A group, Network of Book Club and Reading Promoters have vowed to use books to fight ignorance and superstition which has diminished progress in the African continent, particularly Nigeria.
Subsequently, the group maintained that its maiden edition of the national conference would help them reawaken the reading culture in society.
The Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Dr. Ekong Sampson who made this known to Journalists in Uyo, said that the conference would hold between 16 and 18 September, 2021 in Akwa Ibom State.
Sampson noted that the conference would attract about 700 delegates, adding that, eminent writers, readers, policymakers, and others across the globe would also grace the occasion.
“This is done to reawaken the reading culture in our society. This is done conscious of the fact that we must use the book to fight ignorance and superstition, two weaknesses that have held Africa down.
“The conference will take place between 16 and 18 September 2021 at the exquisite Watbridge Hotel and Suites, Uyo. It is noteworthy to state at this juncture that within a few years of operation, the Uyo Book Club (UBC) has become a consistent and respected promoter of reading culture in Nigeria.
“The conference will attract eminent writers, readers, policymakers, and the general literati across the globe. In all, a total of about 700 delegates are expected at the conference, with many among them coming from outside Akwa Ibom.
According to him, the event would be chaired by the former Ambassador to Russia, Chief Assam Assam, and other renowned writers and intellectuals including, Dr. Wale Okediran, Dike Chukwumerije, Prof. Des Wilson, among others.