Macmillan holds literary night
The 12th edition of Macmillan Literary Night will hold on Thursday, November 6, at the Agip Hall of the MUSON Centre, Onikan in Lagos, at 6:00pm, with a theme: The Rebirth.
This was revealed by the Chairman, Macmillan Literary Events Committee, Mrs Francesca Emanuel, during a press briefing on Wednesday at their office in Lagos. According to her, the theme reflects the characteristic responsiveness of Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Limited, sponsor of the event to the promotion of ennobling and productive values, essential to national development.
Emanuel said there is urgent need for a re-birth, a change of attitude, a re-instating of norms, values and tenets, which can have positive impact on the society. The annual event is also aimed at promoting reading culture in Nigeria.
She is of the view that Nigerians know their problems yet they blame others for their failures and refused to see themselves as part of the problem. “We distance ourselves as long as we are not directly affected. We are not concerned, as long as we feel we can take care of our own needs. We amass wealth by hook and crook, stupidly thinking that our wealth will see us, our children, and our children’s children through whatever ills befall our country.
"All of us, the helpless, the silent, the desperate, the stingy, the greedy all of us are part of the problem. And when religion is used to foist mayhem on the populace, it becomes really frightening. When the society exhibits these symptoms, a REBIRTH becomes imperative. Hence our theme for pointing the direction for us to see, to address, to know and to actualize,” she noted.
She continued: “Faith, unity, honesty, love justice, honour, these are worlds entrenched in our motto, our anthem and pledge. Let these words guide our intentions and actions. And as usual, we shall utilize the various genres of arts to sensitize and entertain our audience in a refreshing different way.”
She added that this year’s editor will feature some Nigerian’s outstanding performers such as, Joke Silver-Jacob, Ihria Enakimio and Taiwo Ajai-Lycent, including the Crown Troupe of Africa.