November 25, 2022

NBRP Reaffirms Lagos as Nigerian National Book Club City 2023

Uboho Bassey; Dr. Emmanuel Abraham, founder of Topfaith University; Mr. Richard Mammah, President, Network of Book Clubs and Reading Promoters in Nigeria, and Mary Jonas, Coordinator, Abak Book Club.

The Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria (NBRP) has reaffirmed the choice of Lagos State as the host for its 2023 National Conference and Annual General Meeting.

This was in a statement issued at the end of the 2nd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the NBRP held in Akwa Ibom State from September 15-18, 2022.

In the statement signed by its Chairman, Mr. Richard Mammah, the NBRP hailed the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) for the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between it and the Book Club Network on the establishment and operation of book clubs in public libraries in Nigeria and encourage other stakeholders to enter the same way.

The press release below:

Press release Uyo 2022

The 2nd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria, NBRP, was held in Akwa Ibom State from 15-18 September 2022. At At the end of the deliberations, the conference and the general assembly decided as follows:

1. Commends the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) for the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria (NBRP) and the NLA on the establishment and the operation of book clubs in public libraries in Nigeria and encourage others In this regard, we note the progress already made in discussions with the National Library of Nigeria and the Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN.

2. Appreciates the work done by Abak Book Club and Abak Divisional Library in Akwa Ibom State in relation to the public library pilot project currently underway there.

3. Thanks the founder, Dr. Emmanuel Abraham, and the leadership of the Topfaith Group of Schools, including Topfaith University, for opening their doors of collaboration to Uyo Book Club and NBRP for reading promotion activities.

4. Commends the great progress made by the Uyo Book Club in Akwa Ibom for its book club initiatives in Abak, Eket, Ikot Ekpene and Ibiono Ibom, and for hosting the Nigerian National Book Clubs City in the years 2021 and 2022.

5. Reaffirms the choice of Lagos as the Nigerian National Book Clubs City 2023 and encourages the city-state which had been chosen to take over for 2023 from 2021, and Yenagoa, the hosts for 2024 to do even better than Uyo has done in their own years of fostering.

6. Thanks the Secretary to the Federation Government, the National Librarian and the Akwa Ibom State Government for identifying with the Conference and the AGM.

7. Commend our fellow writers for their contribution to the adoption of the conference theme “Stories of Nigeria and Africa: How they fare in the global village” and for their contribution to deepening literary conversations on the continent.

8. Appreciates the more than 60 member clubs that currently make up the NBRP family and reiterates our desire to welcome into our fold, all book clubs and book promoters nationwide, as well as continue to work with other stakeholders in the book ecosystem, towards achieving the overall goal of deepening the culture of reading in Nigeria.

Sign

Richard Mammah
President, NBRP