Our firm was established in the year 1968 as Lara Educational Supplies Shop. It was one of the pioneer Bookshops in the newly created State of
Kwara. We had the privilege of providing a wide variety of service to meet the needs of the fledgling state, especially in the area of the supply of books and stationery.

In the year 1978 the firm was incorporated as a Limited Liability Company and the name changed to Lara Bookstores Ltd, with Registration Number RC 24942.

We are glad to mention that for over almost forty (40) years, we have provided dependable service by meeting the needs of several institutional and individual customers. We have achieved this by sourcing of materials locally and abroad.

In our quest to satisfy the needs of our numerous customers, we have over the years embarked on a phased expansion programme. We now have two (2) branches in
Ilorin apart from the head office, and also one (1) in Lokoja, Kogi State. We also have plans to open one branch each in Abuja and Minna in the near future.  This is apart from our expanding franchise network targeted at covering all the geopolitical zones of the country.

It is our desire to become the most dominant supplier of books and stationery in 
Nigeria by the year 2010, by which time we plan that our network would have attained the target of five branches and fifteen franchises. To achieve this, we will expand the scope of the collaboration with our present   suppliers while aggressively cultivating new ones. 

It is our desire to raise the frontiers of the book trade in Nigeria, by applying internationally accepted best practices.

To this end, in line with the current trend of globalisation, we are exploring collaboration with stakeholders in several countries including Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Ghana.

Listed below are some of the organisations we have had the priviledge of working with over the years:

Petroleum Trust Fund, Thomas Adewumi International College, Oko, Federal Polytechnic, Bida,, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, University of Ilorin, Nigerian Sugar Company, Bacita, International Tobacco Company, Ilorin, Kwara State  Government,    Nigerian  Paper Mill, Jebba, Flora Kindergarten Nursery & Primary School, Ilorin, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin,  Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, National Electricity Power Authority, College of Education, Oro.

Mrs M. N. Mejabi

Mrs.  Margaret Mejabi was the founder and pioneer Managing Director of our company. She held this position from inception of the company in 1968 to 1988 when she passed away.

Chief J. O. Mejabi,  BSc. OON CHAIRMAN
Chief Mejabi received the National Honour of  OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER, in 1978, in recognition of his contribution to the development of Education in Nigeria. He was a teacher for several years, after which he was appointed as the first Nigerian Principal of the famous Government College, Zaria (Barewa College).

Chief Mejabi was actively involved in policy formulation for the educational sector of Northern Nigeria after the country’s attainment of independence in the 1960’s. He held various positions, including Chief Education Officer, Chief Inspector of Education and acting Permanent Secretary  in the  old Northern   Nigeria. He was the pioneer  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education  in Kwara State after the creation of states in 1968. He retired voluntarily from Public service in 1975.

As Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Mejabi is actively involved in the  formulation of the overall business direction of the company.

Mr. Ekundayo Mejabi holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Ibadan and also a Masters Degree from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He has acquired extensive experience in the supply and distribution of books and other educational materials in his capacity as Managing Director of Lara Bookstores for fourteen years.

He has also established an excellent business relationship with all the major publishers in the country who would readily attest to his reliability over the years. He also has extensive contacts with several publishers abroad.

He has participated in several workshops and seminars, including those organised by The World Bank, British Council and Nigerian Booksellers Association.

Dr. Mejabi holds a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering, and teaches in this subject area at graduate and post graduate levels in addition to being a consultant to numerous Multinational Corporations including General Motors. He is a member of our  Board of Directors.

Dr Esan is a Dental Surgeon by training and practices in this field.  A member  of the Board of the National Psychiatrist Hospital, Abeokuta, she is also a member of our Board of Directors.

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