Nigerian Women Association of Georgia
"Together We Achieve"
P.O. Box 14542 ,  Atlanta , GA 30324  Phone: 770 –496-4380

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About NWAG

  • About us +

    In 2000, Mrs. Dayo Keshi invited a handful of dynamic Nigerian women to her residence to discuss how we could combine our efforts to impact the lives of Nigerians at home and abroad. Many of the women gathered were accomplished individuals who belonged to various community organizations. The birth of NWAG was to combine our efforts and harness our talents as Nigerian women, in service to accomplish more in our communities.
    Thus our motto: "TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE"

  • Membership +

    Membership in the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia is voluntary and open to all Nigerian women by birth or marriage, 21 years or older, residing in the State of Georgia, USA.
    NWAG Bylaws

  • Benefits +

    •The joy of using our talents/skills to serve humanity
    •Sisterhood and networking with fellow Nigerian women
    •Annual retreat for members
    •Serving as a resource group to the Metro-Atlanta schools and community on Nigeria and Nigerian culture.

  • Annual Events +

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NWAG Presidents

 

     

 

NWAG FACT SHEET (As of 2015)

The Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG), founded in April 2000, is a non-profit 501(C)(3), community-focused, service-oriented organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. Membership is made up of women who are Nigerian by birth or marriage. NWAG’s mission is to serve our local Atlanta Metro community, and country, Nigeria by empowering, enriching and educating women and the youth, thereby fostering togetherness and excellence in our collective pursuits.  NWAG supports organizations whose mission aligns with our mission.

Major accomplishments in the United States

  • Awarded 46 one-time scholarships to qualified high school seniors in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Annually support Southside Medical Center, Sickle Cell Foundation, International Women’s House, Hosea Feed the Hungry, MedShare International, Atlanta Community Food  Bank and Susan G Komen since 2014.
  • Organize annual summer enrichment and educational programs for youth and children in the Atlanta Metro area (WAZOBIA Sunfest)
  • Conduct outreach to schools in the Metro Atlanta area to educate students about the cultural heritage of Nigeria and Africa
  • Provided support to Hurricane Katrina Victims, Carter Center Guinea Worm Eradication Program, Mercy Foundation, Haiti Earthquake Victims and American Cancer Society.
  • Since 2008, NWAG volunteers annually at MedShare International. NWAG has also volunteered at Atlanta Community Food Bank 2011, 2015, and Foster Care Support Foundation 2012.
  • Since 2009, annual collaboration with National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia (a first for a Nigerian Organization) to showcase Nigerian culture.
  • Organize annual Health Fair in collaboration with the Alliance of Nigerian Organizations (ANOG), Nigerian Nurses Association of Georgia (NNAG) in Atlanta & The Association of Nigerian Physicians in Americas (ANPA).
  • NWAG received “Community Impact Award” by Overcomers Christian Fellowship in 2014.
  • Donated Crocs to children in orphanages in Nigeria in 2014 and 2015, as well as to Displaced children in Enugu State, Nigeria in 2015

Major accomplishments in Nigeria

  • Awarded 436 scholarships to female college students representing 36 states and FCT
  • Support the nutrition program of 11 orphanages in 10 states & FCT through the Beacon 100 campaign; since 2009, provide holiday gifts through the Angel Tree Project.
  • Shipped 4 containers of medical supply worth over $1 million to 12 community hospitals in 11 states in Nigeria.
  • Participated in HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Nigeria
  • Collaborate with several organizations in Nigeria with similar missions:
  • Supported the Women Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF)
  • Distributed blood pressure cuffs to 15 states
  • Donated syringes to Boltless Hospital, Ilupeju, Lagos
  • Partnered with Nigerian Bottling Company and Prime City Construction to Co-sponsor the 2009 Scholarship Award Ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria o Supported Society for the Welfare for the Blind in Nigeria (SWBN)
  • Support and collaborate with organizations that conduct Medical Missions in Nigeria
  • Eko Club International (2010, 2012)
  • Mercy Foundation (Medical Mission)
  • Hope Foundation, Kogi State (2014)• Awarded 369 scholarships to female college students representing 36 states and FCT
  • NWAG Conducted her first Medical Mission to Nigeria in Osun State in collaboration with these organizations:
  • ANPA
  • NNAG

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Thought you’d never ask!

We accept support and donations from friends and well-wishers like you. With our 501(C)3 tax exempt status, all donations are tax-deductible. 

We would really appreciate it if you could put NWAG on your list of charitable organizations. Thank you.


Please Make checks payable to NWAG and send to:
Nigerian Women Association of Georgia
P.O. Box 14542 ,  Atlanta , GA 30324
Phone: 770 –496-4380

 

2016 NWAG Officials

  • NWAG Executive
  • Committee Chairs
  • Class of 2015
  • NWAG 2015 Members
  • 2015 Member of The Year
  • 2015 Golden Key Club
  • 2016 Golden Key Club

NWAG Founder:         Mrs. Dayo Keshi

President:                  Dr. Stella E. Etta Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice President:          Mrs. Buki Adeshakin Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary:                  Ms. Chikaodi Ntekop  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asst. Secretary:          

Treasurer:                  Mrs. Florence Okafor 

Financial Secretary:  Mrs. Iyabor Raji

Historian:                   Atty. Mrs. Hope Okotie-Ojagbeghru 

Parliamentarian:       Mrs. Lara Adeduntan 

Ex-officio:                  Mrs. Abby Ebodaghe 

Education Committee

Chairperson:             Dr. Ngozi Ohaya                       

Asst. Chairperson:    Patricia Ahanotu 

Fundraising Committee

Chairperson:                 Mrs. Theresa Abak-Ibebunjo

Asst. Chairperson:        Mrs. Chinwe Ozulumba

Health Committee

Chairperson:             Mrs. Funmi Shitta-Bey

Asst. Chairperson:    Helen Edoimioya

Human Relations Committee

Chairperson:                 Ms. Bola Olagundoye

Asst. Chairperson:        Franca Orewa

Membership Committee

Chairperson:             Tolani Oshikoya         

Asst. Chairperson:    Mrs. Phyl Idehen

Public Relations

Chairperson:                 Dr. Yeti Ezeanii                      

Asst. Chairperson:        Dr. Emelia Orubele

 

2015 Inductees

Prof. (Mrs.) Patricia Ahanotu

Mrs. Gloria Ananaba

Ms. Anita Bryant

Mrs. Silverlyne Chukwurah

Mrs. Gloria Ebere

Mrs. Sabrina Onyewuenyi

Mrs. Franca Orewa

Founder: Mrs. Dayo Keshi*

Engr. (Mrs.) Abby Ebodaghe*

Ms. Ada Nwaneri

Mrs. Adesuwa Ogee Nwankwo

Mrs. Agatha Nnaji

Ms. Alice Osunde

Mrs. Antonia Onukwuli

Ms. Blessing Itua

Ms. Bola Olagundoye

Ms. Bosede Balogun

Mrs. Catherine Oworu

Ms. Chikaodi Ntekop

Ms. Chinwe Igwedibie

Mrs. Chinwe Ozulumba

Mrs. Christina Buki Adeshakin

Mrs. Dayo Keshi

Dr. Emelia Orubele

Dr. Eugenia ‘Busola George*

Mrs. Evelyn Chinwe Mgbemena

Mrs. Evelyn Ogbomoh

Mrs. Evelyn Omo Otaigbe

Mrs. Florence Okafor

Ms. Folashade Arowoselu

Atty. Franca Manuwuike

Mrs. Funmi Shitta-Bey

Ms. Glad Obiago

Mrs. Glory Abuajah

Mrs. Grace Ibeanusi

Mrs. Helen Audu

Mrs. Helen Edoimioya

Mrs. Helen Orji

Atty. (Mrs.) Hope Okotie-Ojagbeghru

Dr. Hope Eze

Ms. Hope Ibekwe

Dr. (Mrs.) Ibiyemi Dare

Mrs. Idowu Adigun

 

