I have been lazy procrastinating giving a report on the recent event covered on the 7th of March 2019 somewhere at the centre of the city which I was invited by a childhood friend who doubles as a photo-journalist on this particular day.
Who can guess what the event is all about?
Any way, lets get going with happenings at the event.
It is the 2019 World Book Day hosted by Lagos State Library Board in conjunction with I-read network which took place at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium of Lagos State Secretariat,Alausa, Lagos.
The theme of this year celebration is:
“THE WORLD WE WANT”
World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event the organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. World Book Day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day. A related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed in March.It is aimed at drawing attention to reading and promotion of publishing.
EVENT OF THE DAY.
Just as every other day, I strolled into the venue of the event seeing students from different schools in Lagos State being attended to.Registration of schools in attendance was carried out until the programme started in full swing around 10:21AM which was anchored by a handsome man in suit named Kayode Oyekanmi.
The programme was declared opened after the rendition of National Anthem was led by a 4-year old girl from a particular private school in Lagos State.
This was followed by the introduction of Special guest of honour with the anchor-man introducing them to the high table one after the other which was accompanied by a resounding rounds of applause from every one in attendance.
This also include the introduction of some personalities that caught my fancy which are:
1.Mrs Funmi Ilori—Founder of I-read Mobile Library Network.
2.Miss Gloria Ajala of Lafiaji Secondary School who is the winner of 2018 Spelling Bee competition which will make her to be a one-day governor in Lagos State.
3.Mr.Bayode Adebowale Olawumi who is the Guinness World Read Aloud Marathon Reader.He read at a stretch for 122 hours.
4.Professor Olajide Asobele–a Professor of Modern European Languages from the University of Lagos.
The welcome Address was delivered by the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education who was represented by the Director of Lagos State Library Board, in person of Mr.Amao Oyadipe.His welcome address reiterated the essence of book and the need to encourage young ones to know the purpose of reading.
The event of the day witnessed many different presentations by pupils of different schools in Lagos State and presentation of Award to Authors and publishers was carried out by the founder of I-read International Network–Mrs.Funmi Ilori.
Many of the dignitaries present in the event gave their presentations in the course of the event reiterating the importance of books and reading as the antidote to illiteracy.
Around 02:00pm, the programme came to a close.
And this year World Book Day in Lagos State had an indelible mark on the annals of human history with the display of many raw talents who are good enough to take over the intellectual space of the Nigerian Society and that of the world at large.
The world we want is a world whereby :
“A book a day will keep illiteracy at bay”