The World Book and Copyright Day, celebrated in Nigeria. Port Harcourt in River State, Nigeria was designated by UNESCO, the world body responsible for the commemoration of the World Book and Copyright Day, as the Book Capital of the World for the year 2014.
This great honour to Nigeria has been attributed in many circles to be the fruits of the unrelenting effort of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in combating the menace of piracy. The literary prowess and exploits of Nigerian authors like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, late Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie among others have also been lauded as a major contributory factor to the recognition of Nigeria by the UNESCO.
At the NCC’s yearly event in commemoration of the World Book and Copyright Day, 2014, the Director-General of NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude announced a comprehensive review of the Nigerian Copyright Act to address some issues to bring the Act in line with international best practices and ensure that challenges of contemporary technologies are well taken care of. He also stated that thez Commission had stepped up the tempo of its anti-piracy operations, confiscating a total of 5,757,522 assorted copyright works worth approximately N7 billion (USD 42.3 million) and arrested 371 suspects.