CHAIRMAN OF NIDO EUROPE, HON KENNETH GBANDI RETURNS FROM A PRODUCTIVE 18 DAY WORKING VISIT TO NIGERIA

Back to my desk in Germany after another Nigerian Experience in the service of NIDOE and the Diaspora: The 18 days working visit to Nigeria was a tough but exciting experience as usual. Form Abuja to Owerri down to Enugu and back to Abuja. The working visit enabled me to follow up the gains of the last AGM and programs outlined by this current NIDOE Executive Council and the Board of Trustees. Appreciations to Hon. Rita Orji (Chairman Diaspora Affairs National Assembly for the usual guidance and support. Thank you, Senator Rose Okoji Oko (Chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora & Civil Societies) for having time to respond to my various concerns by granting me official visit or by text when it is not possible to come physically. 

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My sincere appreciations to the following patriots who made my working visit on behalf of the NIDOE-Diaspora a huge success:
1. Mr. Gabriel Aduda (Permanent Secretary Political Affairs, Office of the Secretary to Federal Government of Nigeria)- (NNVS), for his new vision “A DIALOGUE ON EFFECTIVE ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK WITH NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA TOWARD NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT” and his renewed interest to carry NIDO along. We had a fruitful exchange of ideas and our expectations as NIDO
2. Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi (Post Master General of The Federation, CEO of Nipost) for his great idea to work out a framework with NIDO on Diaspora remittance and collaborations with the Diaspora on new innovative postal services.
3. Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz DG/CEO National Identity Management Commission. We shared ideas on Diaspora Enrolment (NIN) by NIMC and the Advantage of Big Data for Nigeria and the Diaspora. We discuss on a possible Road Map.
4. Mr. Roland Igbinoba (Founder, Pison Housing). He briefed me on the progress report on the adopted Diaspora Housing fund at the AGM in Portugal and the time line for the actualization.
5. Prof. Manny C Aniebonam (Chairman of The Nigeria Diaspora Alumni Network (NiDAN). We shared views on the New diaspora spirit and networking with NIDO. Thank you, Doc, for the lunch in one of the best location in Abuja. Thank was kind of you.
6. Mazi Emmanuel Okoro (President The Association of Nigerian-American Professionals in Nigeria ANAPIN). We reviewed the Diaspora engagement and the need for increased cooperation and strategy. Thank you, Mazi for the invitation to Hilton for the Night out.
7. Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje (The Lioness of NIDOE). As usual, she was available to help facilitate important meetings and offered valuable advice. She has been a God sent since this Exco came on board. Thank you, Sister Lola. God Bless you!!
8. Dr. George Manuwuike, my immediate past Chairman NIDOE. You have continued to be a rock of support to me. Thank you for being there for me.
9. Thanks to all the great old new fiends, Amb. Hussain I. Coomassie, for keeping me connected, Dr. Kenneth Ibe Kalu, Ogbonnaya Kanu (the HH of Motobike World in Nigeria), Prince Elton O. Onwu, Bright Fela, Sam from Ambassador Initiative, Chiwaren Abubakar (the invisible Pison Housing man connecting all the dots) and to many others. I thank my entire NIDOE Executive Council and the BOT for the directives and support behind the public view. I hope I met your expectations on this trip and will work on other open ends as I look forward to official debrieffing.

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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