President of Nigeria Publishers Association, Dr. Uchenna Cyril Anioke, joins today the Geneva-based executive committee of world publishers.

The International Publishers Association, IPA, announced Anioke’s election into its seven-member management body in a press release today, 29 September.

Kenya’s Lawrence Njagi, re-elected today, pairs with Anioke as the two African representatives in the global publishers’ governing body.

“We have put Enugu State, Nigeria and Africa on the world map through our election,” Dr. Anioke told Enugu Metro.

“I personally feel fulfilled with the recognition of hardwork and our commitment to the publishing business in Nigeria.

“I welcome the opportunity to join our colleagues to make our input into world policies on publishing, especially on the freedom to publish.”

The IPA, established in 1896, is the world’s largest federation of publishers’ associations.

It promotes, protects, and raises awareness of publishing “as a force for economic, cultural and social development.”

The association works with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other bodies to champion the interests of publishing.

“IPA actively opposes censorship and promotes copyright, freedom to publish, and literacy,” the organisation said on its website.

The organisation thanked outgoing executive members for their service. They include Gbadega Adedapo (Nigeria), Pengyi Li (China), Joachim Kaufmann (Germany), Arys Hilman (Indonesia), and Lis Tribe (UK). Their tenure ends 31 December 2022.

… elects new President

Pansa (left and Jobava, IPA incoming President and Vice President

IPA also confirmed Ms Karine Pansa (Brazil) and Gvantsa Jobava (Georgia) as President- and vice president-elect.

The election results were announced to members at IPA’s third online annual general assembly. 

IPA conducted the elections through online voting this September, with all IPA full members participating.
In a farewell address, outgoing President, Ms Bodour Al Qasimi, thanked members for their support. He encouraged them to continue to work together and with the broader books sector to face shared challenges.

Anioke joins world publishers executive committee