Mrs. Ifey Okpala

Mrs. Ihuoma Edna Ebbis

Atty. (Mrs.) Iruka Ndubuizu

Mrs. Iyabo Raji

Ms. Joan George

Mrs. Joy Enagbare-Agbonze

Mrs. Joyce Anusiem

Mrs. Julianna Bosede Ajayi

Mrs. Lara Adeduntan

Mrs. Marie Osegie

Mrs. Mathilda Akosile-Adebayo

Mrs. Media Osayi

Ms. Mfon Ufot*

Mrs. Monica George-Komi

Mrs. Ngozi Afulezi

Mrs. Ngozi Ogbo

Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Ohaya

Ms. Ngozi Orabueze

Mrs. Nike Nwokorie

Mrs. Nkiru BQ Oranika

Mrs. Nneka Pat Eto

Dr. (Ms.) Pat Obiefule

Ms. Patience Ayuk

Mrs. Phyl Idehen

Mrs. Rhoda Macham

Mrs. Shola Olori

Dr. Stella Etta

Mrs. Theresa Abak-Ibebunjo

Mrs. Tolani Oshikoya

Mrs. Toyin Osinubi

Mrs. Uche Azih

Mrs. Veronica N. Ojunta

Ms. Victoria Agbatutu

Dr. (Mrs.) Winifred Nweke*

Dr. (Mrs.) Yeti Ezean


*NWAG Presidents

Mrs. Dayo Keshi: 2000 – 2003

Dr. Winifred Nweke: 2004 – 2005

Ms. Mfon Ufot: 2006 – 2007

Dr. Eugenia ‘Busola George: 2008 – 2011

Engr. Abby F. Ebodaghe: 2012 -2015

2015 Member of the Year

2010 – Engr. (Mrs.) Abby Ebodaghe

2011 –Dr. Stella Etta

2012 – Mrs. Cate Oworu

2013 – Dr. Emelia Orubele

2014 – Mrs. Lara Adeduntan

2015 – Theresa Abak-Ibebunjo

(Members that have raised $1500 and more)

Mrs. Theresa Abak-Ibebunjo

Mrs. Mathilda Akosile-Adebayo

Mrs. Lara Adeduntan

Mrs. Buki Adeshakin

Dr. Patricia Ahanotu

Mrs. Joyce Anusiem

Ms. Patience Ayuk

Mrs. Abby Ebodaghe

Dr. (Mrs.) Eugenia ‘Busola George*

Mrs. Phyl Idehen

Atty. (Mrs.) Iruka Ndubuizu

Dr. Pat Obiefule

 (* Raised over $10,000)

(Members that have raised $1500 and more)

Mrs. Theresa Abak-Ibebunjo

Mrs. Mathilda Akosile-Adebayo

Mrs. Lara Adeduntan

Mrs. Bosede Balogun

Dr. (Mrs.) Eugenia ‘Busola George

Atty. (Mrs.) Iruka Ndubuizu

Mrs. Phyl Idehen

Mrs. Iyabo Raji

Mrs. Christina Adeshakin

Mrs. Toyin Osinubi

 

Nigerian Women Association of Georgia

"Together We Achieve"

Committees

  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Relations
  • Membership
  • Fundraising
  • Public Relations

The education committee is responsible for the WAZOBIA INIITIATIVE whose purpose is to share and showcase the rich and diverse culture of Nigeria through school and community outreach.  This committee also supports youth development and academic excellence by awarding scholarships to female University students in Nigeria and high school seniors in the Atlanta area.

Since 2000, NWAG members have visited an average of four schools a year for outreach presentations.  The presentation is a variety of age appropriate activities from a Social Studies-curriculum based power-point presentation, fashion show, show and tell cultural display, folktale and story-telling, and interactive question and answer session, depending on the audience. In addition, the Education Committee coordinates the annual WAZOBIA Sunfest during the summer. This is a summer enrichment program open to young people ages 5-15 to learn about Nigeria. The children learn about the history, languages, education system, ethnic groups, traditions, arts, craft and other cultural aspects associated with Nigeria, all of which they are tested on, before the day ends 

NWAG believes that good health is the foundation for giving effective service to humanity. This committee helps to disseminate health information to members, they coordinates the annual health fair and is  responsible for the coordination of the shipment of medical supplies to Nigeria.

 

This committee supports the wellbeing of members. We believe that a healthy, happy and content membership makes for a successful and accomplished organization. They provide support for members’ birthdays and other milestones celebrated by members and their families. They are also responsible for members’ development by organizing the yearly retreat.

This committee assists in recruiting and training new members. In order to continue the NWAG legacy, we seek and encourage new members to join our organization. This committee ensures that new members are effectively integrated into the organization and that they understand the history, the core values and the mission of the organization

This committee fuels the engine of our organization.  Their sole responsibility is to find resources to fund our many programs. They are responsible for the planning of the Annual Awards Banquet that attracts over 700 people every year. They are responsible for all the other fundraising initiatives that are designed to diversify our funding sources and to bring added resources to the organization. 

This committee is the voice and face of the organization. They help to articulate the mission, programs and vision of the organization to the outside world. They help to publicize all the events of the organization.

Women of Valor

  • NWAG Honoree
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2016

Every year, the Nigerian Women Association recognizes a Nigerian Woman who through their selfless service, have made a difference in other people's lives. The honoree is recognized as the “Woman Of Valor” during the Annual Fundraising and Awards Banquet.

Dr. Osonye Tess Onwueme –2002 NWAG WOMAN OF VALOR
“Tess is a rare jewel in this country”----Dr. K. Kendall Smith College , MA

A writer with an active conscience, Dr. Onwueme's provocative and humorous writing and speaking often poke into taboo and controversial subjects. Her work clearly reveals the untold/unheard stories of young women and the poor who are caught in various crossfires with family, tradition, race, class, gender, culture, and the politics of living in the challenging postcolonial societies today. Her award-winning play, Shakara Dance-Hall Queen kicked off the BBC

World Drama Service international broadcast for the fall season of 2004. Since joining the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1994 as a Distinguished Professor of Cultural Diversity and Professor of English after her years of teaching in both Nigerian and American universities, Dr. Onwueme continues to serve as a role-model for women and youths through her inspirational writing and speaking

Mrs. Chi Ezekwueche received her B. Sc degree in pharmacy from Saint Johns ' University in New York . She also obtained her B.A. degree in Studio Arts from Wesleyan College , Macon Georgia . During her term as the Board chair of the world renowned Tubman African-American Museum in Macon , Georgia , Chi initiated the Tubman American –American Museum Nigerian Christmas Design, All That Jazz week, She founded and chaired Pan African Festival of Georgia which showcases Nigerian culture through arts, cuisine and dance.

She founded Otu Umunne in 1996 to provide networking opportunities and support for Igbo Women. She is a member of Jack and Jill of America which provides guidance and leadership opportunities for young people. She supports and encourages young people to volunteer on medical missions to Nigeria .

In recognition of her contribution to the arts, Chi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tubman Museum in 2001, Celebrity Chief by the Macon Arts & Red Cross; Tribute to Women Award , by the YWCA; International Artist Award by the Georgia , Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

To crown it all, her community in Nigeria installed on her the chieftancy title of Iyom, Odi Uko Na Mba of Abagana

In January 2004, Mercy Obeime delivered about $800,000 of donated medicine and supplies to her homeland, Nigeria . That was during her ”spare time“ as director of the Mercy Foundation, a non–profit healthcare organization she and several classmates from medical school started in 2001 to help fight HIV—AIDS in Nigeria, which she confides is “a big, silent problem, with lots more out there.” Since 2004, Dr. Obeime, in collaboration with a group of volunteers have embarked on embarked on numerous medical missions to Nigeria where free medical services are being provided for thousands of Nigerians.
Dr. Obeime has served as the Medical Director of the Neighborhood Health Center at Garfield Park , since 1996. She was nominated a Local Legend by Representative Julia Carson [D–IN–7]. In prior recognition of her dedication and commitment to the inner–city residents of Indianapolis , Obeime was chosen as a National Winner of the 2003 Spirit of Women Awards in the Healthcare category. She is committed to treating the whole person, regardless of ability to pay. The Health Center is a family practice providing primary and preventive care to families who cannot afford health insurance and who are charged only what they can pay without compromising their financial integrity. During the past five years, the number of patients served has ballooned three times to 2,500, with almost 70 percent being uninsured

Chief Mrs Eki Igbenedion is a social activist in the forefront of fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS through education in Nigeria . She founded the IDIA RENAISSANCE in 2000. Chief Igbenedion, through the IDIA RENAISSANCE organization has championed the campaign against the dest4ructive trade of prostitution by Edo State girls within and outside the country. Having identified the perculiar problem of her people, Mrs. Igbenedion's effort has recorded some considerable amount of success. Through IDIA RENAISSANCE, she has been able to sensitize her people and young girls to the evils of prostitution.. She is the brain behind the IDIA RENAISSANCE Skills Acquisition Center, Benin City, Edo State where young girls can learn life saving skills and get their education. The belief is that when the girls are given marketable skills , this will prevent them from the desperation and devastation of prostitution.

