NIGERIAN DIASPORA GLOBAL CONFERENCE, (DIASPORA DAY) 2018 TO BE HELD IN LONDON, FROM 25TH -28TH OF JULY

Nigerians to Celebrates DD 2018 in Diaspora (UK) The cornerstone for a new era of a global Nigerian Diaspora stakeholders partnership for national development is to be laid in London, United Kingdom, between 25th to 27th July 2018 when representatives of the over 22 Million Nigerians in Diaspora, Professional and Cultural Organisations converge for a historic Nigerian Diaspora Day Conference to retool a Diaspora Engagement Development Action Plan for Nigeria.
Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Europe is very happy to announce that after many weeks and months of high powered deliberations and consultations the NIDO Worldwide Governing Council, came out with a hybrid solution for the Nigerian Diaspora Global Conference (Diaspora Day) 2018.
The Nigerian Diaspora Day Conference 2018 is now scheduled to hold from 25th -28th July in London UK. This Conference is coming almost 10 years after the aborted Nigerian Global Diaspora Development Forum that was planned for London, United Kingdom from 29th – 30th January 2010.
The foundation for this unprecedented Conference was dug in Abuja at the 2009 Diaspora Day celebrations when a resolution was passed for an international, inter-organizational committee to be mandated to create synergy within the diverse Nigerian Diaspora Community Organizations.
This historic decision to host the Nigerian Diaspora Global Conference 2018 (Diaspora Day) outside Nigeria is part of NIDO overall strategy to rekindle once again the Diaspora indomitable spirit through a holistic re-strategizing and repositioning of the Diaspora using this Diaspora Day to reexamine the urgent important matters that concern all Nigerians outside Nigeria and to present a strategic cooperation, networking and synergy between the Government and other sister Nigerian Diaspora Groups. NIDO Worldwide Governing Council as part of the hybrid solution agreed that all projects already planned in Abuja to still hold and continental bodies are encouraged to send one of two delegates to such projects or presentations. With this historic decision, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation is demonstrating its solidarity with Nigerians and the Federal Government considering the current economic situation in the country not to be part of the burden.
We believed that the usual proposed budget for the organization of the yearly Diaspora Day should be invested in Youths empowerment and employment generation. We are very happy that earlier consultation has enjoyed the moral and tactical support of the following sister Diaspora organizations: 1. Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK) 2. The Nigeria Diaspora Alumni Network (NiDAN) 3. The Association of Nigerian-American Professionals in Nigeria (ANAPIN) 4. The All Nigerian Nationals in Diaspora (ANNID) 5. The Nigerian and Canadian Business Network (NCBN) We are delighted that earlier consultation has enjoyed the moral and tactical support of other sister Diaspora organisations.
We are also happy to remain in good consultation with the Permanent Secretary – Political Affairs, The Office of The Secretary to the Government of the Federation who oversight Nigeria National Volunteer Service (NNVS) and other relevant organisations and parastatals in Nigeria and in Diaspora. Focus Area Focus Area will be Diaspora development Roadmap for Nigeria through the anticipated Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) which will be followed by Nigeria Diaspora debate and position on:
1. Nigeria Diaspora Voting Right
2. Leadership and Good governance
3. Diaspora Enrolment and Global Diaspora Database
4. Diaspora Housing Investment Fund
5. Diaspora Remittance and national development We call on all Diaspora Organisation to join in this historic edition of Nigerian Diaspora Day Conference 2018 in London, UK. Consultation with more sister Diaspora organizations are ongoing.
We call on other Diaspora Organization to join in this historic edition of Nigerian Diaspora Development Conference 2018 in London UK. For further information, kindly contact NIDO Europe (Host Secretariat) or NIDO Continental Secretariat. The official communique will follow.
Hon. Kenneth Gbandi Chairman NIDO Continental Europe
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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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