By Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere
The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, in collaboration with Holyhill Relief Foundation (HRelief), Media Insight and Development and Transformation Project (DEVATOP) joined UNESCO and the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, 2015.
A symbolic day for books, World Book and Copyright Day pays tribute to the importance of books, celebrates authors, and most importantly celebrates reading. It is a period to re-discover and re-emphasize the importance of reading as well as giving more platforms for young people to explore the pleasures of reading.
The 2015 World Book and Copyright Day was celebrated in an innovative and unique way in Nigeria by the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and partners. It was held as part of AFRICMIL’s media and information literacy (MIL) project in secondary schools in Nigeria.
The event took place on April 24, 2015, at Model Secondary School Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria, where AFRICMIL runs the Media & Information Literacy Klub (MILK), a project that seeks to give students access to media and information, train them as critical consumers and producers of media and information.
With more than 50 students in attendance, the event was organized to promote sustainable reading culture and arouse the interest of students towards other mental activities (studying, researching, application of knowledge, etc).
There was a plenary session where students came in contact with authors, mentors, and youth leaders that shared stories on how reading had contributed to their lives. It was a knowledge and experience sharing and interactive session between accomplished authors and students.
There was a reading contest at the end of the event. Both junior and senior students listened to reading from Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and thereafter they answered questions.