In 2004, when NWAG through its scholarship program asked young University students to identify the role of the Nigerian Woman in the 21 st century, Mrs. Igbenedion's name came up over and over again as a shinning example of what is good about a Nigerian Woman. They acknowledged her energy, her passion and her deep commitment to making a difference in other people's lives

PROF. DORA NKEM AKUNYILI (OFR)

Dr (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili is the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Dr. Dora (as she is fondly called) has single handedly revived the Nigerian Ministry of Health and consequently instilled the people's confidence in a Ministry that once lacked credibility. She is a renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Seasoned Administrator, and a visionary leader. It is no

surprise then that one of her major focus is to rid Nigeria of sub-standard pharmaceuticals and unsanitary food items. In March 2006, her agency signed an Agreement with some countries, including Republic of China and Sweden , to curb the importation of fake medications through their various ports. This joint partnership with these countries ensures that all drugs, edibles, and chemicals being imported into the country are pre-inspected. Under her dynamic leadership, NAFDAC has implemented a “Pharmacovigilance” campaign which carries out random inspection of market places, pharmacies, and hospitals, to carry out sample checks. For her industry and commitment to the values of honesty and transparency, Dr. Dora has received over 260 Awards and Recognitions both locally and internationally. NWAG is proud to recognize her as a Woman of Valor on June 24, 2006.

Mrs. Inna Maryam Chiroma – 2007 NWAG Woman of Valor

Mrs. Inna Maryam Chiroma Honorable Federal Minister of Women Affairs and Development—Woman of Passion and Humility

Mrs. Chiroma was appointed the Minister of Women Affairs in 2005 by the Nigerian Federal Government. Before then, Inna as she is fondly referred to by her friends had spent many yeas working to improve the lives of women and children in Nigeria.

Her contributions include the establishment of the Islammiya School in Kenken Ward in Bui Local Government of Bornu State. The vision of the school is to create opportunity for self and educational development for women and youth.
She has also helped to register 11 cooperative societies in her local government to enhance their economic empowerment.

2008 Woman of Valor, Her Excellency Oluwatoyin Saraki

The honorable First lady of Kwara State Nigeria
A Woman of Humility and Compassion


oluwatoyinsarakiHer Excellency Oluwatoyin Saraki was chosen as our 2008 Woman of Valor for her quiet contributions to the plight of homeless children, and the physically challenged Nigerians.
Mrs Saraki’s early years was influenced by the writings of two authors; The Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, a writer and philosopher, and the renowned Lebanese philosopher Khalil Gibran.
As a student in England, she noticed the plight of the aged and volunteered her time to provide comfort and love to those who were oftentimes forgotten. Upon returning back to Nigeria, she continued her selfless service while pursuing her banking career at Ecobank Nigeria Plc, a prestigious pan-African financial institution. She later on went into private business.
By the early 1990’s however, Mrs. Saraki, in collaboration with other civic-minded individuals established The Lifestream Charity. The vision of this organization is to provide resources for children with heart deformities and to sponsor corrective surgeries abroad.

With the election of her husband Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki as Executive Governor of Kwara State, Nigeria, Mrs. Saraki continued her selfless work to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kwara state by establishing The Kwara WellBeing Trust “Alaafia Kwara”, under the auspices of The WellBeing Foundation

At present, The WellBeing Foundation is pioneering an innovation in the delivery of public health care, the Health-for-All-Children-Nigeria © program through the introduction of the Personal Child Health Record © which has been presented for nationwide adoption to the Federal Ministry of Health with favorable feedback.

Mrs. Saraki has completed the Herculean task of raising funds privately for the in depth renovation of the state government owned Children’s Specialist Hospital, Center Igboro, Ilorin. She has also helped to establish the Indigent Medical Fund for people who are not able to afford medical treatment.

Mrs. Saraki is convinced that the most meaningful life is that which impacts positively on other people, whether they are privileged or not!
Congratulations to our 2008 Woman of Valor; Our sister, our friend.

First Lady of Lagos State, Nigeria

Her Excellency Mrs. Abimbola Emanuella FasholaHer Excellency, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, has been working diligently behind the scenes to complement the efforts of the Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), and add value to governance in Lagos State. She is committed to “grooming tomorrow’s leaders to be confident, self-sufficient and socially responsive through education, vocational skills acquisition and recreation”, Her Excellency has established a unique Non-Governmental Organization, the Lagos Empowerment And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N). As Chairman of the NGO, she has been overseeing the systematic implementation of its strategic vision of establishing resource centers in the five Administrative Divisions of Lagos State as a basis for exporting the L.E.A.R.N. model to other jurisdictions. Within its very short period of existence, L.E.A.R.N. has begun to positively impact the lives of tomorrow’s leaders through various creative programs targeted at students
Apart from her work among students and youths, Her Excellency is passionate about environmental cleanliness. She has been at the forefront of the campaign for Lagosians, particularly women, to embrace environmental cleanliness and keep the surroundings of their homes and markets clean. She actively participates in the monthly sanitation and weekly market sanitation days showing by personal example the pivotal role of women in maintaining a healthy environment.
As the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Fashola is the Chairman of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), a community based gender organization established by the wife of the First Military Governor of Lagos State to complement the efforts of the State Government in improving the socio-economic conditions of the people.

A woman of quiet dignity. She is a model of calm composure. She is a symbol of genuine humility. She has an uncommon capacity for hard work and a burning passion to motivate youths to actualize their potentials.

Mrs. Fashola is married to His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the Honorable Governor of Lagos State of Nigeria.
NWAG is proud to award Her Excellency Mrs. Abimbola Fashola as our 2009 Woman of Valor.
Congratulations to our 2009 Woman of Valor

HER EXCELLENCY DAME JUDITH AMAECHI, WIFE OF GOVERNOR, RIVERS STATE AND FOUNDER, THE EMPOWERMENT SUPPORT INITIATIVES (ESI)

Virtue is doing good to mankind in obedience to the will of Almighty God and for the sake of everlasting happiness, for virtue only finds eternal fame. These attributes befit an Amazon, a mother an avatar, a virtuous wife whose means and deeds have received praises and encomium around the world for her contribution to the development of women and children in Rivers State. A woman, who ventured into grey areas to provide means of sustainable livelihood for families. A woman who appreciates that divine love is a sacred flower which in its early bud is happiness and in its full bloom is heaven.  This woman is acclaimed to have pioneered the empowerment of women in the country, through very sustainable means of transportation, the ESI Lady Cabbies.  The ESI lady Cabbies is now our national pride and some states of the federation are already adopting the ESI lady cabby as veritable model of employment and empowerment for women.

Love begets love and can only be reciprocated if the giver has genuine love.  The initiation of an early childhood education in the rural communities of Rivers State to enable less privileged children acquire and access basic foundational education is a demonstration of love and passion.  Already 350 pupils have graduated while 4000 are at present acquiring nursery education.  This effort initiated by Her Excellency, Dame Judith Amaechi, wife of the Rivers State Governor has also created gainful employment opportunities for 920 teachers and minders and another 35 cooks who are already trained and engaged in the ESI Feed a Child project; another effort introduced to provide balanced diet for the pupils and help them develop their growth and assist their learning and assimilative capability.

These teachers are exposed to specialized training in different level of University of Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) and the Cambridge International Certificate for Teachers and Trainers (CICTT). In complementing the Federal Government’s effort to arrest the dwindling fortune of education, the wife of Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, organized the first national conference on kindergarten education in Nigeria and was declared open by Dr Goodluck Jonathan, President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria and former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole was in attendance.

