Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014
Starts: Tuesday, 22 April, 2014 09:00am
Ends: Saturday, 26 April, 2014 06:00pm
The title "World Book Capital" is conferred by UNESCO on a city in recognition of the quality of its programmes to foster the promotion of books and to encourage reading. The concept was initiated in 2001 with Madrid as the first city to be given the title, followed by Alexandria in 2002 and New Delhi in 2003. Bangkok, the current World Book Capital City, will hand over to Port Harcourt in April 2014. Incheon was recently nominated World Book Capital 2015.
Rainbow Book Club submitted a bid to UNESCO with the support of the Rivers State government that led to the emergence of Port Harcourt as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, the first sub-Saharan city to receive this honour! With the theme: Books: Windows to our World of Possibilities, Port Harcourt beat 10 other contenders to clinch this nomination. Undoubtedly, this honour will have a catalytic effect on the Niger Delta region, creating an army of social change agents who, informed and empowered by reading, will work collaboratively to build a peaceful, prosperous and just society. 2014 also marks 100 years since Nigeria was formed by the British colonial government. This milestone in Nigeria's history presents a unique occasion for positive change. That is our hope, and it is one we are already working towards through the support of activities such as the Port Harcourt Book Festival (formerly the Garden City Literary Festival) and the "Get Nigeria Reading Again!" campaign.
We invite you to partner with us as we prepare for Port Harcourt's special tenure as World Book Capital 2014.
For more information kindly visit our website: http://portharcourtworldbookcapital.org/