Africa: “On the Road with Nigeria’s First Mobile Library”
Funmi Ilori once had a dream about creating the biggest library in Africa. Now she drives vans packed with books to poor areas of Lagos to help children discover a love of reading.
“Readers are what?” she asks about 15 youngsters, sitting on little plastic stools in a classroom in a small converted lorry.
“Public libraries are functional in Nigeria, well, at least in Lagos. But not many people maximise the use of them,” she said.
“We need to catch new readers from a young age. In rural communities, there are children that have never held a book.
“I advocate for community libraries everywhere. Just as churches are springing up, libraries should be springing up.”
Ilori is a former primary schoolteacher who began a book-lending business in 2003.
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