Return of the 100-book challenge

The 100-book challenge is back and better than ever. Initiated by Cassava Republic author Fatima Akilu, this innovative programme is a unique way to get kids all over Nigeria reading for the fun of it.

The challenge is for kids to read 100 books a year - that is an average of two books a week - beginning from May 17, 2013 to May 17, 20132. Young readers can sign up for the program at their school or local library, or go email: Then, using a log to chart their progress,

A couple of guidelines, though: the books must be by Nigerian authors, novels only - no drama or poetry or non-fiction - and readers can't be younger than six years old.

We're joining other publishers to make our children's books available for the programme at a great discount.  And we're asking everyone to donate books and cash for the challenge. A least N50,000 will buy 100 books that will be placed in public schools to help them start mini libraries.

For more information, visit the 100-book challenge blog at:


  • Hello this is a great idea…could you fix the dates?

    Posted by LagosMums on May 20, 2012
  • The challenge officially started on May 17th 2012, and will run until May 17th 2013. But participants can sign up any time.

    Posted by chinelo on May 21, 2012

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