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Norway Set To Establish African Library, Plans To Digitise Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Books

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The Norwegian government and the Nigerian government is set to enter into a partnership to make the Nigerian Literature digitization a reality.

SearchNGR gathered that “The National Library of Norway was established in 1989 with a principal task to preserve the past for the future.”

This was made known by the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Kjemprud Jens-Petter, who disclosed that the National Library of Norway was interested in digitising literature books published in Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.

However, the agreement has not been signed. He hopes that both libraries will sign the agreement this month.

According to him, “We hope that this month, an agreement will be signed between Norway and Nigeria to digitise all written materials in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages.”

“And this will be a monumental development in our two countries’ relations.”

“We have done this in Norway and wish to share our technology with other countries, including Nigeria,’’ he said.

According to him, “the National Library access and use the literature of Norway and it is interested in digitising and making available for public use, books published in foreign languages.”

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Jens-Petter added that, “the Norwegian National Librarian, who was particularly interested in the preservation of Nigerian literature, now also believes in and recognises the brilliance of Nigerian students.”

“The National Library of Nigeria wishes to make its collection of books available in digital format, for easier and wider access by users.”

“The high-tech facilities we have in Norway has the capacity to offer such digitisation which will give the Nigerian National Library the opportunity to make its literature easily accessible to the population.”

“We can also offer some of the literature to people of Nigerian origin who have found their way to Norway,’’ he said.

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Reports also reveal the process of the digitisation agreement between the country of interest and the Norway country, it reads, “The digitisation agreement is the first entered into by two national libraries. The project is to serve as a model for other countries, and help create a fully-fledged African digital library.”

“The costs for the project are to be shared; the Nigerian Library of Nigeria is to be responsible for collecting the works, while the National Library of Norway will carry out the digitalisation, with transportation costs to be borne by the Norwegian Embassy in Nigeria.”

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