Literacy for the 21st Century: Enugu Readers Summit preaches societal change through reading

“If you want your name to not be easily forgotten, do something worth writing or write something worth reading.”—Benjamin Franklin


Increasing readership, activating a sense of creativity and innovation in the lives and minds of the youths in the society was the unanimous submission of seasoned writers and motivational speakers at the just concluded 2016 Enugu Readers Summit organised by the Creative Writing and Readership Campaign Team.

Enugu readers Summit is a platform for celebrating and transmitting life through books.enugu-readers-summit-2016-infobase3

The second edition of the summit which took place on September 23, 2016 had the theme, “Literacy for the 21st century.”

It was a spark in the bone; a mouth-watering impact that brought together dignitaries, young writers, under graduates, innovative thinkers, secondary school scholars.

Present at the event are Founder, Foreign Language Speakers Society, FORLANSS, Rtn. E. A. Grahams; Zonal Director of Radio Nigeria South East Zone, Mr. Ken Ike; Founder, OJA Cultural Development Initiative, Nwada Amarachi Attamah, and others.

The convener, Gideon Okeke, during his remark said “Books are powerful and reading is strength.enugu-readers-summit-2016-infobase4

“We celebrate books because they grace our lives and unveil to us the past, present and the future. It is in the book that one can find a life that is embellished in greatness, success and impact”.

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On his part, Mr. Ken Ike encouraged the young ones to never relent in putting into practice what they have learnt.

Nwada Amarachi Attamah was more motivational in her speech entitled “Leaving your footprint in all you do” encouraged the participants not to let go of any special deposit God had put in them which could be actualized through reading.

She made reference to Benjamin Franklin “If you want your name to not be easily forgotten, do something worth writing or write something worth reading.”

Rtn. E.A Grahams during his speech “Get up and go: Read and lead” dished out with great dexterity his wealth of experience as a reader which no doubt brought him to the verge of leadership.enugu-readers-summit-2016-infobase1

Corroborating Grahams, Divine Destiny Nwoye, admonished the younger generation to always pursue knowledge by sowing the seed of reading.

The programme never ended without fulfilling its purpose as all in attendance felt the aura of creativity and invaluable innovation in various presentations done by many upcoming poets, mono-dramatists, novelists, singers, spoken work artists, public speakers which no doubt gave muse and inspiration to all the participants.

Also featured in the awesome event was the donation of books to Enugu State Press Association, Enugu East Zone and Scripture Union Library, National Grammar School, Nike.

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Those in attendance each went home with two or more books.

The event also ended on a good note with a “A make a friend zone” and a series of photograph.


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