Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC) has once again received another accolade as one of the Literary Arts most-supportive media organisations in the country.
This was registered by members of Opinions From Africa (OFA), a multifaceted African-based association and host of the first made-in-Anambra poetry concert, who recently visited the organisation’s corporate headquarters in Awka, Anambra State capital, on appreciation tour.
The ‘Thank You Visit’ also featured presentation of Commendation/Appreciation Letter and a memorabilia to the MD/CEO of the ANPC, Sir Chuka Nnabuife by the association, in recognition of his invaluable input and that of the organisation towards the success of the first made-in-Anambra poetry concert.
Speaking at the event, the founder of OFA and leader of the group, Mr. Kaosisochukwu Nwagboso described the association as a multi-diverse forum with the objective of uniting (young) Africans with creative potentials and unique talents, assisting them to harvest these potentials, and offering them the opportunity to express same.
Going memory lane, he said the association, which he founded in 2017 during his university days in the Amadu Bello University, Zaria had various departments, cutting across poetry department (called the Street Anthem Poetry Department), ICT, Art and Science departments among others, primarily came to tell the world that Africans can.
He highlighted some of the projects and programs the association had undertaken in the past to include Poetry Concerts, over 9 exhibitions, online writing competitions, training over 10 persons in Graphics Arts and ICT Management, preparing people for national and international conferences, procuring and launching a farm/plantation (in Oraifite) with over 500 suckers of plantain, among other feats.
Among their ongoing and upcoming programs, he said, include: poetry concert (which would have held in April 19th if not for coronavirus), free ICT training on web designing and graphics arts designing (which was also halted by the pandemic), African Dilemma (which ought to have held but was equally postponed to hold sooner on a yet-to-be-announced date), Art for Art program with the Anambra Broadcasting Service, among other projects and programs.
While calling for financial support from government, private organisations and individuals to enable the association successfully execute her programs and projects; Mr. Nwagboso, reiterated the association’s gratefulness to Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, and its helmsman, Sir Nnabuife, for their invaluable supports during the immediate past poetry concert, an assistance he said, contributed immensely to the success of the event.
On her own part, the organizer of the poetry concert, Miss Jidechukwu Angela Nwabueze who confessed that ANPC, (as one of their media partners), and Sir Nnabuife (as one of their major sponsors) wowed the association both before, during and after the event (themed ‘African Sensation’), which made it unavoidable for them to visit and physically register their gratitude to the association, hence the ‘thank you’ visit.
Resting on her experience as a wide travelled poet, she noted that ANPC proves to be one of the literary arts most-supportive media organisations in the country.
She highlighted some of the fruits already sprouting from the event, and further assured that the association would sustain it annually, even as she called for sustained public and private partnership with the association to enable her sustain the beat.
The duo, after touring round the organisation’s premises, extolled the serenity and the spaciousness of her environment, and the National Light’s state-of-the art Event Hall with its stage, which they rated very high and fitting for both intellectual and social events.
Responding, the MD/CEO of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Nnabuife, appreciated the association for the ‘thank you’ visit, and for the commendation letter and the memorabilia presented to him.
Nnabuife, who himself is also a consummate writer and artist hailed the association for initiating and hosting the first-of-its-kind poetry concert in the state, as well as other programs they champion, which he noted, have had a chain of positive impacts on the youths and the society at large.
While urging them to sustain the beat, the ANPC Boss reiterated and reassured the organisation’s openness to partnership and collaborations.
He noted that ANPC was the sole print medium of the Anambra State Government and in fact the longest-thriving state-owned newspaper in the country, as well as the best newspaper in the South-Eastern region, both in content and in packaging.
He further highlighted some other things done by the organization and other services it offers, aside its publication of three newspapers —the National Light Newspaper (which he described as the organization’s flagship newspaper), the Ka Ọ Dị Taa Igbo Newspaper (which is the only Igbo language newspaper in the country), and the Sportslight Xtra, which have all earned the organization a plethora of awards, commendations and recognitions.
According to Nnabuife, other services offered by the organization include: book editing and publishing services, translation service, ICT services, printing of posters, flyers, handbills, banners and other information/communication leaflets; media consultancy service, mobilization and advertorial services; rental of events spaces for indoor and outdoor activities (the ANPC’s Event Hall and her Scenic Garden); as well as event planning/undertaking and entertainment services (through the National Light Art House), among other services.
He further maintained that the organization always dares to be the best in each of these beats.