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Networking In Abuja: The Clubs And Associations

If you are a new comer or a stranger in Abuja and you are kinda finding it a bit hard to meet with you kind of clicks and like minds, I'm here to show you some few places and associations you can check out. Below is a list of some of the notable clubs, associations, or networking groups in Abuja:
Abuja International Women’s Club is a non-political, non-religious, non- profit making organisation established for women from the international and local community residing in and around Abuja. The main purpose of the club is to promote friendship and understanding amongst women of diverse nationalities by organising social, recreational and humanitarian activities. For further information email abujaiwc@yahoo.com. (Photo on the left shows some members of the AIWC.)
Abuja Dashers is an informal group of runners who meet three evenings a week, Tuesday to Thursday 5.30pm to 7pm, to run in and around Abuja. Distances range from 3K to 10K. Various levels of fitness and speed are represented. Contact Jennifer jbrinkerhoff@chemonics.com or 0805 502 2820 or Douglas DouglasGuest@compuserve.com or 0803 291 1221.
Abuja Literary Society (ALS). Readings are held on the first Friday of the month at Transcorp Hilton Hotel. Last Friday of the Month at the British Council, Maitama. Third Saturdays at NuMetro Mediastore, Ceddi Plaza Central Area Abuja.
Abuja Poetry Slam (performance poetry competition) is hosted in March, June, September and the Grand Slam is in December. Special guest writers normally feature at the 1st Friday readings at the Hilton. ALS organises special workshops, retreats and exchanges. ALS can help you with manuscript editing; organise book presentations, marketing or special literary nights/events. Time for all programmes is 7pm to 9pm. Call Victor on 0803 311 7246 or Ken on 0802 901 1826.
The Sunday Film Club is held on Sunday evenings at Salamander Cafe. This is a must for anyone interested in Art House cinema from Africa/Europe/Asia/Middle East and is free of charge. Salamander Cafe has generously offered their space for us to meet with large LCD screen TV and surround sound speakers. Screenings are every Sunday, arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm sharp show time. There will be a chance to discuss and share ideas about the film over a drink after the screening. Address: Salamander Cafe (opposite Union Bank, near Mama Cass), 72 Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2. for more information, contact 0702 785 0932.
Abujaclubsalsa. Salsa Dance Classes are back and better every Tuesday and Friday, 7.15 to 8.15pm at the sports hall (behind the lawn tennis court), Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. For beginners, improvers, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Other dances include merengue, cha-cha, bachata. Enquiries. Dare - 0803 576 2379; Mikey - 0802 306 6583 http://www.salsa-abuja.com/
Friends of Yankari – a group of members who want to develop and safeguard the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi State, through their ideas, skills and enthusiasm. If you are interested in joining please email Nichola Saunders on friendsofyankari@gmail.com. All donations and membership payments go directly to fund Yankari Game Reserve and its game rangers. We are at the moment sourcing GPS equipment for our rangers from our current funds. The annual fee is N5,000 for individual annual membership and N50,000 for corporate annual membership.
The Cricket Club of Abuja. The club meets at 10.45am every Sunday at the CCA ground next to the National Indoor Stadium on the airport road. All players welcome! We have all necessary cricket equipment so you do not need to bring your own. More details can be obtained from Deepak 0805 309 1244, Brai 0803 315 5158 or Ladipo 0805 550 3027.
Hash Meetings. Meet at Durban Park Abuja every Saturday at 3.00pm, in the parking lots on the left, just beyond the entrance gate. The Abuja Hash is a family-friendly hash with G-rated songs and you can choose to drink water or soft drinks (or beer, of course!). The cost is N1,000 for basic hash amenities and another N2,000 for chop (dinner) afterwards. Interested people should contact Michael Glees on 0803 408 1039.
Nigerian Field Society Abuja Chapter. Established in 1930, takes trips and has events devoted to the exploration of the Nature and Cultures of Nigeria and West Africa. Click on NFSAbuja.org to see a calendar of upcoming events: http://www.nfsabuja.org/

Source: Inside Track Abuja

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