Members of the Rainbow Book Club, as well as guests, attended the maiden book reading for 2017 at the newly-commissioned Port Harcourt Book Centre, built by SHELL in commemoration of the Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 tenure. The Book of the month for January is ‘Ideas Rule the World’ by Pastor and motivational speaker Sam Adeyemi. The book ignited a robust discussion on the notion that with ideas, one can succeed in life. Mrs Kalango, who moderated the discussion, encouraged debate on the subject. Mr Bapakaye Daibi, a legal practitioner, felt the book was based on an ideal situation. Miss Okoli posited that while ideas are important, they can die off if efforts are not made to actualise them. It was then agreed that helpers along the way, such as financiers and marketers of such idea, are important in the process to success. To support to the notion that outstanding ideas would always draw the needed support, capital and connection Mrs Kalango shared the story of the Rainbow Book Club, emphasizing that the God factor made all the difference here.
Attendees also spoke extensively on the role of generators and idea consumers. 11- year- old David Aniago spoke on the need for faith and confidence in our ideas. Mrs Georgewill added that we should not be afraid of criticisms as it sometimes helps to sharpen ideas.
In rounding off Mrs Kalango emphasized the need for honesty and the re-evaluation of our value system. She also challenged Nigerians to work their dreams saying that our present harsh economic climate presents opportunity for ideas to thrive.
Our book of the month for February and March are ‘Nigger at Eton’ by Dillibe Onyeama and ‘The Smart Money Woman’ by Arese Ugwu, respectively. The readings would hold at the Port Harcourt Book Centre.