NBRP to honour Ekong, Oluwatuyi, Adedapo, Anioke, Nana, Esu at awards event


NBRP to honour Ekong, Oluwatuyi, Adedapo, Anioke, Nana, Esu at awards event


By Ada Anioji


The Vice-Chairman, Education at the Senate, Dr Ekong Sampson; Chairman, Nigerian Book Fair Trust, Mr Dare Oluwatuyi; President, Nigerian Publishers Association, Dr Uchenna Anioke; MD, Accessible Publishers Limited, Mr Adedapo Gbadega and the founders of the Uyo and Raffia Book Clubs, Dr Udeme Nana and Abom Toni Esu are to be honoured at the 3rd National Conference and AGM of the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria billed to hold at the University of Lagos on September 27 and 28, 2023.

A statement from the reading promotions body says the recipients have been chosen on account of their varied contributions to the promotion of the reading culture in Nigeria through the years.

The conference which has the theme, The Science of Reading and Early Literacy Development: The Role of Parents, Educators, Libraries and Book Clubs, also features the Chief Academic Officer of the Lastinger Center for Education, University of Florida, Dr Paige Pullen as Keynote Speaker, while the National Librarian/CEO, National Library of Nigeria, Professor Chinwe Anunobi, is billed to chair the session.

The event would also be used to select the Nigerian Book City 2025.

NBRP was established in February 2020 and previous National Conferences and AGMs have been held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

In another development, Mr. John Obot, a member of the Uyo Book Club and NBRP affiliate has this Monday, successfully rounded off his bid to read 145 hours in a challenge to be named champion in the Guinness World Record’s longest individual reading-aloud category.

Obot, who commenced the journey on Saturday, September 9 now awaits confirmation from Guinness World Record on the success of his bid.


Mr John Obot, reading.


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