…Uyo Book Club launches website
Ndifreke Jacob, Uyo.
At least 700 delegates and revered writers in Nigeria have been penciled for participation at the Maiden National Book Conference organized by Uyo Book Club in Uyo.
The National Book Clubs and Reading Promoters Conference which is the first ever book conference in Nigeria is set to hold from Thursday, 16th – Saturday, 18th September, is a signpost movement to reawaken the reading culture in the country.
Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and Patron of the Uyo Book Club, Barr. Ekong Sampson alongside members of the club in a media chat yesterday, 15th September with media professionals said, the conference was planned to encourage reading culture and help tackle the myriad problems facing the country through mental engineering and exposition.
He said, “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.”
The LOC Chairman disclosed that the conference will feature litany of activities ranging from exhibitions, cultural fiesta, recreational activities, tours, book reviews, drama, interactive sessions, publications and tour to historical places in the State which will be streamed on Zoom for participants who can’t make it to the venue and on other platforms.
“During the gathering, delegates will also have a firsthand feel of some of the historical sites in the state and the rich array of our famed culture and cuisines. The Conference clearly has a huge potential to showcase the Akwa Ibom profile to the international community given the strong impact of the book as a global citizen. This will boost the positive perception of the state which is critical to attraction of investors to the state. In all, it will present an opportunity to compare notes on how to deepen the reading culture and widen the flanks of our scholarly discourse.”
“The festival will feature over 40 Book and Literary clubs drawn from across Nigeria and at the converge, Uyo is expected to officially declared as Nigeria’s Book Clubs city, a rare honour, not done any Nigerian city before.
The Book Fiesta will feature reviews, keynote speeches, tours, presentations by various clubs, spoken word, festschrifts, drama, cultural variety, Mbuk Nnyin – Our Stories, local delicacies.” The UBC Patron disclosed.
Further, the LOC Chairman revealed that the Opening Ceremony which comes up on Friday 17th September, 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, he added.
On his part, Founder of the Uyo Book Club, Dr. Udeme Nnanna noted that the sensibility of people in a society can only be refined when there’s full shift and turn to books.
The UBC founder added that organizers of the conference look forward to a paradigm shift to a rebirth of writers, publishers, editors and readers after the conference.
Also, Dr. Martins Akpan, a member of the UBC and author disclosed that a team of medical team will be on ground to attend to the health needs of participants at the conference.
Highpoint of the media briefing was the launching of the official website of UBC – www.uyobookclub.org.