Nigeria holds 2019 world book fair

All is set by the Nigeria Book Fair Trust (NBFT) to host the world to this year’s edition of the Nigeria International Book Fair scheduling for the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.

The annual event with this year’s edition, 18th in the series, is slated for six days beginning from Monday, May 6th with all stakeholders in the education and book-related industries around the world are expected to participate.

The Chairman of NBFT and President, Nigerian Publishers Association, Mr Gbadega  Adedapo, made the disclosure, on Tuesday, in Lagos, at a media conference to highlight activities of the event which has “Optimising New Technology in Book Development and Distribution for the Promotion of Book Trade in Africa” as it theme.

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According to him, the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr Hameed Bobboyi, would deliver the keynote address on the second day of the event with the Managing Director of Okada Books, Okechukwu Ofili; Executive Director of Sidmach Technologies, Mike Olajide; Vice President of ZTE Technologies Nigeria, Richard Xiang Pingnian and CEO of Spring Time Software,  Chander Shekhar would be the discussants of the topic.

Adedapo, who is the Managing Director of Rasmed Publications Limited, said the essence of the book fair was to promote effective reading as it had been doing since the inception of the fair, especially among young ones in Nigeria and Africa by extension.

“And for the first time in the history of the fair,  Nigerian Copyright Commission and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council will be fully involved in the event this year,” he added.

He also said the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Senate Committee Chairman on Environment, Mrs Remi Tinubu, and the Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof  Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, among others would also be on ground.

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