The Book Buzz Foundation is NGO that was founded in 2012 by Ms Lola Shoneyin, an award-winning writer and cultural activist.
Our Main Aims:
- To promote literacy through the development of reading programmes for children
- To create reading spaces
- To organise the Ake Arts and Book Festival, an annual cultural event that takes place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
BBF provides support for schools that seek to create reading spaces and libraries. We advise on equipment, furniture and reading programmes for children. One of our main initiatives is the design and supply of sturdy mobile libraries that can be wheeled from classroom to classroom during ‘literacy time’ in schools. We work with a range of local and international publishers, so we also advise and support schools in the purchase of appropriate books.
We organize annual events such as Ake Arts and Book Festival - a six-day programme of cultural, artistic and literary events that include readings, master classes, schools visits, stage plays, film screenings, musical presentations, fashion shows, workshops, performances and talks delivered by both Nigerian and international authors, thinkers, poets, filmmakers, actors, artists and academics. Pupils, publishers, book buyers, booksellers, cultural enthusiasts, university students and members of the general public are invited to participate in these events to promote social inclusion.