In order to promote reading culture among the Nigerian populace, a multi-concept firm, OpenWay Global Concepts, in conjunction with a nongovernmental organisation, The Convergence, is set to stage a reading awareness walk and colloquium on April 23, 2019 in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The event, which will feature a special public reading by the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, will also see a good number of youths drawn from various organisations in the state having a 2km walk to create reading awareness.
According to the coordinator of the project, which has the technical support of the UnitedNations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Chief Executive Officer of OpenWay Global Concepts, Adesina Adetola, the event is designed among others to promote the objective of the world book and copyright day, celebrated every April 23.
Adetola said: “Over the years, the dwindling reading culture have been identified as one of the ugly trends in this current age which has evidently become a great challenge to every developmental process at all levels, therefore the need to encourage reading at all strata and in all forms. For every society to attain the net level of development, every leader must be a reader. It is on this ground that UNESCO sets aside every April 23rd to encourage literary works and promote its relevance in national development.
“It is our belief that the project would certainly contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
In the same vein, Tosin Adara, Leader of The Convergence, said: “The importance of reading can never be over emphasized, it is a fact that you can never grow more than your mental capacity and what you read is whom you are. So we are organising this event to rekindle the dying reading culture.”