RICHARD Mammah, the Book activist, is curating a session filled with the most influential instigators of the Nigerian “book market”, at the Publishers’ Forum at the Lagos Book & Art Festival (LABAF).

The two-phase conversation, holding at Kongi’s Harvest Hall at Freedom Park, from 10am on Thursday, November 18, 2021, will feature Gbadega AdedapoChairman, Nigerian Book Fair TrustDare OluwatuyiPresident, Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN, Uchenna Cyril AniokePresident, Nigerian Publishers Association, NPA and Nkem OsuigweAfrican Library and Information Assoc & Institutions.

Richard Mammah, President, Network of Book Clubs & Reading Promoters, NBRP

The annual Publishers Forum, established eight years ago as a key part of the LABAF, is a daylong symposium and networking event that focuses on the book value chain from the writer to the reader.

This year’s edition is the 9th Edition. For the last five years, it has been primarily supported by Quramo Publishing, a changemaking publishing house which organizes its own annual festival: Q-Fest.

The subject of the talkfest is diverse, raning from distillation of the proposed National Book Distribution law to interrogation of the Library Bill of rights.

At the core of the disquisition is how publishers and booksellers can get the most books to the most  number of readers.

Mammah, current president of Network of Book Clubs & Reading Promoters, NBRP (an organization whose members have registered huge interest in the symposium, has been organizing advocacy and campaign for reading for over 25 years. His organization: Synergy Educational, started the Lagos BookFair in 2020.

“Through the membership of NBRP, “we’re trying to show that readers are a force in the value chain”, Mammah says.

Details of the Talkshop:

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2021

10am: PUBLISHERS’ FORUM @ Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery

Event: 9th Publishers’ Forum:

(In conjunction with Quramo Publishing)

Theme: Convergence of Publishers, Book Sellers/Dealers/& Readers

Sub-theme: Distilling the proposed National Books Distribution Company, and the Library Bill of Rights

1st session

* Gbadega AdedapoChairman, Nigerian Book Fair Trust.

Dare OluwatuyiPresident, Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN.

Panel discussion


  • Rufus OnaopemipoMD, Lumbooks, owner book club, bookstore
  • Iquo DianaAbasi, writer, literary activist
  • Farida LAdipo-Ajayi, founder, Bookwork Cafe
  • Dotun Eyinade, co-founder, Roving Heights Books

2nd session

Uchenna Cyril AniokePresident, Nigerian Publishers Association, NPA.

Nkem OsuigweAfrican Library and Information Assoc & Institutions

Panel discussion:


  • Princess Abumere, ConvenerThe Sunshine Book Club
  • Amara Chimeka, Publisher, Purple Shelves
  • Funmi Ilorifounder/CEO, i-READ Mobile Library
  • Ademola Akinfolamiwriter, literary enthusiast

Goodwill messages:

  • Mrs Oluronke Orimaladeformer President, Pan African Booksellers Association.
  • Mr Kolade Mosuro, MD, Booksellers, Ibadan, Patron, Nigeria Publishers Association
  • Pa Modupe Oduyoye, Publisher, Safer Books

Moderator: Richard Mammah, President, Network of Book Clubs & Reading

Promoters, NBRP

(In collaboration with NBRP & Quramo Publishing)