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Ibadan Book Club

on April 11, 2012

ABOUT US

 Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of Society of Young Nigerian Writers. It was established by the Society in order to contribute its own quota towards the growth and development of Reading Culture in Nigeria. Ibadan Book Club consists of group of people who get together, periodically  meet to discuss the book they have read, and to exchange such books. The members of the club encourage each other, and learn to read with a critical awareness, articulating their opinions on a particular book with the others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.

The television and radio could be used to propagate good literature and encourage reading. A television book club (like the Ophrah Winfrey Talk Show) discussing books would give the Viewer an idea as to how these book clubs are constituted, besides introducing them to the books being discussed on each programme.

Discussion could focus on genres of literature (the classic, best sellers, travel writing, science fiction, women’s writing etc. or themes (good, evil, ambition, oppression etc), or authors (Chukwuemeka Ike, Chinua Achebe, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta etc.) Just as it is desirable for primary school children to be read to, to arouse their interest in books, the strategy could be used effectively with adults through radio program. A program similar to “Good Books” on the BBC World Service would get the appetites pf potential readers. A fifteen minute reading from the works of a Nigeria novelist or poet would serve the purpose of making people aware of the gifted writers in our midst besides promoting the writers themselves. The programme could include information on the publisher, date of publication and where one is likely to find books.

Ibadan Book Club always hold book fairs (inviting publishers to display their titles at reduced prices), and once a year, as a special attraction. A live author could be invited to read from his or her works.

The reading promotion campaign could undertake a Book Drive (rather than a book launch which is so common in our midst and which is aimed at procuring money rather than encouraging people to read the book in question). Children could be prompted to bring the book they have read and exchange them for books they have not read.

In order to wear people away from the cheap newspaper or sensational gossip-magazine (which have a limited use) books have to be available at affordable prices. With the resources available in the city, children could be exposed to certain broad categories of fiction, science fiction and so forth. This will enable children and young readers to see the qualitative differences in literature written for them to identify setting, character, theme, author’s point of view, action and message.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF IBADAN BOOK CLUB

  1. To promote reading culture in Ibadan as a city and Nigeria as a country.
  2. To promote writers and their creative writings/literary arts
  3. To enable children and young readers see the qualitative differences in literature written for the, to identify setting, character, theme, author’s point of view, action and message
  4. To educate, entertain and inform readers irrespective of age, color, tribe, religion and sex.
  5. To hold book fairs (inviting publishers to display their titles at reduced prices), and once a year, as a special attraction.

  3 POINTS AGENDA

1. Ibadan Book Fair

2. Ibadan Book Club(s) (Established in different Primary and secondary schools in Oyo

State).

3. Free Reading Correspondence Course by e-mail.

Membership Form

Membership Card

Certificate of Membership

Club’s Brochure (Front Page)

CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP

1.       BRONZE MEMBERSHIP

This category of membership is opened to Primary school pupils. The membership is free. Members are entitled to the followings free of charge;

Benefits

  • Free Membership Form
  • Free Membership ID Card
  • Free Certificate of Membership

2.       SILVER

This category of membership is opened to only Secondary school students. The membership is free. Members are entitled to the followings free of charge;

 

Benefits

  • Free Membership Form
  • Free Membership ID Card
  • Free Certificate of Membership

 3.       GOLD MEMBERSHIP

This category of membership is opened to only students of Tertiary institutions. The membership is free. Members are entitled to the followings free of charge;

Benefits

  • Free Membership Form
  • Free Membership ID Card
  • Free Certificate of Membership

CONSTITUTION OF THE CLUB

For Members Only

OUTLINE PREAMBLE

We, the members of Ibadan Book Club do hereby make for ourselves this instrument which shall be known as the constitution of the Society whose provision shall come into force with effect from date it is adopted by a simple majority (i.e. 3/3) of members voting in the Society held for this purpose.

