Under the leadership of Honorable Kenneth Gbandi, the chairman of Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation Europe it organized its first Global diaspora conference which was held in London from 26th to 28th July 2018. The conference was a huge success beyond the expectation of the organizers as over 200 delegates from across Europe - Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia and many other countries including the host, United Kingdom.
The three days conference addressed several issues affecting the country and its citizens particularly those in the Diaspora like voting right, registration for the National Identification card, investment and engagement in the affairs of the country. Recommendations were also made which is expected to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Mr. Femi Ikutiyinu, London Editor represented Pastor Elvis Iruh
The climax of the conference was the recognition accorded Nigerians both at home and abroad for the first time for their modest contributions towards the advancement of the course of NIDOE Europe and Nigeria. For the first time, 100 Nigerians were were inducted into the Nigerian Diaspora Global Hall of Fame on Saturday, 28 July 2018.
Among those inducted into the Hall of Fame was our Publisher and Editor-in Chief, Pastor Ndubuisi Elvis Iruh, a seasoned journalist, he was ably represented at the occasion by his London Editor, Mr. Femi Ikutiyinu. On the list includes Dr John George, entrepreneur and founder of Rotex Group (Ukraine/Nigeria); Dr Alistair Soyode, Founder of BEN TV London; Prof Brando Okolo, Engineer and University Researcher (Germany); Barrister Samuel Adewusi (USA); Chief Bimbo Roberts Folayan (UK); Prof Adetunji Adeleke (USA); Pastor Ibrahim Abarshi, Development and migration expert (The Netherlands); Engr. Oluyemi Ogundele of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); Femi Awoniyi, publisher of The African Courier (Germany), Dr Bashir Obasekola (Russia), Dr Dayo Olomu (UK); Dr Rosalyn Dressmann, CEO of AfricanTide Union, a social enterprise (Germany); Hon. Colins Nweke, Politician (Belgium); Dr Lawrence Nweke (Italy), Mrs Esther Onelemenmen (Ireland); Prof Charles Nwoko (Finland); and Engr. Oluwole Ajala (France), Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez (UK) among others.
Other inductees into the Hall of Fame included the former President of NIDO Germany chapter, Kenneth Alaekwe who was post-humously inducted into the Hall of fame as well. A minute silence was observed in memory of the former president who passed on 17 February at the age of 55.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE), said the inauguration of the Hall of Fame was to aptly recognize Nigerians both at home and abroad who have advanced the interest of Nigerians in the Diaspora. He praised the inductees, who in their various walks of life, had made enormous contributions to the Diaspora capacity to positively affect the development of Nigeria.
Also recognized at the event were diplomats and legislators from Nigeria were also among the inductees, they were honoured for their service to the Nigerian Diaspora. Among such persons were Alhaji Abdul Rimdap, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Austria and Germany; His Excellency Yussuf Maitama Thuggar, Nigeria’s current Ambassador to Germany; HE Chief George Oguntade, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK; Hon. Rita Orji, chairperson of the Diaspora Committee of the Federal House of Representatives; Senator Rose Oko; HE Vivian Okeke, Nigeria’s envoy to Austria; and Ambassador Joseph Ayalogu, former ambassador to Switzerland.
On the recognition, Pastor Elvis Iruh wish to thank the Executive of NIDOE Europe for this induction and in particular to the Chairman, Hon. Kenneth Gbandi for his tireless effort to put Nigerians on the global platform of relevance and encourage them to continue to contribute their support towards advancing the course of Nigeria and make it a better country for us all.
Congratulations to organizers and participants for the success of the NIDOE Diaspora conference in London, UK.