I was also at Sarah's book reading and remember the comment about talking too much. Let us declare 2010 the year of the MUTE. No articles, no bedroom or street complaints, no pleasantries. It will be fun.
I think the joke has gone too far and the laughter lasted long enough. If we must save this country from final collapse then, we must go back to the book. This in my opinion should be one of the main objectives of Dora’s Re-branding Campaign. Only an enlightened and informed people that can first appreciate their immediate challenges and be better equipped to forge ways of solving them. This enlightenment doest come only from acquiring university degrees and bogus certificates from the ends of the earth. It comes from taking time off to turn through pages of critical and literary works and imbibing the wisdom contained therein.
Not so fast. What kind of books are you talking about?
Yes there's noting like the sort of reading culture of old.
What types of writers do we have this days?
Can people who are hungry and angry take time out to read or vent?
It is good to read and be enlightened.
Giving books as gifts is also good.
Nigerians still need to talk and reason with each other.
I too was at Sarah's Lagos reading and I recall that that same issue cropped up. while i do not believe Nigerian reading culture is a s low as people think (any visit to a newsstand or Ikeja underbridge will explain this stand.) I feel our publishers are not doing the right sort of marketing. I don't understand why they are making it an elitist thing when the elites alone can't sustain their industry. Don't get me wrong, I am a budding writer too, I just feel they should bring the prices down and take advantage of adverts and the television. I bet if we can get stars like D'banj and co to read in public the youth will surely see it as a chick thing to imitate.
All we seek in life is happiness and in pursuit of it we may do things that others might find repulsive. but still we should have our rights to happiness, as long as we do not contravene that of others in our pursuit of ours.