Nigerian book clubs hold their first national conference

The National Book Clubs and Reading Promoters of Nigeria will hold their first national conference in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, in September.

The conference’s local organizing committee chair Ekong Sampson, who made the announcement in Uyo on Tuesday, said the event would take place September 16-18.

“Uyo is ready to host Nigeria,” Sampson, author of several books, told reporters at a press conference where the conference logo was unveiled to the public.

The conference, chaired by former Nigerian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Belarus, Assam Assam, would examine how e-books affect public libraries and the challenges of social reading in Nigeria.

It would include book reviews, poetry, and a mini book fair.

Attendees would have the opportunity to visit two book clubs in the state, one in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, also known as Raffia City, and another in Eket, “The Oil City.”

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They would be spoiled with the rich cuisine of Akwa Ibom, said the organizers.

Two library science professors, Felicia Etim, Senior Librarian, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, and Ahiaoma Ibegwam, Senior Librarian, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, will be keynote speakers at the conference.

“It is my privilege to officially unveil this unique and colorful logo that marks Uyo in 2021 and to bring the book to Uyo as a citizen of the world,” said the chairman of the local organizing committee, Mr. Sampson, during the unveiling of the logo.

“Book is a universal citizen who speaks any language and doesn’t need a passport to travel to any part of the world,” he said.

The founder of the Uyo Book Club, Udeme Nana, said in his remarks that the club lays a foundation for making Uyo the “world city of books”.

Mr. Nana, a communications professor, recently started a new book club in Eket, bringing the number of those clubs in Akwa Ibom to three.

He said the club is spreading the reading culture to all cities in the state.

Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Spokeswoman Aniekan Bassey, Information Commissioners Ini Ememobong, and Education Commissioner Idongesit Etiebet were among the dignitaries who witnessed the unveiling of the conference logo.

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