A major recommendation of the conference was the protection and promotion of unalienable rights of the child to access basic education.  This prompted her to champion the domestication of the child rights acts in Rivers State with a visit to the Rivers State House of Assembly to advocate and lobby the Assembly for passage of the Child Rights Acts.  Today, Rivers State is one of the states in Nigeria that have domesticated the act. The unemployment among the youths in Nigeria has become a national challenge.  Government at all levels cannot provide jobs for all our teeming unemployment youths.  Mrs Amaechi has taken the challenge to develop the youth potential and to make them appreciate entrepreneurial skills.  This is a response to non availability of jobs occasioned by recession in the economy.

Today, it is on record that over 2000 youths have acquired relevant skills in soap detergent, production fashion, modeling, bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, painting and decoration among others in collaboration with training partners such as the City and Guilds of London, Fashion Couture of UK, Soapbiz.com among others. Time may not be enough to chronicle the laudable effort of a woman described as a fountain of living water by orphanage children homes where inmates are receiving some degree of scholarship at the Post Primary School level.   Worried over the rising cases of maternal mortality occurred by the high rate of cancer, Mrs Amaechi has mounted an advocacy and awareness campaign against cancer and donated a mammogram cancer screening facility to Rivers State Public health centre at Churchill, Port Harcourt, to enable women check their status.

Born on the eve of Xmas in 1970 at Enugu-ukwu in Anambra State, Dame Judith Amaechi (nee Nwankwo) attended the Port Harcourt Primary School and Federal Government Girls College Abuloma, Rivers State for her Primary and Post Primary education:  she enrolled for her First Degree at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and obtained a Bachelor of Technology in Urban and Regional Planning.  She is a recipient of several awards including –

 

1.       Friend of the masses award, by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

2.       African Woman Leadership Award by the African Leadership Magazine

3.       Media Friendly Woman Award by High Chief Raymond Dokpesi Media Centre

4.       Advocate of Women’s Rights by Nigerian Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), Abuja.

5.       Paul Harris Rotary International Award.

6.       Exemplary African Woman Leadership Award by the International Institute of management Las Vegas USA.

7.       Best Alumni Award, UST Alumni Association.

 

She was former President, Lawmakers Wives Association (LEWA) and happily married to the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State who hails from Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rives State. The Union is blessed with three lovely boys.

HER EXCELLENCY, LADY MERCY ODOCHI ORJI, FIRST LADY OF ABIA STATE

Her Excellency, Lady Mercy Odochi Orji, was born on May 22, 1959 to a modest and God fearing family of Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Offor of Umuohu Okpuala Ndume-Ibeku in Mbaocha Autonomous Community of Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, Her Excellency, Lady Mercy Odochi Orji, Is often referred to as a great woman evangelist, an amazing amazon, Winnie Mandela of Nigerian Politics, Deborah of the 21st century, and a humanitarian genius of an inestimable value. She is married to His Excellency; Chief T. A. Orji (Ochendo Abia), the Executive Governor of Abia State and the marriage is blessed with children and grandchildren.

She holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Government and Public Administration, and has worked as a Manager at the Imo State owned Concorde Hotel Ltd. On the creation of Abia State in 1991, Her Excellency, left the service and joined the world of business, where she was also very successful. Her Excellency is a kind hearted virtuous woman, a crowd puller, a great mobilizer, a mother of substance, a hospitable, God fearing and compassionate recipient of many awards in recognition and appreciation of her immense contributions to the growth and development of the church, women, children, youths and the less privileged. Her unprecedented attention to the poor, less privileged, widows and other vulnerable groups have made Abia State the land of smiling faces, the State of hope for the hopeless, the home of love and mercy, and network for people living with HIV/AIDS (NEPWAN) as well as the physically challenged.

Her numerous awards, include:

  • Excellence Award on Humanitarian activities and Community Development, by Lions Club, Nigeria, Abia State Chapter.
  • Woman of Substance Award by the Students Union Government of Abia State University, Uturu.
  • Champion for Maternal and Child Survival Advocate by Primary Health Care Forum, Abia State Ministry of Health, Umuahia
  • The Golden Mother Award & Mother of Victory Award by St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Okwuta Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State.
  • Valiant Mother by the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Aba among others.
  • Mother Red Cross by Red Cross Society of Nigeria.
  • Mother of Disabled by the Joint National Association of Disabled Persons in Nigeria.

 

She is famously known as OSI N’ULO MARA NMA PUO NA AMA OF UGBA-IBEKU, UGONWANYI OF AFUGURI, NNEOMA UGOCHINYERE 1 OF ABIA and has bagged chieftaincy titles from all the seventeen Local Government Areas of Abia State.

 

She is widely traveled, has attended many local and international conferences, seminars and workshops. She is a member of many National and International Organizations such as International Association of Volunteer Efforts (IAVE), National Volunteer Centre, Nigerian Council of Women Society, Christian Women Association etc. She is a strong and firm Christian of the Church of Christ, where she encourages the women for God’s work.

 

Without doubt, Her Excellency is a woman of destiny. This is because she is bold, resolute, amiable, caring, articulate, diligent, focused, compassionate and resilient, in pursuit of excellence in whatever she does. Her Excellency deserves the best and everything nature has bestowed on her. She is indeed, a priceless jewel for the loving and God fearing people of Abia State.

Ogun State First Lady - Mrs Olufunso AmosunMrs. Olufunso Amosun who is the First Lady of Ogun State and the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, started her education in the United Kingdom before moving to Yejide Girls Grammar School in Ibadan, and to University of Ife, where she graduated with a BA in English Education and then to University of Lagos where she obtained a Masters in Guidance and Counseling. She returned to the UK where she began her working career in the 1990s.

As the wife of a former Senator and now a Governor, she has contributed her own quota to societal development by supporting her husband’s foundation, Senator Ibikunle Amosun-SIA Foundation, as well as her “Understanding People’s Limiting & Inhibiting Factors Today- UPLIFT Development Foundation. Through her commitment towards the well-being of the less privileged of Ogun State, she was recently awarded the 2013 City People Award for Excellence as the Best First Lady of the Year. With her UPLIFT Development Foundation, which started before her husband became a Governor, she has been able to reach out to these specific groups namely: Widows, Unemployed Graduates, Women in general, the Elderly, and SS3 Students, by providing several programs, opportunities and funding for advancements, and in an effort to empower women in the state. Another area of her UPLIFT Development Fund is the free eye camp to reduce loss of sight a great benefit to thousands of indigent people in Ogun State.

For all her work with Women Youth and Children, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun was recently recognized by the City People as the Best First Lady of 2013, a success which she in turn attributed to the glory of God.  She is generally involved in society improvement, and focuses on the less privileged among the youth, the elderly, widows and the unemployed who constitute the majority of the state’s population, in a continuous effort to provide opportunities for their advancement. In February 2012, she inaugurated “Spouses of Ogun State Government Functionaries Association” (SOSGFA) foundation, with the basic purpose of providing opportunities for the wives of government officials in the state to support their husbands to rebuild Ogun State.

Ogun State First Lady - Mrs Olufunso Amosun

Mrs. Oludolapo Osinbajo,  The wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Author and renowned lawyer known for her work with several charities including The Women’s Helping Hands Institute which benefits women from all walks of life and Orderly Society Trust which works to end inequality and create strong, stable and just societies, will be honored with the “Woman of Valor” award

NWAG Friends of Nigeria

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Every year, the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia recognizes a non Nigerian individual who through their selfless service, have made a difference in the lives of Nigerians at home and abroad. The honoree is recognized as the "Friend of Nigeria" during the Annual Fundraising and Awards Banquet

Dr. Brenda W. Cloud—Educator and Philanthropist

Dr. Brenda W. Cloud; The Educator and Philanthropist. Dr. Cloud is an active Atlantan . She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Elementary  Education at Spelman College. She went on to Atlanta University where she obtained her Master’s  of Arts Degree in Learning Disability (1979) and a Doctorate in Administrative Leadership (1990).

For Dr. Cloud, education is not a job or even a mere profession, it is a calling! She has spent  much of her adult life in the classroom working with the youth  and the learning disabled of the Atlanta Metropolitan community When she is not teaching them directly, she is empowering teachers, parents and  community leaders through though workshops and presentations.

Most importantly, Dr. Cloud loves Africa and especially Nigeria. Like her husband Wayne said, mention Nigeria and she will drop everything and say let’s go. Dr. cloud spent the summer of 1994 as an adjunct professor at the University of Uyo. She is also the former Board Chair for Africa’s children’s Fund, an organization based her in Atlanta Georgia. She is always looking for avenues through which she can be of help to Nigeria and Nigerians. She has found one in NWAG!!

