How to make Nigerian kids love books more – Mobile libraries

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Funmi Ilori once had a dream about creating the biggest library in Africa. Now she drives vans packed with books to poor areas of Lagos to help children discover a love of reading.

“Readers are what?” she asks about 15 youngsters, sitting on little plastic stools in a classroom in a small converted lorry. “Leaders!” they shout back in unison.

One of Ilori’s iRead Mobile Library vans recently stopped at the Bethel primary school in the working class district of Ifako, in the heart of megacity Lagos.

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