Authors launch reading culture campaign

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Abdullahi Denja. Twitter photo.

By Collins Yakubu-Hammer

Nigerian authors are to launch, A book, A Child’’, a campaign to spur children’s interest in reading and awake reading culture.

The authors on the platform of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) also plans to construct “Writers Village’’ at Mpape, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to enhance the organisation.

During this campaign this year, the association would produce good books on values and nationhood to instill nationalism in our children.

The President of ANA, Mr Abdullahi Denja, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the campaign would ensure that every Nigerian child of school age has a copy.

“That is what we are trying to midwife in the first quarter of this year,” Denja said.

The president emphasised that the association was looking forward to holding two literary conferences in 2017.

“One will be on ‘Citizen of Emergent Nigerian Literature’; the second will be ‘Indigenous Literature Workshop’ for indigenous writers to hold in Sokoto or Kaduna State.

“The association will hold a media preview of its documentary later in January, but before that, we will carry out a media preview,’’ he said.

The documentary produced by ‘Box Office Production’, an Abuja based movie Production Company, is expected to showcase activities of ANA from inception to date.

Denja, who spoke on the achievements of the association in 2016, described the year as a remarkable one for the organisation.

“We achieved our set objectives which ended with an International Conference that celebrated the 35th anniversary of ANA.

“This year, we are looking at consolidating last year’s achievements by introducing some new projects.

“We are going to commence the effective development of writers’ village in Mpape; this is a project that is dear to the heart of ANA.’’ (NAN)


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