By: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Cross River State under the leadership of Senator Ben Ayade, has been described as “a stage of intellectual capacity,” where the main actor is a genius that is delivering on the electoral promises.
This remark was made by Mrs. RoseMary Archibong, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation in her office in Calabar, when the National President of Theatre Arts Alumni Association of the University of Calabar, Mrs. Ndidi Rita Amuchienwa and her Exco paid her a courtesy call in her office.
Archibong said “we have a governor who is very innovative and always ready to extend his goodwill” to any enduring initiative, noting that Governor Ayade is very committed to opening up the state to total industrialization, with the completion of all on-going legacy projects.
The Commissioner, who was very excited with the visit, described Theatre Arts as “deeply intellectual” and capable of engendering societal values, adding that the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Calabar has produced wonderful personalities who are blazing the trail globally.
She commended the leadership of the Association for the initiative of establishing the Alumni Association and highlighted the benefits of the body. She assured the delegation of her desire to attend the body’s re-union with her Management team.
Speaking earlier, the National President of the Theatre Arts Alumni Association, University of Calabar, Mrs.Amuchienwa, said they were in the State for a three-day re-union for all graduates of the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Calabar, pointing out that the team deemed it very critical to pay homage to Mrs. Archibong and officially invite her to the programme scheduled to kickoff on August 2, 2018.
Amuchienwa lauded the Information and Orientation Commissioner for the strides recorded in publicizing the State, assuring that they will strive to remain worthy ambassadors of Theatre Arts Department and the University of Calabar as a whole.
On her part, the Cross River State Co-ordinator of the UNICAL Theatre Alumni Association, Mrs. Affiong Effiom, expressed satisfaction with the laudable initiatives of Mrs Archibong, whom she said already had vast experience for the management of information in the State.
Effiom announced that the re-union is expected to start on Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 with a born-fire night at Calabar Municipal Gardens, while courtesy visits to the State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, the Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu and the Head of Department of Theatre and Carnival Studies, Dr. Brenda Akpan will take place on Friday, 3rd August, 2018.
The main re-union is to hold on Saturday, 4th August, 2018, at the Conference Hall of Axari Hotel, Calabar, while Sunday, August 5th, 2018 is slated for thanksgiving and departure of all delegates.
Earlier in her introductory remarks, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Miss Beatrice Akpala thanked the Information and Orientation Commissioner for granting the visit even at short notice, saying that the motherly disposition of Mrs. Archibong was highly commendable.
Akpala, who is a member of the UNICAL Theatre Arts Alumni Association and Chairperson of the Publicity Sub-Committee of the re-union, said the gathering of past students of the Department was historic and would remain memorable in the years ahead.