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NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, USA (NNAUSA) INC

STATE OF THE ASSOCIATION ADDRESS

Presented at the 20th annual Ngwa National Association, USA (NNAUSA) convention held at the Stamford Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, Stamford, CT; from the 2nd to the 4th of September 2011, and hosted by Ngwa National Association North New York

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ELELENTA NWAMBUISI ELELE, Ph.D. PRESIDENT & CEO NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, USA (NNAUSA)

THEME: THE FUTURE STARTS TODAY

“Be sure you have put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abe Lincoln

INTRODUCTION

Mr. Chairman, members of NNAUSA, members of the national council, members of the executive, Ngwa youths and children, honorable members of Nigerian State and Federal Legislature, Titled members of our community, Ngwa patriots, guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great privilege, and truly a pleasure and honor to welcome you all to

Stamford, CT, for the 20th NNAUSA annual convention. We thank the Almighty God for the safe arrival of every one of you. I wish to start by placing everybody and everything we are going to do here into the guiding hand of the Almighty God, asking that he may lead us to success in all our deliberations and also lead us back home safely.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I want to give some very special “Thank You� to the national and local convention committees for planning and executing this convention under the leadership of Chief Uchendu Njoku (NNANNY) and Mrs. Ulonwandi Nwakanma (NNANNY), national and local convention committee chairman and chairlady, respectively. They and their committee members have given beyond the call of duty to make what we see here possible. Let me also thank all the members of NNANNY, their president Dr. Anthony Kanu, and many others whom I am not

able to name here; please rest assured that NNAUSA members and I are very grateful for the many hours and large resources you have spent to support this convention. It is not an exaggeration, when I say that your dedication in planning, hosting and executing this convention are truly very exemplary. My earnest prayer is for the Almighty God to reward all of you very abundantly for your services to NNAUSA members and to our Ngwa community. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me to thank the 2011 National Convention Committee members:

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NNANNY NNANNY Mr. John Nwogbe IZUNGWA NCT Mr. Mmeze Eronwu Southern New Jersey Mr. Alwell Agbara Southern New Jersey Ms. Chioma Nwokike Bay Area Mrs. Chidinma Byron Connecticut Mr. Andy Adiele Baltimore: Mr. Dennis Nwaogwugwu Philadelphia Mrs. Rosemary Jacob Onwere Philadelphia Mrs. Innocentia Eronwu Southern New Jersey Mrs. Joyce Nguma Southern New Jersey Mrs. Patience Nwaokocha Dallas County Mr. Chigozie Ogbonna NNANNY Mrs. Mab Nwubani NNANNY Dr. Isaac Onyenma St. Louis Mr. Nnamdi Oriaku Local Convention member NNANNY M r. V i c t o r A h u r u o n y e N N AU S A C u l t u r a l D i r e c t o r D r. ( M r s . ) S t e l l a K a m a l u - E x e c u t i v e L i a i s o n C h i e f U c h e n d u N j o k u ( N a t i o n a l C o n v. C h a i r m a n ) M r s . U l o w a n d i N w a k a n m a ( L o c a l C o n v. C h a i r l a d y )

To the members of the executive, I thank you for your dedication to service. I thank you for your support and your understanding of my passion for doing the things I truly believe to be right for NNAUSA. As the experts say, it takes a great leader to follow another; and experience has shown that those who cannot follow, can be expected to have hard times leading when called upon to do so. Your dedication to duty and the togetherness of the Executive as a group is the one thing that has made all the difference in what this executive has been able to accomplish for NNAUSA and the Ngwa community.

good times and during bad times. It would therefore show ingratitude if I do not acknowledging you in any and all of my endeavors. I thank you all, and in particularly, I thank God for giving all of you and our beloved Dr. Melody to us.

THE STATE OF THE ASSOCIATION

It is a requirement of the NNAUSA Constitution that the National President should deliver an address to the NNAUSA General Assembly at the annual convention presenting the state of the association. This is deemed necessary since it allows members of the association to garner an indepth knowledge of the current developments, To my family, you are always on my side during opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION U.S.A., INC. 4 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION


their association. Today, it is indeed a pleasure to report to you that our association is, and has remained very strong, both financially and otherwise. Despite the prevailing economic recession, NNAUSA is relatively on solid financial ground. This will be confirmed to you by the Financial Secretary when he presents his annual financial report to the National Council. Above all, the External Audit Report given to the National Council by the External Auditor (Monday Rufus, CPA of Austin Texas), at the Mississippi/Louisiana National Council meeting of April 2011, gave NNAUSA and this executive a clean bill of health for the period audited.

Like everything on earth, NNAUSA is not a perfect organization. But one thing is certain: there are positive and bright outlook ahead of us as an organization. Let me therefore use this opportunity to report to you that our membership records show that the majority of our brothers and sisters who seemed aggrieved by the results of our recent past elections are returning back and registering as members of NNAUSA. Our records indicate that majority of them are registered fully as members of NNAUSA through their respective chapters, and I have personally articulated to some of them, that NNAUSA belongs to all of us. So let me hereby take this opportunity to encourage the remaining few to come home back to NNAUSA. There is every indication that there will be a record breaking attendance to this convention. Consider-

ing this then, I am elated to say to you that “NNAUSA’s future as an organization is just starting again today.” We are going to celebrate this new start at this convention by recognizing NNAUSA’s original founders: those true visionaries who saw the need to initiate what we call our NNAUSA today. We will honor them with what we designate as “The Founders Awards.”

