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Ibadan Book Club prepares to host Diipo Fagunwa, kickstarts campaign for book reading culture in Oyo

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Ibadan Book Club (IBC), one of the reading arms of the Society of Young Writers of Nigeria (SYNW) has set aside February 27, 2021 to house the only surviving son of the late Yoruba literary sage, D.O. Fagunwa, Mr. Diipo Fagunwa, in Ibadan, capital of Oyo state.

A statement from Wole Adedoyin, one of the organizers of the reading, said that the event will take place at the Hippodrome Amphitheater, Opposite Recreation Club, inside the Adamasingba Stadium at 12 p.m.

Uncle Diipo, as his fans affectionately call him, is a fantasy writer like his late father. He is the founder and CEO of Elder Care and Support Services (ELCASUSE). He previously was a professor in the Department of Continuing Education at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Diipo Fagunwa is also the author of a book entitled “Ifewumi, the tribulations of Inulayewa”. He is going to read from the book.

The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading books and poetry, spoken words, book sales and signing, contacts with other readers and book writers in all corners of the state of Oyo, the statement added.

Prospective writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to other writers and readers. Membership forms and certificate of membership will be available at no charge to beginners.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Writers Society. It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of the Reading Culture in the State of Oyo.

The Ibadan Book Club consists of a group of people who meet, meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.

Some of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centennial Anthology: a collection of essays, articles, poems and works of art in honor of Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voces del mercado de Oja Oba and Finally, to Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, dreams, reflections of a mind always in motion.

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