Lagos - This year’s Lagos Book and Arts Festival (LABAF) has received a major boost after five oil companies pledged their support of the showcase.
ExxonMobil, Midwestern Oil &Gas, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, Pillar Oil and Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) committed to the event scheduled for Freedom Park.
The festival, which is the longest annual book reading carnival in Africa, will run from November 15-17.
Organizers of the festival said ExxonMobil, foremost international oil company, is supporting the three-day review of books and reading activities through Esso Exploration Production Nigeria, its subsidiary, with the support of state hydrocarbon company NNPC as well as the Shell subsidiary SNEPCO, both of whom are co-venturers in a Production Sharing Contract.
Also investing hugely in the festival according to the organizers are Midwestern Oil &Gas, the largest marginal field producer in the country, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, the first company to be awarded a marginal oil field in Nigeria, as well as Pillar Oil and Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR).
Pillar Oil and NDPR are donating for the second, consecutive edition while EMR is donating for the third time while ExxonMobil (with partners NNPC and SNEPCO) are backing the Festival for the first time.
“It is an incredible gesture to have such iconic private sector enterprises support our campaign to rid the nation of ignorance,” said Jahman Anikulapo, Programme Chairman of the Committee For Art (CORA), organisers of LABAF.
Anikulapo said these companies, with their support, have joined the British Council and the German Cultural Centre (Goethe Institute), who are providing material and institutional backing for the festival.
The Lagos Narrative at the Freedom Park in Lagos will feature readings and discussions of 20 books in the space of the three days. More than 2 000 youngsters aged 8-17 are scheduled to attend.
– CAJ News