It was a gathering of Nigeria’s literary heavyweights at the Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, when the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) joined the creative community and hundreds of students to applaud the presentation of the Nigeria’s most prestigious prize for literature 2013, won by Mr Tade Ipadeola.Acknowledging the presence of the UNIC Lagos team, the organisers expressed their gratitude for the reminder on the observance of the International Women’s Day, and called on the large audience to join, on the following day, programmes being organised to mark the Day.
In their interaction with the students, the UNIC team comprising of the Senior Public Information Officer, Envera Selimovic and the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, engaged the students in groups and urged them to spread the words that equality for women is progress for all.
They later shared copies of the Secretary General’s message amongst the students and teachers who were of different schools. The famous poet, whose winning entry was ‘The Sahara Testaments’ and has read his poetry to audiences in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and India, promised to join UNIC in boosting the reading culture in his native Nigeria as well.
Ipadeola has agreed to partner with UNIC to organise series of reading sessions for secondary school students.