Get Nigeria Reading Again 2010 With Diezani Allison-Madueke

Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke was Guest of Honour at the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) 2010 ‘Get Nigeria Reading again!’ campaign which took place at the UN House in Abuja on April 30th 2010.

For the third year running, the book club has partnered with UNESCO to mark the World Book and Copyright Day. Over 100 students from various schools around the Federal Capital Territory were present as the RBC founder, Mrs. Koko Kalango, shared the vision of the book club, highlighting projects of the past 5 years and calling for establishment of libraries in schools and communities around the country.

The Guest of Honour read to the children and dramatized the story of Nelson Mandela. She shared  her personal memories of the time Mandela was in prison, while she was a student in the United States. Author Uwem Akpan who was present also challenged the children on the importance of reading. The event was attended by officials from the UN as well as the Federal Ministry of Education.

{gallery width=170 height=110}GNRA/Gallery_10{/gallery}The RBC national reading campaign has held since 2005 with different personalities coming on board to join the book club’s effort to encourage reading for development of society. They have included, youthful author Chimamanda Adichie (in 2005), Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka (in 2006), James Ene Henshaw, Chukwuemeka Ike, Femi Osofisan, Odia Ofeimun and Wale Okediran (in 2007). From 2008 the RBC enlisted the support of non-writers in taking the campaign forward. Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku was Guest of Honour that year, the following year (2009), the Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili was Guest of Honour.

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