As part of events to celebrate the World Book and Copyright Day in Nigeria, the Rainbow Book Club organised her “Nigeria Reads” programme at the LEA primary school, Life Camp, Abuja that had the Vice President of the Country, Prof Yemi Osinbajo around to read to the kids.
In a rare but inspiring experience for the kids, the Vice president alongside the Rainbow Book club founder, Mrs Koko Kalango, read and took questions from the book—The Legend: Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
After the reading, Vice President Osinbajo answered questions from the children that revolved around issues of corruption, his marriage and life as the Vice president, his childhood, bullying and even possible ways to help the country continue on the path of greatness. In his answers, Osinbajo advised the kids to be studious and value oriented in their education and thinking and charged them to live to become better citizens of the country.
Also, the children also appreciated the Vice President for an amazing opportunity to read with him and have him visit the school. They also took out time to express gratitude to the Rainbow Book Club for the privilege to celebrate the 2018 World Book and Copyright day with so many amazing memories that would not forget in a hurry.
Other dignitaries at the event include the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, the FCT Minister, Alhaji Musa Bello and the UNESCO country Director, Mr Ydo Yao represented by Mr. Ajaegbo.
RBC kicked off the “Get Nigeria Reading Again” campaign in 2005 with award winning Chimamanda Adiche and has since enlisted the participation of high profile authors, captains of industries, government officials and celebrities to create awareness on the connection between reading and building a successful nation. The club has also managed the Port Harcourt Book Festival (Formerly known as the Garden City Literary Festival) since 2008. Efforts of the book club earned Port Harcourt the nomination as the world book capital in 2014.
With honorary members like former President Goodluck Jonathan, Oby Ezekwesili, Bishop Mathew Kukah, Emeka Anyaoku, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Jesse Jackson; the club is on a journey to get Nigeria reading again—leading again—through over 200 book clubs in primary and secondary schools across the nation and several other events to promote the reading culture.
If we agree that readers are leaders, there are few better ways to inspire kids to be better versions of themselves through developing excellent reading culture that having the number 2 citizen of the country reading to them. It is a memory that would never be forgotten in a hurry.