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Burna Boy wins at Grammys 2021, Wizkid too

Nigeria stands tall in the world music stage last night as Burna Boy wins at Grammys 2021, in an event that featured Wizkid as a joint winner too.

The 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards – billed as “music’s greatest night” – took place in Los Angeles California in the United States.

The bigger winner was Burna Boy with his Twice as Tall Album which was voted the “Best Global Music Album.”

Whizzkid won in the Best Music Video category with a production from a Beyoncé song, Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album, which featured the Nigerian.

The Best Music Video award is shared to the artist, video director and video producer.

The win compensates for last year’s loss for the Afrobeat star, Burna Boy.

Although he was runner-up in 2020, eventual winner Angélique Kidjo dedicated her win to the Nigerian.

The BBC reports that the Grammys nomination described Twice As Tall as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force”.

“[He] continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more,” it said.

Burna Boy wins at grammys in an event that featured Wizkid as joint winner too

How to avoid Abakpa flyover construction site

Enugu State Government yesterday announced four routes for motorists to avoid a flyover construction site at Abakpa area of Enugu City.

The project work began today 9 March 2021, according to Government spokesperson, Mr. Chidi Aroh.

The bridge is at the T-Junction where Nike Lake Road meets Amangwu Road, the outlet that leads to Opi, Nsukka LGA.

Motorists fear that the flyover construction will disrupt traffic flow into and out of Enugu.

This is because Amangwu Road has come to serve as Enugu’s gateway to the northern parts of Nigeria.

To lessen the discomfort, Government spokesperson, Chidi Aroh, said the following exit points have been designated to divert traffic away from the construction zone.

  • Vehicles coming into Enugu will veer left just before Nike Lake Hotel on the new road commissioned last year. The road leads from Umuchigbo, Harmony Estate Layout, and Adoration Pilgrimage Centre to Orie Emene from where motorists will join the Airport Road to town. Articulated vehicles are to use only this route, he said.
  • A second route from NOWAS will veer left from Zenith/UBA Banks from where motorists will drive straight to the first Roundabout, then turn right to pass through Dental Technology, then you tee off to Bishop Shanahan, that is on the left axis, to meet Ugbene 2, Ugbo Ndafe, and on to Enugu East Local Government Headquarters.
  • Motorists approaching from Timber Market will divert right through Igwe Edward Nnaji Palace, on to the Development Centre, and take the old Road which meets the new Umuchigbo Road.
  • Those descending into Abakpa Nike through the Nike Grammar School, will cross the bridge to St. Theresa, then tee off to the right, going towards Ogwuago. From Ogwuago they will go down to Ugwuaku Layout, from where they will connect the Nike Lake – Harmony Estate bypass.

Aroh said motorists will easily find their way as government has clearly dotted each route with road signs and billboards along the way.

Construction of the flyover has been on the drawing board for almost three years now while motorists groan at the traffic buildup that was wasting valuable man-hours especially for those traveling out of Enugu.

Works Commissioner, Mr. Greg Nnaji, also said yesterday that the Harmony Estate bypass was specifically designed for the purpose of managing traffic flow away from construction site.

Officials said the contractors is empowered to mark out for demolition, buildings and structures that impede the construction.

The contractor is IDC Construction Limited. It has little or no information on its website about its bridge building projects experience.

Government officials said the flyover bridge will be completed within nine months. The cost of the contract is yet to be made public.

Enugu Residents however commend government for designating routes to avoid the Abakpa flyover construction site.

Golden Years of Enugu Rangers International

Poet and literary critic, Uzor Maximum Uzoatu, looks back at the golden years of Coal City’s brand marker, Enugu Rangers International FC, the indomitable lions of Nigerian soccer.

Rangers (c) 74 Photo – Standing L-R: Emeka Onyedika, Christian Chukwu, Chimezie Ngadi, Charles Okoroigwe, Dominic Ezeani, Kenneth Abana, Foster Ikeagu, Matthias Obianika, Ernest Ufele, TM Eze-Udoye, Coach Dan Anyiam; Squatting L-R: Kenneth Ilodigwe, Ogidi Ibeabuchi, Godwin Ogbueze, Emmanuel Okala, Harrison Mecha, Luke Okpala, Nwabueze Nwankwo

When the Nigeria-Biafra war ended in January 1970, there was gloom in Igboland. Even as the then Head of State General Yakubu Gowon made the famous announcement of “No Victor, No Vanquished”, the vanquished ones knew themselves as they sauntered back into Nigeria, hungry and broken, after the end of the Biafra struggle.

