By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2
Industry Issues To Be DiscussedWriting for the Nigerian Tribune, Naza Okoli reports that Monday’s (May 8) opening of the Nigeria International Book Fair at the University of Lagos will include participants from the UK, India, Pakistan, Iran, Senegal, and Ghana.
This will be the 16th edition of the fair and it runs through May 13.
An official announcement was made Rilwanu Abdulsalami, chairman of the Nigeria Book Fair Trust, the organizers of the event.
At his news conference in Lagos, Abdulsalmi is reported to have said that the week-long fair will contribute to a search for solutions for “poor reading culture, gaps in book distribution, and the impact of regulatory policies,” all issues that impact the Nigerian industry.
Adulsalami is quoted by Okoli in the Tribune, saying, “Suffice it to say, many hindrances across Africa that had been hampering the growth of book and knowledge industry will be extensively discussed at the conference and divergent views of participants shall be collected and made known to the government for necessary actions.”
The national president of the Nigerian Publishers Association, Gbadega Adedapo, reportedly added at the end of the announcement that his association will start the process of accrediting the nation’s booksellers in a move to fight piracy.
“We believe we need to improve the chain of distribution,” Adedapo is quoted saying, “to make books readily available and affordable.
“Consumers are often unable to have access to the books they desire, or sometimes unaware of the locations where they can be purchased.”
The full article by Naza Okoli at the Nigerian Tribune is here.