The Uyo Book Club expects no number less than 700 delegates as she plays host to the first ever National Book Clubs and Reading Promoters Conference happening in the city of Uyo this week, Thursday, September 16, 2021 through Saturday, September 18, 2021.

This was disclosed on Tuesday during a press brief by the Local Organising Committee of the Club as part of activities heralding the first ever Book Fiesta in Nigeria.

According to the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Patron of Uyo Book Club, Hon. Ekong Sampson, said, the conference will help to re-engineer reading sensibility and promote reading culture which is on a decline.

“The approval is a signpost recognition of the conducive, peaceful and intellectual environment in Akwa Ibom state and is organized to draw attention on the need to reawaken the reading culture in our society. This is done conscious of the fact that we must use the book to fight ignorance and superstition, two weaknesses that have held Africa down.”

He also said the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Promoters in Nigeria choose the city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to host its first ever Book Conference due to the peaceful and intellect ambience of the state.

“We are delighted to inform you and indeed the entire world that the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Promoters in Nigeria has approved Uyo to host its first ever National Conference.

He added that “Nigeria can be reinvented if we turn to the book.”

The Founder of Uyo Book Club, Dr. Udeme Nana said the philosophy of the club includes sharpening of people’s sensibility through reading books.

He added that the multiplier effect of a society filled with readers is the springing up of more readers, writers, publishers, publishing houses, editors, etc.

“We are looking forward to where writers are birth as an off-shoot of the conference.”

However, the conference which will take place at Watbridge Hotels & Suites, Uyo will feature over 40 Book and Literary clubs drawn from across Nigeria. There will be reviews, keynote speeches, tours, presentations by various clubs, spoken word, festschrifts, drama, cultural variety, Mbuk Nnyin – Our Stories and Local delicacies.

Also, there will be a visit to historical sites in the state and the rich array of its famed culture. Exhibitions, cultural fiesta, recreational activities, tours, book reviews, drama, interactive sessions, publications, among others.

The organisers promised that the event will be beamed live on social media platforms for the benefit of  international publics of the Club.

Meanwhile, Dr. Martins Akpan said there will be a standby medical team which will attend to the health needs of participants through the Conference.

The Opening Ceremony which comes up on Friday September, 17, 2021 by 10am will be chaired by Chief Assam Assam, SAN, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Russia while Prof. Felicia Etim, University Librarian, Federal University, Otuoke will be the Keynote Speaker.

Renowned writers and intellectuals including; Dr. Wale Okediran, Dike Chukwumerije, Des Wilson, Ini Iteh, Moses Ibanga Akpabio, Joe Ushie, Ekong Sampson, Ofuma Agali, Udeme Nana, Precious Semaediong, Anietie Usen, Martin Akpan, Aniedi Etim, Ndueso Young, etc, will all serenade the conference with their stories and presentations.

In the Conference, Uyo is expected to be officially declared as ‘Nigeria’s  Book Clubs City,’ which is unprecedented in the Country.

The high point of the media brief was the launching of the official website of Uyo Book Club; www.uyobookclub.org.

© Enwono-Abasi Elisha.


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