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Guests and organisers of the event

Not all readers are leaders, but all readers, who become leaders, have a common attribute: They put their countries in world map within a short period. This idea of readers being leaders, no doubt, has motivated a day to encourage people to read.

This year’s World Literary Day celebration in Lagos, organised by the Lagos State Library Board in partnership with iRead Mobile Library, featured a potpourri of events focused on the importance of reading to create a world everyone hopes for.

The day is a yearly event by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote reading culture. It was first celebrated on April 23, 1995. And over the years, it has been recognised as World Book Day. However, a related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed on March 7.

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Speaking at the event, the Director, Lagos State Library Board, Oyadipe Amoo, said, “we can see a lot transformation in the way students have been responding, especially, in drama and poetry and every literary activity. The message is that, they don’t like the situation they were before…Today, it is better than yesterday, which we believe that by the grace of God, tomorrow will be better than today, so, we are learning and improving to achieve the world we want today. The entire system in the society is improving.”

On the availability of books for readers, he said, “there were no e-books years ago, but today, we have e-books, we have the Internet. So, we are improving on reading.”

Speaking on this year’s theme, founder iRead Mobile Library, Funmi Ilori, said, “authors are very important in celebrating the day, most especially the world we want, without authors, we cannot get children or adult to read. I’m particular about the children because they are the leaders; they are the people we are raising to ensure that the world is a better place. So the authors are the one that write the books. We’ve gone from having hard to soft copy books.”

On her organisation’s partnership with Library Board, she said, “the Lagos State Library board is a very unique organisation. Before now, I was selected by the Special Adviser on education to work on a project tag Lagos Read, we wanted Lagosians to read and the programme was very successful and in the few months that we ran it and based on the success, I approached the Lagos State Library Board on the part we’ve played in the last two years organising the World Book Day on our own; when we collaborate with a large organisation we expect more success and they were very open to that and they have made many things happen to make it a very successful day and we hope that the collaboration will continue.”


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