The legendary football administrator, Jerry Enyeazu, strongly felt that football could lift the spirit. He was ably backed by BSC Nzenwa, and the club named Enugu Rangers was birthed on January 29, 1970.

The rest, as they say, is history – but let’s just do a brief recap here.

The eminent Nigerian football administrators of that time, notably the iconic Oyo Orok Oyo, at the end of the war stressed that a team from the erstwhile rebel section must be involved for a true national champion to emerge. The Nigerian Army football team, Lagos Garrison, was the reigning kings that had to be matched up with the team from the East. In the pulsating match the boys from the East defeated the Nigerian Army team 2-1, a clear case of the vanquished turning the table on the victors.

The Rangers team truly lived up to the club’s motto: “From Difficulties To The Heights.”

A key player from the Nigerian Army team, Paul “Wonder Boy” Hamilton, recalled that Olusegun Obasanjo was so enraged when he saw the army team in the office of the team coordinator George Innih that he nearly had them flogged for “losing to those hungry boys”. The eastern boys may have been hungry but they were quite determined such that one of their star forward, Dominic Nwobodo, who had his head broken and bloodied, completed the match with a completely bandaged head that earned him the nickname “Alhaji”.

It was from the ruins of the war that Enugu Rangers was formed in 1970. The team represented Nigeria in the 1971 African Cup of Champion Clubs, reaching the quarter-finals, only to lose to ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire.

The pioneer Rangers team of 1970 was made up of Cyril Okosieme in goal, Ernest Ufele and Johnny “Wheeler” Nwosu as full backs, Peter Okeke as defensive midfielder, the skipper Godwin Achebe as central defender with Luke “Jazz Bukana” Okpala as his partner, while the forwards were Mathias Obianika, Kenneh Abana, Dominic Nwobodo, Chukwuma Igweonwu and Shedrack Ajaero.

There was a woman who was stronger than men backing the team in the shape and size of Mrs. Julie Alale, the inimitable “Madam Rangers” whose husband had been executed during the Biafra War.

The Rangers team got to the final of the 1971 National Challenge Cup but lost to WNDC (IICC, 3SC) of Ibadan, with WNDC’s goalie Adisa Amusa saving the penalty of Skipper Achebe.

A major addition to the Rangers team thereafter was the goalkeeper Emmanuel Okala who took over from Cyril Okosieme.

In the spirit of rising from the ruins of the war, the schoolboys of East Central State won the 1971 Manuwa/Adebajo Academicals Cup, and star players from the team such as Godwin Ogbueze, Dominic Ezeani, Kenneth Ilodigwe and Christian Chukwu were immediately drafted into the Rangers team.

Crack centre-half, Dominic Ezeani, who had displaced Skipper Achebe in the gold-winning national team, the Green Eagles, at the 1973 All-Africa Games staged in Lagos equally took over from the legendary Achebe as captain of Rangers and henceforth led the team to winning the double, that is, the League and Challenge Cup, in 1974. The 1974 Challenge Cup final was between Rangers and Mighty Jets of Jos, a team from Head of State Yakubu Gowon’s Plateau State. Aloysius Atuegbu who was playing for Mighty Jets told me that Gowon came to his home and promised to buy him a Volkswagen Beetle car if he could help beat Rangers.

Aloy played like a possessed man. Rangers Skipper Ezeani advised Aloy that he would get injured if he continued playing like mad. In Aloy’s next move, Rangers hard defender Harrison Mecha gave him a wicked tackle such that Aloy was stretchered out for good. Rangers beat Mighty Jets 2-0 and lifted the coveted trophy. No Volkswagen for Aloy!

Rangers won the coveted Challenge Cup three years on the trot, beating Shooting Stars of Ibadan 1-0 in 1975, and Alyufsalam Rocks of Ilorin 2-0 in 1976, a team remarkably made up of ten Ghanaian players and only one Nigerian! Due to fixtures pile-up Rangers had to forego defending the cup in 1977.

