18th June, 2012
In a bid to promote reading culture, former Minister of Education and former Vice President of The World Bank, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili this morning read and interacted with 150 students from 13 secondary schools in Ajegunle, Lagos.
The event tagged Get Nigeria Reading 2012 Campaign, held at Alakoko Senior High School, Tolu School Complex, Ajegunle, Lagos.
The book in focus was Mai Nasara’s The Missing Clock which won the 2011 NLNG-sponsored Nigerian Prize for Literature.
Mrs. Koko Kalango, the founder of the Rainbow Book Club, a non-governmental organisation that organised the reading, said the event was to get Nigerians reading again and sensitise them to the importance of literacy and literature in the society.
The Rainbow Book Club is in the forefront of the campaign to increase literacy rate in the society, and it does that through organising book readings in which notable authors interact with students across the country. It also organises the annual Garden City Literary festival in Port Harcourt.
The international literary event has hosted many distinguished writers like Professor Wole Soyinka, Professor Chinua Achebe, Professor Ngugi Wa Thiong ’O and the American civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Jesse Jackson.
— Nehru Odey