NOBEL laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka will serve as special guest of honour as the opening of Committee for Relevant Art Library and Resource Centre (CORA L&RC) on Sunday, January 14, 2024 @4pm. Located at CORAVille – a section of the monumental space for creative production and expression, Freedom Park – the CORA L&RC is expected to serve the interest of the general public, in particular students and youths. The intention is to continue to encourage the citizenry to see education as the singular key to enlightenment and empowerment – all in the cause of nation-building and human capital development.
The Library will hold regular literary activities, especially the flagship CORA BOOKTrek, the literacy campaign project, which brings authors into direct encounters with readers of their works. The L&RC will also stage regular programmes on such key literacy improvement engagements as workshops and seminars on writing, reading, speechmaking, among others. It will be a home to fellow artist organisations committed to deepening literacy in the national consciousness.
The project enjoys the support of several organisations and individuals, notably Freedom Park, the Chairman of CORA Trustees, Chief Kayode Aderinokun, the esteemed CORA board members, subscribers and volunteers, and especially the support of Hawthornden Foundation. Essentially, the library benefits from donations by authors, publishers, bookstores, and members of the public in general.
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Also, the Goethe-Institut-Nigeria, Lagos, will host its signature programme, Dreaming New Worlds on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Untitled Lagos, 59 Raymond Njoko Street, Ikoyi, Lagos @3pm. A statement from the director of the German cultural centre, Dr. Nadine Siegert said, “Calling back to the hero’s journey of science fiction, innovation intertwines with vulnerability and cultural evolution. From the talking drum’s poetic heritage to alter native choices, resilience and anti-fragility amidst stressors, witness four leading collectives’ negotiation with technology, environment, and self.”
There will be a closing performance by DJ Irawo and poetry reading by David Odiase. Dreaming New Worlds closes on Sunday, January 14, 2024.