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Publishers hold book fair on way forward for the industry


As preparations for the 17th International Book Fair commence, more countries are being expected to participate in the event.Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Book Fair Trust, Mr. Abiodun Omotubi disclosed that event would have in attendance participants from United States of America, United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and Botswana.

Omotubi said foreign participants would join the Nigerian book industry stakeholders to interface and exchange ideas and information on the way forward.“Interestingly, members of the International Publishers Association from different countries of the world will converge in Nigeria during this year’s event to have a workshop and gala night. This will not only boost the foreign participation at NIBF 2018, it will also open business opportunities for the stakeholders within the Nigerian book industry.

According to Omotubi, while highlighting the activities lined up for the programme said the conference will focus on: “Networking – A sustainable vehicle for dynamism and survival of book business in Africa.

The conference keynote paper will be delivered by an Associate Professor at the Department of Library Archival and Information Studies, University of Ibadan, Dr. Oshiotse Okwilagwe,

“Dignitaries within and outside Nigerian book industry are expected to grace the conference which will be chaired by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The conference, which will commence at 10am, is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Jelili Omotola Hall, University of Lagos.

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