The National Library of Nigeria has called for a prize for reading, after commending the mobile network carrier Etisalat for instituting a price for authors.
The library’s director Habib Jato said the price was the latest for writing to come after those set up by firms as Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG and the Association of Nigerian Authors in attempts to create an “environment that stimulates and encourages creative writing.”
Speaking as an award was presented to Songeziwe Mahlangu for the book last year’s Penumbra, Jato urged that the efforts be replicated by other corporate bodies especially in instituting prizes that would correspondingly stimulate and promote a robust reading culture among Nigerians.”
“With these prizes around, authors are now churning out literacy resources and therefore Nigerian citizens of all ages and creed have no reason to complain about the dearth of what to read. Though it is the reader that ultimately gains, it won’t be out of place to stimulate Nigerians to develop the culture of imbibing non-purposive reading,” he said.
“We at the National Library of Nigeria have number of activities to promote reading amongst Nigerians but having reward for ardent readers would stimulate a greater interest.”
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