It is important to observe that the status of NNAUSA today is such that it has remained, and will in the foreseeable future remain the premier organization of Ngwas, at least, in Diaspora. This stature was not gained overnight, nor was it gained through the effort of any one individual. What this means is that the gravitation towards NNAUSA as the premier Ngwa organization will remain a potent force whose value will bring greater value to our community if we work can together with a unified voice. But let me express a serious concern here. We are not going to be successful in our efforts if we allow unchecked individual ambitions supersede our overall community objectives. It is this pattern of behavior that derails many of the efforts being made by our people at home, in their attempts to achieve community progress. The community’s wellbeing should not, and cannot, be relegated to the bottoms because some individuals consider their desires more important than the wellbeing of the entire community. I am confident that this community, the NNAUSA members, when given the correct information are more than smart enough to see through any such machinations and

2008 – 2010 VPSI SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS IN THE SEVEN LGAs ABA NORTH LGA

S/NO. 22 24 12

NAME OF SCHOOL Omuma Rd Primary School I Osusu Road Primary I New Umuahia Rd Primry Sch

S/NO. 52 43 34

NAME OF SCHOOL Umuagbai East Primry Sch I Riverside Primary School I Nnentu Primary School

S/NO. 56 38 35

ADDRESS/YEAR PROJECT STATUS Omuma by Osusu Rd- 2008 Osusu by Faulks Rd- 2009 New Umuahia Rd - 2010 FUNDED

ABA SOUTH LGA ADDRESS/YEAR 259-264 Obohia Rd Aba- 2008 137b-146 Ngwa R, Aba- 2009 Nnentu 2010

ISIALA NGWA NORTH LGA NAME OF SCHOOL ADDRESS Ebgelu Ihie M.F.S. Egbelu Ihie- 2008 Umuchima Community School Ngwa Ukwu- 2009 Okpualangwa Primary School Umuolike/Okpualangwa 2010

PROJECT STATUS COMPLEED

COMPLETED

PROJECT STATUS COMPLETED COMPLETED FUNDED

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S/NO. 47 59 29 S/NO. 32 40 51 S/NO. 19 20 24 S/NO. 12 21 25

ISIALA NGWA SOUTH LGA NAME OF SCHOOL ADDRESS/YEAR Umuene/Umuopia Primary School I Ovuokwu- 2008 Umuokoro Community School Ovungwu- 2009 Ntigha Community Schl Okporo Ahaba Ntigha - 2010

PROJECT STATUS COMPLETED COMPLETED

OSISIOMA NGWA LGA NAME OF SCHOOL ADDRESS/YEAR Ekeakpara Community School Umuakpara Ekearo Community School Aro-Ngwa Umuobasi Amavo Community Umuoabasi Amavo

PROJECT STATUS COMPLETED COMPLETED

OBINGWA LGA NAME OF SCHOOL ADDRESS/YEAR PROJECT STATUS Ntighauzo South Community School Ntighauzo Amairi- 2008 Osaa Okea Community School Ahiaba- 2009 COMPLETED Umunkiri Community School Umunkiri 2010 FUNDED 2008 2009 2010

UGWUNAGBO LGA NAME OF SCHOOL ADDRESS/YEAR Obegu Community SchoolObegu 2008 Agalaba Ato Community School Agalabato - 2009 Osieke Community School Osieke 2010

PROJECT STATUS COMPLETED

FUNDED

will do what is right for our community at the end, reservations about NNAUSA embarking on the all else notwithstanding. VPSI, I ask for your understanding in view of what has been achieved so far. Consider that if NNAUSA NEOF AND VPSI UPDATES had not started this program in 2008, the above NNAUSA members, I am proud to inform you that lucky schools would most likely still have our your favorite and most successful home projects youngest Ngwa children attending classes in very (the NEOF and VPSI) have continued to make good badly dilapidated primary school environment. progress. During 2010, the prevalence of kidnapping for ransom and gangster-like armed robbery in THE FUTURE STARTS TODAY: Ngwaland forced a retardation of the implementa- SO CHANGE WE MUST tion of these projects. However, with 2011 seeing This year we have made good efforts at resuscitatmarked decrease in these problems, the VPSI Task- ing Ngwa United Alliance (NUA). Next year we force and the NEOF committee have gone back to will have NNAUSA elections. I challenge those work full throttle. NEOF has continued to award who aspire to lead to start with rekindling their love scholarships and the VPSI Taskforce has imple- for the Ngwa community by putting the community mented 5 more VPSI projects, bringing the total to needs first before their personal ambitions, and their 14 schools renovated since the 2008 initiation of the desires for credits about what is expected to be VPSI program. For the records, the following table achieved. As Henry David Thoreau reminds us, presents the list of the VPSI winners and the imple- “Success usually comes to those who are too busy mentation status of each project: First the real to look for it.” If NNAUSA must continue to mainKUDOS go to all NNAUSA members for making tain the relevance it has cultivated, and has always all this possible. I also thank members of the VPSI strived for in the lives of our people at home, we Task Force together with their helpers at home, like must start today by demanding that those who wish Archdeacon ThankGod Eche, who have helped to to lead must first understand that the leaders of inmake these projects reality. To those who had some terest to Ngwa people are those who are more about NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION U.S.A., INC. 6 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION


being community servants than about occupying a leadership position for the sake of what the title can buy for them. Those who aspire to lead must begin by eschewing nacistic self-centeredness and selfish ambitions necessitated simply by asking “what is in it for me?” If we must have the moral and material right to complain about our politicians at home, we must first search within our own selves. After all, charity, as they say, begins a home.

Ngwa sons and daughters and more so the younger generations, both here and at home, see NNAUSA as the one remaining hope to help emancipate the Ngwa people from marginalization, victimization by criminal elements, as well as for cultural upliftment and rejuvenation. The questions each of us must answer then are these: what can I do and how can I work with others to ensure that we do not end up failing our brethren in their high expectation of our organization? The answer is surely within each of us, and we do not need to look too far to see amiable examples. Not long ago, many of us were displaying admiration and appreciation to Mr. Emeka Igba (Chuk) of North Carolina Chapter for selecting NNAUSA as his favorite Charity Organization , and allowing his contributions to NNAUSA to be matched by his employer, IBM. For the Chuk Igba that I know, I can say with high level of certainty that he was not thinking of how much Ndingwa would be praising him when he made the decision to make that donate. This is true leadership as defined in Thoreau’s adage. This is what our future leaders should emulate.

UPDATES AND CHALLENGES FROM HOME

Insecurity: Kidnapping and Armed Robbery The most threatening problem in Ngwaland in the last two years has been the problem of kidnapping for ransom and high powered armed robbery. To illustrate the current state of affairs, in 2009 I needed 2 armed (Mopolo) guards each carrying an AK-47 to have the appearance being safe. In 2011, I spent over 2 weeks in my village without any armed guards. There was also the presence of manned military armored cars at various intervals along the highways as one travels across the major federal roads in Abia state. The soldiers were responding to

the villagers without delay once they have been given information about any suspected kidnappers. Everyone who knows Nigeria will quickly understand that this also has its own problems, and particularly so, when soldiers who do not have a thorough understanding of the Ngwa culture, who also are infested with “the cash and carry” problems are the ones handling these problems. But I must tell you that the situation has improved quite a lot, and people are quick to point out that “it is always the house rat that can tell the bush rat that there is meat in the smoking basket.” The main question now, is “what can NNAUSA do to help ensure that these scourges are completely eradicated from Ngwaland, and are never allowed to return?” We will continue to work with Council, together with the Ngwa youths (the Federation of Ngwa Students members) and our politician and leaders from home to try to proffer possible solutions that will bring the desired results.

