From its founding year in 2014, COAL emerged from a passionate aspiration to nurture a vibrant community of literature enthusiasts. Over the years since its inception, the tangible influence of COAL within the literary community is undeniable. Our journey has been marked with significant milestones. Since our formalization in 2017, COAL has masterfully orchestrated more than 20 unique literary events, reaching over 5,000 youths. This monumental achievement is testament to the transformative power of literature and the benefits of active community engagement.
In 2019, our endeavors resonated deeply within the literary community, particularly in Jos. We engaged with over 120 budding writers and readers through a plethora of activities, ranging from immersive book readings to innovative short story workshops. However, 2020 presented unprecedented challenges with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in the face of global turmoil, COAL’s commitment to its mission never wavered. We directly impacted 641 pupils through our school book club initiatives and took pride in establishing two comprehensive libraries housing over 1,000 books in 2 public schools.
In response to the pandemic’s constraints, we introduced a virtual book club, bridging the gap for over 80 members nationwide. This initiative not only fostered spirit of solidarity but also ensured uninterrupted learning during such trying times. Our community of dedicated volunteers deserves special commendation. Their innovative mobile library initiative during the stringent lockdown periods ensured that the beacon of knowledge shone brightly, even amidst the most challenging times, making books available to children in their communities.
Additionally, we’ve been fortunate to receive unwavering support from both domestic and international benefactors. This backing has allowed COAL’s vision to remain steadfast: to champion literature, strengthen communities, and craft a lasting legacy. In our quest to promote literary excellence, COAL has hosted readings with some of the literary world’s luminaries. This includes the 2016 NLNG Prize winner for Literature, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, and internationally acclaimed poets such as Bash Amuneni, Daisy Odey, and Romeo Oriogun, among others. As we reflect on our journey and look to the future, these milestones stand as a testament to Coal’s enduring commitment to literature, community development, and the indomitable human spirit.
Youth Directly Supported
Young Creatives Trained
Children Supported Through Accelerated Literacy Program
Reached On Social Media
Budding Poets Supported
African Authors Supported