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ANA Lagos chapter set to deliver memorable convention


Denja (middle) with members of the local organising committee

With the 37th international convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) fast approaching, the association’s president, Mallam Denja Abdullahi, recently led a three-man team comprising national executive council members to a meeting with the Lagos chapter at Eagles’ Park Hotel, Ikeja.

The Assistant General Secretary, Maik Ortserga, and the PRO South, Wole Adedoyin, were in the delegation.The two-day meeting, which had in attendance, the LOC Chairman, Mr. Akin Adeoya, an advert and brand expert and an entrepreneur; Chairman of ANA Lagos, Yemi Adebiyi and other members of the state chapter and the LOC, ended on August 27.

With the theme, Literature, Megacities and Mega-narratives, the keynoter at the opening is Prof Karen King-Aribisala of the University of Lagos.The meeting pored over details concerning the convention whose activities would be mainly in the Ikeja area of the state and consolidated plans for a good convention come October 25 to 28.

It looked at the chapters’ level of preparedness, especially in the areas of welcome cocktail, grand opening ceremony, the convention drama, AGM, accommodation for delegates and special guests, publicity, security, books and photos exhibition, excursion and breakfast at the Lagos beachside, transport and logistics and grand awards dinner.

Already, the LOC has paid advocacy visits to the Oba of Lagos as well as other prominent personalities in the state. The unique things about the Lagos chapter’s preparation towards the hosting of the convention are the two focused activities to be hosted before the convention.

The activities are, The Patrons’ Night to hold on September 9, 2018 at the Freedom Parks, Lagos and the Colloquium on Digital Publishing scheduled for October 24 to 25, 2018 in honour of Tayo Aderinokun, the late managing director of GT Bank, who was a patron of the chapter.

At the meeting, Abdullahi thanked the LOC chairman for accepting to serve in that capacity. He went ahead to stress the need for a budget cut in all the activities in order to deliver a decent and memorable convention without being overburdened by debts and unnecessary hitches. A decision was also taken on the downward review of the convention fees so that members could attend in good number. There was equally an inspection tour of venues and facilities for the convention.

Abdullahi explained the involvement of the national executives in the organisation and expectations of the members who will be coming to attend the convention in their numbers from all parts of the country.Specifics of the programme of events, which was carefully scrutinised, would be unveiled in due course. At the end of the two-day meeting, no one was left in doubt that ANA Lagos is set to deliver a mega convention.

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