Bianca Ojukwu gets support of Umuada Igbo Nigeria USA on President Jonathan’s appointment; group’s induction in Los Angeles on April 16.
Special to USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, Houston, Texas
By CHIDO NWANGWU
The umbrella organization of Igbo daughters and women across the United States and the diaspora Umuada Igbo Nigeria USA has thrown their support behind Bianca Onoh Odumegwu Ojukwu, the wife of the former head of state of the former Republic of Biafra, regarding her hotly debated appointment by Nigeria’s President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as his diaspora matters adviser.
In a statement sent to USAfrica multimedia networks and CLASSmagazine (based in Houston, Texas), the group stated that “Mrs. Bianca Onoh Ojukwu is a very rational woman, and a bona fide nwada Igbo. She has every right to make choices appropriate to her and her life situations and no one should state otherwise. We, Umuada Igbo Nigeria USA and in the Diaspora therefore wish Mrs. Ojukwu (Nwada Igbo di-nma-di-ogo) well” as she performs this national assignment.
The signatories, Princess Nnenna Unaka (the National President Umuada Igbo Nigeria USA) and Lady Ujunne S. Akpuaka (National Vice President Umuada Igbo Nigeria USA and Washington DC/Maryland area chapter President), also expressed the group’s commendation of Nigeria’s leader, noting: “We, the Umuada Igbo Nigeria USA and in the Diaspora are proud of our able President Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan and his all inclusive leadership… His actions to include women especially Igbo women in Nigeria’s leadership should be applauded by all.”
The group prayed that “the almighty God in heaven continue to guide and be with you (to) remain an ambassador for Nigeria women and Umuada Igbo Nigeria. Our best wishes to you and our prayers (for a) speedy recovery to our own Ikemba (Odumegwu Ojukwu).”
The group whose California chapter will hold a history-making induction ceremony in Los Angeles, California on April 16, 2011 — has Prof. Leslye Obiora, Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development as keynote speaker.
The event will be covered exclusively by USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, IgboEvents and www.PhotoWorks.TV. Adaku Olumba is California chapter President.
Lolo Dr. Kate Ezeofor who is based in Enugu is recognized as the Founder of Umuada Igbo Nigeria. Lady Bridget Akazie serves as its U.S national Patron. The executives: Philomena Nwokey is General Secretary, Eziada Anne Onyeneho is the PRO, Dr. Uchenna Ukachukwu and Ngozi Loveth Onunkwo are parliamentarians, Lolo Victoria Egwuonwu is treasurer, Dr. Uche Nnabuife is Financial Secretary. Group advisers are Ada Okoro, Pat Eto, Esther Ohen, Felicia Ekeke Dorothy Akpamgbo and others.
The association of Umuada Igbo describes itself as a socio-cultural, non-political, non-governmental, and corporate organization. The association derives its membership across the seven (7) Igbo speaking states of Nigeria, namely Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers. The organization’s motto is Love, Peace, Unity and Progress for “odinma Igbo.”
Exclusive CLASSmagazine feature of their Houston induction, and their delegates conference in 2010 are on the African community’s #1 mega-site for pictorials and special events www.PhotoWorks.TV