Preparations are in top gear as Port Harcourt readies itself for the upcoming Book Festival, this 7th edition of the Port Harcourt Book Festival is particularly special because it holds in the year the city is UNESCO World Book Capital. It’s going be another opportunity to raise the flag for readers, book enthusiasts, booksellers, publishers and other stakeholders in the book industry.
The theme for this year’s book festival is ‘Possibilities for Nigeria at 100’ and its primary focus is the youth.
The city will once again host astute, intelligent, proactive and game changing Nigerians who have been invited to speak and engage the youth in several discussions at the 6-day festival which commences on the 20th of October, at the Hotel Presidential.
Popularly known as FD, is the CEO of Gem Stone Group, a motivational speaker and author of the popular book “17 secrets of High Flying Students”. Nigeria’s most sought after business strategist, he is widely regarded as a nation builder and corporate policy maker. In 2012, Fela broke a world record by signing 10,000 copies of his book in 8 hours 49 minutes in Lagos
Is the founder of Leap Africa, an NGO that provides leadership training for youth and small business owners and the co-founder of AACE foods which processes fruits and vegetables in West Africa. With an MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School, Ndidi has over 19 years of experience in SME development, Agriculture, Consulting and public policy; she serves as a director in Sahel Capital Partners, a leading advisory firm.
The author of the book “Are We the Turning Point Generation?” and the editor of the widely read online magazine ‘Y Naija’, Chude is an award winning journalist, lawyer and media entrepreneur. The owner of RED media which is responsible for ‘The Future Awards, is a steadfast believer in the potential of the youth, Chude and his business partner were named in Forbes 30 under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.
Blogger, Socio-economic and political commentator. He has spoken in several universities around the world .He has also been described as a Force of Nature notably for his ability to create viral debates and campaigns on social media. Omojuwa was ranked 29th on a list of the 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media in April 2014 alongside Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
Christie Bature Ogbeifun:
Author, musician and a prolific public speaker, Rev. Christie, as she is popularly called is the president of Sine Qua Non Ministries in Port Harcourt. Through her numerous outreaches and programmes, she has brought healing to several broken homes and has helped inspire people to achieve their purpose and calling. Her TV programme “Everyday People” is currently aired in 53 nations.
Nekabari Tigidam Perez:
Is the convener of the OpenCity Africa Ideas & Innovation Conference, with its first edition headlined by Dr Oby Ezekwesili (Former VP World Bank Africa), Tonye Cole (CEO Sahara Energy) and a host of other high profile speakers. The creative Director of Arden & Newton Ltd, an Ideas and Brand Strategy Consultancy, Perez has about five years experience in destination branding in a digital space. His company is known to have developed Nigeria’s first social engagement and digital destination marketing project.