Mazeed Mukhtar Oyeleye reports, 

The book club of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Book O’Clock UDUS, has unveiled its executives, who will pilot the affairs of the guild of bookworms going forward.

In a public release issued late in January by the founder of the club, Uchenna Emelife, titled “New Book O’Clock UDUS Executives”, the club disclosed the names of the new executives and their designation in the new administration.

The release noted that an eight-man team, led by Patience Enokela, with Zainab Abdulrazaq as the Vice-president, “will be taking over the club’s operations with immediate effect”. 

Khadijah Abdul-azeez, Wokili Abdulmuluku Musa and Enokela Rosemary were also unveiled as the the General, Assistant General and Financial Secretaries, respectively, of the club.

The other executives include Eunice Tokula, the Reviews Coordinator, who will be assisted by Halima Achida whilst Usman Adam comes in as the Public Relations Officer.

“Honestly, I’m Overwhelmed” – Book O’Clock UDUS President

The new president of Book O’Clock UDUS, Patience Enokela, did not hold back her thoughts whilst speaking to PEN Press in an exclusive interview. 

“It’s a huge responsibility; one my shoulders must carry properly and one I will not take lightly,” she acknowledged the enormity of the responsibility of her new role and declared that she was ready to give it all it demands.

Speaking on how her administration would sustain the glowing legacy they inherited from the pioneer administration, the Medical student maintained that her team would push Book O’Clock UDUS to greater heights.

In her words, “Recently, I learnt that successful leadership isn’t just about doing something different successfully but making sure whatever was left in your hands doesn’t die. We’re aiming at making sure Book O’Clock UDUS not only runs, but also takes to the sky by bringing African literature to the light with relentless vigour, maintaining our prior activities and exploring new bookish ways for us book lovers to interact together”.

And It’s Book O’Clock

Speaking about what Book O’Clock represents, Enokela explained that “there’s this joy that comes with raving about the books you’ve read to someone else who totally gets it. There’s nothing quite like it”.

“Most people, however, hardly find that person; they hardly get the chance to express, freely, that part of themselves.

That’s where we come in. We offer kinship. We offer belonging,” she buttressed.

“So, you’re looking for a band of people, across all walks of life, just like you? Those that just the mere thought of a good book waiting for them puts a grin on their faces and gets their hands itching to get started? Just take a glance at the time. You’ll see it’s Book O’Clock,” she punned her conclusion.

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