Mrs. Monica Pearson –TV Anchor, WSB-TV, Channel 2

Ms. Monica Pearson anchors Channel 2 Action News at 5 and 6 and 11 pm Monday through Friday. She joined WSB-TV in August of 1975. She graduated from the University of Lousville and  was a reporter with the Lousville Times for four years. She worked in public relations for Brown –Forman Distillers before joining WHAS-TV in Lousville  as a reporter and anchor for two years.

Monica Pearson  has always been a supporter of the African and Nigerian communities here in Atlanta. She has taken  time from her busy schedule on numerous occasions to attend many African events. She has visited many parts of Africa including Nigeria. She produced a television program recently about her trip to Senegal and South Africa. She has always been a strong advocate of educating people about the African potential. Mrs. Pearson is being honored in recognition of her love and support of the has shown to Nigerians and in fact, Africans living in the United States and her positive contributions to the ways Africans are being perceived  America.

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has distinguished herself as a strong, principled fighter for human rights and a drum major for justice. Her human rights activities extend beyond the shores of the United States o earn her international recognition. In February 1998, Congresswoman Mckinney co-sponsored the Nigerian Democracy Act (H.R 1786) to address the injustice and oppression in the hands of the military dictator, General Sanni Abacha. In March of 1999, Cynthia and other colleagues called for a congressional investigation on the role of chevron in abuses by Nigerian security forces in a letter to the chair of the House International Relations committee, “we believe that there is growing evidence that the US oil companies are accepting extra judicial killings and other human rights abuses as just another cost of doing business in Nigeria”. Cynthia is passionate about African and International community affairs. Her record is punctuated with unwavering effort to improve the lives of people of Africa by sponsoring or co-sponsoring bills that seek to empower the people of Africa. Such bills include the Hunger to Harvest Bill. She was one of the panelists at the Investment Industry and Technology in Nigeria Conference held on Capitol Hill , Washington DC in April 2000. NWAG is proud to call congresswoman Cynthia McKinney our friend

Mrs. Nell Diallo-Executive Director, Medshare, International

Nell is a bi-lingual professional with vast international experience in private sector and development. Presently Executive Director of Medshare International and President of the Africa Business Council (ABC).

As the managing director of MEDSHARE and President of African Business Council, she has been instrumental in ensuring that the needs of the less fortunate are made, including the Nigerians at home and abroad.
In 2006, Nell assisted in raising $75,000 that went to support the National Hospital, Abuja through the Ministry of health.
She has been a constant support to many Nigerian physicians and medical personnel who embark on medical missions to our homeland.
Supported the building of the surgery unit at LUTH so that life-saving surgeries are being performed there.

Her other accomplishements include:

Member of boards of directors of two Atlanta based nonprofits addressing health and women in development
Served as Special Advisor to President of Burkina Faso for over six years. Continue to assistant with issues related to promotion of tourism and marketing of the country.
Served as member of teaching team graduate program, School of Business, Emory University, course: Economic Development In Africa - Mali & Senegal
Over the past two years have hosted delegations from Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Uganda and Cote D'Ivoire.


NWAG salutes our 2007 Friend of Nigeria. Our Sister, Our friend and fellow comrade in service
 

Dr. Gloria Johnson-Rodgers, fondly known as Mother Gloria is a family practice physician, humanitarian, and author who began life in a shotgun house with a room off the side in a small town called Shaw, Mississippi.

Her work began as she sort to alleviate the suffering of families, but especially women and children in Nigeria. Through the donations and support of many since 2000, thousands have already benefited from her generosity. Scholarships have been donated for 1,500 children from very poor areas. These children are very gifted, but have no means for school. Dr. Rodgers has helped to build two schools and donated medical supplies, along with toiletries, to the women and children in the villages of Nigeria. Dr. Rodgers built an orphanage in Enugu because many children were left for relative to care for who could not care for themselves. Mother Rodgers has donated monies for women in Lagos and Oyo States to start businesses for themselves while supporting the dynamic women, an organization that encourages self- help.

Mother Rodgers has also donated sewing machines to the Women Crisis Center in Benue State as well as assisted with supplies, shelter and other needs. She has donated new clothing and food to orphanages in Ibadan, as well as supplied school supplies in Abuja, Mercy Orphanage and schools.

Through her servant hood abroad, Mother Rodgers has received numerous awards to include the Marion Merrill Dow Humanitarian Award, Bola Immaculate Humanitarian Award of Excellence, Nigeria, West Africa, the Legislative Black Caucus Volunteer of the Year Award, Atlanta, Georgia, and the Mason Theological Seminary Award for Foreign Service, Voices and Charming from Lane Bryant, National Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award, President's Bush Daily Points of Light Award, Washington, DC, National Caring Award, Washington, DC in honor of Mother Theresa, and many others.

Although Mother Rodgers' accomplishments are many, her most cherished accomplishment is her love, dedication, and devotion to her husband, Superintendent (Dr.) Charles Rodgers, and their four children, Gwendolyn, Charles "Chip" Jr., Elizabeth Megan, Adam James, and her family.

NWAG salutes our 2008 Friend of Nigeria. Our Sister, Our friend and fellow comrade in service

Ms. Miller has a passion for Nigerian Scholars and goes way beyond any prescribed role in meeting their needs. Kennesaw State University (KSU) has established a Quality Enhancement Program that will enhance global education in the next several. In keeping with this vision, KSU developed a faculty exchange model program with several Nigerian Universities that has resulted in over 10 scholars visiting KSU. Ms. Miller is involved with the entire process of their experience from the official aspects of processing their documents to their departure at the end of their visit. Ms. Michele Miller has worked at Kennesaw State University’s Institute for Global Initiatives for ten years. During these years, she has worked as staff person in charge of all international exchange students and scholars who visit KSU.

From the time the scholars arrive, Ms. Miller assumes the role of a "mother hen". They fondly call her “mama Michelle” because of the compassion and passion she brings to meeting their needs. Ms. Miller takes the visiting scholars on bus and Marta trips into Atlanta to expose them to the cultural treasures that Atlanta has to offer. She goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that they have a positive experience while they are at KSU. She takes them shopping weekly and to all agencies. Even when we have had scholars who need to go to the hospital, Ms. Miller volunteers to take them and has been known to stay at the hospital till 11:00pm in at least three occasions when the scholar had to spend the night. Again, none of these are part of her job description but reflect the passion she has for the scholars. This compassion is further extended to more staff and students who also attend KSU. Most recently, KSU has had two Ph.D. scholars from Nigeria whom she took all over to ensure that they had accommodation and the necessary resources which they needed to be successful. She maintains contact with all scholars who have left sending to them packages of information long after they have returned home to Nigeria.
She has received many awards and recognition including Peace Award, Student Leadership Training for  Peace, Kennesaw State University Outstanding Leadership, KSU Staff Council and NAACP Advisor.
Ms. Miller obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University
NWAG is proud to name Ms. Miller as our 2009 Friend of Nigeria.

Reverend Dr. William E Flippin

Rev. Dr William FlippinRev. Flippin has travelled extensively, embraced the African culture and the people of Africa, especially Nigeria. The international relevance of his ministry cannot be overemphasized. Through the Mamie Swann Global Mission Ministry, Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church supports projects in Nigeria and other African countries.  Under his leadership, Piney Grove Baptist Church continuously supports the following institutions financially: West African Theological Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria and  Olusoye Compensatory Center, Ilupeju, Lagos, Nigeria: A school for Children with Special Needs.

In the United States, through the Mamie Swan Global Ministry, the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church collaborates with the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) to promote its mission of fostering Nigerian Culture in the United States through NWAG’s summer cultural enrichment program called WAZOBIA.  WAZOBIA exposes school age children to the Nigerian culture through various activities. Piney Grove Baptist Church continues to support NWAG in this endeavor and provides space to host this event.

We are proud to call him our friend!

 

Senator Donzella JamesSenator Donzella James, a native of Atlanta, has been a democratic Senator representing Metropolitan Atlanta’s 35th District of Georgia, which includes portions of Fulton and Douglas Counties in 1994, and again in 2009. She is a member of the Education and Youth, Special Judiciary, Economic Development, and State and Local Governmental Operations committees. She has worked to bring progressive change in the area of crime reduction, a safe and clean environment, stronger drunk driving laws and drug trafficking laws, economic development, increased access to affordable healthcare and quality education.

