NBRP: Three years of driving hard to get our people reading

NBRP: Three years of driving hard to get our people reading

Executive members of the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria, NBRP rose from their final regular session for 2022 on Thursday, December 8, satisfied that though they were yet to tick all the boxes, it has indeed been three years of driving hard to get our people reading.

 

The facts:

1. NBRP was flagged off in February 2020 at a meeting in Ikeja, Lagos that was attended by seven members, representing seven organisations in Lagos, including the host that promptly consented to the group using its premises as National Secretariat.

2. Today, the organisation has an assured national spread with members drawn from every geopolitical zone in the country.

3. NBRP is duly registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission.

4. NBRP takes collaborations with other players in the ecosystem and all willing partners very seriously. It has successfully signed MOUs to promote the establishment of book clubs in reading centres and ensure better and more functional library usage across the country with the National Library of Nigeria and the Nigerian Library Association. It also has an advocacy collaboration pact with the Committee for Relevant Art, organisers of the Lagos Book and Arts Festival. It is equally in the organising team for the annual Nigerian International Bookfair and attends programmes and activities of organisations like the Nigerian Publishers Association, the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions, the Lagos State Library Board and the Association of Nigerian Authors.

5. NBRP is also high on data and periodically conducts surveys on the state of reading and reading infrastructure in Nigeria. Two such surveys have already been concluded with its findings made public.

6. Since 2021, the organisation has successfully hosted an Annual General Meeting and Conference. The 2021 and 2022 editions were hosted in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

7. Connected to the AGM/Conference is the NBRP Annual Nigerian National Book Clubs City Award which makes the recipient to be the hub of NBRP’s Consolidated Reading Promotions Activities in the year of award. States/Cities within NBRP engage in competitive bidding to be chosen for the role. Uyo won the 2021 and 2022 bids. Lagos has the hosting right for 2023 and Yenagoa for 2024. The hosting city for 2025 is to be determined at the 2023 AGM/Conference in Lagos in September, 2023.

8. As host city for 2021 and 2022, Uyo promised to, in addition to statutorily hosting the AGM/Conference, also vigorously expand reading activities in Akwa Ibom state through setting up more and more book clubs in the state. Today, there are new book clubs in Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Eket, Ibiono Ibom and one more would be launched in Oron in the next few days.

9. Lagos, as 2023 Book Clubs City has already rolled out an ambitious programme to introduce a wide range of developments in the city state’s reading space. It begins with the Lagos Book Walk on April 25, a multi-stakeholder advocacy event that would see subscribers to the dream of a ‘Greater, Reading Lagos’ converge in Ikeja and walk in procession to present a basket of suggestions on how to better grow the reading space in the city state to the Speaker of the House of Assembly and the Governor. This would be followed by reading promotions activities across the state all through the book year and spreading further through a 10-year span.

10. Work is also soon to commence on a 5-year NBRP strategic roadmap that is expected to consolidate on the gains already made in the past three years.

11. NBRP is willing and ready to work with the next partner in ensuring that we have more and more operational book clubs and functional, attractive and well-resourced libraries to serve the reading needs of Nigerians. And that partner is YOU or someone you know and can connect us to. We are eager and waiting for that to begin even now. Thank you, Further details can be accessed at: www.nbrp.org.ng. And we can be reached at info@nbrp.org.ng.

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