NAME AND ADDRESS

The Club shall be called, known and addresses as Ibadan Book Club with the Secretariat that may be considered convenient.

MOTTO OF THE CLUB

Books Build Brain

AIMS AD OBJECTIVES

  1. To promote reading culture in Ibadan as a city and Nigeria as a country.
  2. To promote writers and their creative writings/literary arts
  3. To enable children and young readers see the qualitative differences in literature written for the, to identify setting, character, theme, author’s point of view, action and message
  4. To educate, entertain and inform readers irrespective of age, color, tribe, religion and sex.
  5. To hold book fairs (inviting publishers to display their titles at reduced prices), and once a year, as a special attraction.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE CLUB

The membership of Ibadan Book Club shall comprise any reader duly registered as a member into the Club and who is a financial member by virtue of payment of prescribed dues.

PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS

Members shall have the right to:

  1. Use facilities provided by the Club
  2. Participate in legally convened meeting or social or formal function of the Club
  3. Vote and be voted for in elections subject to the articles of the Club governing the conduct of election
  4. Attend and vote at the Club’s general meetings
  5. Pay the prescribed seasonal dues.

CLUB’S ADVISERS

The Club shall have five staff advisers each drawn from the various field of life and any other field respectively.

PATRONS OF THE CLUB

The patron of the Club shall be:

Any senior members of religious institution, political institution, commercial institution or health sector respectively.

FUNCTIONS OF THE FINANCE SECRETARY

  1. Shall keep all money’s accruing to the Club
  2. Shall keep financial records of the Club
  3. Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Club from time to time

FUNCTION OF INFORMATION SECRETARY

The information secretary of the Society shall:

  1. Prepare press releases on the activities of the association with the approval of the President
  2. Be responsible for the proper display and circulation of all the Club’s publicity materials
  3. Publish the Club’s magazine at least once in a month and also as the Society’s librarian
  4. Provide, maintain and co-ordinate public opinion
  5. Perform such other functions as may be assigned from time to time by the general secretary

FUNCTIONS OF THE SOCIAL/WELFARE SECRETARY

The social or welfare secretary shall:

  1. Coordinate all social activities of the Club
  2. Be the custodian of all the audio-visual instruments and equipment of the Club
  3. Maintain a proper inventory of all audio-visual instruments and equipments of the club
  4. Ensure that all the audio-visual instruments and equipments are properly maintained and kept within the club’s designated store.

EDUCATION SECRETARY

The Education Secretary shall:

  1. Liaise with educational institutions outside the club’s environment both locally and internationally
  2. Organize programmes of educational and literary interest

FUNCTIONS OF THE SECRETARY

  1. Subject to the condition of these rules, the secretary shall record the preceding of meetings of the Club and also prepare and circulate minutes of meetings at least 72 minutes before meeting.
  1. Shall be responsible for the general secretarial duties of the Club
  2. Shall summon all statutory meetings of the EXCO and the Coordinator
  3. Shall at the request of the Coordinator or three executive members summon emergency or other kinds of EXCO meetings.
  4. Shall record and retain minutes of all meetings of the EXCO
  5. Shall conduct with the directives of the Coordinator, all correspondence of the Club
  6. Shall prepare and present reports about the activities of the Club at regular intervals of three months
  7. Shall annually compile the lit of members of the Club at the end of members’ registration exercise
  8. And also shall be  signatory to the club’s account

FUNCTIONS OF THE ASSISTANT COORDINATOR

  1. Assist the Coordinator  in the performance of his/her functions and duties
  2. Act in the capacity  of the Coordinator in the absence of substantive officer

FUNCTION OF THE COORDINATOR

  1. Shall advise the Secretary to summon the meetings
  2. Shall preside over all meetings
  3. Shall have a deciding voting right
  4. Shall coordinate and harmonize the activities of the Club and its various arms
  5. Shall have power to refer any act of indiscipline of any members
  6. Shall represent or delegate to any member of the Society
  7. Shall be a principal signatory to the club’s account

