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On the 23rd April, 2021, Samuel Adegboyega University joined the rest of the World to mark the 2021 UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. The event, which was organized by the University Library, took place at the John Babatope Hall in Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa and the participants included staff and students of Samuel Adegboyega University; staff and Pupils of SAU Model Nursery and Primary School, Ogwa; staff and students of Ogwa Grammar School, Ogwa; staff and students of Shalom Model School, Ogwa; staff and students of Kids Delight Academy, Ogwa; and staff and students of Commercial Secondary School, Ebelle.

The program was also graced by important dignitaries, including the university’s principal officers, ably led by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Babatunde Idowu. Also in attendance were the Dean of College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Prof. F.M. Ogbe; Dean of College of Management and Social Sciences, Prof. E. Asemah; Dean of College of Humanities, Dr. C. Ngamen; and Ag. Dean of Students’ affairs, Dr. S. Ijaola.

The program was kicked off with an opening address by the University Librarian, Dr. Emmanuel Babatunde Ajala, who highlighted the problem of reading culture in Nigeria and the importance of a good reading culture in the development of our society.

The event also witnessed some intellectually stimulating talks and presentations by the two invited resource persons  –  Prof. Bridget Inegbeboh, the Director of Centre for Research and Development in Esanland and Dr. Afebuameh James, a Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. In addition, there were light sessions which included poem and spoken word presentations by Lois Akpan  and Kasali Samuel, both of whom are undergraduate students in Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa.

As part of the activities lined up for the event, the participating secondary schools were involved in reading and quiz competition, which was eventually won by Shalom Model School, Ogwa.

The highlight of the event was the donation of books to the participating schools by both Prof. Bridget Inegbeboh and the University Library. Also, all secondary school students present were gifted a Webster dictionary by the university library, in addition to the prizes given to the winners and runner ups (1st and 2nd) of both competition.

In his closing remark, the university librarian reiterated the university’s commitment to help build good reading culture in Esan communities by assisting in building libraries and reading corners, as well as helping the schools in making books available in the library.

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