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Nnaji: Nigerian Diaspora must invest back home

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In search of greener pastures, millions of Nigerians have left their country and travelled to all continents of the world; and as highlighted by Nigeria’s Vice-President, Prof. YEMI OSINBAJO, these Nigerians have become largely successful, to a point where the government of the country cannot afford to ignore their contributions to the growth of its economy and its general well-being. According to research, the Nigerian diaspora contributed a whopping $21 Billion to the economy of Nigeria in 2012, more than 34 of Nigeria’s 36 States (Only Lagos and Cross River States contributed more). Since the arrival of the Buhari government, a much more greater importance has been given to the Nigerian diaspora with the creation of the Diaspora Commission headed by Hon. ABIKE DABIRI, which follows the diaspora closely, attending to their needs and ensuring that they participate fully to not just the economic growth of the country, but also to its socio-cultural and political evolution. Nigeria counts several millions of its citizens now residing and working in practically every country in the globe, hardworking, resilient, intelligent, and resourceful, eager to contribute to the development of their home country; Naija in Diaspora Magazine spoke with one of the members of the Nigerian diaspora, CHUKWUEMEKA NNAJI, President of the Nigerian Traders’ Union in Ghana, who highlighted the role the African diaspora as a whole should play for Africa to be great, and also on the expectations of Africans as far as the African Free Trade Agreement is concerned.

NIGERIANS IN GHANA

As a Nigerian who has lived in Ghana for over two decades, Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA NNAJI, knows what it means to leave away from one’s home country, acknowledging that it is not as easy as some may think; he hails Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E OLUFEMI ABIKOYE, for his relentless efforts in making Nigerians feel at home in Ghana. Though Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA laments the fact that many Nigerians find themselves in trouble far away from home, he however praises the efforts of Ambassador OLUFEMI ABIKOYE, in standing for them (Nigerians) at all times, and in changing the mentalities of their host population as to the fact that Nigerians are not generally trouble-makers, but that they can be victims of circumstance sometimes. He celebrates Nigerians living in Ghana for their hardworking and resourceful nature, while thanking the people of Ghana for their love and affection towards his countrymen.

NIGERIAN DIASPORAS AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

With over 15million Nigerians residing out of the country, Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA NNAJI, believes that the Nigerian in the Diaspora is more than capable of bringing a huge positive impact in the country; economically, he believes that the Nigerian diaspora is already doing a great job, with huge investments in the country, though calling on his countrymen and women living out of Nigeria to invest more in the country in a bid to making Nigeria a ‘paradise’ in Africa. As far as the political evolution is concerned, Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA, believes that if the Nigerian diaspora is encouraged to actively take part in politics back home, they can be the game changers; he is of the opinion that Nigeria’s current political landscape has been taken hostage by selfish politicians whose only interest is themselves and their immediate families, paying very little or no attention to the needs of the people. To him, this situation can be changed by the Nigerian in the Diaspora which has learnt from so many positive political landscapes in the respective host countries.

On voting in the Diaspora, Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA NNAJI, believes that Nigeria is not yet ready to organize elections outside its territorial borders, though it will be a wonderful thing to see Nigerians living abroad directly participating in elections back home; he argues that the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) are still struggling to organize credible elections back home, and cannot see them successfully organizing elections abroad when they are failing at home. He calls on the Nigerian in the Diaspora to be patient when it comes to voting abroad, at least until when the voting calendar and registers have been harmonized, and when the Nigerian in the Diaspora shall be well identified.

THE DIASPORA COMMISSION

Headed by Hon. ABIKE DABIRI, the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, is saddled with the responsibility of accompanying Nigerians living abroad in their quest for a better life and also to encourage them to never forget that Nigeria is their motherland, and also to remind them of the fact that they are the flag bearers of the country and so their actions must be measured in order not to tarnish the image of their dear country, Nigeria. According to Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA NNAJI, this Commission’s creation is a welcome initiative, and its leader, a ‘square peg in a square hole’; he heaped so much praise on the ‘enormous’ job done already by the Commission in the accomplishment of its mission, citing several instances where the Head of the Commission has responded promptly to worrying calls from Nigerians living abroad. As a suggestion, Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA called on Hon. ABIKE DABIRI to possibly motivate hardworking Ambassadors and High Commissioners in order to further push them to work so that no Nigerian living abroad is left on his or her own.

AFRICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

More than 50 African countries have already signed this Agreement which permits the free flow of goods and persons in Africa, initiated by the African Union; and though Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA is excited about the Agreement, which is the biggest trade Agreement in the world since the creation of the International Trade Organization, like most Africans, he showed some reserves when it came to its implementation. According to him, many are the treaties and conventions signed by African states, which have never been effectively implemented on the field; Mr. CHUKWUEMEKA says the ECOWAS Treaty on free trade and movement of persons from one West African State to another has never come into force, leaving them from the Region most of the times confused and trapped in foreign territories which are signatories of the said Treaty. He is thereby calling on African authorities to do better in the implementation of the African Free Trade Agreement because it is only then that, ‘’…we as Africans can fully benefit from it and contribute in the development of the African Continent’’.

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Gallery: Diaspora Excellence Award 2023

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At the occasion organized in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora Magazine, several individuals, companies, governors, traditional rulers, business owners, government agencies and parastatals as well as politicians were honored for their outstanding performances in 2023. The publication celebrated its
10th anniversary with a two-day event that included the Symposium and Annual Diaspora Excellence Award. This platform provided a unique opportunity for collective learning, networking, and gaining insights into government policies that relate to communities. Attendees were empowered to navigate pathways of positive change. The Symposium lecture was titled: ‘Building a Nation’, with several dignitaries as speakers.