ELECTION

The election shall be held in accordance with the following rules

  1. Every duly registered member of the club shall have the right to vote and be voted for
  2. A member shall be eligible to contest for an office if he/she has registered
  3. A member who is found guilty of any misconduct not worthy of the office shall be disqualified from running for an elective post
  4. Nomination paper shall be deposited with the Secretary of the electoral committee not less than five working days from the date of an election.
  5. At least 48 hours before the election date, the electoral committee shall publish the list of candidates qualified to stand for each offices at such places it may deem fit subject to the proper screening of all candidates at the close of nominations
  6. Each voter shall be entitled to cast only one vote for each office to be filled
  7. Counting shall be immediately after the close of voting, at the designated voting centre
  8. The electoral committee shall be constituted by the Patrons
  9. All contestants shall act in accordance with the guidelines and rules stipulated by the electoral committee from time to time
  10. Where a candidate or voter has many complaint over the conduct of any election, such a complaint shall be made in writing and communicated to the election committee for adjudication
  11. The candidate or voter who obtains the largest number of votes for a particular office shall be declared elected to that office. In the event of a clear winner not emerging, a run off election shall be conducted not later than two weeks from the date of the first election.

T.M ALUKO FREE CREATIVE WRITING

CORRESPONDENCE

COURSE BY E-MAIL

ABOUT THE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

 Our book reading correspondence course questions are written by recognized and dedicated book lovers. We have nearly ten to fifteen writers working on our questions. They are poets who have written recognized literary works for schools and colleges.

The people not only prepare your questions of studies, they also keep them constantly updated. Every year there are changes, both because of syllabus and texts. It is vitally important that your courses are kept up to date. That is why the correspondence course insists on using the very best expertise available in preparing and updating your course of studies.

 Secondly, these expertly prepared questions are available for you to study at your own pace, in your own time, in your own home. At the end of the day you can relax by your own fireside and read through your studies. No turning out at night and traveling to evening classes. No taking notes from lectures, everything is written down for you to study at will and revise as often as you like. No being held back because of slower students in the class. No being rushed too quickly ahead because a lecturer has to keep up with a timetable.
 You don’t have to take a chance on how good you are. You can rest assured that your interests are in our interests, and we make the best talent available to you to achieve your aim.

To enroll for the course, please log on to: http://freecorrespondencecourseonreadingculture.wordpress.com/

ABOUT THE LATE T.M ALUKO

Timothy MofolorunsoT. M.Aluko (14 June 1918 – 1 May 2010) was a Nigerian writer.

A Yoruba, Aluko was born in Ilesha in Nigeria and studied at Government College, Ibadan, and Higher College, Yaba in Lagos. He then studied civil engineering and town planning at the University of London. He held a number of administrative posts in his home country, including Director of Public Works in Western Nigeria. He departed from civil service in 1966 and from then until his retirement in 1978 he pursued a career as an academic, earning a doctorate in municipal engineering in 1976. He received several awards and honours including Officer Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1963 and Officer Order of the Niger (OON) in 1964.

 His novels, including One Man, One Wife (1959), One Man, One Matchet (1964), ‘”Kinsman and Foreman” (1966), “Chief the Honourable Minister (1970) and His Worshipful Majesty (1973), are satirical in tone, and deal with the clash of new and old values in a changing Africa.
 In 1994, he published his autobiography, My Years of Service, an account of his activities as an engineer and university teacher.
 His most current autobiography–The Story of My Life–expounds on the story of his childhood and his work as a civil servant. Published in 2007, this expanded autobiography provides a more in depth look at his life.
 T. M. Aluko died on 1 May 2010 in Lagos, aged 91.

  For more information contact:

http://www.ibadanbookclub.wordpress.com,www.ibadanbookclub.webs.com

ibadanbookclub@yahoo.com, ibadanbookclub@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IbadanBookClub

Olajutore Albert

Acting National Coordinator

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