Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) Opens office in Abuja

In what is akin to a giant step since its founding in 2000, the London-headquartered Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE), has opened a liaison office in the nation’s capital Abuja, signalling its intention to play a more robust role in national affairs.

The brief ceremony, marking the event on Monday, was attended by among others Prof Nick Eze, CEO of Aulic Nigeria Limited; Barrister Ekpo Una Owo Nta, chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission; Femi Awoniyi, Publisher of The African Courier; and Dr George Manuwuike, CEO of NIBOX – a payment service provider in Nigeria.

The NIDOE Liaison Office is located at the Nürnberger Platz in the central business district of Wuse, within a property owned by Nürnberger Nigeria Limited – a real estate development, consulting and management operator. The owner of the company, Anthony Ezekwugo, lived in Germany for many years before returning home several years ago.

In his opening speech, Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, chairman of NIDOE, outlined the functions of the office, which he described as long overdue. The facility, including a secretarial office, conference room and meeting lounge, will support Diaspora Nigerians with contact information to government agencies and corporate organizations while its conference room and lounge offer ample space for meetings. The liaison office will also serve as a contact point for companies and public institutions seeking to work with Nigerians in Diaspora.

Prof Eze, in a short speech, challenged the Diaspora to act as a watchdog of governance in Nigeria by pointing out what is wrong and offering solutions based on their knowledge and experiences. “You have seen the best outside, you have the duty to bring that knowledge to enrich your home country,” he charged Nigerians living abroad.

The economist and entrepreneur praised Gbandi for “the fire” he has brought into NIDOE, proving that the Diaspora had an important role to play in national affairs.

Mr Nta, a former chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), described Anthony Ezekwugo as a successful diaspora returnee, praising the owner of the Nürnberger Platz for investing at home. “Anthony’s bold venture should inspire other Diasporans to invest at home to drive the country’s economic development,” he added.

Dr George Manuwuike, a former chairman of NIDOE, called for rigorous efforts to enrol Diaspora Nigerians in the national data base, to know exactly how many Nigerians live abroad and where they’re based. Manuwuike, who is the CEO of NIBOX – a payment service provider in Nigeria, also called for the quick take-off of the National Diaspora Commission as “it has a very important role to play as an interface between the government and the Diaspora”.

The Ukraine-trained medical doctor turned businessman praised Gbandi for his efforts to make NIDOE “more relevant in the scheme of things in Nigeria”.

In a short speech, Anthony, a successful diaspora returnee, narrated his life story, of how he studied in Germany and worked for a German company for several years before deciding to return home. “I encourage our people abroad to come back home,” he advised his compatriots living outside their homeland. “Europe is not your place; America is not your place.”

The event also witnessed the presentation of plaques to inductees of the Nigerian Diaspora Global Hall of Fame, who were unable to attend the London conference in July. Among the inductees who received their plaque in Abuja were Prof Eze, Barrister Nta, Dr Manuwuike and Anthony Ezekwugo.

One hundred Nigerians were inducted into the first edition of the Nigerian Diaspora Global Hall of Fame at the 2018 Nigerian Diaspora Global Development Conference held in London on 26-28 July.

Gbandi said the criteria for the induction were personal and professional achievements, assistance to fellow Nigerians as well as financial and moral contributions to the realisation of NIDOE objectives.


Femi Awoniyi




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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