The 2017 edition of the Read Across Nigeria (RAN) holds tomorrow 5th of May 2017 in the following states, Abia, Anambra, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Ondo, Kwara, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Jos, Abuja, Rivers, Niger, Kaduna, Oyo and Akwa Ibom State. Sokoto State will be holding her own on the 22nd of May 2017 with the celebrity in attendance. The Sokoto event will also be an avenue of unveiling our proposed “Hafsat Abdulwaheed Reading Correspondence Course” aim at promoting reading culture in the Northern part of the country.
This was contained in a press release made available to us by the National Coordinator of the Read Across Nigeria, Mr. Wole Adedoyin. According to him “Tomorrow’s edition will be honouring and celebrating Hajiya Hafsat Abdulwaheed, a Kano based author and the first published female Hausa Novelist. Abdulwaheed, uses her works to highlight the plight of women in Northern Nigeria. She was born in Kano and had her primary education in the City. She has written over 30 books since first novel published in the 1970s.”
Mr. Adedoyin who is also the National President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers said the event would be a low key event as some of SYNW state branches of the Society are currently preparing for tomorrow’s event.
“Interested individuals across the country have also shown interest in organizing one reading event or another. And we are imploring Nigerians to observe the day as the country’s National Reading Day” Adedoyin said.
RAN last year successful debut featured a former National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and the founder of Ebedi Writers Residency, Dr. Wale Okediran.
Read Across Nigeria (RAN) is an initiative powered by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers aimed at promoting reading in the country by showcasing eminent writers as role models to the young.