Booksellers mourn publishing icon, Lawal-Solarin
By John Eche
Nigerian booksellers are mourning the exit recently of the publishing icon and Chairman of Literamed Publications, Otunba Olayinka Lawal-Solarin.
In a statement from the umbrella Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN, and signed by National President, Mr. Michael Oluwadare Oluwatuyi, the association celebrated the rich and illustrious legacy of the departed book sector champion, affirming that his passage had indeed left a vacuum in the sector.
The full text of the statement reads:
‘The Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN has received with sadness, news of the passage of one of the grand pillars of the book trade in Nigeria and Chairman of Literamed Publications, Otunba Olayinka Lawal-Solarin.
From 1969 when he set up Literamed Publications until his transition on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, Otunba Lawal-Solarin was indeed a quite resolute and dogged promoter of the Nigerian book, champion of cordial booksellers-publishers relations and a very generous defender of the rights of the bookseller in Nigeria and Africa.
The Executive Committee and members of the Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN, will continue to cherish his many years of counsel and friendship to our sub-sector; his landmark role in the founding and running of our umbrella Nigerian Book Fair Trust, NBFT and express our heartfelt condolences to his wife, children and indeed the entire Lawal-Solarin clan, on the passage of such an illustrious personality.
By his passage, Nigeria and Africa have indeed lost one of our most eminent advocates for the primacy of the book in our national and continental cultural life; and a sturdy bulwark for our best interests all through the many years of our association with him. He was so kind and generous; he was so forthright and enigmatic; and this loss is without any sentiment, a most irreparable one for us and all that he has left behind.
We will definitely miss our own dearly beloved Otunba.’
Otunba Olayinka Lawal-Solarin