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Ekweremadu, Gemade at launch of ‘Fragrance of Diversity’ tomorrow

Ike Ekweremadu

DeputySenate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, will be the special guest of honour at the unveiling of the book, ‘’FRAGRANCE OF DIVERSITY: Anthology of Nigerian names,’’ tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The senator representing Benue North East senatorial zone, Chief Barnabas Gemade, is also expected to chair the ceremony scheduled to hold at International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The same ceremony has FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, as the chief host, with one of his predecessors, Alhaji Mohammed Abba Gana, as the father of the day. The 352-page book, written by Nosike Ogbuenyi, the Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister, covers about 10,000 Nigerian names and their meanings. It also has chapters containing thread names, words and other related matters.

According to a statement, yesterday, in Abuja by the Chairman of the National Organizing Committee for the presentation and a National Trustee of Unity and Tolerance Initiative, Gbenga Onayiga, issues relating to unity, understanding, tolerance, harmony and peaceful co-existence will be on the front burner on the occasion. He explained that the book was written to promote peace, unity, understanding, harmony and tolerance among all Nigerians, irrespective of diversity.

Onayiga said the timing of the presentation of the book was deliberate, with the hindsight of cushioning the gains, trauma and challenges from the recent general elections and the attendant first-of-its-kind inter-party transition in Nigeria. He added that the book will promote understanding, tolerance in Nigeria. Onayiga said the book sought to demonstrate how some of Nigeria’s cultural traits and diverse names, which had often been misapplied as divisive tools, could be transformed into positive instruments of unity.

Many analysts are of the view that the book would definitely go a long way towards blending Nigerians of diverse linguistic and ethno-religious backgrounds together by encouraging bearing of names across ethnic and religious divides. The book had been described as “a valuable companion for all patriots and those who want to understand Nigeria and Nigerians better as well as those seeking good baby names for their children.”

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