ASSOCIATION of Nigerian Authors, ANA, has named Senator Emmanuel Adokwe representing Nasarawa South Senatorial district as the pillar of ANA as a result of his contributions towards promoting reading culture in the country.
Presenting the award to Senator Adokwe, Nasarawa State chapter Chairman of ANA, Mr. Sumaila Umaisha said that the award was supposed to be presented to the Senator at the grand finale of the annual reading competition organized by the state chapter in the three senatorial districts in December last year but the absence of the senator caused the delay.
According to him, “The distinguished Senator has been assisting us. The grand finale took place on 28 December 2014. That was when we intended to present the award to the Senator but he was not able to attend.
“The Association of Nigerian Authors was established in 1981 with the aim of promoting reading culture and we do this in collaboration with institutions and also with individuals who are interested in the culture.”
Responding, Senator Adokwe who had turned down requests to honour him several times, thanked the leadership of ANA for the honour done him.
He said, “I don’t accept awards but I consider this very important and because of the passion I attached to the association that encourages reading culture in the young population in the state considering the fact that the state is one of the educationally disadvantaged state, we will encourage any effort that will contribute to the growth of education and culture in our state.
“Reading is the main thing that can impact knowledge to everybody. You have to read first to know the knowledge in the material you are reading. Anybody that fails to read will remain ignorant.
“Reading is the fundamental way of improving communication skills in the young ones. The leadership of ANA should not look at the profit they would make by writing books but be rest assured that you are contributing to the body knowledge and to humanity.”