With a reputation as the voice of the voiceless, Sen. James authored and passed the Child Endangerment bill and the Child Sexual Commerce Act of 2001, Teenager Responsibility Act, and habitual drunk-driving law, prohibited the construction of racetracks in residential neighborhoods. In 1994, Sen. James was elected to represent the State of Georgia as a Fleming Fellow for the National Center for Policy Alternatives. She has received several prestigious awards such as the 1999 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship, the Legislator of the Year in both 1997 and 2000, the 2011 – 2012 National conference of the state Legislator Early Learning Fellow, as well as the “Legislative Service Award” honors, and in 2013, she was the recipient of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Outstanding Black Service award.

As a leader in community affairs, Sen. James has been consistent in promoting the “Green Movement” as a global perspective. She was a member of South Fulton’s Vision 2000; the Atlanta Women’s Political Caucus; the National Political Congress of Black Women; the National, the Association of Negro Business and Professional Women; and the Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Tri-Cities cluster of the Atlanta Project. Between 1994-2002, she served as editor and assistant secretary to the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO), and as National Assistant Secretary and Executive Board member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) from 1997 to 2002. She was appointed to Senate Human Trafficking Study Commission in 2012 and declared Woman of the year by Women of Wealth magazine.

Sen. James has traveled the world as an Ambassador for Peace. She has consulted directly with diplomats, kings, Prime Ministers and Presidents of many nations. She received the Nigerian Consulate General Award in 2013. Sen. James currently co-hosts a weekly show called “Radio Haitian Voice International” a multi-lingual community outreach radio and internet program, broadcasted Saturdays and Sundays in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sen. James has been a steadfast advocate for middle-class families, working to help create jobs, expand children’s healthcare benefits and protect Social Security from privatization. She was the 2012 recipient of the Regal Award and the 2013 recipient of the R.I.C.E Award.  She is strongly committed to making sure that every citizen of Georgia has the right to vote in fair, accessible and credible elections. She fought the Attorney General to ensure better protection of votes and to ensure every vote is counted “one man one vote”.

Sen. James earned a Bachelor degree in criminal justice and political science from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia and she received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Macon’s Emmanuel Bible College and studied additionally at Georgia State University. Sen. James has a proven record as a successful policymaker and known to be committed to the people, a fiscally responsible professional, and a strong woman of faith. She has been a major force for progressive change, and her commitment to family values and the salvation of Georgia’s children has been exemplary.

The Sen. And the late Elmo James have been married for more than 40 years. They are parents of two sons, Brian James and the late Kerry James; daughter-in-law Cheryl Renee; and three grandchildren, Kerri, Ryan and Bryce.

Other Honorees

  • Other Honorees
  • 2016 - Award of Excellence
  • 2015 Unsung Hero
  • 2015 - Award of Excellence
  • Major James Sellers
  • Elizabeth Louise Gadsby
  • 2009 Vanguard Award
  • 2009 Award of Excellence
  • 2009 Unsung Hero
  • 2009 - Award of Excellence
  • Senator Anyanwu
  • Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin

Every year, the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia recognizes individuals who through their selfless service, have made a difference in the lives of Nigerians at home and abroad. The honorees are recognized in different categories during the Annual Fundraising and Awards Banquet.

NWAG 2015 Award of excelence

 

Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano fondly referred to as “Nne Anambra”, the wife of the Governor of Anambra State and founder of CAFE (Caring Family Enhancement Initiative) will be honored with the “Award of Excellence" for her tireless work with Children with special needs, people with disabilities and Widows.  This year’s gala will also feature several cultural entertainment groups as well as opportunities to experience Nigerian culture, and new NWAG members will be inducted into its fold as this is an organization that lives and breathes the code of “Together We Achieve”.

 

 

 

2015 unsung hero

Arch. Mrs.Olufunmilayo Elizabeth Gbemudu is an Architect by training, building contractor and consultant, PRINCIPAL PARTNER REHOB CONSULT NIG. LTD. She was born in Kogi State in Nigeria, is married with 4 children.

Arch. Mrs. Olufunmilayo Gbemudu is one of the pioneers in her field with a master’s in Architecture.  She has worked with top Architectural firms like Adeniyi Coker in her early years in the industry, but rose quickly  working on key architectural designs and supervising briefs, with load of experience she  opened her own firm. With the love and support of her husband she has over 50 completed major projects and still counting. She has been able to joggle her role as a partner wife, mother of 4 kids so well and finds time to show compassion to needs of those around her.

The quality that makes Funmi an unsung hero is her philanthropic nature. For instance, on her birthdays she picks a project to help the needy and ask her friends and family to donate to achieve that goal in place of her birthday gifts.

One of the places she goes to is the orphanage centers. She prayed to God to direct her on what to give on her 40th birthday. She was at a conference where she met Mrs. Biobele Odeshola who runs an orphanage out of a rented building in Miatama Abuja, which struck home. After this meeting she felt led to donate a Building to the orphanage to get them out renting a space to owning their permanent location. To Gods glory she was able to build and commission the main building on the morning of her 40th birthday.  During the celebration of her birthday she asked her guests, friends and family members for their support and the response was overwhelming to the point that she has been able to complete that project and donated the buildings to the “The City of Refuge Orphanage in Abuja, Nigeria.

NWAG 2015 Award of excelenceMrs. Amaka Nwabichiri is a real estate developer and the CEO of AMAX Properties Ltd, also the President and Chief Responsibility officer of Ada Zion Foundation, a philanthropist arm of her ministry aimed at reaching the less privileged in the society.

Amaka was born in the humble town of Eziagu, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State of Nigeria. Ada Zion as she is fondly called by her close friends was a one time student of political science at the University of Abuja in the Federal capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria. However, Mrs Amaka’s success story isn’t that gained from the four walls of the University rather it is that of shear heart and courage in an unfailing God.

Her rise to the top can be simply typified as a journey from grass to grace. Amaka’s philanthropic heart was born out of the several encounters she had with poverty while growing up early in life. Her family was so poor that she could not afford a normal education. She worked very hard, persevered and with faith in God, she made it through to limelight as it is today.

While growing up, in her teenage years, she became pregnant and was determined to abort the pregnancy but, she had a divine encounter wherein she was told to write whatever she wanted from God in exchange for keeping the baby. She made a "list" of what she desired. She kept the pregnancy and had the baby (a boy). It was tough at the beginning for her to raise the baby boy. She had to overcome several odds in life to survive, ranging from sleeping in an uncompleted building in the slum area of Karmo in Abuja from where she had to hawk “Satchet Water” on the streets in order to get a meal a day for both herself and the child. Her quest for survival led her into hair dressing (weaving hair for women) under the tree (as she could not afford a shop). It was at this juncture that she came in contact with certain women who introduced her to selling of lands in Abuja. She gladly accepted to market their lands and sell such for a fee. This was the beginning of her sojourn into real estate (property development) in Nigeria. As she looks back today, all she continues to say is that, "God has fulfilled His promises beyond my teenage expectations."

Today, Amaka is both a real estate tycoon and a philanthropist at heart. She is helping several widows and prostitutes (commercial sex workers whom she picks off the streets). She helps them to become gainfully engaged  in any business venture of their choice. This is at the heart of Ada Zion Foundation (a.k.a Daughters of Zion Foundation).

Mrs Amaka has been instrumental in carrying out other some community-based and faith-based projects through Ada Zion’s Foundation such as:

·         Setting up a Vocational Centre for prostitutes and widows in two under-resourced communities in Karmo - Abuja and Eziagu - Anambra State, Nigeria.

·         Drilling of Borehole and providing water for the people of Eziagu Community of Anambra State, Nigeria.

·         Provision of landed property (about 6,000m2) for Harvesthouse International Worship Centre, Abuja.

·         Providing foodstuff to feed hungary families and lots more.

Amaka is very passionate about people empowerment. She accomplishes this through her real estate/ properties firm; AMAX Properties Ltd. She has built several properties such that makes housing readily available and affordable for both the upper and the middle class in Abuja, Enugu and Anambra States of Nigeria.

She is a God-Seeker and a Philanthropist. She is a committed member of and a devoted worshipper at Harvesthouse International Worship Centre, Abuja under the Spiritual Leadership of Pastor Sam Oye.

