Last weekend, on Father’s Day, Nnobi people in North America gathered in Newark, New Jersey, for their 2023 Convention. They raised approximately $60,000 during the event to help repair their general hospital and give health insurance to the elderly in their community.
The three-day event began with a meet-and-greet at the home of retired Professor Ferdinand Ofodile, one of their distinguished sons in America.
The world’s foremost plastic surgeon is the driving force behind the ongoing initiative to outfit Nnobi General Hospital and transform it into a center of excellence for more than primary healthcare services.
Prof. Ofodile’s Nnobi Diaspora Health Group USA has generated funding to equip the hospital with 24-hour electricity, water supply, medical equipment, and adequate living quarters for doctors and consultants.
The crew had completed many health missions in which they collaborated with Nnobi’s health centers to identify patients with chronic illnesses like as diabetes and high blood pressure, treat them, and register them for regular monitoring and ongoing assessment.
The Nnobi Union of North America (NUNA) will use the 2023 convention to gather funds to support and extend the general hospital’s ongoing efforts.
Speaking at the convention’s sideline, the hosting affiliate’s president, NUNA in tri-state, Rev. Father Cosmos Nzeabalu, said, “We are doing nothing new or unique. We are just following in the footsteps of our fathers who built schools, post office, levied themselves to provide electricity to the town and other amenities that the government provide in other parts of the country.”
The meeting also provided an opportunity for Nnobi people from across America to meet in person, as well as for their children born abroad to learn about Nnobi cultures and traditions.
Nnobi dignitaries from all around the world attended the event. Igwe Nnobi, His Royal Highness Igwe (Engr.) Muodum Nick Obi, Omenyili Igwe Nnobi; High Chief Emeka Agbanari, Ike Idemili & CEO Seaman Group; and Barr. Emeka Okafor, Ide Nnobi were among those who arrived from Nigeria.
From Maryland, US, came Chief Hamilton Ezeonu, Ikemba Nnobi, Professor Chuka Obah, Professor Peter Ezekwonna, Pastor Joe Ezeigbo, Professor Ikenna Uzuegbunam, Dubem Amakaeze, Joan Okigbo, Martin Ogbuachi and many others. From Virginia, Chief Samson Okafor and his wife, Dr. Stella Okafor. From Georgia, Dr. Clement Emeka Okpala, Sylva Okwudili Egbochue, and others. From Florida, Emma Ezenyi. From Michigan, Rev. Father Okey Okagbue. From Minnesota, Chief Godwin Okolue. From Dallas, Texas, Steve Ezeonu.
From the tri-state of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut were Prof. Ferdinand Ofodile, Akajiofo Nnobi: Dr. Charles Ezeonyim, Ezemgbede Nnobi; Sir Solomon Nduka, Sam Ngwudo, Eze Atukulu, Timothy Aghaji, Felix Okafor, David Ezekwesili, Theo Okanume, OJ Ifeanyichukwu and his wife, Dr. Ifeoma Ojukwu, Uche Ezeonyim, Fidelia Okeke, Ifeoma Udogwu, Dr. Chinwe Nduka, Edna Okonkwo and many others.
During the Saturday event, the organization elected a new set of executives who will champion the organization’s affairs for the next two years. Those elected into the new national executive were: OJ Ifeanyichukwu, president; Ebele Nwaenyi, Vice President; Steven Ezeonu, Secretary; Ikenna Uzuegbunam, Assistant Secretary; Sylvester Egbochue, Treasurer and Financial Secretary; Oby Ngwudo, Publicity Secretary and Rudolf Okonkwo, Provost.
The organization announced the Maryland branch as the host of the 2025 convention.
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