A renowned academic and Media Professional, Dr Udeme Nana has vowed to raise the intellectual bar of both indigenes and residents of Akwa Ibom State, in order to bequeath a more civilized and prosperous future to the next generation.
He says constant ties with books offer untowered inspiration, foresight and refreshed ideas that berth the capacity to rule the world.
The Founder of Uyo Book Club who spoke exclusively with this reporter on Sunday stated that “Eket has joined the loop of Book Club cities in Akwa Ibom State with the establishment of Eket Book Club.”
He informed that the Eket Book Club would be co-ordinated by the Publisher of The Ink Portal Newspaper, Mr Nsibiet John, who would be deputized by the Author of ‘More Than Just a Girl’, Miss Ndueso Young.
Dr Udeme Nana says the milestone is to him “a dream come true” , while it is an appealing “boon to lovers of Books and those interested in the movement to re-awaken the culture of reading amongst Akwa Ibom people.”
According to the Mass Communication Scholar and former Media Adviser to Governors Victor Attah and Godswill Akpabio, he had long envisioned an establishment of Book Clubs all over the State.
His idea had been to assemble book lovers, incubate them and then accelerate their reading culture so as institute a conventional reading life among Akwa Ibom people and residents.
He said, “reading refines the sensibilities of people and enables such people to contribute more meaningfully to the development of society.
“I set up Uyo Book Club in my house in 2015. It grew into an important intellectual hub in the state capital and now regularly meets in Watbridge Hotels and Suites, Uyo.
“In May this year, I set up The Raffia City Book Club in Ikot Ekpene. The Club is hosted at The Esu Centre and today, by the grace of God, I have established the Eket Book Club which promises to become another exciting hub”, he said.
Dr. Udeme Nana expressed confidence in the stewardship of the coordinators, describing the duo as pillars who have the magic wand to transform the ‘Idung mfia anwe’ (city of White men) to a hub of knowledge.