USAfrica, Friday October 15, 2010: First and foremost, we commend the qualities and capacities of the three principal aspirants, namely: attorney Chris Aniedobe (who has served as ASA-USA Legal adviser), Dr. Allison Anadi (who has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of ASA-USA) and Prof. Chris Ulasi (national Vice President ASA-USA and chapter president in Houston).
They have all given their best efforts to extend and foster the interests of the Anambra communities in the United States. Each of them, and a dozen others who are not running, are very accomplished in their own right, and remain worthy ambassadors of our common interests despite the gutter-snipes and malice mongers who see the October 2010 elections in Chicago in the fanatical clash of a do-or-die battle.
Like most of you, USAfrica and its editors have all witnessed the ASA-USA partisans’ claims and counter-claims, serious and comedic flowering of views and agenda on the global Igbo e-group, IgboEvents, over who should lead the community. We also know, directly, for almost 18 years, all the key contenders and details of their public service, high achievements and challenges.
We are not voting for a beauty contest but the pick of a task leader and potential change agent for the great heritage, robust politicking, entrepreneurial backbone and informed, combative attitude of the Anambra Igbo, the home state of Azikiwe and Ojukwu and Achebe and Okigbo and Ekwueme and Nwangwu and….
USAfrica believes, reasonably, that at the end of the day, only One man or woman will lead as President of the umbrella organization of Anambra State indigenes and stakeholders across these United States. We are, therefore, endorsing that person, at this critical, historical conjecture, as CHRIS CHINWEUBA ULASI.
A recent issue which has been raised, we think, very unfairly and without merit, is the malicious and patently false “news report” orchestrated, concocted, and published against Prof. Ulasi on a blog which slanderously claimed he attempted in an alleged “foiled” effort (with ASA-USA national board member Sabi Nweke, et al) to finagle $50,000.00 (Fifty thousand US dollars) from the financially tight-fisted Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Peter Obi.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the facts, the phantom $50,000.00 “foiled attempt” was tied to the August 2010 Anambra Houston women inaugural event where the Houston-based instigators and manufacturers of the “news story” also claimed that it was a “4-1-9 “plot with occurred with a “rented” crowd.
USAfrica covered the event (with the pictures posted on the African diaspora community’s mega-site www.PhotoWorks.TV), and we saw Not a rented crowd but a bevy of Igbo women almost 95% women of Anambra origin in their group’s uniform! You wonder, did 95% of these professional women “rent” their uniforms?
The said “news report” and falsehoods which Sabi Nweke has claimed and insisted very publicly at the September 2010 Anambra Houston meeting are the handwork of his own distant relation and Ulasi’s uncouth deputy/VP at Anambra Houston community organization John Okafor, Anambra Houston board chair Sly Arubaleze (who called USAfrica to strongly deny and condemn Sabi’s mention of his name as equal to another character assassination), and Ralph Obijiofor.
For the avoidance of any doubts, USAfrica has confronted Ulasi with those questions about the $50,000.00; he vehemently denies it. We know Ulasi, too, as one of the editorial advisers of USAfrica. USAfrica made further independent investigations within Anambra State and here in Houston. And, based on all the information we have, deriving all reasonable deductions and bank information of Anambra Houston, there’s NO validity, None, to that character assassination and crass calumny masquerading as a “news” report which claims a bizarre “foiled attempt” against an alleged Ulasi-Nweke “plot” to gain for personal interest the sum of $50,000.00 from the Anambra Governor. If you believe that, then, you will also believe that Google was invented by Ekene dili Chukwu motors!
In conclusion, considering the current operational challenges, demographics and transformational needs of the ASA-USA into the years ahead;
in assessing the overall capacity and records of the three key aspirants to lead and serve the highest overall interests of the diaspora and stakeholders of Anambra;
to retrieve the organization from the evident and dramatically polarizing weaknesses of the outgoing president;
to get a conciliatory personality and co-leader who will significantly engage all the credible and divergent wings and leaders of Anambra in the diaspora and inside Nigeria; and
to optimally tap into the vibrant energies and skills of the resource-rich Anambra diaspora, USAfrica multimedia networks, without minimizing the worthiness of his opponents, endorse CHRIS CHINWEUBA ULASI as the person to lead and move forth from the position of Vice President to President of the Anambra State Association USA.
Signed: Dr. CHIDO NWANGWU, Founder of the first African-owned, U.S-based professional newspaper published on the internet www.USAfricaonline.com, CLASSmagazine, Harvest of Chinua Achebe, analyst on CNN International, recipient of journalism and public policy multimedia excellence awards, list owner of IgboEvents, AnambraHouston, AnambraPolitics e-groups, AfricanChristians, publisher of the photos-events mega-site with the largest collection of contemporary images/events of continental Africans in north America, www.PhotoWorks.TV, etc, is based in Houston, Texas. Chido@USAfricaonline.com
wireless: 832-45-CHIDO (24436)
USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com (characterized by The New York Times as the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks) established May 1992, our first edition of USAfrica magazine was published August 1993; USAfrica The Newspaper on May 11, 1994; CLASSmagazine on May 2, 2003; www.PhotoWorks.TVin 2005.
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