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Inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament Triumphs Amidst Adversity

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On the 6th of August 2023, a monumental event took place at St Michel, Terminus, Douala, marking the commencement of the First Edition of the Anambra State Union Football Tournament. Under the stewardship of Sir Emeka Uzoka, Chairman of the Anambra State Union, this tournament emerged as a testament to unity, sportsmanship, and the indomitable spirit of the Anambra community.

The opening ceremony set the stage for what would become an unforgettable showcase of camaraderie and competitive fervor. A true celebration of tradition and athleticism, the tournament kicked off with a Veteran Match at 2:00 pm. The clash between Aguata Local Government Union and Nnewi Local Government Union resulted in a gripping encounter, with Aguata securing victory with a 2-0 score line.

Distinguished figures graced the event with their presence, adding prestige to the occasion. Among them was Mr. Oliva Ochi, Consul 1 at the Consulate General Douala, representing the esteemed Consul General, H.E. Amb. (Mrs.) Efe A. Clark-Omeru.

The honorable gathering was further enriched by the participation of key personalities, including: Hon. BIC Okwujiaku, President of the Nigerian Community Douala, HRH Eze Jonathan T. Onyenagubor, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Cameroon, Sir, Lovinus Ezeh, Vice President, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Alex Nwoye, Vice President 2, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Uche Obiekwe, Patron of the Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Innocent Obiorah Odoh, Patron Anambra State Union, Chairmen of Imo and Enugu States Union, Esteemed members of the Anambra State Union.

The event also extended its reach to include esteemed guests from Douala and beyond.
In recognition of the paramount importance of safety and well-being, the organizers ensured the presence of dedicated medical health and security personnel, assuring attendees a secure environment throughout the event.

Despite the inclement weather characterized by heavy rain, the unyielding spirit of the Anambra community remained unshaken. A testament to their passion for football and unity, a remarkable number of attendees braved the elements, converging to witness the unfolding of history on the lush fields of St Michel, Terminus.

The final was held on Sunday 12th of November 2023 @ Bonamousadi Stadium Douala. Oyi Local Government lifted the trophy while Aguta Local Government took the bronze and Idemili Local Government took silver.

The inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament stands as an embodiment of shared values, intercommunity collaboration, and the timeless appeal of sport. This event not only etched a significant mark on the sporting calendar but also served as a reminder of the resilience and unity that define the Anambra community.

As the tournament concluded its first chapter, it left in its wake a legacy of camaraderie, sporting excellence, and the promise of more remarkable editions to come.

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CAMEROON: Miniature Africa

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Cameroon, nestled in the heart of Central Africa, is a country with a captivating blend of rich cultural diversity, stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Often referred to as « Miniature Africa, » Cameroon offers travelers a unique and multifaceted experience, showcasing the continent’s essence in a single destination.

With more than 250 ethnic groups and languages, Cameroon is a melting pot of diverse cultures, traditions and customs. The capital city, Yaoundé, and the economic hub, Douala, provide excellent starting points to dive into Cameroon’s cultural wealth.

Cameroon’s diverse geography offers a plethora of breathtaking landscapes, each with its unique charm.
In the West, the mist-covered peaks of Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in West Africa, beckon adventurous hikers to climb and witness awe-inspiring views of the surrounding scenery.
Towards the North, the Sahelian region boasts vast savannas and semi-arid landscapes, offering visitors an opportunity to spot magnificent wildlife, and in the East, the dense rainforests of the Congo Basin teem with a rich variety of flora and fauna, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and exotic bird species.

Tourism Spots on a Budget
Here are a selection of the most distinguished and captivating tourist destinations in Cameroon. These remarkable locales boast accessibility without undue strain on one’s financial resources, making them irresistible choices for tourists.

Mefou National Park:
Mefou National Park houses the Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue center managed by Ape Action Africa. With over 300 rare and endangered primates, it’s a significant conservation project in Africa, providing lifelong care and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trades.

Limbe:
Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is a port city with a diverse flora and fauna influenced by its colonial past. The Limbe Wildlife Centre/Botanical Centre offers a close-to-nature experience, rescuing and caring for ill-treated and endangered animals.

Mount Cameroon:
Mount Cameroon, also called the « Chariot of the Gods, » is West Africa’s highest mountain and an active volcano. A popular destination for adventurers and hikers, the trek offers stunning views, diverse landscapes and encounters with wildlife like monkeys and birds.

Kribi Beach:
Kribi Beach, in the southwestern region, boasts long white sand beaches and clear waters. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing and water sports. Visitors can also enjoy the Chutes de la Lobé waterfall, where they can swim under the falls. Local cuisine and seafood delicacies await at various restaurants.

Korup National Park:
Korup National Park, renowned for its bird species, offers pristine tropical wilderness. Visitors can enjoy lodging infrastructure and spot unique primates like the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee and Perseus’s red colobus. Located near the ocean, Mundemba serves as a starting point for tours to the park, where guides often speak the local Cameroonian language.

Cameroon stands tall as a remarkable destination for audacious travelers seeking a blend of cultural diversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and thrilling adventures. From the depths of the rainforests to the heights of its mountains, and from the bustling cities to the serene beaches, the land beckons with open arms, ready to share its enchanting beauty and warm hospitality with all who venture to explore its wonders. As tourism in Cameroon continues to grow sustainably, the country’s potential as a captivating and memorable destination will undoubtedly flourish.

 

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