'I extend my congratulations to the city of Port Harcourt for the quality of its proposed programme, which provides for extensive public participation and aims to develop reading for all.. I wholeheartedly endorse the commitment of Port Harcourt to support literacy through the activities organised for the year.'
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
‘We welcome UNESCO’s recognition of our collective efforts to revive the reading culture. I would also like to congratulate The Rainbow Book Club led by Mrs. Koko Kalango, for their vision in moving this now historic bid for a Nigerian city, Port Harcourt, to be the World Capital for books, in the year of our beloved nation’s centenary’.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
‘We believe that Port Harcourt is ripe and ready to be the first World Book Capital City in sub-saharan Africa. Citing the World Book Capital City here would have a positive spiralling effect in every facet of life in the Niger Delta region, Nigeria, and the continent of Africa’
Rt. Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State
‘I am confident that the impressive record of the Rainbow Book Club and the unfailing support of the Rivers State Government in promoting literary activities, will ensure the success of Port Harcourt as the World Book Capital City in 2014.’
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General