The four-day national book fair organized by the Christian Booksellers’ Association of Nigeria (CBAN) which was declared opened in Lagos on Tuesday at the Yaba Baptist Church Event Centre, Yaba, Lagos, has ended over the weekend.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, the president of the CBAN, Mr. Emmanuel Ekwurumadu, called on the Christian community, church leaders and Christian groups to encourage their members to take full advantage of the fair and invest maximally in Christian resources that will improve their spiritual well-being.
The CBAN president said the aim of the book fair was to connect Christian retailers with wholesalers and publishers, thereby enhancing a long lasting business relationship. He explained that Bibles, Christian motivational books, Church accessories would be sold at heavily discounted rates.
He appealed to the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts in checking the menace of book piracy which he described as “evil and condemnable.”
According to him, the aim of the CBAN is to provide Christians and bookshops viable and indispensable option to pirated materials.
He called on Christians everywhere to join in fighting the scourge of book piracy.
His words: “We must, as a deliberate effort, choose to shun pirated materials, no matter the guise and unholy gains.”
The national book fair parades notable exhibitors nationwide which include Bible Wonderland, The Battle Cry Christian Ministries, Scripture Union Book Limited, Wat Publications, Lanterna Books, Lase Books, Excel Books, Ade Meringo Bookshop, among others.