SUMMARY OF ANA DELTA YUSUF ALI (2016) READING CAMPAIGN
written by SIR A-ONE
The theme of this year’s campaign was
TOWARDS ADVOCACY FOR LITERARY RENASCENCE AND BOOK DEVELOPMENT
There is no doubt, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) is the largest Literary Association in Africa. And YUSUF ALI (SAN) is one icon who has been promoting Literary creativity alongside this gigantic lirerary body.
Every year, this Solicitor who has vowed to see to the promotion of Literature in Africa will always donate a huge sum of amount to ANA national. And the executive of the house will carry out a serious research to know the most active State Chapters and disburse N150,000 each to almost 20 chapters to conduct the reading campaign.
Last year (2015) ANA DELTA was given the sum of N150,000 which she used in carrying out this campaign.
This year (2016), another N150,000 was given to ANA DELTA to do same. And the house took the campaign to the College of Education (COE) Agbor.
Friday, 29th July, 2016 was the day creativity worn a new clothing at the NDDC Hall (new site) COE, Agbor.
The eye of the ANA national that was present at the event was ALASKA EKELE the Assistant General Secretary and also the publisher of the NDOKWA VANGUARD Newspaper.
The event was scheduled for 11a.m, but due to the African time mentality of Nigerians, the event kicked off at 1.34pm with an opening prayer said by Mr. MIKE EJIODU.
The occasion was under the distinguished chairmanship of Dr. O. Ugboh, Dean, Students’ Affairs, COE, Agbor.
The chief host was Dr. O.J. Ukadike, Provost College of Education, Agbor.
The host was Dr. Martins Tugbokorowei, Chairman, ANA DELTA who was represented by Dr. B.C. Anyanwu the P.R.O of ANA Delta.
The event was one fabulous day of creativity, men and women of the INK will always live to remember.
The event was anchored by Mr. EZE OBINNA a lecturer at the college, and the master of ceremonies was MC Responsible alongside DJ Kentro who was busy supplying fine lyrics to the auditory enjoyment of each and everyone that was present.
Everybody that came to the program ate and indeed enjoyed themselves under the atmosphere of creativity.
The hall was full to capacity at 12.54pm. At 12.49pm,
opened the MIC with a performance entitled “Raptry” a spoken word performance that was creatively accompanied with a melodious chorus.
The Dean of the Students’ Affairs, Dr. K. Ugboh was at the venue as early as 10.54a.m
I love men who keep to time.
BEST UGALA the vice chairman of ANA Delta was the committee Chairman for this year’s ANA DELTA Yusuf Ali Reading campaign. While BEN IGBE, GOODNEWS ERUEMUARE, and EZE OBINNA were the committee that organised the program.
Eze Obinna the main MC of the occasion introduced the dignitaries to the house at 1.26pm. And at 1.36pm. Dr. O. Ugboh, Dean, Students’ Affairs, COE gave the opening Remark and encouraged the participants to get ready for creativity like never before. He thank Yusuf Ali (SAN) and ANA for bringing this Advocacy for Literary Resascence and Book Development to the College of Education, Agbor. “The girl child education, Literary habit”
and other vital areas were well captured by the Chairman. “The only way you can get informed is by daily reading” He noted.
It was quickly followed by the Provost address which was shared to everyone present at 1.46pm which terminated at 1.56pm “Books are immortal” indeed. A very brilliant address he delivered.
ANA Delta Chairman Welcome Address was delivered by DR. B.C. Anyanwu at 2.00pm “ANA is a product of reading and writing. Nobody can take reading from you” he stressed. His speech came to an end at 2.05pm.
Discussion with a theme:
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
THE WAY FORWARD was deliberated upon from 02.10pm through 02.39pm by the following:
•DR. U. UGBOH;
•NWAMAKA; •DESTINY; •EFE; •KINGSLEY; •IFEANYI; •EDIJANA; •ALADEJI;
And was moderated by ALASKA EKELE.
“The greed for knowledge is not there!, the greed for wealth is very rampant. Make yourself available for reading. Many want to pass without grading (sorting). The Government is killing the academic drive in citizenry. Certificates are being valued rather than talents. Advent of ‘miracle centres’. System failure. Social media time wastage. Peer pressure. Procrastination. Self discouragement. Knowing the right time to read and study. Environmental factor. Lack of encouragement from parents. Group reading. ‘ Government cannot provide jobs for everyone’ ”
and others were delibrated.
The participants for the READING COMPETITION were 12 in number:
•ALADEJOHWO AKINOLA Jnr
•MONYE AUGUSTA MERCY
•OKOLI WINIFRED E.
UGBOH ASSUMPTA took the first (1st) position.
MONYE AUGUSTA MERCY and OBIANKE JOY took the second (2nd) position. It was a tie.
And the third (3rd) position goes to EHIOSU CLETUS.
They were all awarded prizes for participating. But the prize of the 1st, 2nd and the 3rd position(s) was a lesson for all the participating candidates to brace up just in case of next time.
It was a 5 minutes reading session each for the participants. And questions from the judges were posed to them based on the EXCERPT they have read.
The writing competition witnessed ten (10) participants:
•BEN NNAJI KELECHI
•ANAMALI BLESSING IJEOMA
•OJEH NWAMAKA FAITH
•ODIMEGHWA PROSPER CHUKWUEBUKA
The 1st position goes to OJEH NWAMAKA FAITH
While the 2nd and 3rd goes to BEN NNAJI KELECHI and EMONIENA EFE respectively.
A drama Skit was performed by a group that goes by the name
GOOD MARKET. It almost amputated people’s intestines with laughter.
The event was coved by IZU PHOTOS. A very powerful HDV camera was used to captured the motion pictures.
Those who donated their books for the program were:
REV. FR. VICK JACKSON IBUDE who donated 7 copies of AYA IDU;
BEST UGALA donated 10 copies of BANNER OF PEACE;
DR. B.C. ANYANWU donated 2 copies of HEARTBEATS; 1 copy of BOUNDLESS LOVE; 1 copy of EVIL HOLD. And ANA DELTA donated 3 copies of her first Anthology RUMBLING CREEKS OF THE NIGER DELTA.
When you see people donating their works to promote creativity, they should be encouraged.
The event came to a close at 4.20pm with a closing prayer by Dr. O. Ugboh.
Long live Nigeria!
Long live ANA!
Long live Pengicians/Writers!