Ric Hassani, a Nigerian musical artiste, has disclosed that his mum has started a ‘Free Library’ initiative which will allow people access to read, borrow and share books in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
“I am so proud of my mum. She today started a ‘Free Library’ Foundation Initiative. She will be installing these round the city of Port-Harcourt where she lives and where I grew up so people can come and read, borrow, and share all kinds of books! And for free! Go Mum!!,” he wrote via his Twitter handle @RicHassani.
The ReadyRead – a free street library NGO, is meritorious initiative which could be seen as a catalyst to arouse reading culture among Nigerians; thereby stimulating intellectual development, sound perceptual inclinations and restoration of hope.
In a re-tweet of the post with a comment, Stephanie Hegarty, a population correspondent with the British Broadcasting Corporation–BBC, wrote, “Hero. I first met Nigeria when I was 17 and a Nigerian guy who worked at my train station in Dublin gave me a book by Wole Soyinka – the beginning of all for me lol. Here’s to the next generation of great Naija writers. Go your mum.”
It is hoped that many kinds of this initiative could be replicated by well-to-do individuals or philanthropic bodies across the nation; especially at a critical period like this when many public libraries have jettisoned ‘mobile library’ and outreach programmes due to lack of funding from the government.