The U.S-Nigeria Legislative and Executive Leadership Forum, which was organised in partnership with AfriQtalk Consult, FACE INC and its organising team, in association with the State of Maryland, kicked off with a customised study tour at Ellicott Dredges, workshop at the U.S Small Business Administration in Howard University, a Meet and Greet reception at District Heights, Maryland, hosted by Mayor Jack Sims on November 17, 2017.
In her welcome speech, at the high level interactive Forum held on November 18, 2017 in Double Tree by Hilton, Largo Maryland, the Chief Host and CEO, AfriQtalk Consult, President, FACE INC. USA and Founder,US-Nigeria Legislative and Executive Leadership Forum, Princess Asha Osazuwa, outlined several key goals that she hoped the Forum will achieve. Speaking at the event, Hon Lt. Governor, Boyd Rutherford of Maryland, emphasised the importance of fostering US-Nigeria bilateral relations for mutual prosperity.
Mr. Chris Nwandu, Publisher/Editor in Chief CKN News & President Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria, during the presentation, thanked the Lt. Governor, for his continued support to Nigerians in the Diaspora and urged him to encourage such exchanges, particularly, between Nigerian media organisations and State of Maryland.
Other speakers and guests in attendance, include Rev. Amb. Felix Johnson Osakwe, Director of Executive Affairs at the UN, Thomas E. Dernoga, Assistant Attorney General, State of Maryland, Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke, Andrew Ndubisi Ucheomumu (Mazi), Esq., professionals, academias, entrepreneurs, civil society organisations, community and business leaders. Prince Kazeem Eletu-Odibo, also attended the U.S-Nigeria Legislative and Executive Leadership Forum, where he was graciously received by the Hon Lt. Governor, Boyd Rutherford and Senator C. Anthony Muse, Maryland State.
At the Gala Dinner and Award ceremony organised by FACE INC. USA, Prince Kazeem Eletu-Odibo, received The Esteemed FACE HONORS Global Leadership; Outstanding Nigerian Philanthropist Award, for Community Achievement in Human Development Capacity and Philanthropy and Community Recognition Award for Exceptional Leadership in Youth Empowerment, including FACE HONORS Induction of Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) in Human Letters/Youth Development and United Nations Ambassadorial title, in Academic section of the Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Speaking at the occasion, Amb. Dr. Mrs. Chika Mitima-Samuel, President of Covenant International University, congratulated the newly conferred United Nation Ambassadors, Amb. Dr. Prince Kazeem Eletu Odibo, Amb. Princess Asha Osazuwa and Amb. Lilian Ike. “You are not decoratedambassador but as decorated foot soldiers, I applaud you for your good work and philanthropic initiatives”, she reiterated.
In his acceptance speech, Amb. Dr. Prince Kazeem Eletu-Odibo, thanked the organisers of the event. “It reminds me of those struggles and hustles, much more, it reminds me that no situation is permanent. It may take time, but it won’t always be dark. So I want to encourage someone out there who is going through hard times, no condition is permanent, destiny may be delayed, it can never be denied. I dedicate this awards to God Almighty for His Faithfulness, to my loving mother, to my family, to all Kazeem Royal Staff, to all my well wishers who camewith me to America, to all who stood by me those days,” he said.
In a statement issued, the Chief Host, Amb. Princess Asha Osazuwa, thanked all those who travelled far and wide to attend. ‘The event is a combination of both conference, and award recognitions, aimed at creating interactive platforms, designed to promote youth empowerment, community development, cultural appreciation, foreign trade policies and investment opportunities. She added.
The ceremony was graced by celebrity guest, EYE D, former Nigerian Idol finalist, Idowu Sarah Odugbemi, who sang The Nigerian National Anthem. The evening was also, filled with music, entertainment, networking mixer, and red carpet interview, with business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, dignitaries, distinguished guests, friends of Nigeria, business and community leaders, hosted by Kenny Kay Mr. Buga and sponsored by Western Union.
- Lt. Governor Boyd Kevin Rutherford of Maryland State – Outstanding Leadership Impact
- Hon. Evelyn Oboro Omavowan – Outstanding House of Representatives Member of The Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President – Outstanding Senator of The Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Chris Kehinde Nwandu, Publisher and Editor in Chief CKN News – Outstanding Online Media Personality
- Sia Finoh, CEO, Education for Africa – Outstanding African Diaspora Women in Leadership
- Sade Oshinubi Esq. UPAC, Chairwoman – Outstanding African Diaspora Women in Leadership
- Hon. Mildred Crump, Council President, Newark, New Jersey
- Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, New Jersey
- Sir Emeka Offor, Chairman Chrome Group
- Barrister Oladipo Okpeseyi, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Chairman, Island Club, Nigeria
- Mr. Rob Brunner, VP Arik Airlines, USA
- Chief Edem Duke, former Hon. Minister of Culture Tourism and National Orientation, Abuja
- Mayor, Kasim Reed Atlanta, GA
- HON. ARC. Micheal Oziegbe Onoleme, former Minister of Works, AbujaAmbassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, former Amb. /Consul General, Nigeria Consulate of Atlanta, GA,
- Ambassador Andrew Young, Former Mayor, Atlanta GA
FACE HONORS is an award celebration of Africa’s influences on global economy and cultures, in recognition of outstanding individuals, organizations, corporations and institutions whose outstanding courage, commitment, and passion have contributed to the promotion of democracy, education, cultural heritage, public service, philanthropic activities, diplomacy, community development, peace and security, in Africa and the African diaspora.