The issue of Ngwa Marginalization We now have a Federal Minister, two Ngwa State Senators, a Deputy Governor and three or more members of the Nigerian House of Representatives. So can the Ngwa people still continue to claim that we are marginalized? Some will say yes others will say no! However, reality bites, and my personal opinion is that what really matters is what an individual elected person have done to better the feat of the Ngwa people. At the last convention, the Executive and the members of the National Council signed a Mandate and delivered this mandate to all our Ngwa politicians. I can report to you today that following the delivery of this mandate, both of our Distinguished Senators (Senators Abaribe and Nwogu) have delivered their brochures to me documenting the projects they have completed in Ngwaland. I have not, in any way, verified that the projects documented in the brochures were implemented. One of the tasks I assigned to the proposed Home Affairs Committee (HAC) is to monitor how the elected officials and other Ngwa leaders are meeting the responsibilities of the mandate. However, the progress on this task will depend on what the Council does with the authorization of the committee. The Home Affairs Committee was not approved by the Council during the

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Mississippi/Louisiana chapter (April 2011) Council meeting. We will resubmit the HAC for approval to the National Council to ensure that this and other tasks assigned to the committee is not neglected.

ping and armed robbery pestilence they had to deal with, except their brothers and sisters in Diaspora. I felt pleased and sad at the same time. I felt pleased that some of the enlightened brothers and sisters saw in us a ray of hope for a better tomorrow. But I Presentation of Ngwa Issues to the Politician felt sad when I began to wonder if we will be able During my visit to our homeland in June this year, to meet their expectations. I met with the Abia State Governor, Chief T. A. Orji and his Deputy, Chief Emmanuel Emeka Ananaba. VPSI dedication Ceremony at Nnentu Primary The governor made it a point to let me know that he School: a lifetime of experience has openly stating that “his successor will be an I was privileged to be part of a VPSI dedication cerNgwa person.” I also met with the Ngwa federal emony at Nnentu Primary School. The experience delegates (in Abuja). I spent quite some good time was truly transformational for me. A person needs to discussing Ngwa issues with them. I had in depth participate in one of these dedication ceremonies to discussions with the Honorable Minister of Labor fully appreciate the impact of what NNAUSA is acand Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, our own Dis- complishing with these relatively small projects. To tinguished Senator Enyinaya Abaribe and the retired witness the joy in the faces of the children, the exNigerian Foreign Minister Chief Ojo Maduekwe. hilarating songs of the parents, the displaying of All these people agree (and showed enthusiasm) gratitude by all present, is enough to bring tears of that an Ngwa person will become the governor of joy to the eyes of even the most hardened at heart. Abia State in 2015. The key concern expressed by Despite all that, it is saddening when one considers almost all of these key people, including the gover- other prevailing conditions. As an example, it rained nor (though indirectly) is that “Ngwa people will earlier in the day before the Nnentu dedication cermost likely have trouble fielding one consensus gu- emony. The rain made it almost impossible get into bernatorial candidate in 2015.” Thus all of us are the school compound because of flooding along the being challenged to make it our project to help roadside. It took, onlookers including (God bless Ngwa people ‘remove this monkey’s hand from our him) a Catholic Priest to build a make-shift bridge pot of soup. (with planks and bricks) to get us across the puddle of water into the school compound. The frustration Meeting with Federation of Ngwa Students is that these very young Ngwa children always had Federation of Ngwa Students (FMS) is the umbrella to go through these puddles of water to enter and organization of all the postgraduate students of leave their school every time it rained; nobody, neiNgwa origin matriculated in various higher institu- ther the Aba South Local Government, nor Abia tion of learning in Nigeria. I was fortunate enough state itself, nor the Federal Government appears to to meet with the Federation of Ngwa Students have any concerns for these children and the envi(FMS) at their National Headquarters and Library, ronment in which they must thrive. in the All Ngwa Cultural Hall Complex (No 1 Industrial Road, Aba). This meeting was truly a pleas- The Constitutional Amendment Challenge ant experience. The students had longed for, and Starting from the Washington D.C. 2008 convenwere very eager to finally find a way to reach tion, this president has continued to present to the NNAUSA. These students made it a point to keep National Council, the need to straighten out some reminding me that the one hope everyone sees for critical constitution ailments afflicting our associahelping Ngwaland and Ngwa people fight the polit- tion. Subsequently, the Executive appointed and the ical, economic and security issues clobbering their Council confirmed a Constitution Review Commitlives in Ngwaland is NNAUSA. They point to the tee CRC) in 2010. The CRC presented the Council fact that neither the politicians, nor any other or- with a draft amended constitution for review and ganizations of substance within Nigeria, did as ratification in 2010. However, it has been impossimuch as voice a concern publicly about the kidnap- ble for the council to attend to this very critical matNGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION U.S.A., INC. 8 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION


ter due to the crowded agenda it has to deal with in each of the Council’s live meetings. After the Council could not fit the constitution review into its 2010 convention eve council meeting in Baltimore, and could not fit it again into its April 2011 Mississippi/Louisiana chapter Council meeting, it seemed (at least to this president) that the Council, if not pressed, would still not have the time to review and ratify the draft constitution in the 2011 convention eve council meeting. Moreover, if things follow their normal routine, there is every likelihood that the constitution would also not be ratified in the 2012 Alabama National Council meeting.

