Oyo State Library Board Set To Host Ibadan Book Club May Reading


Oyo State Library Board Set To Host Ibadan Book Club May Reading

Oyo State Library Board under the headship of Mrs. A.I  Akinlolu will on Saturday, 29th of May 2021 host the Ibadan Book Club’s monthly Guest Writer/Reader Session. This May edition is expected to feature Murthada O. Lawal, former Acting Managing Director of the University of Lagos Press and Bookshop who is also the current Oyo State Chairman of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA).

This was contained in a statement jointly issued by the Coordinator and Publicity Secretary of the Club, Ayobami Odunayo and Emeka Emmanuel in Ibadan on Monday.

The May edition of IBC Reading also coincides with the Club’s annual Agbolade Busari Memorial Lecture.

At the event, Murthada O. Lawal is expected to deliver a lecture titled “Extending Creative Legacy”. He will also talk about the Fundamentals of Children Literature and the Aesthetics of Book Illustration.

Murthada O. Lawal is a graduate of Fine Art from The Polytechnic Ibadan, Eruwa Campus and Yaba College of Technology where he obtained his HND in Painting (1992). Afterwards he got a Masters Degree at the University of Ibadan.

The artist has worked in different capacities as a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer for numerous magazine, newspaper, publishing companies and multinational organizations which include IITA, Ibadan. He rose through managerial positions such as Production Manager at Melrose Books and Publishing. Operations Manager and later Acting Managing Director of the University of Lagos Press and Book Shop.

Presently he is back fulltime in the studio, working as a painter, Illustrator, Designer, 2D and 3D Animator. His commissioned artworks adorn public and private spaces in Nigeria and abroad

Murthada O. Lawal has won many awards. Some of the awards are: NOMA Award runner up, Kobe, Japan (1994), TIG 1st prize Award, Canada (2003), Macmillan Literature Award, UK (2006) etc.

The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading creative works such as poetry, fiction, 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 Certificates of Membership will be available at no charge to first timers.

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, Voices from Oja Oba Market and Finally, Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of a Mind Always in Motion.


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