Port Harcourt named “World Book Capital 2014”

Port Harcourt named “World Book Capital 2014”

The city of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) was named the World Book Capital for the year 2014 after the Selection Committee, composed of representatives from the three leading international publishing associations and from UNESCO, met on 5 July at the Organization’s Headquarters.

The city of Port Harcourt was chosen “on account of the quality of its programme, in particular its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates,” according to the Selection Committee.

“I extend my congratulations to the city of Port Harcourt for the quality of its proposed programme, which provides for extensive public participation and aims to develop reading for all,” said the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. “I wholeheartedly endorse the commitment of Port Harcourt to support literacy through the activities organized for the year.”

The Director-General also welcomed the number and quality of applications received by UNESCO for the title of World Book Capital 2014.

Each year, UNESCO and the three international publishing organizations—the International Publishers Association (IPA), International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)—select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April each year. This initiative, in addition to the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, represents a collaborative undertaking by key stakeholders in the publishing world and cities to promote books and literacy.

Port Harcourt is the 14th city to be designated World Book Capital following Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012) and Bangkok (2013).

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For more information: www.unesco.org/culture/bookcapital

Contact: wbcc(at)unesco.org



10 thoughts on “Port Harcourt named “World Book Capital 2014”” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. This is nice. By them some of us would be acclaimed authors.

  2. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

    Wow! This calls for a celebration! Bring out your champagne glasses and your writing devices i propose a prose collection!!! Great Stuff!

  3. NS is in. We are in!

  4. Lets go get it.An opportunity for NS.

  5. adams (@coshincozor)

    I don’t understand it, what have we got to gain from that?

  6. It is a great one, even though i dont really understand how this will make any difference in the literacy level or reading culture of Nigeria. Maybe a little explanation will help

  7. Lolz. Dis is gud.

  8. Beautiful, afterall our literary festivals did not go unnoticed or even wasted…..i love PH CITY.

  9. well i say congrats to PH lets hope it improves the writing scene in naija

  10. Wow! Hurray! This is a wonderful thing to happen to the Garden City. It is an honor indeed to Nigeria too & a feather in NS cap also. Kudos.

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