The Rainbow Book Club (RBC) began the Get Nigeria Reading again! campaign in 2005. Since that time, the programme has involved over 1000 students from about 100 schools in Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Lagos States, as well as Abuja.
By 2008, RBC began collaborating with UNESCO on the programme and the campaign now takes place at the UN House in Abuja. It is usually preceded by a writing competition which is assessed by the Association of Nigerian Authors. Special guests are also invited to interact with the children.
Writers who have participated include Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Chimamanda Adichie. RBC guests of honour have been the former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku (in 2008), the Minister for Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili (in 2009) and the Minister for Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deizani Alison-Madueke (in 2010).
These role models take time to read to and interact with children.
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2012 with Oby Ezekwesili
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2011 With Odein Ajumogobia
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2010 With Diezani Allison-Madueke
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2009 With Dora Akunyili
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2008 With Emeka Anyaoku
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2007 With James Ene Henshaw
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2006 With Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka
- Get Nigeria Reading Again 2005 With Chimamanda Adichie