Playing too many matches caught up with Rangers in 1978 when after playing tough matches against Canon Sportif of Cameroun in the African Champion Clubs Cup and replaying the Challenge Cup semi-final with Raccah Rovers of Kano, the team eventually succumbed 3-0 to Bendel Insurance of Benin in the final.

Rangers had played some truly memorable matches. One was when the team lost 1-3 to Mehalla of Egypt in the semi-finals of the 1975 Champions Cup only to trounce the Egyptians 3-0 in the return leg played in Enugu. This was after one of the players, US-import Kenneth Ilodigwe, had been sent off by the referee. The match was aptly described as “Mehalla saw wahala in Enugu!”
Rangers lost the 1975 African Champions Cup final in Lagos to Hafia FC of Guinea after having waited in vain in Enugu for the match to be played there, only to be ferried to Lagos at the 11th hour. In the match, Rangers’ main thrust of attack, Nwabueze Nwankwo’s long-throws were continuously disallowed by the referee. Rangers lost 3-1 on aggregate.

Rangers won the African Cup-Winners Cup in 1977, beating Canon of Cameroun 5-2 on aggregate, and ending up as the only African team to win a competition without losing a match! The semi-final matches of the competition against the Nigerian reigning champions, IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan, nearly caused a tribal war. The first leg was played in Lagos but the second leg had to be re-scheduled for Kaduna where Rangers won through a heart-stopping penalty shootout.

Rangers International of Enugu made the Igbo people to regain their pride of place after the debacle of Biafra. Rangers had no time for fancy, adopting a businesslike approach to winning all matches. Not for them the fanciful midfield play. As their players would readily tell anyone: “There are no goal-posts in the midfield!”

There have been conquests and defeats over the years, but the Rangers spirit of “Never Say Die” remains undaunted. The Team went into a trophy drought from 1982 only to bounce back to win the Nigerian Premier League in 2016.

Enugu Rangers international FC holds the remarkable record of being the only Nigerian football club never to have been relegated.

Gambo-Jimeta: history blows us away in the end

Ogbuagu examines the life of Gambo-Jimeta who recently passed and reflects how history blows us away with our worldly achievements.

I am a bit sad to hear about a crack police detective who reached the top as Inspector-General (IGP). Muhammadu Gambo-Jimeta, according to Government spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, died on Thursday 21 January. I should however not be sad because Gambo-Jimeta didn’t die young. Born in Jimeta, Yola, 15 April 1937, he would have been 84 years exactly 84 days from his exit date!

I am sad for a different reason which will shortly become apparent.

Muhammadu Gambo, as he then was, was a courageous and committed crime fighter whose exploits against armed robbers in Lagos State dominated media headlines. The media din reached a crescendo from 1977 when he became Lagos State Commissioner of Police. It followed him to the headship of Force CID (the famous Alagbon Close) and on to when he assumed the top position in 1986.

He never missed a promotion, from the day he was commissioned until he became IGP at age 49. Professionalism and an eye on the top seat was his game. He thought he had arrived and was halfway to an 11-year reign as Chief of Police when it all went wrong. Due to an unfortunate lie, he was unceremoniously shoved aside after six years by the military’s Maradona, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

Gambo was not ready to retire when this happened and therefore took his ouster badly. Consequently, he went round complaining to anyone he thought had the ears of the wily General. One fine Sunday morning, out of the blues, a popular Personality Feature in The Guardian on Sunday literally came to his rescue. The character sketch it portrayed and the interrogation of the underlining injustice meted out to him reportedly moved IBB to restore Gambo to grace. He was reappointed as National Security Adviser.

He asked many people to seek out the reporter that bylined the feature and lead him to the new NSA office, a more powerful and, yes, very lucrative office. This was how Ben Okezie and I met the first time; he persisted and practically dragged me to go with him to see the NSA. Ben was asked to wait outside while I “interviewed” the police strongman.

It was a short meeting. Gambo thanked me and said he had spent an awful lot of money to get other journalists to understand the issue and report it the way I did. What thrilled him the most was that I wrote without ever interviewing him or his friends. He asked around before arriving at this conclusion, he said. Then, he reached by his side and pushed forward a big brown envelope filled with bundles of cash.

“Here, take this,” he said, smiling as someone who had met a valuable friend.

Mistake.

I was from The Guardian, the flagship of the Nigerian press where reporters were paid an additional “responsibility allowance” to reject inducements in any form.

