Channels Book Club Features World Book Capital City Ceremony

channels book clubThis episode of the Channels Book Club features highlights of the World Book Capital City 2014 ceremony.

Recently, keys were officially handed over to the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, South-South of Nigeria, to make it the 2014 UNESCO World Book Capital City.

The ‘world book capital’ is a title bestowed by UNESCO to a city in recognition of the quality of its programs to promote books and reading and the dedication of all players in the book industry. The designation runs from UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) of one year until April 22 of the following year.

UNESCO usually invites the International Publishers Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and The International Booksellers Federation to participate in the nomination process, to ensure the three major branches of the book industry are involved in the decision.

The following cities have been designated as world book capitals since 2001:

Year – City –  Country
2001 – Madrid – Spain
2002 – Alexandria – Egypt
2003 – New Delhi — India
2004 – Antwerp – Belgium
2005 – Montreal  – Canada
2006  – Turin – Italy
2007 – Bogotá – Colombia
2008 – Amsterdam – Netherlands
2009 – Beirut – Lebanon
2010  – Ljubljana – Slovenia
2011  –  Buenos Aires – Argentina
2012  –  Yerevan – Armenia
2013 – Bangkok  – Thailand
2014  – Port Harcourt  – Nigeria
2015  – Incheon  – South Korea

Channels Book Club Features African Writers, Critic

This edition of Channels Book Club features interviews with two respected writers and literary critic, Doreen Baingana and Ikhide Ikheloa.

Doreen Baingana is perhaps the most celebrated short story writer in Uganda. Her book, Tropical Fish, won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, for the Best First Book in Africa, and an AWP Short Fiction Award.

Doreen shared her thoughts on her works, as well as Ugandan and Nigerian literature.

Ikhide Ikheloa is a respected literary critic and blogger who writes non-stop on various online media. His works have been published severally in books, journals and online magazines. He was a columnist with Next Newspapers and the Daily Times of Nigeria where he offered unsolicited opinions on any and everything to do with literature and the world.

Ikhide currently resides in the USA and he refuses to write a book because he insists that the book is dying a long slow death.

Book Club Features Promoters Of Nigerian Literature, Reading Culture

This edition of Channels Book Club features two promoters of Nigerian literature, writers and books. Titilayo Oyinsan, host of ‘Titi’s on air book club’ on Inspiration fm and Chuma Nwokolo, publisher of African writing magazine both play important roles in promoting Nigerian literature and encouraging our reading culture.

Titilayo Oyinsan is a popular radio presenter with 92.3 inspiration fm, one of nigeria’s leading private radio stations. She is the host of ‘Titi’s On Air Book Club’ a program focused on promoting Nigerian books, writers and a reading culture. Titi is also the founder of Naija Women in Business Network which serves as a platform for women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

Chuma Nwokolo, Jr. is a Nigerian lawyer, writer and the publisher of African writing magazine. He is author of the poetry collection: memories of stone, the serial tales by conversation, and a few novels, including diaries of a dead African and the ghost of Sani Abacha.  He was writer-in-residence at the Ashmolean museum in oxford.

Tosin and Chuma joined us to share their observations and thoughts on what went down in 2013 in Nigeria as far as literature is concerned.

Channels Book Club Features Author Of June 12 Inspired Book

This edition of Channels Book Club features the author of ‘June 12: 1993 Annulment,’ a graphic novel, Abraham Oshoko.

Mr Oshoko who describes himself as a writer and an artist, speaks about his book and its genre, graphic novels, which he says is not common in Africa.

“If you want to get people who don’t like to read to read, you have to give them incentives,” which is why the book is colourful and also has pictures in it, he said.

The edition also features two social entrepreneurs who decided to reawaken the reading culture in Nigeria through their initiative,, a free publishing site.