Book network holds conference in Uyo

The Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria (NBRP) is set to host its Second National Conference and yearly general meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The event holds from September 15 to 18, 2022. The theme of the hybrid conference is Nigerian and African Stories: How They Fare in the Global Village.

President of NBRP, Mr. Richard Mammah, said, “we are excited to be having this event. In two and a half years since NBRP came on stream, we have pushed to make critical interventions that would impact our books and reading space and at this conference, we are looking forward to having very robust engagements as regards our literature and our reading spaces, among others.”

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) Secretary and founder of Uyo Book Club, Dr. Udeme Nana, who spoke on behalf of the LOC Chairman, Ekong Samson, expressed excitement at the second opportunity his book club has had to host NBRP Conference and AGM, when he reeled out what visitors to Uyo should expect, especially the state capital’s unequalled hospitable ambience.

Participants at the second NBRP National Conference and AGM are drawn from within Nigeria and the African Diaspora. Those confirmed for the event include E.C. Osondu, who won the Michael Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009, with his short story, Waiting; Nduka Otiono, former General Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Associate Professor of Literature at Carlton University, Canada; Ogaga Ifowodo, a lawyer, activist and poet; Joe Ushie, a professor of Stylistics at the University of Uyo; would serve as conference moderator.

The third edition will hold in Lagos, which has already been designated as Nigerian National Book Clubs City 2023. Also, a Publicity Secretary has been named for NBRP. He is Anote Ajeluorou, a seasoned arts and culture journalist, who was the former Arts Editor of The Guardian before being named the newspaper’s Head of Politics. He currently publishes an online arts and culture news magazine, AnoteArtHub (www.anotearthub.com). Igho Goes to Farm is Ajeluorou’s children’s book that was longlisted for The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2019.

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