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U.S Congressman Green congratulates Anambra Gov-elect Obiano at USAfrica interactive forum in Houston with Anambra diaspora

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 U.S Congressman Green congratulates Anambra Gov-elect Obiano at USAfrica interactive forum in Houston with Anambra diaspora 

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USAfrica, January 13, 2014: At his first major public policy event since his election and affirmation as the duly-elected Governor of Anambra State of Nigeria, Chief Willie Obiano, has drawn the commendation of an influential member of the United States

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Congress, Hon. Al Green of Texas, a Democrat. 

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He told Obiano at the heavily-attended USAfrica interactive forum in collaboration with the Anambra communities in the diaspora on Saturday January 11, 2014 in Houston, that he has a challenge as an incoming Governor to foster the business and relationships of African-Americans and continental Africans “because we’re all Africans.”  Hon. Green opened his brief comments — to the delight of guests at the international event at the Hilton Hotel Towers at Westchase — with the words “Igbo kwenu!”

In his speech, Chief Obiano who was accompanied by his wife Osodieme E.V. Obiano set forth  to hundreds of diasporans from different parts of the United States of America, Ireland, Canada, Europe and Nigeria his agenda and plan for Anambra when he steps in March 2014. 

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There were dignitaries who witnessed and/or spoke at the event, including Nigeria’s former Information Minister Prof. Dora Akunyili,  Anambra State Information commissioner Joe Martins Uzodike (represented the Governor Peter Obi and recalled the process which led to Obiano’s nomination), Owelle Pius Idigo, Prof. Joseph Asike, first Chairman of the World Igbo Congress Dr. J.O.S Okeke, Igwe Nteje Rowland Odegbo, Prof. Michael Obiefune, Dr. Chudi Egbunike, APGA USA chairman Kpajie Onochie, APGA USA Women leader Mrs. Kate Okosi-Ofodile, and several others. 

He began by noting that: “ I feel particularly delighted to be in your midst tonight. I have always believed that there is no greater honour than the one conferred by one’s own people. I see many familiar faces as I recall that it was at this venue in 2012 that I was given the prestigious award of the USAfrica Best of Africa Banker of the Year. Again, I’m in the company of friends.” 

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According to Obiano “My Plan for Anambra State is quite simple. It is grounded on what I call the Anambra Wheel of Development which revolves on Four Pillars – Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Trade and Commerce and Industrialization. These are the core areas of focus for my administration.”

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He continued by noting that:  “In Nigeria today as in the Diaspora, there is an erroneous  belief that Igbos are never united in pursuit of any common purpose and that “we cannot work together.” Some people have even said that Igbos do not love one another. But that is not true. Once in every while, something happens to expose that notion as a lie. This gathering is one such instance.  

Another is the gubernatorial elections in Anambra State that took place on the 16th and 30th November last year.  Ndi Anambra, the overwhelming support I received from you all here in the Diaspora and in Nigeria that ensured my emergence as the Governor-elect of Anambra State, is proof that our people can act together as one in pursuit of a common goal. I must crave your understanding at this juncture to ask you to put your hands together for yourselves for remembering Anambra in your prayers all through the heady days of the campaign.

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On behalf of my family, I thank you for your kind support and prayers. Let me also assure you that with your continued support and prayers, we shall lift Anambra State up to its deserved place as a frontline state in Nigeria. 

 It is respect of those vital contributions of the Diaspora that I am here to interact with you. The world is familiar with the many great stories of the Diaspora influence on some of the leading economies of our time. The heroic tales of the impact of the Jewish and Indian Diaspora are ready examples. Ndi Anambra, I am extending an invitation to you here to come home and invest in Anambra State. Bring home your talent, your expertise and your dollars and let us make Anambra State the reference point in contemporary times. I know that we can do it! Ndi Anambra, we have a collective responsibility to build the Anambra State of our dream. We must all get involved. We must remember that according to the Anglo-Irish political philosopher, Edmund Burke, ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ Ndi Anambra; that is why I am involved.”

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Obiano, a technocrat and accomplished banker, holds a Second Class Upper Division degree in Accounting and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Lagos. He is a class member of the prestigious Harvard Business School in Massachussetts, and Stanford University, California. He is a Fellow and patron of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).  Obiano attended numerous courses including Credit and Trade Services at Citi-Bank in New York; Treasury and Money Market at Northwest London; Emerging Markets at FIM Bank, Malta; Managing Integration Process in Houston, Texas, USA in 2006, and several other courses. 

He has been invested with many awards and recognitions including the 2012 USAfrica Distinguished International Banker of the Year, as witnessed by Nigeria’s Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, U.S. Congressman Al Green and several dignitaries. 

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1,000 exclusive pictures of the event are already on the African diaspora’s #1 mega-site for pictorials www.PhotoWorks.TV while the print feature of the 2014 event with Obiano are scheduled to appear in the February 2014 special edition of USAfrica CLASSmagazine. Additional news features/spotlight across some of the blogs/e-groups of USAfrica, including IgboEvents, AnambraPolitics and Nigeria360.