serve as a place to put heads together, ponder and decide what needs to be done, and plan how to go about doing these things that will help us achieve the goals we all have for the betterment of Ngwaland. I am therefore calling on all Ngwa intellectuals present today, to take this opportunity to find time during this gathering to get together and discuss issues of importance to Ngwaland: draw up plans and make your recommendations to the National Council through the Executive. We have provided rooms for such discussions in CHARTER OAK BOARDROOM (for Friday) and ASPEN I and II (for Saturday and Sunday). I urge everybody Based on this general consideration, I as your pres- to please take advantage of this opportunity to inident foresaw a need to convene the national coun- fluence what we can do to help Ngwaland. cil for an emergency meeting to allow the Council a full day council meeting debating what each chap- CONCLUSION ter believes will be best for their NNAUSA. It is Please remember that the future of our association now history that as president, I invoked the consti- is in our hands. All of us as members need to get intution calling for an emergency Council meeting to volved by providing some inputs on how to shape handle the review and ratification of the constitu- the future of our association. I am therefore calling tion. But due to issues raised in the subsequent tele- upon all NNAUSA members to send us proposals conference meeting, the Emergency meeting through your chapter president and your national invoked by the president was never scheduled by council representative. When you do not find time the Council officers, and the constitutional amend- to do this, then what you get is what we have and ment and ratification continues to hang in the air. I what we have may not necessarily be what you demust go on record to say that the President and the sire. NNAUSA needs your help in directing the fuExecutive have done our part of what is mandated ture of our association. by the currently constitution. Whatever remains to be done about the constitution now belongs to the Go and enjoy our convention, and May God National Council. My hope is the National Council Almighty grant all of you safe trips home. can preempt all the activities scheduled for this convention eve meeting, take the bull by the horn and AT SERVICE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF NNAUSA AND NGWALAND take up the constitutional review as its major agenda item.

FOR THE 2011 CONVENTION

This 20th NNAUSA convention is taking place at a critical time in the history of Ngwaland and NNAUSA. This is truly a time for careful reflection on the relationship between NNAUSA and our brothers and sisters at home. Every Ngwa person knows that there are very serious pressing issues that demand our attention and cooperation. As such, every gathering of Ngwa sons and daughters should

Very Respectfully,

Elelenta Nwambuisi Elele Elelenta Nwambuisi Elele, Ph.D. (The NNAUSA Servant-in-Chief) President & CEO, Ngwa National Association, USA, (NNAUSA) Inc.

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NNANNY Presidential Welcome Address

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Dr. Anthony Iwe Kanu

rothers, sisters and friends of NNANNY, it is a great honor and privilege to welcome all of you to the 20th annual NNAUSA convention in Stamford, Connecticut. Although North New York is hosting this event, we all have important parts to play with attendance at events, donations and good spirit. The Lord has raised this mighty organization, NNAUSA, to be a pillar in our community. And in this great gathering, this year, I’m sure our strength will be felt both here in America and abroad in our motherland.

Dr. Anthony Iwe Kanu Ngozi T. Kanu and our children; Chukwudi, Uzodinma and Ikechukwu you all are my backbone. It is with my family’s support during the past 8 years both while I was secretary (2005-2008) and now as president that I was able to accomplish my ascribed duties

As my tenure in office draws to an end, I believe NNANNY is on an upward journey. I project that our membership will increase; we will begin many more programs like the Motherless Babies Foundation; and community projects. This convention in itself will help to The NNANNY organization was admitted into the strengthen NNANNY as a chapter and the NNAUSA orNNAUSA membership list in the year 2002 and gained ganization as a whole. My prayer is that all of you will her 501© tax exempt status on March 13, 2008. Soon enjoy the fruits of NNANNY’s labor this weekend. If after its inception, NNANNY formed a Motherless Ba- there is anything you need to make this experience more bies Foundation. This entity has spent over $15,000 to enjoyable, please let any of our members know. We are help three orphanages in ngwaland. NNANNY despite ready and willing to assist in any way possible. her young age continues to flourish. Currently, NNANNY is the 5th largest chapter in NNAUSA by Thank You all for being a part of this joyous occasion. membership. Our young people, the pride and joy of our Please continue to support this great organization organization, are consistently excelling in their respec- NNAUSA in all her undertakings. May God bless you all, your families, NNAUSA and Ala Ngwa. Amen. tive endeavors. It is with the most distinguished honor, that I extend my Sincerely, heartfelt gratitude to all those who have had a hand in the success of this year’s convention. To the members of my Dr. Anthony Iwe Kanu cabinet, men, women and young people of the North NNANNY President New York chapter, thank you. To my wife, Dr. (Mrs.)

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Message from the NNAUSA General Secretary

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Dr. Alwell Nwankwoala

dikanyi, It is my great pleasure to welcome the entire NNAUSA membership and all our guests to NNAUSA’s 20th Annual Convention which is taking place this Labor Day weekend in Stamford Connecticut. This convention is being hosted by our North New York Chapter (NNANNY); members of NNANNY Chapter and their leadership have done everything possible to ensure all attendees enjoy a most beautiful weekend. Every effort has been geared towards their goal of making it pleasurable and delightful for you and to ensure that every cent and other resources you spent in bringing your family and yourself here will be worthwhile. We are very certain that the outcome of this convention will be testimony to their meticulous effort. To NNANNY members, their leadership, members of the National Convention Planning Committee, all those who have spent sleepless nights in support of this convention as well as those who will sacrifice their pleasure at this convention to make the execution a success, alaNgwa shall forever remember you and your sacrifices. Though we have gathered for our 20th Annual National Convention, our beloved Association, NNAUSA turned 23 this year. It must have been a brilliant, bright sunny, Sunday, that faithful day, July 24, 1988, when our founding members, gathered at Chief Amajindi Nwankpa’s residence at 5817 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago Illinois. It is hard now to imagine whether the late Chief Solomon Nwokocha knew the magnitude of the motion he was about to make or the historic impact that resolution would lead to, when he rose up and stated as follows: “With three out of five existing Ngwa organizations in the U.S. present at this meeting, a quorum has been formed. I then move that: .a) The National Association be formed without further delay .b) A national coordinator be elected to head the organization during the interim period.” Mr. Onwere supported this motion. The support was seconded by Mr. Abengowe. The resolution to form the National Association was tabled and unanimously adopted. As of 2 p.m., July 24, 1988, a National Ngwa Association has been formed in the United States of America. Today, as we indulge in the benefit of the foresight of these founding members, we have chosen this 20th Annual National Convention to celebrate our foundation and to honor those who were present at that epic gathering. We shall also recognize and appreciate the value and contribution of some long term active members of NNAUSA. Please join us as we congratulate our Association for withstanding so much for 23 years and attaining its present prestigious height; none of it would be possible without loyal members like you and the administration is very grateful. As the President, Dr. Elele and the National Council Chair, Mazi Nwankpa have told you, the State of our Association is very strong and we all should be proud of it. We are again delighted to be hosted in a five star hotel, the Stamford CT Hilton. It is beholding on us to conduct ourselves in ways that shall leave good impression of us and our Association when we depart Stamford, CT, at the end of our Convention. Restrain

