A private sector driven group known as Utown Entertainment has Unveiled the maidan edition of Abia Christmas Village Xmas project organized to light up the city of Umuahia during the yuletide.
According to the project manager, Emenike Iroegbu, the concept is to have a location created for a fun fair during the Christmas celebration.
Revealing the packages for the event, Emenike said; “When you come there you will have access to everything you need such as food, drinks, entertainment, hangouts, children’s playgrounds, games play areas etc”.
In the press conference on Monday, CANDIDREPORTERS.COM learnt that the project is for seven days which will kick off on the 25th December to 31st December 2023.
The event is planned to have various forms of entertainment that everyone present will enjoy for the seven days.
“We saw the lack of entertainment during the Xmas period, it will solve the difficulty of planning where to take your children to”. Emenike said.
According to the project organizers, they planned to extend a fellowship to the Abia government for partnership as well as other private individuals but purely a private driven project.
The event is planned to hold at the Event Center at Okpara square in Umuahia, Abia state.
The Abia Xmas Village organisers also used the medium to call for more partners to make the project a success.
“If you want your drinks and water to be exclusive as well as internet providers, to be exclusive in any way and you want to partner with us, we are open for partnership.” Emenike said.
According to the project operations manager, Peterson Agu, the project has planned over 150 vendors for the project which cut across foods, drinks, products, services, VIP lounge, Children games arcades, and other facilities that will make the place look homely.
“It is going to look like a real Christmas Village, not all about setting canopies for people to come in, we are looking at setting up a small Disney Land where people can come and say yes; we have seen this in Lagos, Uyo, Port Harcourt etc. Uptown entertainment is bringing it to Abia as part of the key events to celebrate Christmas both for Abians at home and in the diaspora.” Peterson Said.
The organizers also rolled out their programs as follows;
-25th – Opening Ceremony (cutting of cake and lighting of Christmas tree)
-26th- Children’s Party and Abia Devers night-out in the evening which will have all entertainers to ladies in the evening)
-27th- Food Festival in the day time and in the evening will be a movie night.
-28th- Arts Exhibition and Fashion Festival and Ada Abia Beauty pageant Gala night.
-29th- Made in Abia trade Fair which also involves the creative industry night which celebrates all those in the creative industry.
-30th- Abia Cultural Festival. It will involve all cultural dance groups from various local government areas of Abia State. In the night, different dance groups from various campuses will entertain the audience.
-31st- There will be a crossover concert which will mark the end of the entire event.
The group also called for the partnership of both private individuals who wants Abia State to move to the next level of entertainment and tourism.
According to Buchi Ogbonna, the marketing executive director, he said there are spaces for sale which will accommodate small medium scale enterprises which go for 60,000 per stand and there are 150 spaces for sale as they expect a minimum of 1000 people to attend the event for each day.
The organizers also revealed that their goal is to promote hospitality in Abia with a deliberate strategy to open the state to tourism representatives as one of the leading service sectors that generate sustainable revenue and major wealth creator and to partner with major stakeholders, brands and government functionaries to utilize the opportunity of the Christmas village to attract more investors, tourists and fun seekers and to give Abians in diaspora the opportunity to come home for the Christmas celebration.
The group also revealed that there’s deliberate effort to ensure maximum security for all those who would attend.