The Presidency, The NASS, past NIDOE Board members for Leadership Award in Lisbon, Portugal Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE) desirous to acknowledge Nigerians who have shown remarkable leadership qualities in their areas of service “In pursuance of National development”, has resolved to honour distinguished Nigerians at home and abroad who have performed outstandingly in their various areas of call.

NIDOE believes that none of the efforts of Nigerians in Diaspora will touch ground if our leaders and policy makers do not make our great homeland receptible for these efforts. NIDOE is conscious of the difficulties our dear country is facing at these trying times and is therefore gratified that some of our leaders have stood their ground in pursuit of national development in their areas of jurisdiction.

Aware that acknowledgement of and reward for excellence in service and commitment are key to breeding heroes of our nation, NIDO Europe has resolved to honour Nigerian Leaders in recognition of their invaluable and outstanding contributions to Nigerian and Nigerians in Diaspora especially through the passing into law the Nigerian Diaspora Commission Bill that will allow Nigerians in Diaspora to fully participate in the development of Nigeria.




Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) AGM committee has therefore recommended Distinguished Nigerans to be honored during its annual general meeting (AGM) and Award Gala Night holding on 11th November 2017 at Sana Metropolitan Hotel, Lisbon- Portugal. The awardees include; Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria); Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria); Honorable Dogara Yakubu (Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria); Senator Rose Okoji Oko (Chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora & Civil Societies); Honorable Barr. Rita Orji (Chairman House Committee on Diaspora Affairs), Barrister Ekpo Nta (Frm. Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC), H.E. Ngozi Ukaeje (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Lisbon, Portugal), Amb. Hussain I. Coomassie (National Coordinator Fresh Connect Initiative), Mr. Jeffrey Efeyini (Founding Chairman NIDO Europe), Hon. Collins Nweke (Board Chairman 2011 to 2013), Dr. George Manuwuike (Board Chairman NIDOE 2014 – 2016), Dr. Bashir Obasekola (Vice Board Chairman NIDOE 2014 – 2016) and Ikenna Ugwu (General Secretary NIDO Europe 2013 – 2016).

This act of recognition is a NIDO Europe tradition to honor Nigerians and friends of Nigeria at home and abroad for distinguished service at various levels of leadership and for supporting the vision and mission of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe and NIDO in general. Former recipients of NIDOE award include; Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the current SSA to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, Dr. John C. George, Board Chairman NIDOE (2006 – 2009), Mr Alistair Soyode (Board Chairman 2009 – 2011), Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje, former NIDOE BOT member, and Dr. Jones O. Edobor, former Chairman NIDO Austria.

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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