I politely declined to take the bag and this threw him off-balance. He attempted – once – to get me to change my mind and then abruptly gave up and offered a prayer for me instead. His next words have continued to echo in my mind because they turned out to be prophetic: “If you’re truly a virgin as you have shown me now, then it’s safe to say you will surely reach the top of your profession.”

The Adamawa Spirit

I left the NSA office thinking I had understood the reason why he rapidly rose to the highest rank – and why he took his sack badly. As Tunde Thompson once said to me in an interview, “materialism is the enemy of professionalism.”

Up until that moment, I was not sure it was Gambo’s integrity, fused with his skills as a crime fighter, that propelled his steady, uninterrupted rise in the Force. All I knew was that he reflected what I had come to view as a peculiar Adamawa competitive spirit and striving for excellence among officers in the police, military and paramilitary forces. I eventually went to work for one of them, originally turbaned as Turaki but later upgraded to Waziri Adamawa. This is a reflection for another day.

The other thing with Adamawa achieving officers was their petty local rivalries, exclusively focused on struggles for social acceptance and palace rankings by the Lamido. Another story for another day.

After his victory and restoration to favour, Gambo wasted no time before being crowned as Dan Lawan Adamawa. He invited Ben and I as the only journalists from Lagos to witness the event. He asked us to come as his friends, not reporters. It was an all-expenses paid trip to Yola. And it gave me my first close encounter with the razzle-dazzle of Muslim chieftaincy title taking, aka turbaning. After that, we sort of drifted apart as I pushed forward in more professionally engaging pursuits.

Long after we drifted apart, I believe he took another title when he changed his name to Gambo-Jimeta.

I am sorry to hear about Gambo’s passing. He was a great man who deliberately dropped out of the limelight to enjoy a well-earned retirement. The danger of retiring to rest is that one misses the opportunity to serve the larger purpose from where sustainable legacies are cultivated and harvested. There is also the possibility that one leaves the world almost unmourned and unsung. Today, as I searched online for biographical sketches, the Mohammed Gambo name that dominate Google rankings is a footballer. I had to revise the name search by adding Jimeta before I saw a lone and limp Wikipedia entry under his subsequently assumed name, Muhammadu Gambo-Jimeta.

We ought to attempt to leave lasting footprints in the sands, outside personal achievements or professional accomplishments. These could be any number of things: Community service in whatever form, intentional mentoring of a target group or individuals, and knowledge and skill expansion through books, public speeches, etc. Imagine all the things he could have engaged in to benefit people with knowledge and skills derived from his personal achievements (and failures, if I may add) as well as his professional accomplishments.

Onyeabo Obi and Ndubuisi Kanu: Exit of the titans

Writing on behalf of the Anambra State Government, Commissioner C. Don Adinuba mourns the passing of two Igbo titans – Senator Onyeabo Obi and Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu.

The people and government of Anambra State have noted with profound sadness the death, in quick succession, of two most valuable Nigerians of Igbo extraction, Rear Admiral Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu and Senator Onyeabo Chukwunedum Obi.

Both distinguished men departed in the last 48 hours.

Admiral Kanu, 77, came into national consciousness when, as a mere lieutenant commander (equivalent of major in the army), he was in 1975 appointed a member of General Murtala Muhammed’s Supreme Military Council, the only Igbo member of the country’s highest decision making body.  A year later, he was appointed the military governor of Imo State on its creation in February, 1976. He worked with foresight and commitment.

A man imbued with uncommon courage and a powerful sense of justice, he in 1977 told the visiting military Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, before television cameras that the basic infrastructure in Imo State was still a shambles, a whole seven years after the Nigerian Civil War came to an end on a note of “No victor, no vanquished”. He was promptly redeployed to Lagos State as military governor punitively, perhaps in the hopes that the many activists in the state would devour him. But Kanu ended up charming Lagosians with his brilliant performance.

With the return of the military in politics on December 31, 1983, Admiral Kanu, who fought on the Biafran side during the war, returned to the Supreme Military Council as a member, this time under General Muhammadu Buhari. When he was sent to the United States for an advanced professional course, he earned a Master of Science degree in addition, emerging the best student in his class.

