Onboard Book Fair: Over 2,000 People Visit Ship A Day

Holidaymakers in Douala are taking advantage to explore book acquisition opportunities.


The largest floating book fair in the world, Logos Hope, has brought knowledge, help and hope to Cameroon. Over 2,000 people, including children, visit the fair onboard an ocean-going-vessel at the Douala Seaport.

Since the 40-year-old vessel anchored at the port on August 12, 2016, most city dwellers have been buying books in subjects ranging from science, technology, sports, hobbies and cookery to philosophy and children’s books. They are also enjoying the opportunity of talking with a multicultural crew or taking part in one of the organisation’s onboard events for adults, children and families. Last Saturday, visitors savoured a mix of live music performed by some artistes at a minimal cost of 500 FCFA.

The opportunity seems to be a welcome relief to several parents and holidaymakers who visit the fair daily for “eye shopping.” Onboard the ship is an international café, over 5,000 books for the family and 400 volunteers from 60 countries, including Cameroon. Many people who come to savour the experience of being on board such a huge ship also make use of the opportunity to access books, some hitherto unavailable in the city.

Ivy Chiu, Media Relations Officer, disclosed that Logos Hope will be heading for Ghana on August 28, where it is expected to spend one month. She said in 2004, GBA Ships purchased the vessel and remodelled it. In 2009 in Denmark, Logos Hope was launched and has so far visited ports in North Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia and Southeast Asia.




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