GOODWILL MESSAGE TO ANAELE IHUOMA ON HIS BOOK PRESENTATION EVENT (SUNDAY 3RD FEB. 2019 IN PORT HARCOURT)
Dear Mr Ihuoma,
I acknowledge with thanks, your kind invitation to me to attend the presentation of your books: Imminent River (a novel), One Day With the Hounds (a play), and The Sea Route to Señorita’s s Heart (a short story collection). I am unavoidably absent at this event because I am out of town.
I am never shy to acknowledge the high esteem in which I hold writers. The Rainbow Book Club’s humble effort in promoting the literary arts in our beloved city of Port Harcourt, has given me an idea of how much industry goes into producing a book. Today you are presenting not one or two but three books, and of different genre. This is indeed a laudable feat and I salute you for it.
Your words ‘These are works inspired partly by the spirit of the Garden City Literary Festival (as it was then) which I attended fairly regularly’ are a powerful reminder of the impact a book festival has on a community. I clearly recall you as one of the frequent participants and the support of literati like yourself certainly enriched our festival. And in turn the Port Harcourt Book Festival (formerly the Garden City Literary Festival) played a key role in the emergency of Port Harcourt as World Book Capital 2014. Much as we are sad that this outing has not taken place in 4 years, we are encouraged that the seeds that were sown in the 7 years of the festival have fallen on fertile ground and continue to yield fruit, such as we see today. And we know that yet greater years lie ahead for our festival.
I commend you for this addition to the body of literature coming from Port Harcourt. Reading the synopsis of the books, leaves me in no doubt about the quality of the work. I therefore cannot wait to get my copies and sink my teeth into them.
Again, do accept my congratulation and best wishes on the launch of your books.
Koko Kalango (Mrs), MON,
Founder, Rainbow Book Club
Project Director, UNESCO World Book Capital 2014