Given his credentials as an activist of the finest hue, observers were not surprised when, in the wake of the June 12 1993 presidential vote which Chief Moshood Abiola won fair and square but was annulled by the Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida regime, Admiral Kanu joined some patriotic Nigerians to form the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO). Even when many of his comrades were killed or incarcerated or forced into exile, Kanu courageously remained in Nigeria, leading from the front. Admiral Kanu spent the last 25 years fighting tenaciously for a reformed Nigeria.

The people and government of Anambra State have lost a great Igbo man and a great friend and supporter in Admiral Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu, Ugwumba Ndi Igbo.

May the Good Lord grant him eternal rest.

No less shocking is the passage of Senator Onyeabo Obi. A scion of the great Chief ZC Obi, the deservedly storied President General of the Igbo State Union, Onyeabo Obi, 82, is generally regarded as one of the three top senators in the Second Republic of 1979 to 1983 – the other two being Senator Abraham Adesanya and Senator Emeka Echeruo.

A particularly modest person, many Nigerians seldom reckon with the fact that Senator Obi was one of the founders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), like former Vice President Alex Ekwueme. In fact, most meetings of the committee which drafted the PDP constitution were held in his office at Western House in Lagos. Yet, he remained throughout unappreciated and unrewarded by the party.

If the PDP failed to accord recognition to one of its leading lights, the law profession didn’t fail to recognize the contribution of this respected alumnus of the world-famous London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a Life Bencher who served as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Rules of the Supreme Court. He was also a Nigerian member of the Panel of Conciliators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington, DC. If he had concentrated on advocacy rather than commercial and corporate law, Senator Obi would have been one of the early Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs).   

A man driven by competence and excellence, Senator Obi, Ose oji Nnewi, as he was fondly known, was on the same page as the Willie Obiano administration during the last two major elections in the state. The people and government of Anambra State and, indeed, all Nigerians will miss Senator Obi dearly. He will remain for long in our thoughts and prayer

C. Don Adinuba is the Anambra State Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment. 

My nostalgic visit to Enugu

Veteran journalist Ben Okezie, aka Civilian IG embarks on a nostalgic trip to Enugu and his many adventures reporting news from the Coal City.

I still vividly recall my experiences as chief correspondent of the defunct Concord Press of Nigeria. I held sway in the old Anambra State, with its capital in Enugu. My areas of coverage are what is known today as Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states. This was between 1983 and 1986.

Recently, I experienced what turned out to be a nostalgic trip to Enugu State. Although popularly known as “Coal City,” the dividends of being a mining state is absent, like the Niger Delta area, where oil is daily being produced. That is not the story in other countries with abundant natural resources. It is such injustice that breeds agitations that challenge the security of those areas.

Driving into Enugu aroused nostalgic feelings in me, right from Obollo Afor junction. This was where, in the days of former Police Commissioners Amos Dangana and Chief Johnson Odu, armed robbers routinely ambushed northern traders. The police chiefs however put a stop to their activities, a campaign that provided news for media houses.

It was the starving of “outside media” of news that led to the formation of the Correspondents’ Chapel in Enugu.

As we drove into Enugu, I could not find my way around town as before. Development has caught up with the city, thanks to the governors who achieved this feat.

Such rapid development in the state capital would expectedly attract youths from the rural areas. So it did. It also attracted lots of motorcycles, which often aid various types of crime as well as crimes like “one chance,” kidnapping, robbery and other associated criminalities. These vices come with the type of development I saw in Enugu.

It is not all success stories however. The sight of Abakpa-Nike gave me goose pimples as I discovered that the suburbs are yet to be integrated into the city’s general development plan.

Nostalgic feeling! Everywhere I turned, the story seemed better than before. National newspapers had their branch offices at Edinburgh and Obiagu Roads in Ogui New Layout. Obiagu and Edinburgh were our own version of London’s Fleet Street. In those days, you could stroll from one end of the street to the other to visit The Daily Times, Standard of Jos, Tide, Guardian, National Concord, The Punch, The Observer, Tribune, Sketch and News Agency of Nigeria. The bureau managers for these newspapers constituted the membership of Enugu correspondents’ chapel.

I found that Obiagu Road has been transformed; it was hard to locate my former Concord office.

In my time in Enugu, nightlife boomed. So also did crime. I also found the new GRA very impressive and commendable with new hospitality outlets fast springing up. When hotels spring up as they are doing in Enugu, it is an indication of a peaceful environment. This means the police are up and doing.

