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The 54th Independence Anniversary began with photo ops, welcoming of Nigerians in the Diaspora and friends of Nigeria, including official representatives from other countries by Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe and his wife at Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Atlanta. Oct 5, 2014.
The program was lined up with entertainment, presentations, and activities. Guests were treated to a cuisine of Nigerian dishes, and cocktail reception. One of such presentation was a video that showed a brief history of the 1914 Amalgamation. Followed by a night of comedy, and poetry as the over flowing crowd cheered on.
In his address to the attendees, Amb. Teneilabe used the occasion to remind the audience that it was a dual celebration that also marked the 100 anniversary of the 1914 Amalgamation of Southern and Northern Protectorates. He also, highlighted President Jonathan’s achievements, while telling Nigerians in the diaspora to be informal Ambassadors of Nigeria, despite the challenges, and encouraged the spirit of unity among the different ethnic groups in Atlanta.
The keynote speaker was Prof. Martin Okafor, who said that Nigeria in the diaspora should support the efforts under way to build a Diagnostic and Trauma center in Abuja, by Nigerians in the diaspora, diagnostics and trauma foundation. He added that Nigerian Americans can provide assistance in those areas by coming together for a good cause. After the program was completed, attendees jumped to their feet and danced the night away.
Nigeria to Establish National Diaspora Trauma Center in Abuja
In conjunction with the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Consulate Generals in Atlanta Georgia and New York, Nigerians living outside the country will soon be establishing a National Diaspora Trauma Center in Abuja in order to make health care delivery more accessible to the people.
According to the Nigeria’s Consul-General in Atlanta, Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe while briefing participants at the conference on the Trauma Center which was recently held at The Westin Hotel in Atlanta, the multimillion dollars project would be made an outstanding facility in the entire Africa as a center of medical excellence as well as a reference point.
Teneilabe added that he was convinced, after a deep reflection that, the Trauma Center should be run as a business but with special provision for under-privileged and indigent patients for the purpose of sustainability, stressing that it should also be 100 Per Cent owned, manned and managed by the Diaspora worldwide.
While, the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Consulate Generals in Atlanta Georgia and New York will be acting as patrons to provide guidance rather than being chairs of any of the project Committees, there are also plans to consider the formation of the Committee for Mobilization for all Nigerians in the Diaspora as well as the Audit and Accounts Committee which will effectively take stock of contributions and as well audit the funds that are being contributed.
He stressed that it was now time for all the Nigerians living outside the country to rise up and give back to their nation by donating immensely towards the project, stressing that the National Trauma Center would serve as a life-saving facility for all Nigerians.
In a brief chat with LEADERSHIP after the event, the Chairman of the Project Committee, Dr. Toks Onabanjo, said that the Trauma Center if established, would deliver the best patient available, promote research, education and prevention for all traumas, accept all appropriate referrals of injured of all ages, and as well provide educational opportunities for nurses, pre-hospital providers and physicians on trauma and related issues.
Dr. Onabanjo also added that there were enough expertise among Nigerians in the Diaspora to ensure a standard product delivery.
FACE AWARDS USA 2014
In attendance were Hon. Arc Mike Onolememen, Minister of Works, Special Guests of Honour. Senator, Donzella James, Georgia State Senate, Mrs. Evelyn Otaigbe, S.A to Hon. Chief Edem Duke, Minister of Culture & Tourism, Robert Brunner, Vice President of Arik Airlines, Anselm Ojezua Esq. Former, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Edo State , Heidi Fuller – TV Personality, Sebrena Sumrah Kelly – Global Connector/Radio Producer, lLoyd Parchement – Actor/Director/Writer – TV1, Monalisa Okojie, Celebrity Jeweler, CEO of Nehita, and Oko performing his single “Goodbye” to an applauding audience.
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On Monday July 28, 2014, Fort Valley State University held it’s Bi-Annual Meeting at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter in Atlanta, GA. Hosted by Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Consul-General of Nigeria Consulate, Atlanta, and a global Initiative Council member.
According to FVSU’s President, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, the initiative will support the University recruitment of students from Africa, establish study abroad programs, and develop partnerships for research.”
Dr. John Eaves, keynote speaker, and chairman of the Fulton County Board of Directors, addressed council members. Following the lunch reception was also, a break out sessions for formalization, and meeting of task teams to strategize ways to broaden the University’s student recruitment efforts, and help implement faculty exchange programs, study abroad opportunities and research partnerships with countries in Africa.
The Agricultural and Allied Health initiatives committee discussed plans for the University’s New Center for Food and Allied Security, the Resource Group committee examined ways to boost scholarships, grants and corporate partnerships at the University, while the Cultural and Social initiatives committee will develop Cultural and Sports Group to coordinate performances by foreign artists, musical groups, and personalities visits to the campus.
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Amb. Teneilabe attends African Women in Leadership Conference and presents the First Lady of The Republic of Mozambique, Her Excellency, Dr. Maria Da Luz Dai Guebuza with an award of Excellence at the 6th edition of the African Women in LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE held in Atlanta, August 23, 2014. The conference was attended by women from various African countries, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States of America.
Prior to the awards night, the First Lady of The Republic of Mozambique, Her Excellency, Dr. Maria Da Luz Dai Guebuza, Senator James Gonzalez, Chief (Dr.) Oprah Mason Benson, and delegates were hosted to a cuisine of Nigerian dishes, and entertainment by Amb. Teneilabe and his wife at their residence.
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Amb. Teneilabe host President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative to a reception in Atlanta, GA. The Obama Administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. President Obama launched #YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.
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