Mrs. Amaka is blessed with children and they reside in Abuja.

Major James Sellers has served the Atlanta Police Department since 1986. His police experience covers a myriad of positions within the department. From the patty wagon driver in Zone 3, to patrolling downtown Atlanta on foot. From traffic enforcement officer, to a member of the elite RED DOG unit and various positions in between. In 2003 James Sellers was appointed to Major where he currently serves as Precinct Commander in Zone 2. Sellers led his Zone to the Crime Reduction Award for 2007.

In 1999, while serving as the commander of the Atlanta Police Fraud Unit James Sellers began to notice conflicting information regarding persons of Nigerian origin. He became curious as to which was the most accurate depiction of Nigerians. First he was surrounded by detectives and U.S. federal agents who would make statements that Nigerians were criminals and should not be trusted. Although many of the complicated identity theft cases at that time were perpetrated by Nigerian the idea of putting an entire group into one stereotypical box has never set right with him. He looked for ways to learn more about the Nigerian people and their history. In 2000, he had the opportunity to take an African religion class at Saint Leo University. It was in this class that he studied for the first time the history and culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

In 2003, a Nigerian police delegation accompanied by The Nigerian consul officer Ms. Jade visited the Atlanta Police Department. Being a detective, he had many questions about everyday life in Nigeria. During that meeting, it was suggested that he come to Nigeria to see for himself what Nigeria was really like. In 2004, that opportunity came! Major Sellers booked a trip at his own expense. He arrived in December and immediately went to the National Museum in Lagos. In the next three weeks, he had visited the area beaches, Ibadan, Osogbo etc.

He was mesmerized by the images of the people. Reflecting on that trip, he said:” I thought I knew about sharing with others before I travelled to Nigeria, but it is in Nigeria where I learned the true meaning of sharing ones good fortune”. Since that first trip in 2004, he has returned six times each time spending more time with the people he has come to know and love. He has expanded his travels to other states and even spent this last Christmas in Cross River State; enjoying Christmas in Calabar”.

Major Sellers has used his positive experience to educate others about Nigeria and its people. He always supports the many Nigerian organizations that are working to make a difference in our communities.

NWAG is Proud to call Major Sellers our friend.

Elizabeth Gadsby is a Primate Conservationist by profession.  She Founded, and presently operates,  finances and directs the world's most successful drill program, Africa's first in situ captive breeding program for an endangered primate.  This Project includes community development, habitat conservation, and education & wildlife advocacy components. She is the  Co-Founder & Director of  Drill Ranch (Nigeria) also Co-Founder & Director of  Limbe Wildlife Center (Cameroon)       
Ms. Gadsby has designed & implemented several community-based programs employing hunters as wildlife rangers; also creating activities that unifies disparate communities, through education and protection workshops.
The co-founder of an organization called Pandrillus, she and others have worked tirelessly to embrace the challenge of preventing the extinction of the highly endangered drill monkey Mandrillus Leucophaeus.  Since its inception in 1988, The Pandrillus has also extended its mission to protect Chimpanzees and other wildlife that share the drill’s habitat in the Cross-Sanaga region (Nigerian and Cameroon) with exceptionally high primate diversity.
Ms. Gadsby has received many awards including the Chevron International Conservation Award, 2005,  Whitley Continuation Award, 2003, The 1996 Whitley Award for Wildlife Conservation,      1st Captive Care & Breeding Award, Primate Society of Great Britain, 1996, Semi-finalist The 1996 Rolex Awards for Enterprise
Ms. Gadsby now resides in Nigeria. She still comes to visit her parents in Portland, Oregon United States. She has made Nigeria a home away from home, a true friend of Nigeria!

NWAG is Proud to call Her Our Friend

Dr. Chief, Lady Addy Lazz-Onyenobi

Dr. Adanna Lazz-Onyenobi, fondly known as Addy founded the Nigerian Women’s Group in Manchester in 2002. Before then, she was the Vice Chair of the Nigerian Community group in Manchester. The vision of the Women’s group is to give the Nigerian women a collective voice to address issues that impact their lives and the lives of their children especially focusing on cultural issues for the children that were born abroad. Addy has worked hard to foster unity and understanding among Nigerian women both in Manchester and in her home town Mbieri, Imo state, in Nigeria.
As a child rights Advocate, Addy has worked tirelessly in highlighting issues affecting Nigerian children both at home and in Manchester, UK. Nigerian Women’s group, Manchester is now collaborating with other organizations such as AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse) and Stepping Stones Nigeria, to address issues of child trafficking and young victims being branded witches in Nigeria.
Addy is a senior teaching and research fellow at the School of Education, University of Manchester. She serves on the boards of a number of organizations. Addy is also very active in the church both in UK and in Nigeria. Apart from being the Chairperson of the Nigerian Women’s Group, Manchester, Addy is a member of Bishop’s Council, Diocese of Manchester, Diocesan Board of Education, Youth Panel, A Magistrate, of Greater Manchester City Courts , School Governor, Trinity (C of E) High School, Manchester, Patron, Obazu Progressive Women’s Club, Mbieri, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria to name a few.
Addy has received many awards and recognition for her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others: They include a chieftaincy title “Ada di oha nma” by HRH Eze Francis Agunwah, Ezi 1 of Ezihitte of Mbieri in 2005. In 2006 she became A Lady of St. Christopher, an award from the church.
The Manchester City Council awarded her the “Woman of Culture” for the year 2007.
Addy is blessed with a husband Lazz and four beautiful grown children.

NWAG is Proud to name Dr Addy Lazz-Onyenibo as our 2009 Vanguard Award
 

HIGH CHIEF RAYMOND ALEOGHO DOKPESI, PhD, OFR

 

Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi hails from Agenebode in Etsako East Local Government Area in Edo State of Nigeria.
He attended Wyxsa Szokta Morska Gdynia and University of Gdansk Sopot for his Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Marine Transport Engineering.
He lectured in the University Of Gdansk, Poland as Assistant Lecturer in Marine Transport Economics before proceeding to Nigeria at the invitation of the then, Nigerian Head of State who was on State visit to Poland. Upon returning to Nigeria, he held many positions including the Chief of Staff of the Gongola State Government, Managing Director of African Ocean Line Limited, Founder/Chairman- DAAR Communications Limited: Proprietors of the first Independent Radio Station in Nigeria, RayPower 100.5FM, Africa Independent Television (AIT), the first Afrocentric Global Television Station and DAAR Investment.
Apart from pioneering private radio and global satellite broadcasting, he also revolutionized the sector through the introduction of 24 hours transmission on both radio and television., Through his efforts Africa Independent Television (AIT) became the first African broadcast station to transmit into the United States of America (USA).
He is a recipient of several national and international awards amongst which are: Dr. Kwame Nkurumah Africa Leadership Award and Gold Medal for Excellence in Business Practice, awarded by the Foundation for Excellence in Business Practice, an organ of the United Nations. Nigeria’s President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, on Feb 14, 2008 conferred National Merit Award on him; Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR for his numerous contributions to the Nigerian people. NWAG is proud to present Chief Dr. Raymond Dokpesi the 2009 Award of Excellence
 

Dr. Martha N. Okafor

Dr. Martha N. Okafor is currently working with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Satcher Health Leadership Institute, and Emory Global Health in partnership with ANPA on a proposal to strengthen Nigeria health care system so that they can leverage Diaspora asset and improve Nigerian prevention and treatment care systems.

Her personal interests and focus include Women’s health, maternal and child health and disease prevention from health perspective in addition to child & family welfare and community development.

On the Nigerian front, Dr. Okafor is involved in the Cervical Cancer screening project. The leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Nigeria is Cervical Cancer. It is also a cancer that can be detected early enough for effective intervention to prevent morbidity and mortality. The absence of effective screening programs in Nigeria leads to the late presentation of the disease resulting in needless deaths. She has conducted Public Awareness Campaigns, Screening Program for early detection – Health Provider capacity building, training and workshops. She has also donated medical equipment and supplies to assist in the early intervention program.

She supports the Red Cross motherless babies’ homes and also the Catholic Charity homes caring for orphans and abandoned children.

