World Book Day
“Books are vehicles for transferring knowledge over generations; you can deconstruct the past and understand the difficult geopolitics through books. Books also help to construct and acts as an instrument of social engineering. If you want to change somebody’s behavioural pattern, expose the person to books. Books heal emotionally”.
This was the summation of the Director of Centre for Learning Resources, Covenant University, Dr. Christopher Nikko as the World Book Day was marked on the 23 April, 2014.
World Book Day also known as International Day of Book is a yearly event organised by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
The date for the commemoration was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. The theme of this year's World Book and Copyright Day is “Translation and Authors' Rights”.
Some students also explained the significance of books, the books they have read and those they look forward to publishing.
Mr. Seyi Agunbiade , a 300 Level Marketing student of Covenant University stated that there are different kinds of books, which includes the educative and the entertaining ones (novel) but he prefers to read books on sports and marketing.“Once you stop learning you die”, he said.
Mr. Abinye Titus- Green, a 400 Level English student said when he hears the word book, knowledge comes to his mind. “I like Literature books, stories that deal with education” he said.
He stated further that through reading, “I have been able to learn science, history, trends in the world. “I look forward to writing Christian fiction involving African traditional society” he explained.
Olasubomi Ayeni a 400 Level Sociology student, disclosed that he reads when he is on holiday, He has read so many books, three of which include Gloria Copeland’s Hearing from God, David Oyedepo’s Ruling your World and C.H Spurgeon’s Spiritual Leadership.
“I read T.D Jake’s Mama made a Difference which taught me how to be a cool mum” Igbokwe Maranna a 200 Level Accounting student said.
While John Eyo, a 100 Level Industrial Physics student said he read T.D Jakes Wisdom and learnt a lot from it.
Joseph Brodsky once said “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”