THE COAL CITY: SPARKLING WITH ENTHUSIASM TO HOST NIGERIAN WRITERS IN OCTOBER 2019

September 28, 2019

THE COAL CITY: SPARKLING WITH ENTHUSIASM TO HOST NIGERIAN WRITERS IN OCTOBER 2019

There is room to breathe in Independence Layout, a highbrow section of Enugu, the Coal City. The good network of well paved streets keep swallowing and spewing out vehicles all day long with no hold ups. Located right in the heart of Enugu, the place was primarily carved out to mark Nigeria’s independence, and it is today the soul of Enugu state government business, housing the headquarters of the three arms of government namely the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary as well as the state’s radio and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). It is, therefore, not surprising that this place has won the locational honour for the highly anticipated Association of Nigerian Author’s International Convention holding in the Coal City between 31st  October and 3rd November, 2019.

Preparatory to the Coal City Homecoming 2019 Convention, members of the National EXCO including the Vice-President Camillus Uka, Ernest Onuoha, ex-officio and Maik Ortserga, Asst. General Scretary,were in Independence Layout for two days last weekend  to meet with members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and verify their level of preparedness by confirming the venues and the recommended hotels for guests’ accommodations.

In a meeting with the LOC led by its Chairman, the resourceful Hon. Ndubuisi Ene and the meticulous Enugu chapter Chairman, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue at the African   Thinker’s College of Education, the National Exco was not left in doubt that Enugu was ready for the 2019 Convention. Some of the already confirmed venues are as follows:

Arrival/Opening Ceremony, AGM and Convention Play will be at TETfund Hall, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu which will be the main  ensue for Convention activities.

Closing Dinner will be at Ofu-Obi African Centre in addition to welcome cocktail/ festival of life

Options for Tourism: at Ngwo Pine Forest (Picnic featuring poetry and palm wine), Centre for memories or Enugu Museum.

Convention Play: Denja Abdullahi’s Death and the King’s Grey Hair has been selected as the Convention Play to honour the President whose tenure will come to an end.

Other levels of Preparations include:

Shuttle Buses: There are arrangements on ground with transporters like Peace Mass Transits for shuttle buses that will be on standby to convey delegates to and fro in the course of the events, in the hope that most of the delegates will join the company’s buses as they travel back to their home states after the convention

Convention Clinic: There are arrangements for a mobile Convention Clinic and a standby ambulance

Food/ Drinks: NBA has been contacted, although the declined the request for funding due to their mandatory policy of one-year prior notice, they agreed to supply drinks for delegates during the Convent

Security: The LOC is making arrangements with all the security agencies to ensure the provision of adequate security during the convention, giving the current security challenges across the country.

Websites: A website www.anacoalcity.com  has been developed specifically for information about the convention

Bill boards: The LOC is also putting up bill boards in strategic locations to create awareness about the Convention.

Accommodation: Concerning the issue of guests’ accommodation, the LOC has engaged with hotel owners at three levels which include: (1) approaching the hotels and negotiating with them for discounted rates (2) Entering into partnership with the hotels and providing them a platform to link their details and adverts to the website www.anacoalcity.com (3) putting up a red-carpet with all the recommended hotels on it during the event. 

S/N

Hotel

Contact

Room Rate

Address

1

Aaron’s place

08038769940

NA

NA

2

Adig Suites

08135078411

NA

No 3 Ezillo Street, Independence Layout Enugu by Brown & Brown

3

Admiral Resort

08063349992

NA

Plot 567B Cyril Chaka Crescent, Off Nza street, Independence Layout, Enugu.

4

Allen Suites

07034642665

NA

4 Lobito Crescent, Off Nza Street, Independence layout Enugu, Enugu State

5

Bayview

08095777571

NA

No 3 Ezillo Street, Independence Layout Enugu by Brown & Brown.

6

Best Western

08037861113

NA

NO. 607 Nza street, Independence Layout, Enugu.

7

Blue Island Hotel

NA

N7,000

12 Bisala Road, Independence Layout, Enugu, Enugu State

8

Bon Sunshine

09099000230

NA

NA

9

Crown Guest House

08036264790, 09055561121

NA

No 42 Nza Street, Independence Layout, Enugu, Enugu state.

10

D Matel

09098870909

N10,000

No 9. 1st Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu.

11

Davila

08024194811

NA

NA

12

Elli Court Suites

09067837795

NA

No 9 Nawfija Street, Independence layout, Enugu.

13

Fidelma Hotel

07038892718

NA

NA

14

Fontana

08068081767

NA

NA

15

Garden Atlantis

08087331776

NA

Azuogbunike Crescent, Off Nza Street, Independence Layout, Enugu.

16

Gardenia Hotel

NA

NA

NA

17

Gemini Inn

08075427960

NA

19 Igboeze Street, Independence Layout, Enugu.

18

Golden Royale

NA

NA

NA

19

Grace Manor

08106008833

N7,000

Victor Atuonwu Street, Liberty Estate, Enugu.

20

Himalaya Hotel

08033210114

NA

24 Ebeano Estate Independence layout, Enugu.

21

Hotel Sylvia

08144483448, 07034935150

NA

66 Ezillo Avenue, Independence layout, Enugu, Enugu state

22

Jury’s Hotel

07062421602 / 07038745474

NA

NA

23

Lavida Suites

07068240602

NA

NA

24

Leroy

09062383912

NA

No 5. Nawfija Street, Brown & Brown Road, Independence Layout, Enugu.

25

MaxBe

09068946499, 08065385213

NA

No. 1 Nza Street, Independence layout, by Government House Enugu – Enugu State.

26

Maybach

08063498001

NA

#9 Nwanforr Crescent, Independence Layout, Enugu.

27

Mayfair Residency Hotel

08037428830

NA

NA

28

Media Royal Hotel and Suites

NA

NA

NA

29

Olive Gate

07038561059

N8,000

No 2 Snaap Drive Independence Way Independence layout Enugu.

30

Ozom Hotel

NA

NA

NA

31

Pegasus Hotel

NA

NA

NA

32

Predia Hotel

09011347533, 0908009919

NA

Behind Spring of Life School by Bisala Road, Pocket Layout (Ebeano Estate), Enugu.

33

Psalms Hotel

07064269190

NA

NA

34

Stella Cynthia Hotel and Lounge

NA

NA

NA

35

Sunshine Guest House

08037746777

NA

No 8/9 Ebeano Housing Estate, by Otigba Roundabout, Enugu

36

The Hotel

08037746436

NA

NA

37

Tommylin Hotels

08167622458

NA

Tommylyn Avenue (Plot 4A, Independence layout), by Old Nepa Bus stop, off Bisalla Road, Behind Roban Stores, Independence Layout, Enugu.

38

Top Rank

NA

NA

NA

39

Toscana

07031686059

NA

24 Ebeano Estate Independence layout, Enugu.

40

UniversHotel

09054331736

NA

NA

Almost all the hotels are located in Independence Layout less than ten minutes from any angle. Negotiations for rates by the LOC are still on-going an information on discounted rates will continuously be updated on the website www.anacoalcity.com