They say that books are weapons, if so then the working class now has a new armory. Iva Valley Books opened its doors at the end of 2018.
This bookshop is a co-operative venture with the support of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). The bookshop is conveniently located on the second floor of Labour House, the NLC offices in Abuja’s Central Business District.
Iva Valley book shop has a good and expanding selection of new and fairly used books which we try to sell at reasonable prices. We are gradually expanding our stock and welcome suggestions for other books that we should sell. We also have a range of socialist and labour magazines and newspapers. You can order any other book that you may need by paying in advance.
Iva Valley Books is named after the colonial massacre at Iva Valley Mine. On November 18, 1949 armed British colonial police opened fire on defenseless coal miners at Iva Valley Mine in Enugu. In those moments of collective colonial insanity, the colonialists within minutes murdered 21 workers and injured 51. There were mass protests in places like Port Harcourt, Aba and Onitsha.
It is this spirit of collective struggle that Iva Valley Books seeks to support. We all need to read to understand our fast changing world. Why was Britain the colonial power? Why is the US now the only global super power? Why is the Chinese economy growing so fast? Why is the struggle over the minimum wage taking so long to achieve? Why are universities closed so frequently due to strikes? Why will the government not provide adequate funding for public health and education in Nigeria? Why are feminists in the news again? The answers to these and other questions can be found by reading material available from Iva Valley Books.
You are free to visit the bookshop on the second floor of Labour House, (NLC Offices), Central Business District, Abuja during normal office hours. The bookshop manager, Lekan, will be happy to advise you and help you to get the best from your reading. Further details are available from Lekan on 0703 716 3465 or PK on 0810 289 1683.
Books are weapons
– make sure you are fully armed for the struggles to come!