The 2017 edition of the Read Across Nigeria (RAN) is to begin tomorrow in Abia, Anambra, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi and Ondo.
Other states RAN will also start tomorrow are Kwara, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Jos, Abuja, Rivers, Niger, Kaduna, Oyo and Akwa Ibom .
An online statement issued by the National Coordinator of RAN, Mr. Wole Adedoyin and made available to Abelnewsng.com informed that Sokoto State will hold her own on May 22, 2017 with the celebrity in attendance.
He further stated that the Sokoto event would also be an avenue of unveiling RAN proposed “Hafsat Abdulwaheed Reading Correspondence Course” aim at promoting reading culture in the Northern part of the country.
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.”
Adedoyin, who is also the National President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) said the event would be a low key, 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.
Recalled that 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.
RAN is an initiative powered by SYNW aimed at promoting reading in the country by showcasing eminent writers as role models to the young.