your gatherings within the Convention foyer and our assigned areas; limit your noise as much as possible. Convention attendees are expected to wear their badges at all times during the convention and excessive noise or gathering around the hotel lobby is strictly Dr. Alwell Nwankwoala prohibited. Time is of essence during this convention and the ability for us to accomplish all we have set out to do in a timely manner, rests solely on you. In addition, the hotel management has given its indication not to be flexible in our stated starting and ending times for the utilization of the event halls: we are therefore requesting that you be prompt for convention activities so that you not only project a good image of your Association but you also get the necessary values for the money and time you spent attending this convention. Please conduct yourselves properly, take adequate care of our children, take advantage of the child care services provided by your association; please ensure your safety and the safety of others by refraining from activities in your hotel rooms that could become fire hazards or endanger lives. The best conduct is simply what is demanded and expected of us at this convention. As your National Secretary, let me use this opportunity to assure you that the NNAUSA Secretariat is stronger than ever. Your secretariat continues to showcase professionalism, enhancing the prestige and image of our Association. We have not relented in our abiding role of supporting and accelerating NNAUSA’s activities and commitments especially with the execution of our VPSI Projects and the NEOF scholarship awards in Nigeria. Personally, I still see a NNAUSA though very strong today but not without fragility and challenges, hence deserving more of our sacrifices in order to sustain its growth and strength. I hope that at the end of the day, we should bequeath to our children an organization of formidable strength and promise. Our annual conventions have become a much cherished tradition and I am glad God has given us the opportunity to assemble here once again during this long weekend. We pray for God’s guidance and I am sure you will all have a great time just as I anticipate having at this 20th NNAUSA National Convention. Once again, thank you everyone for coming. We also look forward to seeing you next year in St. Louis. Alwell Nwankwoala, Ph.D. National General Secretary

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National Council (NNAUSA)

Address presented to the 40th National Council Meeting of the Ngwa National Association, USA (NNAUSA) INC September 2nd, 2011

MAZI SUNNY NWANKPA

Hosted by Ngwa National Association North New York (NNANNY) Chapter

National Council Chairman

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r. President, Past Presidents, Members of the National Executive, Honorable Members of the Council, Special guest, distinguished ladies and gentlemen

It is my greatest honor and privilege to welcome you to the 40th bi-annual National Council Meeting of Ngwa National Association USA (NNAUSA) INC. Fellow Council Members, I humbly request that you join me to congratulate and thank NNAUSA and the North New York Chapter (NNANNY) for this enormous task of hosting the 20th National Convention of NNAUSA, 2011. We’ve gathered here this weekend to reflect and evaluate the overall objectives of the Council and to plan not only for the future of our dear organization (NNAUSA) but also to make sure of its continuous survival. I will begin, on behalf of the

National Council Executives to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to follow Council Members for the trust and faith you had on our abilities to lead you for the past one year. If I may recall, during the last National Council Meeting in Mississippi/Louisiana, you overwhelmingly reelected and returned us all unopposed back to office, the exception was our honorable parliamentarian Mr. Emmanuel Ananaba whose term of office was ended constitutionally. I also, wish to seize this opportunity to congratulate our newly elected parliamentarian, honorable Uche Uhegwu. Uche, your brothers and sisters in the Council are delighted to have you and will always work with you to make your tenure an accomplishing one. As your team leader, I must not fail to always remind you of your fiduciary responsibilities. National Council Meeting is a serious business and

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should also be taken seriously by every Council Member. Remember that we are all here for the interest of Ala Ngwa and not to satisfy our individual inclinations. Therefore, I encourage each and every one of you to attend and actively participate in Council activities. If you may agree with me, whatever role each and every one of us play or continue to play, history will definitely judge us correspondingly.

State of the National Council

ping has been established to make sure that this ugly trend is totally stamped out in Ala Ngwa. The long awaited constitution amendment is now on the table of the Council for ratification and approval. Let me use this opportunity to thank NNAUSA Chapter Members for finding time to discuss and deliberate on the amended draft of the NNAUSA constitution. With Council Mandate as your Chairman, I am promising that your suggestions, concerns, and inputs towards this constitution are given adequate consideration in the Council. As a matter of fact, we as Council Members are obligated to make sure that at the end of the day that NNAUSA is left with the best binding document (constitution) ever. The Council Leadership has taken a step further to encourage active participation and best conduct amongst Council Members by introducing an incentive package. This, we believe, will usher in a healthy competitiveness in all Chapters and growth within the National Council and NNAUSA in general. Despite the above accomplishments made by the Council in a short while, we are highly optimistic to do more with the cooperation of the Executive Committee.

I’m highly enthused to report to this body that the state of NNAUSA National Council is strong and tenacious. As you may agree with me, since the assumption of office by this current Council Administration, the lost and past glory of the National Council and NNAUSA in general has gradually returned. I’m further pleased to state that the NNAUSA National Council is today more than ever effective, transparent, and dynamic in carrying out its duties trying to actualize its founding objectives and aspirations. My duty as your National Council Chairman is not an easy one, sometimes presenting challenges but I’m equal to the task more especially with your support, cooperation. In order to achieve the ultimate goals and objectives of this organization (NNAUSA), I hereby, crave your indulgence Attendance to Council Meetings to see the Council as a family of brothers and sisters While most Council Members have remained conwith a common purpose (Ala Ngwa) and let unity sistent in attendance to Council Meetings, some may have deliberately decided not to attend nor parand progress be our portion. ticipate in Council activities and I’m pretty sure that most Chapters are not aware of such laxity on the Accomplishments part of their National Council Representatives, in As we are here to pursue new discussions, ways other words Chapters are not adequately repreand means to achieve our desired objectives, it’s imsented. Fellow Council Members, if you know you perative that I share with you what we have collecare in this habit of not attending Council meetings, tively accomplished. This is about 5 months of this or always running late to Council Meetings, please, Council Administration’s second term in office and try as much as possible to change this behavior/atreasonable progress has been made to advance the titude and become a better Council Representative affairs of the National Council to a higher level. Our to your Chapter. As you must have noticed, this adrenewed pledge to continue the fight against kidministration has made it a point of duty to always napping and kidnappers is on top of our agenda this make available or post to the Council e-group the time around. A reassessment committee on kidnapattendance list after each Council Meeting to let you NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION U.S.A., INC. 13 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION


know how well your Chapter is being represented. I will equally take this opportunity to inform you that the Council will soon begin the process of informing Chapters of the conduct and attendance history of their Council representatives and we will not hesitate to evoke the constitution if it becomes necessary so, don’t take the Council for granted.

