BY: Austine Elegbede

n3Prof. Francis Egbokhare of the Department of Linguistics, University of Ibadan, has been awarded with a fellow of Association of West African Book Editors (AWABE) during their 25-year anniversary celebration.

The event which took place at Drapers Hall, Institute of African Studies, was witnessed by special guests as the University don was awarded alongside Prof. Layiwola, also of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

The guest speaker, Dr. Tosin Awolalu, while delivering his speech titled “Enhancing Literacy in Society-The Role of Book Editors” said the publishing industry has had the misfortune of having illiterate editors. He said the primary role of an editor was to nurture author’s ideas, help the author put forward his best foot, ensure integrity of the content and help readers to easily access the printed information without error, saying the only way editors could achieve this was to be a jack of all trade and master of all.

He further stated that in order for the editors not to lose their role in this 21st century, they should not only produce books in printed form but also in digital form so as to meet the demands of those yearning for e-books as well as those who love printed materials; while urging them to make use of contemporary editing tools.

AWABE- Association of West African Book Editors was founded by Clement Adejuwon in 1990. It is an association of book editors for full time or freelance editors, and other professionals including authors and writers involved in processing publications for quality with Mrs. Yvonne Olatunbosun as her current President.

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