May 25, 2022

Over 40 Book Clubs, 700 Delegates Expected for Uyo Book Conference – Official

More than 40 book clubs and at least 700 delegates are expected in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State this Thursday for the first national conference of the Network of Book Clubs and Book Promoters in Nigeria.

Thousands of people are also expected to join the conference via a video network app, Zoom, local organizing committee chairman Ekong Sampson said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday.

Mr Sampson said the city was ready to welcome Nigeria.

“In total, about 700 delegates are expected at the conference, many of whom are from outside Akwa Ibom. Thousands of people are also expected to join via zoom. It will include presentations by more than 40 book clubs around the country, said Mr. Sampson, a lawyer and author.

The conference which will take place from September 16-18, 2021 at Watbridge Hotels & Suites, Uyo, will be chaired by Assam Assam, SAN, former Nigerian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Belarus.

Mr Sampson, who described the event as a “book party”, said Uyo should be officially declared “Nigeria’s book club city”.

“The Book Fiesta will include reviews, keynote speeches, tours, presentations from various clubs, spoken word, festschrifts, drama, cultural variety, Mbuk Nnyin – Our Stories, local delicacies,” he said. -he declares.

Felicia Etim, Professor of Library Science and Librarian, Federal University, Otuoke, is the keynote speaker while Professors Joe Ushie and Des Wilson of Uyo University and other authors will present at the event.

The event will be hosted by Uyo Book Club, a book club established five years ago which has spawned two other book clubs, Raffia City Book Club in Ikot Ekpene and Oil-city Book Club in Eket, all in Akwa Ibom State.

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