As early as 5.00 a.m., as I was on my way out of the Coal City, behold policemen were all at their duty posts. Wonderful! You can’t see policemen on the road in Abuja that early; those you find are probably playing eye service because they suspect the Inspector-General of Police is routed their way or because someone higher than the IGP might be passing by. The Enugu Police Commissioner, Mr. Ahmad AbdulRahman, must have done a lot of internal overhauling to get such high discipline among his policemen and officers.

I stopped at a police post and pointedly asked the Divisional Crime Officer if they still operate the usual “returns” to Oga at the top. He looked at me and emphatically said, “Please join the police and try it in Enugu Police Command and see what would befall you.” Truly, this was confirmed, that there has been a drastic change in the course of my interactions with a few motorcycle riders, bus and taxi drivers.

It is not all success stories however. The sight of Abakpa-Nike gave me goose pimples as I discovered that the suburbs are yet to be integrated into the city’s general development plan.

With a governor whom the people love to call Gburugburu, meaning “all round,” it could only mean that development would go ‘round’ when he starts focusing on the development of the suburbs around Enugu? He has to do this, after all a larger percentage of the state’s workforce reside in these areas.

Again, if such areas are not developed, they become breeding places for criminals. Criminals love congested areas. They love places where there are no contact addresses.

It was also surprising that Enugu, which is the headquarters of electricity power distribution in the South East, is yet to inject steady power into its development programmes. At Uwani Police Station, I witnessed how the divisional police officer (DPO) was struggling with another officer to turn on the small generator, and you ask, how come the state government is not looking at how to upgrade all the 38 police divisions in the state? Such collaboration can help in the overall security of the state.



Enugu After Hours

Arts|Bars|Movies|Music|Nightclubs|Shows|Theatre

Where do you go after hours to check’s cooking in the city after a hard days work or an exhausting sightseeing tour? It’s Enugu Metro After Hours first. Here you’ll see our lineup of a fine collection of lounges and bars, niteclubs, garden bars, standing bands and casinos.

We have the lowdown on all the watering holes that residents and visitors retire to after a hard days job. These include casinos in Enugu, Garden Bars in Enugu, Lounges in Enugu, Night Clubs in Enugu, Standing Bands in Enugu. Here is a sample!

Showcase your coming Events

Do you have a show or event coming up soon in the coal City? Here is an opportunity to showcase it for a targeted audience. Let’s talk.

Bars & Lounges

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Music & Movies

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Where do you go after hours to check’s cooking in the city after a hard days work or an exhausting sightseeing tour? It’s first. Here you’ll see our lineup of a fine collection of lounges and bars, niteclubs, garden bars, standing bands and casinos. We have the lowdown on all the watering holes that residents and visitors retire to after a hard days job. These include casinos in Enugu, Garden Bars in Enugu, Lounges in Enugu, Night Clubs in Enugu, Standing Bands in Enugu. Here is a sample!


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Enugu City Arts Scene

Enugu, the coal City has a very healthy and burgeoning arts scene. As a result, the Coal City has always been the watering hole for the art connoisseur.

With five universities and a polytechnic famous for its arts school, all located in the heart of the city. This is why quite a lot of artists and artistes retire to Enugu to enjoy its serene ambience. It is therefore inevitable that the Coal City will become, and has become an important destination for art enthusiasts.


Enugu Arts Calendar

There are two major art attractions that will delight the visitor. One happens bi-weekly – the performances at the Enugu Literary Society (ELS).

Enugu Literary Society

Slam Master, Ike Okere, the poet who was head of Enugu Zonal Station of Radio Nigeria, does his best to promote the Enugu Literary Society (ELS).


The other is a year-long artfest that is taken round the country, evaluating and creating a shortlist of spectacular artworks by budding artists. The Life in My City Arts Festival (LIMCAF) ship eventually berths at IMT Enugu where the finalists slug it out for the diadem.

The Obi of Onitsha and the redoubtable Mr. Kevin Ejiofor have for over a decade now been promoting the Life in My City Arts Festival which climaxes with a command performance in the Coal City.

There are many other art and literary societies doing different things in enugu. One has to pay attention to the announcements that always come on radio and through the social media regarding these events.

