Bayelsa Book and Craft Fair is the brain-child of Nigerian writer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue. He organised it through his company, Blues & Hills Consultancy. It first held at Niger Delta Wetland Center, Ekike in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria from the 24th-27th March, 2011. It was a part of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). It was supported by the Bayelsa State Government, Bayelsa Tourism Bureau, Africa Film Academy and sponsored by Century Energy Services Limited (CESL).
Nigerian writer and columnist, Nze Ifedigbo Sylva wrote in Daily Times (Nigeria): "With the theme; Expand Your World; Read a Book, the fair couldn't have come at a better time than now when the book seems to be enjoying some attention from the government through the recently launched “Bring Back the Book” campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan. With the reading culture at an embarrassing low, and with writers gradually becoming endangered species, it has become imperative that radical steps be taken by all stakeholders, the public and private sectors alike to halt the trend and restore the book to its pride of place in society. The three day fair featured discussions on a wide range of topics, as well as scholarly presentations which were as educative as they were entertaining. Among the scholars and writers who made presentations were Prof. Damian Opata, Dr. Krydz Ikwuemesi, Uche Nworah, and Dr. A.I Nwachukwu."
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