Statement of Purpose

Ndi Ngwa, it is my belief that the time has come to move beyond the abstract arguments and discussions, unnecessary politics, power intoxication, hate, antagonism, confusion, and the other conditions which have plagued us all in the recent years and still continuing today. The time has come to confront with determination and concrete action those situations and circumstances that have prevented the Ngwa people from reaching their destiny. I must say that Ngwa National Association USA (NNAUSA) Inc. has been and still is the envy and outstanding organization of all other Igbo groups in the Diaspora. Though in the recent time, we have been going through a series of unsettling changes that have been somewhat detrimental to the progress of our organization (NNAUSA), but make no mistake about it we are deriving strength from our weaknesses and in no distant time we’ll bounce back stronger than ever. Ndi Ngwa we need to understand that the best part to progress of achieving our goals and aspirations is UNITY and COMMITEMENT followed by ACTION. We need to ask each and every one of us what is required of me, to move the Ngwa agenda forward and what am I doing as an individual towards the achievement of our goals. I’m therefore appealing to everyone to contribute to the growth of NNAUSA. Let us place NNAUSA above our self-vested interests. There should be no cold war in NNAUSA. We should stop fighting one another for nothing I hope you understand what I mean? There should be respect for the constituted authority as well as members (as you

very much know respect is reciprocal). I always and will continue to trumpet that NNAUSA is an association of brothers and sisters which should symbolize unity and peace, instead of the opposite which is what we are experiencing today. This is highly unfortunate. I believe, yes we can bring back hope to our children and take control of our destiny. At this point, I would like to make it clear once again my purpose as your National Council Chairman; to work closely with both the National Council Members and NNAUSA Executive body within the dictate of our National Constitution to engender confidence in our ability to determine actively the condition, future and direction the organization should follow based on the choices and decision we make as honorable Members of the Council. My promise, therefore, is not to let you down so long as you remain steadfast and truthful to Ngwa cause.

Conclusion

Again, permit me to take this time to place on record my profound appreciation and gratitude to each and every one of you who attended this Council meeting/Convention, you commitment and participation in today’s deliberations will undoubtedly shape the future, provide a forward- looking-plan and identify the strength and weaknesses as well as opportunities to NNAUSA and Ala Ngwa. As we enjoy and exchange fellowships in this annual pilgrimage, let us not forget our primary purpose of being here. I am calling on God Almighty to guide us as we eat, drink and celebrate, and to grant us his journey mercies back to our respective homes God bless you as he blesses Ala Ngwa

Mazi Sunny Nwankpa

National Council Chairman

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Distinguished Keynote Speaker Mr. Chuck (Emeka) Igba

Nnausa’s 20th National Convention Distinguished Keynote Speaker

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t is my pleasure to introduce to you, the NNAUSA’s 20th National Convention distinguished keynote speaker, Mr. Chuck Igba. Mr. Igba is indeed one of our own; a NNAUSA member of over 10 years. For several years, Mr. Igba was a member of the Ohio Chapter where he served as its National Council Representative and was honored by the Chapter in 2009 for his outstanding contributions to the progress of the Ohio Chapter. He was also a member of St. Louis Chapter and represented the Chapter in NNAUSA National Council. He is currently a member of our North Carolina Chapter where he also holds the position of its National Council Representative.

Mr. Chuck (Emeka) Igba

Mr. Igba is a highly skilled and well accomplished professional in the field of Information technology and project management and spent over twelve years as an IBM information management and IT consultant. He is currently a Director of Integration / Executive Project Manager with Lenovo specializing in delivering B2B/EDI, e-Commerce and SAP solution integration projects. He is a CPG and retail subject matter expert with over eighteen years of retail and CPG industry experience.

Mr. Igba is an intellectual scholar of international repute and an accomplished public speaker. He managed IBM industry publications; Flexible Approach to Global Data Mr. Igba is a distinguished Community activists and a Sync” and also co- authored “Efficient Foodservice Restrong advocate of Ngwa development, progress and sponse (EFR) Road Map for Small and Medium Sized unity. Over the years, he has served in various Businesses”. He featured several times as speaker at the NNAUSA Committees and Foundations including the IBM Executive IMPACT conferences. Ngwa Relief Fund Foundation where he initiated and advanced his pet project of mapping all Ngwa villages. Mr. Igba holds a B.S. from University of Louisiana, It was Mr. Igba’s dream that such a monumental docu- Lafayette and an M.B.A in information systems from ment would facilitate the evaluation of community proj- Capital University Columbus, Ohio. ects and developmental needs. He currently chairs NNAUSA’s Membership and Globalization Committee. We are confident that the message Mr. Igba brings to us Mr. Igba is an innovator of thought and ideas who for today on the State of Diaspora Associations such as several years has adopted NNAUSA as his primary ours, as a tool for community development at home and charity and supported her with payroll donations their utilization as vehicles for the preservation of inthrough the United Way. Mr. Igba’s charity initiative digenous culture and identity in a foreign land would be which has brought thousands of dollars to our Associa- greatly rewarding. tion still remains a unique approach of financial supAlwell Nwankwoala, Ph.D. port to our Association. National General Secretary NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION U.S.A., INC. 15 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION


Dr.Eziuche Nwakanma

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Convention Youth Keynote Speakers

Dr.Ucheoma Nwakanma

rs. Eziuche and Ucheoma Nwakanma are the first set of twins born to Dr. Michael and Mrs. Ulonwandi Nwakanma. The Nwakanma family is also blessed with three additional children. Chiagozie and Chidinma Nwakanma are twins, and both in medical school. The youngest child is Okeoma who is entering her junior year at Harvard University.