Movies

There are two famous cinemas in Enugu – Diamond and Viva Cinemas. Incidentally both of them are located in the two biggest malls in Enugu. One is at independence Layout and the other the is at the famous Polo Park which is housing Shoprite.

Books

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Overcoming challenges of Enugu Gridlocks

Dr Eze challenges Gov. Ugwuanyi on overcoming growing challenges of Enugu gridlocks, and suggests four practical ways to manage them.

DONS EZE, PhD

Enugu, the Coal City, has changed from what it used to be – sleepy, easy-going, no hustle and bustle, free of traffic congestion. In the old days, roads were deserted and everybody would be indoors by 8.00 p.m. There was no night life, no night crawlers, and fun-seeking guys who usually turn their nights into day.

In those days, you virtually would meet every of your engagement on time, since there would be nothing delaying you on the road, except the menacing presence of men and women of Nigeria Police Force who would mount several check-points, asking you to “roger” them.

Enugu is no longer what it used to be. It has become a busy and bubbling town, with almost everybody on fast lane. There is the astonomical increase in the number of vehicles that daily ply Enugu roads, in particular, the ubiquitous tricycles or Keke NAPEPs, always blocking the roads. Before you could count one private vehicle, there would be up to ten or more Keke NAPEPs surrounding everywhere, whose operators know nothing about traffic rules, much more obey them. The tricycles block every available road space, and make movements almost impossible.

At every corner of the Coal City, you will see riotous order of vehicles, each struggling to have its way, but will remain in the same spot for several hours. Sometimes, some vehicles will break down due to high temperature, or overheat, and in the process, cause more traffic jams. Everybody will be on top of his or her voices, shouting and cursing each other.

If you are coming from Garki Awkunanaw through Agbani Road, you will get stuck at several touch points: One Day Road Junction, Amechi Road Junction, Mayor Bus Stop, and at Nise Road Junction. Before you come out from these traffic gridlocks, you would have spent close to one to two hours.

From Coal Camp, to Mgbemene, to Akwata Market, to Central Police Station (CPS), you will spend another one hour before struggling to find your way either to Ogbete Main Market, or the Kingsway Road, now Murtala Muhammed Way, and begin to crawl down to New Market or the New State Secretariat.

Again, if you are turning into Zik Avenue from Agbani Road, you will snail-speed through Edingbrough Round About, to Egbuna Round About, where you will hit scores of other vehicles coming from Ogui Road, each driving bumper to bumper. Everybody will get stuck at Holy Ghost/Ogbete Main Market. After spending about one to two hours there, and you are lucky that you did not scratch your vehicle, you will meet the disorderly Chris Chemist Bus Stop along Okpara Avenue, with different kinds of commercial vehicles blocking every motor way.

Similarly, if you are coming from New Haven, you will cross paths with other vehicles coming from Bissala Road, and all will converge at Otigba Junction. Some of the vehicles will veer off left and hit those coming from Ogui Road at the Artisan Market, and each will struggle to move forward either way, or to find its way through Ebeano Turnnel to Garden Avenue and jam those coming from either Okpara Avenue, or from Trans Ekulu, Abakpa and Emene, through Polo Field.

The other vehicles from Otigba Junction will take right flank and hit the Round About coming Zoo Estate linking the road from IMT, going towards 82 Division, Nigerian Army Headquarters, to Emene/Abakpa Junction, where they all will get stuck for several hours.

To enter, or to come out from either Trans Ekulu, or Abakpa, will be tug of war – all the roads totally blocked and everybody will remain in one spot for several hours. It will be serious battle, hellish and a traumatic experience.

The notorious Abakpa T-Junction, coming from NOWAS Petrol Filling Station, joining Opi-Ugwogo-Nike Resort Hotel Road, and Abakpa Town, is always a dead end, the survival of the fittest. While everybody will be itching to move at the same time, they will all remain in the same spot.

With most of the major roads in Enugu witnessing or experiencing serious traffic congestion, commuters are usually fatigued, tired and exhausted. After waiting for endless hours and there will be no movement, some of them will begin to find their way by foot, while the weak ones will stay put inside the vehicles, burning with rage and gnashing their teeth.

