Dare Oluwatuyi’s new book for presentation, August 31
By Ada Anioji
A new book, The Fine Art of Bookselling: Reflections of Nigeria’s Industry Stakeholders, written by the Chairman of the Nigerian Book Fair Trust and President, Booksellers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Dare Oluwatuyi is to be presented to the public in Lagos on August 31, 2023, The Difference reports.
Reputed as being a publication that captures the beautiful back stories of Nigeria’s book industry and how much the industry has evolved with each generation, it is a well researched tome on the growth and evolution of the book trade and the practice of bookselling in Nigeria, Africa and the world.
A statement announcing the event from the publishers, CSS Bookshops Limited, outlines that ‘each page of the well researched book takes you on a journey into the nation’s book industry’s inspiring story. It is a publication filled with rich, well-crafted, and diverse anecdotes.’
A long-time practicioner in the Nigerian book scene, Oluwatuyi’s career trajectory has seen him serving in different bookselling establishments in Lagos and Abuja, and rising to the peak as Managing Director of Nigeria’s oldest bookselling establishment, CSS Bookshops Limited.
The launch event is scheduled to take place at the OPTS Hall, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, LCCI at 10, Nurudeen Olowopopo Street, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Time is 11:00am prompt.
Some of the dignitaries expected to play vital roles at the launch include the Chairman of Accessible Publishers Ltd, REPRONIG CEO and Chief Book Presenter, Mr. Gbadega Adedapo, launch Chairman will be Managing Director/CEO, Havilah Group of Companies, Lagos, Chief Olanrewaju Damion Adesuyi, Project Sponsor, Princess ‘Layo Bakare-Okeowo, Chief Host will be the Dean, Faculty of Law at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, and former Director-General, Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Prof. Olanrewaju A. Onadeko (SAN) while the book reviewer will be the Lead Consultant, Double-O Communications, Lagos, Dr. Olayinka Oyegbile. The event will be anchored by the President, Network of Book Clubs & Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria (NBRP), Mr. Richard Mammah.
Indications are that practitioners in the entire book value chain – from writers to publishers, booksellers and the general Nigerian reader – are very much excited about the publication of ‘The Fine Art of Bookselling: Reflections of Nigeria’s Industry Stakeholders’, as it promises to fill some of the yawning gaps that have existed in the book trade over the years. according to a respondent, what is most heart-warming is that this most ambitious book book on the history and state of affairs in the industry has been written by a man who steadily climbed up the ladder of the book industry to arrive at the peak as Managing Director of Nigeria’s first bookshop chain and publishing industry, CSS Bookshop, with its over 100-year history, as a missionary outfit to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ in Nigeria.
Oluwatuyi’s illustrious career in the book industry – locally and internationally – spans over three decades of dedicated service. Drawing upon his wealth of experience as well as insights of industry veterans, passionate authors and avid readers and dedicated booksellers, Oluwatuyi has presented readers with illuminating reflections, useful anecdotes and insider perspectives on the book industry in Nigeria.
Mr Dare Oluwatuyi, MD, CSS Bookshops Limited