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Ambassor Geoffrey Teneilabe, the outgoing Consulate General of Nigeria on Friday, January 22, 2016, received Senate Resolution, the highest honour from GA State Senate, during the Georgia General Assembly. Presented by Donzella James, a democratic senator representing Metropolitan Atlanta’s 35th District of Georgia for his exemplary diplomatic service to the community.
In his acceptance speech, Amb. Teneilabe commended Senator James for supporting the Nigerian Communities, and thanked the Senate Chamber, stating that Georgia-Nigeria economic relations has been mutually beneficial.
On Friday, January 15, 2016, Former President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan delivered the opening remarks at the Hope Global Forum discussing Emerging Africa: Beyond the Headlines.
Prior to the event, he met privately with Ambassador Andrew Young and John Bryant Hope, Chairman and Founder of HOPE. Also at the event were Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta, GA, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, Atlanta Mayor, Mayor Kassim Reed, and other city fathers.
2016 is the first year the Hope Global Forums has showcased Sub Saharan Africa. During his opening remarks, ex President Jonathan drew parallels between Africa and Nigeria’s economic and social struggles to those of Atlanta and the HOPE foundation.
He stated that he was devoting his post presidential life to partnering with others of like mind to develop the African continent by working for political stability and wealth creation.
The former President gave highlights of his experience as head of the Commonwealth Election Observer mission to Tanzania. He also lamented the fact that Africa, which has 15% of the world’s population, only controls 2.5% of global trade.
In particular, he drew applause from the audience of dignitaries when he said “If we do not add value to our commodity exports, all we will be doing is exporting jobs”. He also got a standing ovation for calling for affirmative action to empower African women politically, economically and socially.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan also talked about his administration’s policy of empowering youths with capital through such interventionist programs like Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) and the Nagropreneurs initiative. He encouraged other African nations to introduce similar policies.
President Jonathan finally called on the August body to continue to support Nigeria and Africa’s economic progress through trade and investment noting that “foreign aid can never help Africa grow its economy. It can only help you exist vegetatively”.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was today (January 14th) honored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. He was awarded with the Presidential Award in recognition of his leadership in advancing human rights, social justice and the fight for universal freedom. The SCLC, founded by the late American Civil Right leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in January 1957 is currently led by Dr. Charles Steele Jr.
The event is part of the activities leading up to the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, January 18th, 2016. Former President Jonathan is the first African leader to be so honored. Dr. Jonathan also received Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s sister, Naomi King during the event. Before his remarks at the event, Dr. Jonathan met privately with the president of the SCLC.
The president of the SCLC, Dr. Charles Steele Jr proposed to work with the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to advance the cause of peace around the world and to bridge the gap between people of color in the Diaspora and Africa. Former President Jonathan responded that his vision is to help stabilize and promote democracy and peace in Africa. He went on to say that without peace you can not have economic progress.
He revealed that this was the reason he pushed for Nigeria’s intervention to ensure peace in various African nations such as Côte d’Ivoire while he was in office. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and President Steele then agreed to collaborate along the lines suggested by the former Nigerian President.
At the event, former President Jonathan expressed his gratitude to the SCLC for inviting him and declared that it was “virtually impossible to separate this worthy body from its founder, the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, or from epoch making landmark events of the American Civil Rights movement”.
He also said “My personal takeaway from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is service to God and the brotherhood and equality of all men before their Creator. In keeping with that, I have learnt not to look up to any man, except he is taller than I, or to look down on a fellow mortal, except I am admiring his shoes”.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan is the Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and is in Atlanta, Georgia, on the invitation of a number of US institutions.
Below are his full remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Remarks by His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta, on Thursday 14th, January, 2016. Protocols I thank the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, for inviting and honoring me today, and especially so, as this invitation comes right about the period when the world stands still in recognition of the selfless sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When we think of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), it is virtually impossible to separate this worthy body from its founder, the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, or from epoch making landmark events of the American Civil Rights movement. I am pleased to know that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is not just one of the great American institutions, it is also one of her more potent vehicles for the advancement of liberty and freedom for all God’s people.
For that, I also commend Charles Steele for his leadership and commitment to peace and justice nationally and globally. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s principles of non violent protests played a great part in the independence movement in my native country Nigeria and indeed throughout Africa as a whole.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr witnessed the British Union Jack being lowered in Ghana in 1957 when Ghana became the first Sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence, an action which set off a positive chain reaction all over the continent. In 1963, Ambassador Leslie O. Harriman, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, who prosecuted our anti apartheid strategy at the UN, testified of the support he received from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in kick starting that noble effort.
Suffice to say that the efforts of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in advancing Liberty and equal rights transcended national boundaries. Speaking for my foundation, the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, I must say that I have been inspired by this great man and the worthy institutions and legacies he left behind and I am further inspired to continuing doing good and advancing human freedoms just by being present here today.
My personal takeaway from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is service to God and the brotherhood and equality of all men before their Creator. In keeping with that, I have learnt not to look up to any man, except he is taller than I, or to look down on a fellow mortal, except I am admiring his shoes. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said: “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.
Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love”. Those words helped me deliver on my stated promise to deepen democracy in Nigeria and in the process demonstrate through action that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.
Once again, I thank the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for having me. May God bless you and continue to raise up from among you men and women who will continue in the footsteps of your worthy forebears.
Former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, accompanied by a delegation which includes, Amb. Teneilabe, Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta, and others, had a private meeting with US, former President, Mr. Jimmy Carter, on Thursday November 20, 2015 at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. The purpose of the meeting was to harness ideas on his plans to establish an NGO for youth empowerment in Africa.
