Obasanjo, Ooni, Pat Utomi for Flannel Business School Book Roundtable Talk
former president, Olusegun Obasanjo; The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Professor Pat Utomi from Lagos Business School are among the expected attendees at the upcoming Lagos Book Roundtable hosted by Flannel Business School, Lagos.
Others are the Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Dr. John Asein; the Secretary General of the Pan African Writers Association, Dr. Wale Okediran; Mr. Asawo Ibifuro of Cinfores Ltd Portharcourt, and representatives of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), students, parents, UNESCO among others.
Flannel Business School Board Chairman Dr. Gbenga Olowo made the revelation during a press conference in Lagos.
He said the sole purpose of the book roundtable is for enlisted leaders and other stakeholders to have progressive discussions about books as agents of positive change and also identify themselves during the redesign of the poor reading culture among Nigerians for a better society.
He said evidence had shown that the culture of reading among Nigerians of all age groups had declined significantly and the situation had continued to slow the impact of the book industry, the acquisition of good knowledge and the economy as a whole.
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He said that reading books and other useful materials, including the memoirs of successful (albeit insufficient) businessmen and professionals, would significantly lead to gaining knowledge for new ideas and innovations to bring about positive development in all sectors of the economy.
Olowo also revealed that Osile, Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho and others would be honored at the forum for their strong contributions to the world of books.
He observed that many businesses in Nigeria had closed their doors not for lack of funds, but for lack of new knowledge and ideas as well as effective leaders who could help them meet the challenges and sustain their operations.
He said a similar story could also characterize many university graduates in the country who left school without the proper knowledge and skills that could make them competitive in the job market.
Giving more information on the upcoming forum, the business school’s managing director, Lawrence Omidiora, gave the panel’s theme as “Books as agents of change in a changing world. fast”.
He said that while Chief Obasanjo would chair the forum, scheduled for August 16 at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Professor Utomi, would deliver the keynote address and Dr Asein of the Nigerian Development Commission copyright is one of the speakers.