20th Nigerian International Bookfair set to kick-off
By Ada Anioji
The 20th edition of the annual Nigerian International Bookfair, NIBF is set to kick off on Tuesday, July 27 at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos, The Difference has learnt.
Addressing a press conference on the subject in Lagos on Thursday, stakeholders in the book trade revealed that the event would last for three days and would feature a cross-section of highly stimulating educational and reading promotions activities.
Among the stakeholders in attendance were the Chairman of the Council of the Nigerian Bookfair Trust, Mr. Gbadega Adedapo and the President of the Booksellers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Oluwadare Oluwatuyi. Others were Chief Uche Anioke, NPA President, Mr. Dayo Alabi, Trustee and First Chairman of NBFT, Mr. Fashanu, Deputy Chairman, Mrs. Oluronke Orimalade, Trustee and the Eecutive Secretary of the NBFT, Mr. Abiodun Omotubi.
Speaking on his own organsation’s specific contributions to the overall fare, President of the Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN, Mr Dare Oluwatuyi revealed that the umbrella association of Nigerian Booksellers would be hosting a conference, presenting a new book and also undertaking a business session at the event.
On his part, his Publishers’ counterpart, Hon. Uche Cyril Anioke stated that the Nigerian Publishers Association, NPA would organise a training event at the bookfair. While the publishers’ activity is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, July 28th, that of the Booksellers is billed to take place on Thursday, July 29th, with all events taking place at the same Victoria Island, Lagos venue.
There will also be authors readings and the presentation of a new book by the Secretary of the Pan African Writers Association, Dr. Wale Okediran.
Nigerian Booksellers President, Mr. Oluwadare Michael Oluwatuyi