Contact: USAfrica. e-mail: News@USAfricaonline.com and Chido247@Gmail.com wireless: 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436)

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VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn

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——  2014 forthcoming book: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives

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Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrsand friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, the author Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.”I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

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USAfrica, December 19, 2013: To fully make sense of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s December 2, 2013 letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, you should follow the key point of my analytical deduction which I refer to as Obasanjo’s unspoken historical burden; namely, for the 3 times where he exercised partisan power and influence in Nigeria’s presidential election history,

he has faced unpleasant twists, unexpected and unsatisfactory outcomes: 1979 (he supported Alhaji Shehu Shagari, NPN, removed in a military coup in 1983); 2007 (he personally picked an ill Alhaji Umar Yar’Adua, PDP, who died after 3 years of ineffective presidency as the 13th Head of State on May 5, 2010) and he also picked Yar’Adua’s VP, Goodluck Jonathan who became acting President on May 6. On April 18, 2011, he was declared winner of the presidential election with the very active campaign support of Obasanjo.

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But Obasanjo insists that Jonathan is not good enough and deserves the December 2 acidic, public denunciation of his presidency and worse, of this same man who has been, according to my key sources in the presidency in Abuja, very respectful and deferential toward Obasanjo.

Based on Obasanjo’s military antecedents, power attitude and drawing from my reading of his history as a leader, he will Not — for lack of a better word — “forgive” Jonathan despite his references to God and Christ, and to the great Nelson Mandela the same week as a forgiving leader. To be sure, Obasanjo does not have the forgiving spirit of Mandela….  For the FULL text of this commentary, click here https://usafricaonline.com/2013/12/19/why-president-jonathan-should-fight-back-or-obasanjo-will-end-his-presidency-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and the Nigeria360 e-group. https://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/ : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com https://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

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USAfrica: Awolowo’s Starvation Policy against Biafrans and the Igbo requires apology not attacks on Achebe. By Francis Adewale.

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https://usafricaonline.com/2012/01/25/jonathans-boko-haram-problem-and-firing-of-ringim-by-chido-nwangwu/

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https://usafricaonline.com/tag/al-qaeda/

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USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwuhttps://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/

Related and prior reporting on the Jos crises on USAfrica, click here: https://usafricaonline.com/2011/08/16/10-killed-in-renewed-violence-near-jos/

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News archives related to Jos, here https://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos

310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html

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Follow us at Facebook.com/USAfricaChidoFacebook.com/USAfrica247 n Twitter.com/Chido247

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• Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttps://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=USAfrica+Chido+Nwangwu+al-qaeda+terrrorism+nigeria&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 https://usafricaonline.com/tag/al-qaeda/ 310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

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Jonathan’s Boko Haram problem and firing of Ringim. By Chido Nwangwu https://usafricaonline.com/2012/01/25/jonathans-boko-haram-problem-and-firing-of-ringim-by-chido-nwangwu/

Related and prior reporting on the Jos crises on USAfrica, click here: https://usafricaonline.com/2011/08/16/10-killed-in-renewed-violence-near-jos/

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News archives related to Jos, here https://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos 310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

 

Trump looks foolish and crazy screaming about Obama’s birth certificates, college records and Muslim connection. By Raynard Jackson

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Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com https://usafricaonline.com/chido.achebebest.html

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In the light of an icon, my mentor Stanley Macebuh (1942-2010). By Chido Nwangwu  https://usafricaonline.com/2011/03/07/stanley-macebuh-tribute-by-chido-nwangwu/

The greatest Igbo ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s great farewell in Aba.  By Chido Nwangwu   https://usafricaonline.com/2012/02/28/the-greatest-igbo-odumegwu-ojukwu-farewell-in-aba-by-chido-nwangwu

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USAfrica: Ikemba ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s farewell in Aba, today February 28, 2012, reflected a fitting tribute, historically meaningful celebration, proper regard and deserving appreciation of the greatest Igbo, in my opinion, to have ever lived (like him or hate him).

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I SALUTE Aba (aka Enyimba city), the robust and fearless town I was born, bred and raised, for giving the Ikemba, our Ochiagha, Gburugburu, Oka oburu uzo, dike na ndu ma n’onwu, mgbadike anyi, a hero’s farewell.

To the Ikemba, may your valiant soul rest in peace and dignity.

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We will, and I, Chido Nwangwu, will never forget to continue to tell my generation and the next about your towering courage through tempest and thunder; through sorrow, pain, tears, blood…. •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn.

News: At Ojukwu memorial in Dallas Texas, USAfrica’s Chido Nwangwu challenges the Igbo nation to say never again like Jews.

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Ojukwu trouble and Ikemba titles. By Chido Nwangwu

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