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Book Fair Extended To Patients, Prisoners 

 By Marriane Tabi Enow

Patients in the Yaounde Central Hospital and prisoners in the Mfou and Yaounde Central Prisons, recently received books from the Ministry of Arts and Culture, MINAC. 
The donation done within the framework of the National Book Fair was aimed at taking books to people who cannot come to books.
According to MINAC Technical Adviser, Dr Asheri Kilo, the books will help occupy the prisoners and patients and add to their knowledge. 
She expressed the Minister’s desire in ensuring that people get inspired through books and writing.
Kilo urged the inmates and patients to promote culture by using their quiet moments to write since most of the best books in the world were written in prisons. 
She made mention of Wole Soyinka, whose writings from prison are now one of the best literatures the world is now enjoying.
The Superintendent of the Mfou Principal Prison, Jean-Paul Ngwa, expressed his appreciation to the Ministry for the initiative and stated that the books will help the prisoners to learn a few ethical values that will help them in the future.
For their part, the patients of the Yaounde Central Hospital received the books from the MINAC delegation with a lot of joy.
Meanwhile, the National Book Fair ended in Yaounde with a lot of enthusiasm as international and national authors expressed satisfaction on the population’s turnout and the interest it showed in books during the fair.
During the closing ceremony, the Culture Minister thanked the various partners, authors and collaborators for making the book fair memorable. 
She urged the different stakeholders to continue to put in efforts to ensure that the mistakes of the first edition will not be repeated in 2015.
Appraising the fair, the Coordinating Science Inspector for Northwest Regional Delegation, Helen Awasum, said the event is instrumental in promoting the reading culture of Cameroonians. 
She advised youths to make use of both the book and information and communication technologies in order to be diverse and inclusive.
For Prince Kum’a Ndumbe, the book fair provided a forum for Cameroonian authors to be recognised by the public, an opportunity he hoped will be enhanced in the next National Book Fair in 2015.

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