Our Work


Get Nigeria Reading Again Campaign

In 2005 we kicked off the Get Nigeria Reading again! Campaign with author Chimamanda Adichie to draw attention to the importance of reading to personal and national development.

The campaign is aimed mainly at children and teenagers. The activities include  a creative writing competition around the guest  author’s book, an interactive session with the author, and a literary evening. The campaign has involved over 2,000 students in over 100 schools across Nigeria.

With former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, UNESCO Director/Country Representative, Abhimanyu Singh at the Rainbow Book Club Get Nigeria Reading again!’ campaign at the UN House, Abuja.

Leaders Read

In 2008, we began to get leaders in various sectors of society to read to and interact with children over books. The readers use the stories they read to communicate life lessons and to share with the children how books have shaped their lives.

Readers have included celebrities, Government Ministers, Governors and captains of industry. Over 10000 children from over 100 schools have taken part in our reading sessions.

With Governor Fashola, reading to children of St Peter’s School, Alausa at the Rainbow Book Club Lagos State Reads programme on UN Intl. Literacy Day in Lagos.

Book Donation Drive

Since 2008, we have organized several book donation drives where we encourage people to give us new or used books in good condition which we distribute to communities in need of books.

We also encourage people and corporate organisations to give books as gifts on memorable occasions. Corporate partners and governments have joined in this effort which has seen the donation of over 50,000 books to over 5000 children in over 10 schools and communities across Nigeria.

YearBenefiting CommunityLocation
2008Port Harcourt Primary SchoolPort Harcourt
2009Army Childrens’ School, Port HarcourtPort Harcourt
2010Bethesda Nursery & Primary School, LagosLagos
2010Little Saints Ophanage, LagosLagos
2010Int’l Women’s Society Nursery School, Lagos Lagos
2011State Primary School Akpajo, River StateEleme
2012Mgbuitanwo State School, Rivers StatePort Harcourt
2013Kpite State School, Rivers StateOgoni
2014New Church State School, Port HarcourtDegema
2018Heritage Home OrphanageLagos

Book Clubs

Primary School Book Club: Since 2006 we have set up and run 150+ books clubs for primary schools. 1500+ children have participated in this programme. (Click here for the list of schools that have run our book clubs.)

Secondary School Book Club:  Since 2005 we have set up and run 50+ book clubs in secondary schools. 750+ students have participated in this programme. (Click here for the list of schools that have run our book clubs.)

Adult Book Club: In 2010 we began monthly book readings around our Book-of- the-Month. We have sometimes had the author in attendance which enables us have an interactive session and helps promote the book and the author.


Since 2009 we have established libraries to bring reading material closer to people particularly to indigent communities. We have set up 1 public library, 1 community library, 4 school libraries and 13 ‘seed’ libraries.

Seed libraries consist of branded book shelves containing about 500 books which we donate to communities which have neither the facility nor the resource for a full-fledged library. It is hoped that this seed planted would encourage the recipient and other donors to eventually develop a proper library.

12009St. Benedict’s Primary School, Ogoja, Cross Rivers StateSchool Library
22010Christ Our Refuge Home, Kahawa Sukari, KenyaSeed Library
32010Christ the King’s Primary School, Okpoma, Cross River StateSchool Library
42013Our Saviour’s Orphanage, Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt Seed Library
52013The Good Shepherd Foundation, Mgbuoba, Port HarcourtSeed Library
62013The David Bassey Ikpeme Foundation, Eagle Island, Port HarcourtSeed Library
72014The Compassion Centre, Nkpogwu, Port Harcourt Seed Library
82014Badamia Home for Street Children, Rumuomasi, Port HarcourtSeed Library
92014The Cheshire Home, Borokiri, Port HarcourtSeed Library
102014The Remand Home, Borokiri, Port Harcourt Seed Library
112014Port Harcourt Prisons, Town, Port HarcourtSeed Library
122015The Child Special School, D/Line, Port HarcourtSeed Library
132015St Michael’s School, Oban, Cross River StateSchool Library
142016Presbetarian School, Big Qua town, Calabar, Cross River State School Library
151016Port Harcourt Book Centre library, Port HarcourtPublic Library


In 2008 we began the annual Garden City Literary Festival, renamed the Port Harcourt Book Festival in 2014. This cultural combo grew from a three-day affair to a six-day one comprising a book fair, workshops, symposia, author readings, open mic sessions, drama performances. Keynote speakers have included Nigeria’s Wole SoyinkaChinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Ghana’s Kofi Awonoor and Ama Ata Aidoo, Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ivorian author Veronique Tadjo and American Civil Rights Activist Jesse Jackson, American writer Petrina Crockford and Jamaican writer Lindsay Barrett.

