On the first day of March, the whole world celebrated the WORLD BOOK DAY. In fact, it is the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
However, there has been confusion with the dates. While some people celebrate it on the 1st of March, others celebrate it on the 23rd of April.
In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.
The most important thing is that people see the need to celebrate literature – reading, publishing and copyright.
Here at Kawe Africa, we asked our members to tell us how books have made them better people!
“Books are one of the cheapest ways to tour. I have “been” to so many different places in the world and “experienced” different people cultures through books. My worldview is broadened everyday through books.” – Kwadwo Owusu-Adjei
Isn’t it amazing how books can take us to places our wallets may never get us to? MAAAGICAAALLLL!!!
“For me books are the best boos just with a K as I like to say. They are good company, they are good for personal branding, and they help me always hold something. But ultimately books have kept me sane and happy in this hustle of Lagos and attendant insanity of the Nigerian environment.” – Okezi
It was ONE book that helped re-design my life – SECRETS OF A MILLIONAIRE MIND BY T.HARV.EKER. This book caused a mind paradigm shift in me. It led me to register my first business with CAC, start blogging, pick up writing and seek partnership with publishers. Because of books, I was able to do the things I thought I couldn’t do. – Joseph Audu
“I never liked reading while growing up. It was one of those chores I never wanted to do maybe because I always heard the words ‘go and read your book’ when I was just about to have fun. I was lucky to eventually find the love for reading and it sure did change my life. I became wiser, understood deep things and got to know almost everything. Learning from the experience of others, traveling to unknown places, experiencing life, culture and style while sitting in one spot can only be achieved through reading.” – Segun Dada
“I am not a book person. I hated reading until I joined an amazing book club two months ago – KAWE AFRICA BOOK CLUB. I met really amazing people there and I was influenced greatly. I began to read books and discovered that they aren’t really bad. Books help me escape from the daily life and relax. The incredible stories and learning of new cultures and words gave made me a better person. Thank you Kawe Africa.” – Carinne Jamila Metagne
Tk_jade1 had this to say on our INSTAGRAM PAGE – which you should totally follow if you aren’t!
“For one, I KNOW that the concept of knowledge is limitless and no matter what I know, it is only a teeny tiny fraction of what is possible. Humility level with that in mind – 1. Reading has made me a more understanding person, I might say. You know how you read books and the author humanizes a people, an ideal, a way of life that you begin to realize even more that you don’t have to understand it before you respect it. I like that I’ve been to maaaaany countries without actually setting foot there. I could describe Ireland to you in a snap, thanks to Nora Roberts back in the days. I’m blessed to have known and know books.”
Feel free to tell us and share with us by dropping in the comment section – HOW READING HAS CHANGED YOUR LIFE!
We can’t possibly imagine a world without stories and books.