Members of the Nigerian Community of Trinidad and Tobago (NCTT) presented some 30 books to the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) on Friday 30 January 2004 at the National Library.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Pamella Benson, executive director, NALIS expressed her appreciation for the initiative taken by the members of NCTT. In May, 2003, they held a fund raiser to purchase the books. It was done in an effort to foster greater ties between the people of Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria. The collection donated include novels such as: Mariam BA “So Long a Letter” (Winner of the Nome Award); Nuruddin Farah, “Sardines”; Achebe Chinua’s, “Girls at War”, “Home and Exile”, “No Longer at Ease”, and “Hopes and Impediments – Selected Essays”. The collection also included the International Bestseller - an Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, “Long Walk to Freedom”, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o “Petals of Blood”, Helon Habila, “Waiting for an Angel”; Tanure Ojaide, “Great Boys – An African Childhood” and many more.
Among those present at the handing over were President of the NCTT, Professor Chukwudozie Dan Egeokoli, Minister Counsellor Daukano M. Kakshak and Counsellor Ngozi Wigwe of the Nigerian High Commission.