IN THE spirit of yuletide, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation(ANPC); publishers of National Light Newspaper, Ka ọ Di Taa, SportsLightXtra, Tuesday, held her end of year party and carol of nine lessons.
The event, which took place at the Event Hall (ANPC), featured carol of nine lessons, drama, essay competitions, scrabble competitions, music performances, dance competitions and children’s visit to Santa Claus attracted some dignitaries, schools and staff of the organisation.
Speaking during the occasion, which mainly had children from various schools in attendance, the chairman and father of the day, Prof. Anthony Eze showed his delight and happiness for being part of the event and advised the children embrace good moral behaviours as they are the future of tomorrow.
Eze commended the ANPC management for organising a Christmas programme targeted at educating, entertaining, and encouraging youngsters in discovering talents and also expressed his support and solidarity in subsequent programmes by the organisation.
In his opening remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC) publishers of National Light Group of Newspapers, Sir Chuka Nnabuife stated that it’s a general thing to have carol during Christmas but that ANPC tries as much as possible to make her stands out by doing it uniquely.
“ In the last five years that I have been in this organization, we have being doing carols- the general carols of nine lessons, having get together with staff, friends and our leaders and also trying to make the community around us feel us. But this year, we tried to do something special for children and youths.
So, we tried to reach out to schools around us, call it social corporate responsibility, audience awareness, call it catchment campaign but we reached out to schools within Awka.”
The ANPC helmsman maintains that the ANPC does this to bring out what the participants and competitors have to offer and to have feel of what ANPC has including the usual carol to be sang, the National Light ArtHouse, which comprises a choral group and orchestra, which also comprises of a drama group and poetry performance and rendition group.
“We wanted a situation whereby what we have in the National Light ArtHouse will also be matched with what we have in the schools around; at least to encourage that tradition of performances, entertainment and use of the language. We also added a competition edge to it. That competition is a competition in essay writing, for schools around; secondary and primary schools for which we are giving a trophy for the best competitor as a token for a prize.”
“We are also having a scrabble. Why scrabble? it helps a player knows word, know the lexicon, know the dictionary, know how to use words and what else is our job as a newspaper house but to use words to communicate effectively. We have pupils of basic schools to go into competition of which we give prizes, prize money, and all the rest. We are looking up to sponsorship of the essay competition.”
On the well packed event intended to inspire new knowledge of Christmas, of the yuletide season to the children and inspire parents to know where to take their children when this occasion comes next year, Sir Chuka promised a richer experience in subsequent editions which will introduce the Igbo Language. “We have instituted the only and vibrant Igbo language publication anywhere in the world. There is no newspaper in Igbo language anywhere but our own Ka O di Taa, which comes out weekly.
That newspaper has been making strides. So what are we doing with it? Competition will be on the use of Igbo language, along with the essay writing and scrabble so that the community will continue to feed ourselves, supply ourselves with youngsters who have the talents that will continue the chain that we are doing in National Light and to make community feel this organisation that is operating within their environment. That is exactly what we are doing and we are having fun.”
Earlier in his remarks, the special guest and Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Nze Uche Nworah, appreciated the management of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation ( ANPC) for putting up the event, which he said went to show that when anyone does the right thing, the person should expect a good result.
Nze Nworah commended the performances on display, stating that in Anambra State, people don’t expect anything less. He extolled the leadership quality of Governor Willie Obiano for making that happen. “Since Governor Obiano assumed the mantle of leadership of the state, you will notice many festive activities going on in the state and that’s because of the security situation in the state which encourages that.”
“I’m always impressed because if you look at the kids and schools that have been invited display their talents, it always goes to show what education in Anambra has become. The kids are here to have fun, so am I? I want to appreciate Sir Chuka Nnabuife and his management for this and urge them to take it to the next level in the subsequent editions.
Nze Nworah urged ndi Anambra in the diasporas to always come back home and be part of the good things happening in the state.
In the National Light scrabble competition which was anchored by a renowned grandmaster in scrabble, one time captain of ‘TeamNigeria’, and Assistant Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA); Mr. Chinedu Thorpe (Okwelogu), Scholastica Ifemeje emerged as the grand winner of the competition, while Angela Nworji, Rose Odife and Hillary Obiamalu, all of UNIZIK High School) took second, third and fourth positions respectively.
More so, in the National Light Essay competition, organized for both primary school and secondary school categories in collaboration with Dr. Flora Ilonzo, founder of the Center for Psychic and Healing Administration (CPHA), who donated a trophy for the competition in 2017, Chisom Obichukwu from St. Lucy Primary School took fist position, followed by Kamsi Ezeilo and Chidinma Onyeagbafuna, who took second and third positions respectively.
For the secondary school category in the essay competition, Chidinmama Ekwugha from St.Lucy Secondary School, Awka, took the first position, while Agulue Ifunanya from Nwafor Orizu College of Education Demonstration Secondary School, Awka, came second. Chito Okeke from UNIZIK High School, took the third position.
Sharing their lovely experiences, Obichukwu Chisom and Chidinma Ekwugha, winners of Primary and secondary school ANPC Essay Competition, both from St. Lucy Primary and Secondary School expressed gratitude to the management of ANPC for creating an opportunity for schools to compete and also broaden their intellectual
On behalf of the management of ANPC, the Head of Advert Department, Mrs. Ngozi Agusiobu, thanked God for the successful celebration and different schools and guests that graced the occasion and wished them a joyous and wonderful Christmas celebration in advance.
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