gram where students receive their bachelors in science and doctor of medicine (BS/MD) degree. The first 5 years of the program were spent in City College. While at City College they were involved in the Nigerian Student Association, National Society of Black Engineer (NSBE) step team, Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). The last 2 years of the program were From childhood, Ezi and Uche (as they are affection- spent at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, after which ately known) have been very active in their community. they received their M.D. degree at the young age of 25. In church, they held positions such as choir members, Medical school clinical rotations helped Ezi and Uche to Adventist youth leaders, Pathfinder’s club members, find their “true” specialty calling. deaconesses, health and temperance committee members, and have even attained the level of Master Guide in their church’s Pathfinder Club. In school, they held Eziuche went on to do a residency in Emergency Medpositions such as student government leaders, debate icine at New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, New team members, Christian club members, cheerleaders York. Ucheoma did her Internal Medicine residency at and tutors. In the Ngwa association, they were very ac- SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New tive in the youth sector performing dances at special York. In June 2011, Ezi and Uche completed their resevents and attending meetings while their parents were idency training programs. Eziuche will continue on to members of local NNAUSA chapters in New York. practice as an attending Emergency Medicine Physician From early in life, Ezi and Uche have shown and con- in New York City and Ucheoma will practice as an attinue to show a deep interest and appreciation for the tending Internal Medicine Hospitalist in Buffalo, New culture of Ndi Ngwa. York. Eziuche states that in second grade she had wanted to become a pediatrician. She came to that realization after Both Ezi and Uche are interested in improving health watching her own pediatrician as she was growing up. care locally, in the USA, and abroad in Nigeria. In DeAs a child, Ucheoma had always thought that she would cember 2010, they traveled to Nigeria to do a one month become an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) be- elective rotation at Lagos University Teaching Hospital cause she loved babies and wanted a hand in bringing (LUTH). They saw the need in Lagos, and also recognize that Ala Ngwa needs their help. Ezi and Uche’s futhem into the world. ture goal is to build a medical center in eastern Nigeria After high school, Ezi and Uche entered into the Sophie where they can truly make a difference. Davis School of Biomedical Education, a 7 year proNGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION U.S.A., INC. 16 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION


Remarks By

National Convention Committee Chairman.

Chief Uchendu Njoku

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n behalf of the National Convention Planning Committee and the host chapter I welcome ndingwa to Stamford, Connecticut on this occasion of the 20th annual NNAUSA convention being hosted by Ngwa National Association of North New York (NNANNY). We earnestly hope that our efforts will make this gathering memorable for you and productive for our great association.

The decision to host ndingwa in Stamford, CT was made after a careful and long consideration. NNANNY was particular about a location that would be suitable to our unique circumstances – close to major airports, easily accessible, spacious, reputable, safe, yet affordable. Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center met all these conditions and it is only half an hour from downtown Manhattan. We thank NNANNY for its foresight.

arrangements to correct this and other flaws. The extent to which our planning and arrangements succeed will depend entirely on the cooperation of all - NNAUSA leadership (executive and council), the entire NNAUSA members in attendance and our visitors. Some things will be done differently this time around; not to inconvenience you but to enhance the image and dignity of ndingwa and that of our great association. Once again welcome to Stamford as we pray God to bless NNAUSA and ndingwa as we convene to reunion and to discuss matters and issues that affect us all as ndingwa and members of NNAUSA.

National Convention Committee members: John Nwogbe, Mmeze Eronwu, Alwell Agbara, Chioma Nwokike, Chidinma Byron, Andy Adiele, Dennis Nwogwugwu, Rosemary Jacob-Onwere, Innocentia Eronwu, Joice Nguma, Patie Nwaokocha, Chigozie OgIt is expected that attendance to this year’s convention bonna, Mab Nwaubani, Isaac Onyenma, Ulonwandi would surpass that of any convention in recent Nwakanma, Nnamdi Oriaku, Victor Ahuruonye, Stella NNAUSA history. We have therefore made arrange- Kamalu. ments to cope with this expectation. We are also aware of the problems that repeatedly plague our conventions, Uche Njoku especially timeliness or lack of it, in our convention Chairman. events and activities. We have also tried to make NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION U.S.A., INC. 17 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION


THE FAMILY OF CHIEF & LOLO UCHENDU AND NWAOZICHI NJOKU SALUTE NNAUSA ON THE OCC ASION OF THE 20TH ANNUAL NNAUSA CONVENTION HOSTED BY NNANNY IN STAMFORD, CT. CHINWEUBA, NNANNA. OBIOMA

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Welcome Message

from the Chairperson of the 2011 NNANNY Convention Planning Committee

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Ndi Ka Anyi Unu Abiala

he privilege is mine to welcome you to the 20th annual NNAUSA convention, hosted by one of your relatively younger chapters: the Ngwa National Association of North New York (NNANNY). We are grateful to the Almighty God for the traveling mercies granted to you as you made your way to the Big Apple and then over to our secluded venue in Stamford, Connecticut. As the hosting chapter, the awesome responsibility of catering to your comfort and convenience was very important to us. From the beginning, we knew we wanted a place that every Ngwa family that wanted to come to New York could reasonably afford to come. We at NNANNY believe that Ndi Ngwa should not compromise on quality. We took this responsibility very seriously. We found many venues in New York but none of them met our high demand for comfort, convenience, affordability and high quality. We are proud New Yorkers. However, the needs of Ndi Ngwa supersede our pride.

My biggest pride and joy during this convention planning period has been watching the collaboration between the New York (NNANNY/NCO) youth and young adults. To God be the Glory. There is hope for Ndi Ngwa. I pray that God will continue to grant you young people the wisdom to continue to work together as Ndi Ngwa in the future regardless of chapter affiliation.

Mrs. Ulonwandi E. Nwakanma I want to take this opportunity to thank every NNANNY member who contributed in one way or another to the success of this weekend. Special thanks to all the subcommittee leaders for making my job very easy. I want to thank Dr. Anthony Kanu, our president, the quiet leader of NNANNY. Attorney Kelechi Onyeobia, NNANNY’s national rep, thank you for such a good job promoting this event. KK, akam di lelu. To my very own husband, Dr. Michael Chinedu Nwakanma, thank you for your continuous support. I love you. Many thanks to the national executives for your support through out this process. Dr. Elele, your consistent leadership was greatly appreciated. Madam VP, Dr. Stella Kamalu, you are an angel in disguise. It was a real pleasure working with you. I tip my hat to both of you, President Elele and the VP. Keep up the good work. My prayer is that God will continue to strengthen Ndi Ngwa and bless our children both here in a foreign land and at home in Ala Ngwa.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ulonwandi E. Nwakanma Chair, NNANNY Convention Planning Committee

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NNANNY Members of the 20th Annual NNAUSA Convention Brochure Committee

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n behalf of the committee members, I would like to thank all those who made the accomplishment of this project a reality. This includes those who purchased and sent in advertisements or congratulatory messages as well as our NNAUSA counterparts: Dr. Stella Kamalu, Mr. Mmeze Eronwu and Mr. John Nwogbe. Our special gratitude goes to Dr. Eziuche and Dr. Ucheoma Nwakanma who worked late many nights to ensure we met the production deadline. In all, we the members of the brochure committee are grateful for the privilege to serve our Ngwa community. It is our hope that this brochure will be an excellent keepsake to be treasured for years to come. I wish all of you a pleasant and enjoyable convention experience!

