The 14th edition of the Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF 2015), aimed at improving literacy and book trade in Nigeria has been scheduled to hold from Monday, May 11 through Saturday, May 16 at the Multi-purpose halls of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos state, Nigeria.
The book fair, which will be graced by major stakeholders in the book industry will include book exhibitions, which will run everyday during the period, publishers workshop, two days children programme, teacher’s training workshop, Annual School Owners and Principal officers Education summit, Author’s groove, Chukwuemeka Ike Books Jubilee, Printers seminar and a host of other exciting activities.
As part of the programmes for NIBF 2015, there will be an International Conference on Tuesday, May 12 at the Multi-purpose hall C of the University of Lagos. The conference is themed: African Youth Empowerment Through Book for sustainable National Development. It will be attended by personalities in the various sectors in Nigeria and keynote paper will be delivered by Prof. G.G Darah of Delta State University.
According to Rilwan Abdulsalami, Chairman of Nigeria Book Fair Trust, “A reading nation is a winning nation and that is why it is important for all stakeholders in the book industry to come together and institute a culture that will not only encourage knowledge acquisition, but also promote reading culture among the citizenry in Nigeria.”
Abdusalami further noted that the book fair serves 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 give access to updates on new developments in the book industry at both national and global levels.
The chairman also disclosed that in its bid to make the 2015 edition memorable for visitors and exhibitors, the board has introduced new programmes like, the summit of School Owners and Principal officers of schools in Nigeria which will open a window of opportunity for exhibitors, provision of free internet facility for all the exhibitors during the period and the bringing of many authors and scholars of international repute.
The Nigeria International Book Fair has become a book event to reckon with in Africa, as it attracts both local and foreign exhibitors.