During the visit, he also, visited the King Center, Clark Atlanta University, the Presidential Precinct in Virginia, John Kennedy School of Government, and Howard University, where he shared his experience in office as a promoter of democracy and advocate of good governance in Africa.
His Excellency, Goodluck Jonathan served as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2009 to 2015 and prior to that as vice-president from 2007 to 2009. He recently led an international observer team of the Commonwealth to the Tanzanian national elections, October 25 2015.
Nigerians in the Diaspora and the international community gathered to celebrate The 55th Independence Anniversary on October 3rd, 2015 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta, GA. Guests were welcomed by Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe and his wife on the red carpet, followed by a night of entertainment, cocktail reception, and Nigerian dishes.
In his opening remarks, Amb. Teneilabe, highlighted Nigeria’s achievements, and commended the smooth transition of the Jonathan’s government to the newly elected office of President Mohammadu Buhari. He also, expressed optimism, despite the challenges facing the country, saying that he was hopeful of the new administration’s readiness to tackle issues of priority, urging the spirit of unity, and cooperation amongst Nigerians in the diaspora. Red carpet interview was hosted by Princess Asha, host of Lets Talk Africa.
For more of Amb. Teneilabe’s remarks click here. Also, see more pics below.
Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe stole the spot light as he received yet again, another award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service of the Year at the just concluded FACE Awards USA on the week of the 70th General Assembly in New York, in a privately held function on the 26th, 2015 at the Flatiron Hotel. Attended by personalities, dignitaries, entrepreneurs, law makers, State officials, government and business executives who were also, recognized for their outstanding leadership, and service in the community.
In his opening remarks, Amb. Teneilabe, expressed enthusiasm with the organizers of FACE, and commended them for their effort in creating awareness, aimed at promoting cultural ties between Nigeria and the United States as well as the provision of opportunities and platform for exchange of information, ideas and interaction between private sector investors of the two countries. for more info click here.
Philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor Donates $10 Million to Carter Center in the Fight Against River Blindness
On Thursday June 12, 2015 over 300 individuals, international communities, and Nigerians in the diaspora, including guests from Atlanta’s Consular Community, Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, The Carter Center, Board of Councilors members, Government, Charities and Corporations of Nigeria were present at the Grant Signing Ceremony that took place at The Carter Center between the Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor for a partnership to eliminate river blindness (onchocerciasis) in Nigeria.
Also, in attendance were other notable personalities such as Ambassador Teneilabe, Amb./Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta, Ambassador Howard Jester, Former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Hon. Chudi Ofodile, Former member of the House of Rep, Nigeria, Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), Former Minister of Defense, Nigeria, Hon. Ken Nnaman, Former Senate President, Nigeria, and members of the international press.
Prior to the signing, another ceremony was held on June 11, 2015 to honour Philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor as Honorary Citizenship of the State of Georgia by the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus of the Georgia Parliament, Rep. Dee Dawkins for his contributions in the fight against diseases in Africa and Nigeria which had impacted, positively on the lives of many Nigerians through his Foundation programmes and projects.
The grant support of $10 million by Sir Emeka from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) is the largest grant in Carter Center history given by an individual African donor to help facilitate treatment in previously uncovered areas in Nigeria, increase distribution of Mectizan from once a year to twice a year treatment and provide treatment as needed, specifically, in states like Abia, Imo, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, and Enugu by 2020 in collaboration with the government.
In a press interview, the Former President stated that the grant will help to extend the reach of the Carter Center’s work in South East and South South Nigeria and help accelerate river blindness elimination throughout Nigeria where The Carter Center works with the Federal Ministry of Health, including Sir Emeka’s native home, Anambra State in Nigeria, West Africa.
“ I am deeply honored to work closely with The Carter Center, through the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation to help eliminate river blindness, ” said Sir Emeka Offor. “ Nigeria has more cases of river blindness than any other country in the world. Yet, we know that with adequate resources, hard work, and perseverance, we can defeat this terrible neglected disease that can steal a person’s ability to see the beauty of the world in which we live and to enjoy a full and active life.”
“ Today’s unprecedented donation from Sir Emeka Offor Foundation will allow us to ramp up the program and close in on elimination, impacting many more people in southern Nigeria. ” said Dr. Emmanuel Miri, Country Representative of The Carter Center. “With SEOF and the Nigerian government, we believe we can surpass the caliber of success we’ve already demonstrated and will meet the 2020 river blindness elimination target in the states where we work.”
His Excellency, Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, expressed optimism about the project’s prospects to eliminate river blindness during a private dinner reception held on June 13, 2015 in his residence at Roswell, GA. He also, commended Sir Emeka Offor for his commitment in the fight against diseases in Nigeria, urging him to continue the good work.
Since 1996, The Carter Center has assisted the Nigerian Ministry of Health in nine states to fight river blindness through community-based health education, Merck and its Mectizan Donation Program; the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO-World Bank African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC); the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation; the Lions Clubs International Foundation; the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); RTI International; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Mr. John J. Moores; the former River Blindness Foundation; The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Henry McConnon; the A. G. Leventis Foundation; and many other generous donors and partners.
SIR EMEKA OFFOR FOUNDATION
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Oraifite, Anambra State, Nigeria. The Foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged through philanthropy, and focuses primarily on giving support and hope to those in need irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and nation. The Foundation has affected the lives of many Nigerians through its domestic programs and projects which include youth empowerment, widows cooperative, education, health service and infrastructure development. For more information, visit: http://sireofforfoundation.org/