Sincerely, Dr. Michael C. Nwakanma Brochure Committee Chairman

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS EZE DR. ISAAC A. NWACHUKU, MPA, Ph.D,FRSH Omei 1 of Ngwaland, recently retired from New York State Dept. of Health, health consultant, inspector of hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care agencies in new york city. Retired with honor and dignity with awards, plaques from the state in recognition of his 50 years of dedicated service in the health field. A Diplomat of American board of certifies forensic examiners.

Congratulations to NNANNY, for hosting this giant NNAUSA convention. I wish every attendee a happy stay and a safe return to your various destinations at the end of this occasion, and wishing you all God’s wonderful blessings. FROM HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS DR. ISAAC & MRS. UGOEZE CORDELIA NWCHUKU

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I am Covered by the Blood of Jesus Church of God Inc. New York Congratulates NNAUSA on its 20th convention in North New York.

I am Covered by the Blood of Jesus Church of God Inc. is a 501 Š (3) organization created for the purpose of divine worship, spiritual fellowship and religious observances.

From 2009-2010 in Osa-Okea, Abia State, Nigeria, during a tribal conflict between Osa-okea and a neighboring village, many homes were destroyed and people lost their lives and livelihood. I am Covered by the Blood of Jesus Church of God Inc. with the founder and overseer Rev. Levi Nwaohuocha, who also ministers in the streets, subways, visits hospitals and nursing homes, has embarked to rebuild these homes destroyed due to this tribal misunderstanding. We are dedicating our services to rebuilding these families, to assist displaced people and ultimately restore the word of God in the place. It is our goal to bring back hope, peace and restoration to the people. We look forward to partnering with you to raise effort and awareness of our campaign.

Long live North New York Long Live NNAUSA Long live Ala Ngwa

Rev. Levi Nwaohuocha General Overseer

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Congratulations to our daughter Onyinyechi Abigail Nwaohuocha, Esq. on your graduation from Vermont law school and admission into the New York and New Jersey bar. We wish you success in your future in International law. Rev. Levi & Mrs. Love Nwaohuocha and Family Long live North New York Long Live NNAUSA Long live Ala Ngwa

For information call (718) 547-1252 Email Levi.nwaohuocha@gmail.com

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ongratulates Ngwa National Association USA (NNAUSA), Inc on her 20th Anniversary !! Many great organizations that started before and after you have not doing very well or gone to extinction. Today, 20 years later, we are very happy that NNAUSA is still standing, solid and strong. We look forward to working with you in the days ahead, for the benefit and progress of our people and beloved ala Ngwa.

We also take this opportunity to invite ALL Ngwa sons and daughters to join NUA, as we embark on this journey to restore ala Ngwa. No one can do this but YOU and ME. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and generations waiting to take over from us!

Be Ngwa Patriot! Think Ngwa Unity! Think Ngwa’s Future! Ngwa United Alliance is here to make a Difference! Join NUA Today!

Obinna Ubani-Ebere, Ph.D, Chairman

Roy Madu, Secretary

Steve Nwaogwugwu, PRO

Odochi Eze Ugude, CPA Fin. Secretary

Joe Okoronta, CPA Treasurer

NUA, Inc is a nonprofit, non partisan organization founded in 2004. We are dedicated to equity, justice, accountability and good governance for Abia State and Nigeria, and ending the political marginalization of our people.

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NGWA NGWA CULTURAL ORGANIZATION, (N.C.O) NEW YORK. 3025 Wallace Ave, Bronx NY 10467.

We, the entire members of the Ngwa Cultural Organization, (N.C.O) New York, wish to congratulate the Ngwa National Association, USA inc. (NNAUSA) as it hosts its 20th annual convention at Stamford, Connecticut, September 2011. May we also express our solidarity, and further to congratulate the host chapter for this year’s convention, the Ngwa National Association, North New York Chapter (NNANNY). As we gather to celebrate, may our deliberations yield fruits, and may God bless us and crown our efforts with every success. Signed, for the NCO New York,

Mr. Lewis Nwankpa – President Mr. Chinedum Nwaohuocha – Secretary Dr. Chijioke Evoh – Financial Secretary Mrs. Onyinyechi Mathew – Social secretary Mr. Ndubueze Ukaegbu- Provost

Mr. Ifeanyi Mathew – Vice President Mrs. Ihuoma Ireaja - Assistant Secretary Mrs. Otuodichinma Nwankpa- Treasurer Mrs. Roseline Enyia – Asst. Social Secretary Uzoma Nwaekpe Esq. – National Rep.

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NGWA PROGRESSIVE UNION ( NPU ) NORTH-CENTRAL, NEW JERSEY INC. (A NOT FOR PROFIT, TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION)

CONGRATULATES NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, USA ( NNAUSA ), INC ON HER 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION (FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2011) STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT.

HOSTED BY NGWA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NORTH NEW YORK (NNANNY). THE MEMBERS OF NGWA PROGRESSIVE UNION (NPU) WISH NNAUSA AND NDI NGWA A SUCCESSFUL CONVENTION. LONG LIVE NPU, LONG LIVE NNANNY, LONG LIVE NNAUSA, LONG LIVE ALA NGWA.

JOHNSON WOKO PRESIDENT

PRINCE NDUAGUIBE SECRETARY

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Congratulations!!!

Ngwa National Association USA (NNAUSA) The Family of Mr. & Mrs. Godson Ihuoma Enyia congratulates Ngwa National Association North New York Chapter for successfully hosting the 20th annual national convention. Long Live NNANNY Long Live NNAUSA May God Rescue and Bless Ala Ngwa

From L-R, Nnabugwu Ohia-Enyia, Godson Ihuoma Enyia Nnennaya Ohia-Enyia, Nneoma Ohia-Enyia Ihiechi Ohia-Enyia, Chidozirim Ohia-Enyia

Mrs. Julie Ebere

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