Diversity is positive for Nigeria: Heinrich Boell Foundation launches it’s book of essays

Seyi Lawal

The Heinrich Boell Foundation’s book of essays, ‘Unity in Diversity: Diversity is positive for Nigeria’, will be launched next Monday, October 31, 2011 at Terra Kulture by 1pm. The book, a coalition of six essays written by young Nigerians, evolved from an essay competition amongst young writers which the foundation launched in 2010. The foundation received dozens of essays which were assessed by three judges: Nike Adesuyi, Isaac Olawole Albert and Toni Kan. The winning essay, ‘Rules, Lessons and Questions’ is written by Temitayo Olofinlua who was guest of the Heinrich Boell Foundation for 3 days in Berlin where she attended a series of cultural events in the city.

The presentation of the book is the first formal and public ceremony since the book was published and will have the authors reading excerpts from their works. The presentation will be followed by lectures and a discussion forum on how young Nigerians want to shape their generation’s future in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. The essays that make up the book, Unity in Diversity, attempt to answer this question from various perspectives. The event will also feature musical and spoken word performances.

The Heinrich Boell Foundation is a political foundation linked to the German Green Party.

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