NIDO Continental Europe Orientation & Leadership Retreat 2017 Hamburg-Germany -Friday 17th February – Saturday 18th Feb 2017

Chief Host: Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, CEC/BOT Chairman, NIDO Europe
Venue: Deutsche Telekom AG, Commundo Tagungshotels, Oberer Landweg 27, 21033 Hamburg

External Special Guest Speakers

  • Rose Oko (Senate Committee on foreign and diaspora Affairs) -(The state of NIDO – Government relationship benefits of inclusion: Senate Perspective)
  • Rita Orji (Chairperson House of Reps Committee on Diaspora Affairs) – (The state of NIDO – Government relationship benefits of inclusion: House Perspective)
  • Abike Dabiri-Erewa (SSA to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs) – (The state of NIDO – Government relationship benefits of inclusion: The Government Perspective) – invited
  • Ekpo Nta (Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC) – (Anti-Corruption: The Nigerian Strides, challenges with the Diaspora community: emerging trends and Strategy for re- orientation and success in National Development)
  • Charles O’Tudor (Brand Management Expert Principal Consultant, Adstrat BMC Ltd) – (NIDO Brand & External Relations

Internal Special Guest Speakers

  • Dr John C. George (Entrepreneur, Businessman, Board Chairman 2006 – 2009) – (NIDO Vision, Mission & Condition Assessment)
  • Mr Alistair Soyode FCPA (Founder BEN TV, Commandant NIDMC, Board Chairman 2009 – 2011) – (NIDO Brand & and media perception)
  • Hon. Collins Nweke (Councillor, Management Consultant, Board Chairman 2011 – 2013) – (Pre-Obasanjo Era, The Obasanjo Era and Post Obasanjo Era. A review of NIDO life cycle)
  • Dr George Manuwuike (Medical Doctor, Business Consultant, Investor Board Chairman 2014 – 2016) – (NIDO Ressource Mobilization Beyond Membership Dues)
  • Bashir Obasekola (Finance Manager, Lecturer, Board Vice Chairman 2014 – 2016) – (NIDO’s Memart and issues of Corporate Governance)
  • Pastor Ibrahim Abarshi (Leadership Development Expert, Netherland Chapter VC 2014-2016) – (The Art of Leadership and Aspects of NIDO Leadership Succession Planning)

Special Guests

  • Serving Ambassadors/Charge d’Affairs of all Nigerian Embassy in Europe where NIDOE chapters exist
  • Representatives of Foreign Affairs Ministry
  • SSA on Diaspora Matters to all the State Governors
    Current NIDOE Chapter Chairs

Moderator – Ikenna Ugwu (General Secretary NIDOE 2006 – 2009)

  • Brainstorming on the actualization of Diaspora inclusion facilities
  • Diaspora Commission
  • Voting Right
  • Diaspora Policy
  • Diaspora Bond
  • Diaspora Money Transfer Organisation
  • Diaspora Day
  • Interactive Q & A

Dr. Camillus Konkwo (Social Welfare & Events Director), CEC/ NIDO Europe



About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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