Children are an important part of the festival and special workshops, reading sessions and scheduled visits to the book fair are part of the events planned for them. Children also participate in various cultural programmes and have an opportunity to showcase their talent on the last day of the festival.


Rainbow Creative Writing competitions: Since 2005 we have organized various creative writing exercises to encourage and reward writing talent. 1000+ students from 100+ schools around Nigeria have participated. 


Rainbow Prize for Literature: In 2018 we established a cash gift of  One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000) for the students with the best result in Literature in 3 secondary schools in Nigeria with the debut awardees as follows:

Kings College, Lagos – Molake Adam Ololade

Federal Govt. Girls’ College Abuloma, Port Harcourt – Grace Oluka Nwaji

Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja – Pear Olaedo Opara



First position: Master Adedotun Ajibade (16 years ) of Nigerian Navy Secondary School

Second position: Master Victor Amango (14 years) of Emarid College

Third position: Miss Nneka Jayne Moh (15 years) of International Secondary School R.S.U.S.T.



First prize winner: Miss Victory Amadi (15 years) of Aladumo High School

Second prize winner: Miss Ruhuoma Enyi (14 years) of Aladumo High School

Third prize winner: Miss Kemilia Ibulubo (13 years) of Emarid College



First Prize winner: Ubong Michael Akpan (17 years) of Government Technical College

Second Prize winner: Antigha Mary Eyo (16 years) of Pinn Margaret School

Third Prize winner: Bassey Oza Vanseh (13 years) of Pinn Margaret School



First Prize winner: David Opara (13 years) of UBE JSS Wuse Zone 2 ,
Chinaraotuto Igweamaka (13 years) of J.S.S. Apo Legislative Quarters

Second Prize winner: Abdulmalik Zuwaila (13 years) of J.S.S. Kubwa

Third Prize winner: David U. Osuji (14 years) of J.S.S. Yangyi


RAINBOW BOOK CLUB 2019 CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION (in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt ), sponsored by SHELL Pet. Dev. Co.


Since 2009, we have assisted 10+ brilliant children in need of help to stay in school, provided access to education for outstanding students of secondary school age.

Beneficiaries have been in Rivers State, Cross River State, Plateau, Lagos State and Ogun State (provide list of benefiting schools)

  • St. Benedicts Primary School, Ogoja
  • Mary Knoll College, Ogoja
  • Heritage Homes Orphanage, Lagos
  • Stephens Children’s Home, Abeokuta
  • Baptist High School, Jos
  • Springfield Schools, Port Harcourt

UNESCO World Book Capital

With the support of the Presidency, the Government of Rivers State and UNESCO Nigeria, Rainbow Book Club bidded for Port Harcourt to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2014.

Of the 11 cities that applied that year, Port Harcourt emerged winner. The nomination is ‘an exclusive symbolic acknowledgment of the best programme dedicated to books and reading’. The city holds the title for a year. In the year of our tenure we successfully delivered 23 exciting programmes with a far reach to players in the book chain industry and the general public.

Africa 39

The UK-based Hay Festival partnered with the Rainbow Book Club to organize the ‘Africa 39′ as part of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital year projects. ’Africa 39’ is the selection and celebration of 39 African authors under the age of 40.

Kenyan author, Binyavanga Wainaina, handled the call for entries and selection of the long list of 200 authors. The judges who chose the final 39 were: Tess Owueme, Magaret Busby, and Veteran Port Harcourt author, Elechi Amadi (who chaired the panel of judges).

The list of the ‘Africa 39’ authors was announced at the Port Harcourt World Book Capital stand at the London Book Fair, April 2014 by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. He also wrote the foreword to the book ‘Africa 39’, an anthology of stories by the writers published by Bloomsbury. ‘Africa 39’ was edited by Ella Allfrey.

The project was presented at the PHWBC opening ceremony by Izara Garcia Rodriguez representing Hay Festival. Twenty two of the ‘Africa 39’ authors were sponsored by the PHWBC project to attend the Port Harcourt Book Festival 2014.


  1. Nigerian Literature, A Coat of Many Colours – an anthology of 50 writers in 50 years with foreword by President Goodluck Jonathan, to commemorate 50 Years of Independence 
  2. African Literature a Coat of Many Colours – an anthology of 50 writers in 50 years with foreword by Chief Emeka Anyaoku to commemorate 50 years of the African Union 
  3. Nigeria Literature, A Coat of Many Colours – an anthology of 100 authors in 100 years, to commemorate Nigeria’s centenary
  4. 100 Years Around Nigeria – Stories from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory written by children
  5. 100 Years Around Port Harcourt – Stories from the 23 Local Government Areas of River State written by children
  6. Songhai 12’ an anthology of 12 upcoming Nigerian writers, part of the Writers in Residence programme of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital year.