Get Nigeria Reading Again 2011 With Odein Ajumogobia

Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, was the chief guest invited to inspire the 100 students who attended the 7th outing of the Rainbow Book Club’s ‘Get Nigeria Reading again!’ campaign, by reading to them excerpts from Elechi Amadi’s ‘The Great Ponds’.

The reading took place on 20th June 2011, and was organised in collaboration with Total E & P Nig., at their offices in Trans-Amadi Port Harcourt.

The former Minister read eloquently and flawlessly bringing the characters in the novel to life and holding his audience of children and adults alike in a trance. Such was the effect of the reading that the commissioner for education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi ,who was also a special guest at the occasion commented that the Rainbow Book Club should invite Mr. Ajumogobia to Port Harcourt  weekly for a reading!

Also present was the Deputy Managing Director, Port Harcourt District Total E & P Nig., Mr. Denis Berthelot who represented Total to donate literature books worth over 2 million naira to schools in Rivers State through the Ministry of Education.

The stars of the day however, were the children, they seemed to appreciate the significance of the opportunity before them to answer and ask Mr. Ajumogobia thought provoking questions both about the book and his personal experiences especially while he was still minister.

Elechi Amadi, who though not physically present provided a very good platform for the interaction through his book the themes of which ranged from conflict resolution to ethics and the struggle for scarce resources all of  which are still relevant in our society.

{gallery width=170 height=110}GNRA/Gallery_11{/gallery}Also present at the event was celebrated writer and poet Gabriel Okara, Mrs Koko Kalango founder of the Rainbow Book Club and a host of other invited guests and management officials from Total E & P Nig.

The ‘Get Nigeria Reading again!’ campaign was launched in 2005, in response to the decline in the reading culture in Nigeria. The campaign aims at creating awareness to the importance of reading for personal and national development to the public in general but children specifically.


By Daniella Menezor

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