The book has been described as “a valuable companion for all patriots and those who want to understand Nigeria and Nigerians better as well as those seeking good baby names for their children”
Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
The Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister and Coordinator of Unity and Tolerance Initiative, Nosike Ogbuenyi, said he has concluded arrangement to unveiling of a book titled Frangrance of Diversity: Anthology of Nigerian Names in Abuja, the nation’s capital in order to forster unity, understanding, tolerance, harmony and peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians.
He said the book which he authored will be officially launched tomorrow at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
According to him, he said the event will be chaired by former Minister of Works and Housing, Engineer Barnabas Gemade while the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu as the Special Guest of Honour, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed as the chief host while a former Minister of the Territory, Alhaji Mohammed Abba Gana will act as the father of the day.
A statement jointly signed yesterday by the Chairman and Secretary of the National Organizing Committee for the presentation, Gbenga Onayiga and Wisdom Acka, indicated that the book was written to promote peace, unity, understanding, harmony and tolerance among all Nigerians irrespective of our diversity.
According to the statement, the timing of the presentation of the book is deliberate, with the hindsight of cushioning the gains, trauma and challenges from the recent general elections and the attendant first-of-its-kind inter party transition in Nigeria.
They added that Fragrance of Diversity is the first in the series of upcoming books intended to promote understanding, tolerance and acceptance in Nigeria.
“The book which contains about 10,000 Nigerian names and words with their meanings seeks to demonstrate how some of Nigeria’s cultural traits and diverse names which have often been misapplied as divisive tools can be transformed into positive instruments of unity. Many analysts are of the view that the book would definitely go a long way towards blending Nigerians of diverse linguistic and ethno-religious backgrounds together by encouraging bearing of names across ethnic and religious divides.
The book has been described as “a valuable companion for all patriots and those who want to understand Nigeria and Nigerians better as well as those seeking good baby names for their children” it stated.