In line with the Commission’s mandate of advancing the growth of creative industry in Nigeria and harnessing the potentials of creativity for national development, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) commemorated the 2017 World Book and Copyright Day with sensitization of students of Government College, Eric Moore, Surulere Lagos on May 10, 2017.
The World Book and Copyright Day is an annual global event held every 23rd of April with the aim of promoting reading culture, celebrating authors and encouraging creativity.
In a paper presentation titled “Copyright: Nigerian Perspective” the Director-General, NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude represented by Assistant-Director (Prosecution), NCC, Lagos, Mrs. Lynda Alpheaus, highlighted the concepts of Copyright and works protected by Copyright.
She expounded further, in her presentation on Copyright and creativity, works eligible for Copyright protection, rights granted by Copyright and owners of Copyright.
Mrs. Alpheus also gave insight on what constitutes Copyright Infringement and relationship between Copyright and reading culture while advising students to read more, be creative and desist from using other people’s works without permission.
Highlights of the celebration was the question and answer segment where questions pertaining to copyright, creativity and Intellectual Property were asked by the students with satisfactory answers given by Mrs. Alpheaus, Mr. Emmanuel Nwokocha and Mr. Arinze Nnamabia of NCC Lagos office respectively.
In furtherance of the Book Day celebration, three students took turns to read some portions of Chimamada’s book Purple Hibiscus. The students were rewarded with a copy of book each by the presenter.
Books were presented by the Commission’s Team to the School to further underscore the objectives of World Book and Copyright Day in order to encourage creativity and enhance reading culture.
Head, PRS Department, NCC, Lagos Office, Mr. Nwokocha commented briefly on the mandate and functions of the Nigerian Copyright Commission while introducing to the school the Copyright Club, a Youth and Schools Initiative of the Commission intended to inculcate Copyright culture and systems in the youths.
The Principal of the school, Mrs. Teru A. Omolade expressed her profound gratitude to the Commission for the visit, Lecture and presentations to the school and students. While advising the students to take note of all the knowledge acquired, she said the lecture was an eye opener to her personally as she would henceforth acknowledge the source of every reference in her works.
Mrs. Omolade assured the Commission’s team that the school had concluded plans to establish a Copyright Club and encouraged all students to be part of it. She also called for close collaboration between the Commission and the school to enhance the success of the Copyright Club.