In the 4th episode of Inspiring Open, we speak to Dr. Nkem Osuigwe about the future of Africa’s libraries.
Dr. Nkem Osuigwe’s first experience of the magic of a library was at the tender age of five, when her mother left her with a local librarian to go to the market during a civil war. The impressions she took away with her that day lasted a lifetime and led her into a career working in libraries and with librarians that span more than 35 years. Nkem strongly believes libraries are more than books, and that the power they hold to impact and tell and preserve the history of communities remains untapped in Africa.
This is the work that she and the team at AfLIA, the African Library, and Information Associations and Institutions are dedicated to equitable access to information and knowledge for all. Nkem wants librarians to go beyond being disseminators of information, to information leaders in their different countries, telling the stories of their communities on a global platform. She’s the chair of the Public Library section of AfLIA.