I hope your short holiday/Easter celebration was splendid and you’re ready to get back to ‘hustling’. Okay, that being said, I Love Books.
I Love Books and I Love Reading (something I forgot to put here) Reading is already a part of my lifestyle and my current Major in the University seeks better ways to reinforce this, daily.
Port Harcourt was chosen to be UNESCOs’ world Book capital City for the year 2014, this makes me sooooo HAPPY because at a time, i thought Lagos and Abuja were the only cities in Nigeria the rest of the World noticed/saw and was interested in.
The designation runs from UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) of one year until April 22 of the following year.”
The opening Ceremony programme will kick off on the 22nd of April 2014, but the main opening ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd April, which is the United Nations (UN) World Book and Copyright Day.It is a week long event that’ll end on the 26th of April at Hotel Presidential, 9am to 6pm daily. You can register here.
“The city of Port Harcourt was chosen “on account of the quality of its programme, in particular its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates,” according to the Selection Committee.”
The theme for this year is ‘Books: Windows to our World of Possibilities’.
Each day of the Opening Ceremonies week is named after a prolific Nigerian Author; so #Day1 is called Elechi Amadi’s Day.
There will also be book reviews and discussions for each month. –April Book of the Month is Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God.
-June Book of the Month is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great.
-July Book of the Month is Ake: the years of childhood by Akinwande oluwole ‘Wole’ Soyinka.
-August Book of the Month is Tomorrow died yesterday by Chimeka Garricks.
-September Book of the Month is CChimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus.
I would really love to be there -of course when school permits me- even if it’s on only one of the days.
If you are currently in Port Harcourt or not and will be attending, kindly let us know in the comment section below; you could even help us (those who may not be able to attend) keep to tabs with the progress of the event. 😉
Oh and by the way, Port Harcourt is the 14th city to be designated World Book Capital following Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012) and Bangkok (2013).