President Muhammadu Buhari is set to unveil ‘Discover Nigeria’, a pictorial book on Nigeria’s history, covering the period from independence in 1960 to the present.
The 392-page book to be launched on Thursday, is authored by Bayo Omoboriowo, Buhari’s official photographer.
It showcases traditional institutions, landscapes, farmlands, stunning waterfalls, and seas, among others.
Speaking of the project, Omoboriowo hinted that the book is contending for the Guinness World Records’ largest photobook on the eve of the presentation which coincides with Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.
‘‘The previous record for the largest photobook is 45sqm. The ‘Discover Nigeria’ book has been printed and mounted as a 60sqm giant frame book-60 images, 60 pages, 60 square meters, celebrating Nigeria at 60,’’ he said.
The photographer explained that the book presentation was conceived as part of Nigeria’s diamond celebration.
Over 60 young Nigerians took part in the construction of the giant frame book mounted at the State House Conference Centre (formerly Banquet Hall), the venue of the event.
The launch will be attended by governors, traditional rulers, members of the diplomatic corps, the business community, and stakeholders in the creative industry.
The event will also feature an exhibition of Nigeria’s art, craft, and cultures across the six geo-political zones to be curated by the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC).
The exhibition will display artworks, artefacts, and cultural symbols from states and ethnic groups in the country.
‘‘The overall goal of this event is to remind all and sundry, the beauty that our diversity brings, and the strength that our unity affords us as a country,” Omoboriowo added.
‘‘We believe that an after-effect from the event will be the changing narratives about the important role everyone plays in the Nigeria project.”
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