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Press Release – 2011 ANOG Image Award Winners Announcement

Atlanta, GA. USA. August 23rd, 2011: 
The Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia (ANOG), the umbrella organization of the Nigerian community in Georgia, USA, today announced the winners of its annual service & Image Awards, which recognize the top distinguished Nigerians, resident in Georgia
The 2011 winners of ANOG Image Award are
  1. Prof. Juliet Elu Juliet U. Elu, Ph.D., MBA., MPA.,
    She  is a Nigerian Professor of Economics at  Morehouse College, Atlanta, and the President, National Economic Association in USA. She was the Vice-Chairperson & Director, Management and Organization, Program, in the Department of Economics at Spellman College. She is a member of Ndokwa Association of Atlanta, member of Ika Association as well as NICORE.  Prof. Juliet Elu was also a pioneer member of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO)
  2. Prof. Charles Ume
    Prof Ume (NNOM) is a Nigerian Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director, Advanced Electronic Packaging and Laser Processing Laboratory, Mechatronics Instructional Laboratory and George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is an elected Fellow of Nigerian Academy of Science (2006), and received the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNOM) in 2003. He is an active member of the Igbo Union of Atlanta.
  3. Engr. Rufus Oladapo
    Engr. Oladapo is a Nigerian Civil Engineer in the State of Georgia. He is the Founder and President of Kemi Construction Company, Inc., a company formed in July 1987 serving the State of Georgia in areas of site utilities and roadway construction.. Engr. Oladapo has assisted several  Nigerians with employment and business opportunities and has mentored  other fellow countrymen in the construction business.  He is a founding member of Ondo State Association
This recognition demonstrates their exceptional accomplishment and appreciation for what they have done for our community.  The entire Nigerian Community in Georgia express congratulations and appreciation to these Image Awards Winners, for their dedication and exemplary conduct. We are confident that they will continue serving the community for many more years to come, leaving a strong legacy and shining model for succeeding generations of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
About ANOG Image Award.
The  ANOG Image Award is given to distinguished Nigerians, resident in Georgia, who have projected positive “Image” of Nigerians in their professional and community activities, who have made notable contributions for the advancement their communities, locally and abroad, and who, by their conduct and reputation, have provided a shining example to succeeding generations of Nigerians, home and abroad.
This year’s awards recipients will be honored at a colorful awards ceremony at the Nigerian Independence / Awards Banquet on Saturday October 8th, 2011 at the Presidential Ballroom, 4001 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30340. Special Guests expected at this year’s celebrations include:
  1. His Excellency, Nigerian Ambassador to USA, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye (who personally attended in 2010),
  2. Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe (Former Vice Chancellor  of University of Lagos, who has accepted to be the Guest Speaker),
  3. The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Atlanta, Hon. Godfrey Teneilabe.
  4. Members of Government, counties, the diplomatic corps and intelligentsia in Atlanta, GA
About the Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia (ANOG)
ANOG (www.anogusa.org)  is the umbrella organization of all Nigerians resident in Georgia with membership across all community, tribal, ethnic, educational, social, political and economic lines. The objectives of ANOG are to create an inclusive Nigerian Community in Georgia, to advocate, protect and advance Nigerian culture, to promote the advancement and welfare of Nigerians and to cultivate political awareness and civic responsibility among Nigerians.

For more information contact,  Titus Olowokere, President @president@anogusa.org

 or Yakubu Azi, General Secretary @secretary@anogusa.org

Press Release -Atlanta Hosts Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of INEC, Nigeria

~ Titus O. Olowokere
President, Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia

Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia (ANOG) host Professor Attahiru Jega

The Nigerian Community in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, under the auspices of the Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia (ANOG) gave a rousing reception to The Honorable Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria, Professor Attahiru Jega last weekend in Atlanta, GA.  Prof. Jega delivered the keynote address at the International Symposium on Managing Conflicts in Africa’s Democratic Transitions organized by the  Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA.

In his speech, Prof. Jega described the recently concluded elections in Nigeria, as a product of hard work, careful planning, political maturity of the electorate as well as the determination of Nigerians for sustainability of Democracy in Nigeria. While acknowledging the international community’s reference to the recently concluded elections as the freest, fair and most transparent elections in the history of the country, he conceded that the electoral process was not yet at a perfect state. Lessons learned from these elections have been gathered, and will help improve the dynamics of the next elections.

In response to questions from the audience, he confirmed that Nigerians in Diaspora could not have participated in the last election, due to time constraints and daunting logistics to put the infrastructure in place at that time. However, the Commission will be working towards making this a reality in future elections, to ensure that all Nigerians are able to exercise their civic responsibility with a sense of belonging and dignity. He admitted,  in response to another, that the Commission anticipated and prepared to curtail violence on the election days at electoral booths and collation centers, but did not anticipate any post-election violence, as occurred in sporadic spots.

The acting Consul General at the Nigerian Consulate Office, Atlanta, Hon. Baba Garba, welcomed the INEC Chairman and praised him for his service to the Nation.

Earlier on, the President of the Nigerian Community in Georgia (ANOG), Engr. Titus Olowokere, in his address, commended the INEC Chairman for restoring confidence in the Nigerian electoral process, for restoring hope in Nigerians in Diaspora, for not ‘selling’ our votes, for making the votes count and for laying a good legacy for future electoral process in Nigeria.

The Nigerian community in Georgia made a presentation to Prof. Attahiru Jega in appreciation of his services to the Community. Other dignitaries that attended the one-day symposium include Prof. Akanmu Adebayo, Interim Director, Center for Conflict Management, KSU, Prof. Joseph Igietseme of CDC, Ms. Ilona Tip (Acting Director, Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa (EISA)

Johannesburg, South Africa), Prof. Ike Okosun of Georgia State University, Prof. Martin Okafor, Dr. Ezekiel Macham, President of Zumunta Organization and Mr. Wole Adewoyin, President of Obafemi Awolowo Alumni Association Alumni Association, USA.

The Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia (ANOG) is the apex organization of Nigerians in Georgia, helping Nigerians in Georgia build a positive image of their country, and representing the single, unified voice of all non-profit Nigerian associations in Georgia, USA, across community, tribal, ethnic, educational, social, political and economic lines.

ANOG is the collective effort to have an inclusive Nigerian community in Georgia, add value to community relationships, foster unity and encourage peaceful, collaborative, mutually supportive co-existence among Nigerians resident in Georgia.

~ Titus O. Olowokere
President, Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia

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