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How Lagos Book Fair 2015 will enhance youth empowerment

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Books. Photo: Newberry

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AHEAD of the 14th edition of Nigeria International Book Fair scheduled to hold from May 11 to 16 at the Multipurpose Halls, University of Lagos, Akoka, organisers of have promised to use the book to empower Nigerian youths so as to bring about sustainable national development.

Chairman of Nigeria Book Fair Trust (NBFT), Mr. Rilwanu Abdulsalami, who spoke yesterday at a media briefing in Lagos, said the focus of this year’s fair is on the youths. According to him, “Usually, when we pick a theme, we look at the issues on ground. The problem we have is that the youths no longer go to the stores to pick a book, and even when they do, they complain about the price.

This is because of the harsh economic conditions in the country. An educated child is one who has a certain knowledge on a particular discipline, has good morals, and can think and offer ideas on certain topics.”

Abdulsalami highlighted some of the benefits of the 2015 book fair to include, “serving as an avenue to bring together all the stakeholders in the book chain in Nigeria, namely authors, publishers, booksellers and librarians, buyers to buy books and other instructional materials at a discounted rate, and giving access to updates on new developments in the book industry at both national and global levels”.

Abdulasalami said since the focus is on youths, his organization had virtually concluded all necessary arrangements for a successful book fair. He noted that programmes that would make it interesting to the youths had been packaged. The theme for this year’s fair is ‘African Youth Empowerment through Book for Sustainable National Development’. Other sub-areas the fair will highlight include a summit for children, a must concern for all education practitioners, a Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike Book Jubilee and so on.

Also to speak on the theme was Chief Ngweobia Odo Okereke. He said, “One of the tools we use to groom the youths is the book. If you read extensively, the knowledge you get will carry you through life”.

He further urged students not just to read to pass their examinations only, but to read wide, as no knowledge gained is a waste. According to Okereke, “a truly educated child is one who is confident and bold, and is able to explore his environment.”


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