Upbeat swing for Akada Children’s Book Festival
Reckoned as the first children’s book festival in Nigeria, the third edition of the annual Akada Children’s Book Festival (ACBF) 2021 is set to kick off.
The World Culture Score Index record has shown that Nigeria has one of the lowest reading cultures in the world, with figures from the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education indicating that four out of 10 primary school students are unable to read for comprehension.
Based on this shortfall, the ACBF was set up to bridge this gap and encourage active reading participation, story time and bonding sessions between parents and children, as well as improve their cognitive development.
Since its inception in April 2019, the ACBF has attracted over 1,400 attendees. Subsequently, in 2020, the festival adapted to a virtual convergence bringing #Akada2020AtHome to audiences across the world with over 1,600 participants.
Billed to take place from July 1-3, 2021, with registration commencing on May 27, the third edition festival, which is supported by British Council and Stanbic IBTC Bank will highlight children’s books written by African writers, books written by authors from around the world for a diverse audience of children, and most importantly reiterates and fosters healthy reading and literary habits in Children.
Organised by Clever Clogs Books (CCB), a niche-publishing house focusing on the development of Nigerian-themed children’s picture books for early readers, with the desire to see Nigeria achieve a 100 per cent literacy rate within their lifetime, the 3-day virtual festival will feature activities that platform professional workshops for children’s book writers, illustrators, publishers, author-led book readings, book chats, fun mini-workshops for children, theatre, music, dance and insightful sessions for parents and teachers.
Speaking on the forthcoming festival, CCB founder, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi said: “This year’s virtual festival promises to be educative, inspiring, and entertaining to children and adults. There will be a line-up of the country’s most revered and best-selling children’s authors and illustrators. So we encourage parents to register their children viaakadafestival.org.”