Dr. Okafor serves on the board of many organizations including American Management Association, Yale University Post Graduate School of Nursing, Georgia State Health Information Technology and Transparency [HITT] Advisory Board - Department of Community Health and Board of Governors, Nimo Brotherhood Society [NBS] America [a Diaspora NGO].
Dr. Okafor has published many articles and given numerous speaking engagements on public health issues. She has served as consultant to many health related systems including working with Argosy University, Graduate Studies Program Development in designing their Masters in Public Health [MPH] program; developing curriculum and courses’ syllabi.
Developing innovative Global Health Concept and approach, Public Health policies and practice solutions for Morehouse School of Medicine.
NWAG is Proud to call award Dr. Martha N. Okafor as our 2009 Unsung Hero
 

Professor Augustine O. Esogbue, NNOM. Ph.D., FAS, FAEng

Nigerian born Professor Esogbue is a community leader and celebrated academician whose career of over 40 years is characterized by a record of firsts including being first black tenured full Professor at Georgia Tech (1977). Professor Esogbue joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in June 1972 as an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and in July 1977, he was promoted a Full Professor, with tenure, in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, the nation’s #1 ranked program of its kind consistently for 19 years. In 1992, he was appointed a Distinguished Visiting Research Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Professor Esogbue holds the prestigious position of Honorary Professor at Daqing Petroleum Institute, Heilongjiang Province, China.

Professor Esogbue is recognized today, world-wide, as one of the leading authorities in dynamic programming, fuzzy logic and intelligent control, and the application of operations research and management sciences (OR/SA) methodologies to scheduling and manufacturing, water resources and pollution, healthcare, and problems of developing economies. His expertise and renown span the disciplines of engineering, computer science and applied mathematics, medicine and socio-technical systems fields. He is the author of 5 books, 25 book chapters, over 150 technical publications and nearly 300 technical presentations at conferences and research meetings worldwide.

In 2007, the Nigerian Academy of Science broke tradition by electing Professor Esogbue to serve the Academy as its first and only non-resident Academic Professor. Professor Esogbue has received numerous awards and also held several high profile international positions including serving as the only non-white and one of only 2 from academia on the distinguished Aerospace Safety Advisory Board of NASA. Professor Esogbue is the 2006 recipient/laureate of Nigeria’s highest national prize, an award of honor and dignity, the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award (NNOM) for academic and professional excellence and for contributions to national and global development. He is the founding Faculty Advisor of the Georgia Tech Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (from 1976 to present) and has worked tirelessly to establish chapters of NSBE internationally but particularly in Nigeria and Ghana.
In 2006, the City Council of the City of Atlanta, in their citation, honored “Dr. Augustine O. Esogbue, Distinguished Educator, Scientist, Engineer, Technologist and Community Leader and proclaimed “August 16th 2004 as the Dr. Augustine O. Esogbue Day in the City of Atlanta in recognition of his outstanding service and contributions to the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia and the United States of America”. Professor Esogbue has worked to integrate Nigerian organizations within our host country in the U.S. and has been a major force in helping to bridge the scientific gap between Nigerians in the Diaspora and their counterparts at home. He has been honored by many African and countless community organizations in the United States of America for his leadership, mentorship and community involvement. Professor Esogbue, ever so proud to be black, African and NIGERIAN, holds the traditional honorary chieftancy title of the OZORKILOLO of IBUSA Kingdom recognized by the government of DELTA State, Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is the proud father of Nkem-Michelle Esogbue Okolo, Ethan Chike Esogbue and 5 grand children and a long time friend and supporter of the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG).

NWAG is Proud to present Professor Augustine O. Esogbue the 2009 Award of Excellence
 

Senator Chris N.D. Anyanwu was born in Imo State to Late Hon. N.D. Ukah, a First Republic Member of the Federal Parliament. She had her secondary education at Owerri Girls Secondary School, Imo State before proceeding to the United States where she got a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia and M.Sc. in Mass Communication from Florida State University. She was an outstanding TV news Correspondent at Nigerian Television Authority, where she   was most notable for work as Petroleum and OPEC Correspondent. She conceptualized and pioneered the production of Newsline, the prime Sunday show on NTA and the longest lasting TV programme in Nigeria.

She is:

  • The first Nigerian female publisher of a weekly national news magazine - TSM.
  • The first Nigerian female owner of a broadcast chain (HotFM Abuja, HotFM Owerri and more)
  • Former Commissioner for Information, Sports, Youth and Culture in the old Imo State.
  • First female Senator from Imo State.
  • A two-term Senator representing Owerri Senatorial Zone.
  • First Senator re-elected from Owerri Senatorial Zone
  • First and only Senator on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
  • Former Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence & Army;
  • Chairman, Senate Committee on Science & Technology and now Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy.

She has won many national and international awards, among them:

International Awards:

UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Awards from CPJ New York; CPJ Canada, Rapporteurs Sans Frontier Paris, Washington Press Council

And in Nigeria:

National Honours award; Woman of Indomitable Spirit (DAME); This Day Outstanding Women’s Award, Icon Of Media award, Nigerian Green Carpet; Tell Magazine Award for Outstanding Contribution for the Enthronement of Democracy in Nigeria, due to her human rights activism in the military era, for which she was ‘nicely’ slammed with Life imprisonment under Late General Sani Abacha. She however served three years before being discharged by General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime.

She has used the platform of politics to touch lives of rural constituents, offering: Soft loans to women and underprivileged men; University scholarships to indigent bright students; ICT to rural people and skill acquisition for youths. She has also attracted good access roads; clean water for villagers; modern health facilities and much more.

She is noted for her incisive and insightful contributions on national issues on the floor of the Senate. She has sponsored many bills and motions amongst which are:

  • Sexual Offences Bill, 2013
  • Nigerian Maritime Security Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2013
  • Explosives Regulation and Control Bill, 2013
  • Rock Blasting Explosives Demolition Bill, 2012
  • Occupational Health & Safety Bill, 2012 (Passed by NASS)
  • A Bill for an Act to Amend the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as further amended) to provide for a National Maritime Court that will be charged with the jurisdiction to entertain Maritime causes and other matters connected therewith.
  • A Bill for an Act to Criminalize  and Punish the Act of Discrimination and Segregation Against Nigerians, 2008 

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin was born in Zaria, and grew up in Ilorin and started her schooling at St. Barnabas Primary School, Ilorin, later at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin, and School Basic Studies, Kwara State Polytechnic. She later proceeded to the University of Ilorin where she got a BA.ED English and Education in 1987, her M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling and her Ph.D. (History and Policy of Education) in1996.

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin has over 25 years’ experience in Human Rights work in Nigeria. She started out as the Secretary of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State from 1988 – 1991 and the Coordinator of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State branch 1991 – 1996; Chairperson, Rethink Nigeria (1987 – 1992) and Chairperson, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, Kwara State Branch (1990 – 1996). Because of her work in Human Rights activism she was arrested and detained for not less than seventeen times, but she was undaunted and became the Assistant General Secretary of Committee of Defense for Human Rights from 1996-2006, and  subsequently the President in July. She is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Democratic Studies, the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative; Chairman, Task Force of the Citizen Forum, Spokesperson, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and President, Centre for Change in Community Development and Public Awareness(CDP).


She has received several awards at the national and international levels, too numerous to mention but some of which are: on the nation level, several Hero of Democracy and Good Governance Awards, Development Issues Initiatives Association (DINA) Award, The Defender of Women Award, The Icon of Democracy Award, the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Award, Role Model of the Year Award, several Hero of Democracy Awards, The Defender of Women’s Rights Award by Imo State. Internationally, she has served as Good Will ambassador from Arkansas to the people of nations beyond the borders of the United States, and has been honored by Encomium and Tell Magazines and by the International Institute for Humanitarian and Environmental Law, and the Beacon of Hope Award given by Empower Africa for Change, the Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award on Humanitarian Services/Icon of Hope, by the West Africa Students’ Union (WASU), among several other awards.In the local level, she has been honored with several Grassroot Awards by Polytechnics and Universities in Western Nigeria, and an Appreciation Award by the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) among others


Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, a tireless and fearless fighter with an inner strength and resilience has an unquenchable passion in the quest for social justice and human dignity, she was been described as “a fearless, fiery champion of democracy and human rights” by a foreign Ambassador to Nigeria, she has traversed courageously where men fear to tread, and she remains an inspiration to both men and women of all ages in the fight for justice and social equality.