The newly elected National Chairman of the Nigerian Library Association, NLA, Rev. Dominic Omokaro and the National Librarian/CEO of the National Library of Nigeria, Prof. Veronica Chinwe Anunobi, will participate as special guests in a conference on management of book clubs in libraries convened by the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria, NBRP on 17 August.
The conference, which is a virtual event, has as keynote speaker Dr. Nkem Osuigwe from Accra-based African Library and Information Associations and Institutions.
The session, according to a statement by Emmanuel Okoro, secretary of the NBRP, would be moderated by the university librarian of the Federal University of Otuoke, vice-president of the NBRP and president of the project 774 book clubs and libraries of the organization, Professor Felicia Etim.
Omokaro was elected National President of the country’s apex body of librarians at the close of the 60th National Conference of the NLA held in Abuja in early July.
The Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria is the umbrella body for book clubs and reading promoters in Africa’s most populous nation. With around 60 members within the group and counting, it provides a strong voice for the aggregation of critical reader voices within the Nigerian book ecosystem. It was founded in February 2020 and is led by writer and book enthusiast, Mr. Richard Mammah.
At the Nigerian International Bookfair in May 2022, the organization presented a preliminary report of its investigation into the state of reading infrastructure in Nigeria. The report covered Lagos, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Work on comprehensive coverage of the state of reading in all Nigerian states is soon to begin.
In September, NBRP members and book ecosystem stakeholders would converge in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom, for the second edition of its Annual General Meeting and National Conference. This opportunity would also be used to select the Nigerian National Book Club City, 2024.
An initiative of the NBRP which draws inspiration from the UNESCO World Book City project, the National City of Book Clubs for 2022 is Uyo while Lagos is already waiting in the wings to mark its tenure as the National City of Book Clubs. book club 2023.