ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – DR SYLVESTER OKERE BASED IN THE U.S.A

Sylvester Okere is a Nigerian-born, Washington DC-based businessman, Legislative & Political Consultant. An expert on security & intelligence solutions, certified and licensed private detective, certified Institutional Protection Manager ll, state-approved firearms collector. Owns and operate a state-licensed Private Security firm. Okere is a TV analyst with experience on the local, national, and international level. A born activist & citizen’s diplomat who brought a fiercely revolutionary vision and mastered organizational skills to advance the affairs of millions of ethnic Africans in the United States for socio-economic and political developments.

A prominent African Activist and business leader; Okere is founder & President of both Maryland Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and United People for African Congress (UPAC), the non-segmented umbrella organization that advocates for the rights of African nationals, empowers and uplifts them, and increases public acknowledgment and respect. Okere was the first chairman of Maryland Nigeria Sister State (which comprises of Ondo and Cross River state), and also served as a Board of Director for the Maryland Sister State Program, Inc.

Okere founded Watchman Protective Services, Inc., a multi-faceted private security, private investigation, and private detective agency he proudly owned and operated from 2004 to 2013 in the Washington DC/Maryland region. Okere is a Senior Partner with Strategic Groups USA LLC and Strategic Overseas Limited, an international consulting firm he created to advise and facilitate trade between the United States and African nations.

Okere is a visiting scholar with George Mason University, the largest public research institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia, interested in researching the African Diaspora’s involvement in the American political system and the interface between African immigrant entrepreneurs and American politics – to highlight their ever-increasing contributions across the nation.

Sylvester Okere (a former DNC_African Diaspora Liaison) was fittingly appointed as the first immigrant to fill Africa’s seat on the National Democratic Party (as DNC’s African Diaspora-Liaison/DNC Black Caucus) to represent the African Diaspora voice. Sylvester Okere tirelessly facilitated and mobilized the African Diaspora across the country for the DNC database, and for their integration in the participatory politics at the National Democratic Party. Okere spearheaded the White House African Diaspora Policy Briefing during the 2016 African history month. Okere championed African diaspora for Hilary 2016. Okere spearheaded Continental Africans for Obama (Operation Vote in 2012) to galvanize Africa’s vote in reelecting President Obama. Okere served as Obama’s delegate, Obama’s Victory Trustee (OVT), National Leadership Council (NLC), DNC National Finance Committee (NFC), and Obama University Alumni (OU). Okere is the first African immigrant to speak on a National platform on the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial, sharing the same platform with many U.S. Congressmen such as Hon. John Lewis, US Senator Corey Booker, US Attorney General Eric Holder, and numerous eminent US politicians, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Activists. Sylvester Okere’s appointment as the DNC’s/NDECC Africa Representative was tasked with mobilizing African Diaspora across the United States. In Maryland, Okere became the first African immigrant in the state history to be elected as a delegate to the DNC convention, first African immigrant on the Executive Board of Maryland Democratic Party, also, first African immigrant to serve on the Affirmative Action Committee.

Sylvester Okere as the national chairman of USA Movement for Buhari-Osinbajo, along with his Vice Chairman and able team leaders successfully mobilized Nigerians in the United States to support the election of President Muhammadu Buhari which USM4BO overwhelmingly provoked the Obama Administration to pay much closer attention to the 2014 Nigerian election.

Sylvester Okere spearheaded the AGOA International Trade and Commerce Fact Finding Workshop held at Hilton Manhattan New York in February 2013. The initiative brought some leaders from Africa to participate, along with US lawmakers, the UN, Civil Societies, NGOs, and heads of government agencies to discuss critical issues surrounding AGOA.

Okere served on 2014-2015 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Reader Committee. Okere was tasked to evaluate program applicants based on set guidelines for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) and to make recommendations to IREX for qualified applicants of the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Okere champions a USAID’s Global Innovation Exchange program for Africa. The Global Innovation Exchange is a global online marketplace for innovations, funding, insights, resources, and conversations, allowing the world to better work together to address humanity’s greatest challenges; and a unique resource by Center for Development Innovation | U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Sylvester Okere is very passionate about Social Re-Engineering of African youths and the restructuring of systems that impairs public (inclusive) prosperity and happiness. Okere works beyond party lines to serve all humanity regardless of their race, ethnicity, language or religion. Okere strongly believes that “Talent is universal but Opportunity is not.” Therefore, he is committed to being an instrument of blessing to God and man.

Okere’s wide networks of governments, private sectors, institutions, civil societies (NGOs), global communities of faith base, and the United Nations distinguish him across the globe. Okere has received numerous awards, recognition, and honors from institutions, local, states, national, and international authorities.

Sylvester Okere is a former Nigeria Immigration officer with 17 years of federal service. He lived a few years in Europe prior to migrating to the United States where he settled as a businessman, politician, and an activist. He is also a recipient of many national and continental awards; amongst two recent recognition: Prominent African Activist Award by NELAS UK, 2018 Presidential award of Nigerian-American Lawyers Association, The Outstanding Nigerian In Diaspora award 2017, Nollywood Who Is Who USA magazine African Community Leadership Award, and African Champion a community service award. Sylvester Okere is a member of the World Association of Detectives (WAD), Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), National Council of Investigators & Security Services, Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), American Security Foundation, American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Public Record Retriever Network (PRRN), Professional Investigators Alliance of Maryland, Maryland Investigators and Security Association, and other esteemed associations.

Okere proudly holds dual citizenship with the United States and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Sylvester Okere’s Political Affiliation: UNAFFILIATED.

 

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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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