At the end of the day, after managing to crawl back home, each of these commuters will be completely worn out, or tired. The next morning, they will begin the same process again, “suffering and smiling”, according to Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

The Enugu State Government never closed its eyes to these gridlocks in the Coal City. It has been conscious of them and bracing up to the challenges. Apart from traffic control lights that were installed at strategic locations to help regulate traffic movements, many of which were destroyed by hoodlums during the recent EndSARS protests, and which is partly responsible for the present chaotic traffic situation, the state government, through the Ministry of Transport (MOT), had also recruited and deployed traffic wardens to major roads in both Enugu and Nsukka townships, and they have been doing their utmost to control vehicular movements. But due to the increasing number of vehicles that ply the Enugu roads, the task is overwhelming them, or they are being tasked beyond their limit.

The state government had also constructed bye-pass roads in some parts of the Coal City, to ease traffic congestions, such as at Achara Layout, behind Timber Market, to link Ugwuaji Road; Mbanugo to Agangwu bye-pass, at Coal Camp; Nike Resort Road, through Harmony Estate, to link Emene, etc.

The government has now come up with a proposal to construct a flyover bridge at Abakpa T-Junction, which has been a bedlam of vehicular movements. This is contained in the next year’s budget estimate just presented to the State House of Assembly by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The Abakpa T-Junction, which is fast becoming a trunk A Road, due to the number of vehicles that daily ply it, from both the northern and southern parts of the country, is a nightmare to many motorists. The area has consistently defied both electronic and human traffic controls.

In spite of the fact that the state government had constructed a road bye-pass aimed at easing traffics in the area, the junction is still always blocked. But with the construction of a flyover bridge, as proposed by Governor Ugwuanyi in next year’s budget, solution to its endemic traffic congestions would hopefully become a thing of the past.

While commending these efforts by Governor Ugwuanyi, we will still suggest that the state government could go further to construct more bye-pass roads in other parts of Enugu, in particular, at Abakpa and Agbani Road, from Emeka-Ebila through Ikirike, to One Day Road. This will greatly ease traffic pressures on Agbani Road, through Mayor and Amechi Road Bus stops, with their intractable gridlocks.

It may also be necessary for the state government to designate some particular routes in Enugu Metropolis specifically for Keke NAPEP and other commercial vehicles, as these have been constituting nuisance for many road users in Enugu.

Equally important is the need to create satellite towns outside the Coal City, with a view to moving some population out of Enugu Metropolis, and thereby decongesting and reducing pressures on the town.

Dr. Dons Eze, KSJI, writes from Enugu

Eze wins ANA Prize for Poetry with ‘dispossessed’

‘dispossessed,’ a first collection of poems written by James Eze wins the 2020 Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Poetry Prize.

Eze’s collection was announced as joint winner with “Orere: Songs of a Thousand Tides” authored by Abiodun Bello.

ANA awarded the prize at its 39th International Convention which ended Sunday 6 December in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Eze immediately took to Facebook to say why he feels fulfilled at winning the coveted prize.

“ANA Prizes are Nigeria’s longest running literary prizes and probably the most respected because they represent the opinion of writers on art and craft of their fellow writers.”

The collection is critically acclaimed by critics and fellow writers, he said.

Eze held down jobs in media and banking and is now serving as spokesperson to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State.

The book is on sale at leading online retailers in US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Germany.

Similarly, ‘dispossessed’ is also available in online stores in South Korea, Ireland, South Africa, India and Russia.

Anambra lauds Eze for ANA win

Eze with his Award plaque on Sunday.

State Government spokesman, Chief C. Don Adinuba, quickly congratulated Eze on behalf of the government.

Adinuba said Governor and cabinet members thrilled by the win have personally called to congratulate the author.

On publication, the poet was invited to read portions from the collection to a meeting of the Anambra State Executive Council, he revealed.

This, he said, therefore makes it “perhaps the first time poems were read at any cabinet in Nigeria’s recent history.”

Adinuba described dispossessed as “a revelation structured in the lower case style of the great American avant-garde poet,  ee cummings.

The poet, he said, draws inspiration from immortal poets Christopher Okigbo, Pablo Neruda, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats.

“It is little wonder that James Eze beat all comers to win the ANA Prize for poetry,” Adinuba enthused.

Watch out: Enugu Metro interviews the award winning poet. Coming shortly.

Poet James Eze scores a bullseye with his first collection of poems titled ‘dispossessed’ which wins the 2020 ANA Prize for Poetry.