was guest of honour.

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