About Nigerwives Nigeria Children’s Park & Multipurpose Hall
The Akwa Ibom State Branch of NIGERWIVES NIGERIA was born with the creation of the state in 1987 and the movement of many Nigerwives from the Calabar branch to Uyo.
It encompassed also members of the existing International Women’s Association on the Mainland. Its membership grew rapidly to about 40 members, and then declined during the past decade as many Nigerwives moved to other big towns –Calabar, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja. Currently the branch has dwindled to about 12 paid up members and 2 (non-paying) honorary members.
But what it has lost numerically, the NW branch has gained quantitatively. In 2008 the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) awarded plaque of recognition to the Uyo Branch of NW for its contributions to literacy through activities in encouraging children’s reading.
The branch had been very active in conducting a four-week Vacation Reading Programme for children during the long vacation period and encouraged the creation of school book clubs, as well as in holding workshop for public primary school teachers in Akwa Ibom State. Anke Ukpak, a long time member of RAN, Uyo Branch, RAN national and International Reading Association (USA), represented NW at the RAN conference and Dinner, and Awards Night, and also presented a paper, entitled Thirteen Years of Literacy Services for Visually Impaired: The Nigerwives Nigeria Experience.
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