Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, on Wednesday honoured Mrs Bukola Ladoja as Children Ambassador of the association to encourage the habit of reading one book a week by every child across Nigeria.
The investiture ceremony, which was held at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos had in attendance, Mrs Ladoja’s husband, Chief Rasheed Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo State.
In his address at the event, President of ANA,Camillus Ukah,said ANA decided to honour Mrs Ladoja as Children Ambassador for supporting the innovation of reading books to children, which she has been doing over the years.
He said: “It is creativity that moves the mind. The current ANA, even the world today is driven by literature.
“ANA has focused on the theme of a book per week for the child and in 52 weeks which makes up a year, a child would have read 52 books.With a book a child project, we say let us go back to the roots.
“ANA is the biggest writers’ body. Mrs Ladoja has promoted literature (and) that is why we honoured her today.
“ANA will be 40 this year and we have a bigger project ahead of us which we are calling sponsors for, to at least buy 40,000 worth of books from Nigerian authors.”
Also speaking at the event, Chairman of ANA , Oyo State Chapter, Mr Taslim Abiola Layonu praised Mrs Ladoja for her dedication to the reading culture.
He said Mrs Ladoja who is the President, Reading Awareness Society for Development in Africa (RASDA), has used her position to promote reading in Oyo State.
Responding, Mrs Ladoja thanked ANA for their good gesture.
She said she has always been a reader since childhood adding that the honour bestowed on her will encourage her to do more.