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A SPECIAL ABIAN … A GREAT WOMAN! – Onyebuchi Ememanka

A SPECIAL ABIAN … A GREAT WOMAN!

Dr. Mrs Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu is a Consultant Pharmacist based in New Jersey, United States of America. She holds a PhD in Pharmacy plus several other academic and professional qualifications in her area.
After her secondary school at Ovom Girls High School, she left for the US where she took all her degrees. She didn’t attend any university here. She has lived in the US for about 40 years.
Her husband is a successful medical doctor in the US and they have 4 children, all of them are medical doctors with expertise in different fields of medicine.

Of course, she has been a US citizen for decades.

A woman with her kind of pedigree doesn’t really need anything from Nigeria. She and her family are firmly established and could jolly well forget about us here and live their lives abroad.

Better still, having lived long enough abroad and having experienced life at the highest level, she could decide to come to social media every single day to tell us how stupid we are here. As someone who studied abroad and saw the best of education, she can tell us that we are not going to school here. She could post pictures of her university there and maybe, the hospitals where she had worked and use them to lambast us.
She could call our leaders unprintable names and criticize every single thing we do here.

A few years ago, this woman led her former school mates, the old girls of Ovom Girls High School to raise funds for the building of an ultra modern School Hall.
Ovom Girls is one of the topmost secondary schools in Aba but like most our public institutions, things have been bad. Indeed, the school, like several others in Aba were handed over to churches who owned them originally. Ovom went to the Aba Diocese of the Anglican Church.
This woman didn’t snap pictures of her Alma Mater and use them to abuse and curse our leaders. She didn’t use them to seek social media popularity and become a “crusader for good governance”.
She wanted to be part of the solution. She knew we had a problem but wanted to play her part in solving the problem.

Together with her former school mates from across the world , they raised millions of Naira and built a solid structure, an architectural masterpiece that today serves Ovom Girls High School. Her kids don’t attend the school. She could have kept a straight face. But she didn’t.

This woman agreed to serve under the Ikpeazu administration as Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs. I have been a Special Adviser to the Governor before and I know how much the salary is. It is simply ridiculous to compare it with the salary of a medical doctor here, let alone a Consultant Pharmacist in the US.

This woman took this job and has been doing it with unbelievable passion. She shuttles between the US and Nigeria on a regular basis, maintaining offices in Umuahia and in New Jersey. In the last 3 years, no two months have passed without this woman being here. These trips are substantially self funded.

She has succeeded in creating a platform for progressive minded Abians in the Diaspora to come together and find ways to make contributions to the development of our state.

Through her efforts and other Abians in the Diaspora, a Diaspora Village Project will soon commence where our kith and kin who live abroad can get land and develop an estate. Land has been acquired already by the State Government for this between Umuahia South LGA and Isiala Ngwa North LGA. It’s not a government project. Diapora Abians will drive it .
They are arranging scholarships for our chikdren to go and study abroad. They arrange exchange programs between universities there and ours here.
This woman has, on several occasions, coordinated the donation of medical supplies to Abia State from the US. Currently, 2 out of 4 containers carrying medical equipment worth several millions have already been offloaded at the Government House. The other 2 are on the way. They are to be used for the Specialist Pediatric Hospital being planned by the State Government in conjunction with Diaspora Abians.

Today, Abia is the first state in Nigeria to pass a Diaspora Bill. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu signed it into Law yesterday. We are the first to domesticate the Diaspora Law which is a Federal legislation locally. There is now in place, a full fledged legislative framework for the participation of Abians abroad in the development of our state.
Dr Mrs Erondu worked tirelessly with the State Assembly to ensure that the Bill was crafted, sponsored and passed.

Like her, there are lots of other Abians in the Diaspora who are doing a lot for the sake of home. These Abians understand that home is where the heart is and they try to help.
Few weeks ago, a medical doctor pal of mine who studied at ABSU but it based in the US called me and wanted to know how they can help out at ABSUTH. I linked her to Dr Mrs Erondu and they are talking.
There are many others.
Lots of our guys abroad are desirous and passionate about how they can be part of finding solutions to the challenges facing us here. I am working with a good number of them currently on some things that will benefit our communities.

There are also some Abians whose understanding of living abroad is to come to social media to tell the world how foolish we are.
All they do on a daily basis is to spread bad news about us and our state. They have become more Catholic than the Pope. Some of them attended primary and secondary schools here. They even attended universities here. Maybe their Alma Maters are in dire need of something they can afford easily. Maybe a pack of books or even a First Aid Box. They can even provide a toilet for them. They can deploy 20% of the time they spend on social media to abuse us to coordinate some form of support for their former schools, their villages and communities. But they won’t. They want Government to do every thing and even the little done, they criticize and write them off. They don’t understand that governments come and go but our lands and heritages remain.

But like I always say, life is a choice, and what we do is entirely up to us.
Some of us chose to live here, not because we don’t have what it takes to go abroad and begin to speak from our noses.

Some of us took the decision to leave what we were doing and come here, so we can be part of the solution.

If all of us run abroad, I don’t know who will stay here and fix this place.

Those countries where things work well which these our folks enjoy today were built by people who chose to be part of solution and not just highlighting the problem.

I asked Dr. Mrs Erondu what drives her. She told me it’s passion and love for fatherland. She said she is able to do these because her husband understands her passion and supports her and because we have a Governor who is open to new and progressive ideas.
Even with her intimidating pedigree, she remains incredibly humble. She never talks about herself not her academic and professional accomplishments. She never tells anyone here that she can pay his salary. She treats everyone here with great respect and courtesy. Full vessels make very little noise.

Yesterday while the Governor signed that Bill into Law, I watched Dr. Mrs Erondu closely and I saw fulfillment on her face.

Believe it or not, this is the first time in the history of Abia State that we have this framework in place. Great things will flow from this.

Dr. Mrs Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Daa lei, Dimkpa Nwanyi!
Please take a bow…a well deserved bow, at that!
History shall be kind to you. Posterity shall remember you fondly.

If you check the history of the world, those who are remembered are mostly those who chose to help make the world better and those who were part of the solution. Perpetual fault finders are usually blown away by the winds of history.

Let me end with the immortal words of Wordsworth Longfellow “Lives of great men all teach us that we can make our lives sublime and dying, leave behind us, FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME”, (emphasis mine).

Have a great weekend, y’all.

URURUAJA WEEKEND SPECIAL… VOL. 1

A SPECIAL ABIAN … A GREAT WOMAN!

Dr. Mrs Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu is a Consultant Pharmacist based in New Jersey, United States of America. She holds a PhD in Pharmacy plus several other academic and professional qualifications in her area.
After her secondary school at Ovom Girls High School, she left for the US where she took all her degrees. She didn’t attend any university here. She has lived in the US for about 40 years.
Her husband is a successful medical doctor in the US and they have 4 children, all of them are medical doctors with expertise in different fields of medicine.

Of course, she has been a US citizen for decades.

A woman with her kind of pedigree doesn’t really need anything from Nigeria. She and her family are firmly established and could jolly well forget about us here and live their lives abroad.

Better still, having lived long enough abroad and having experienced life at the highest level, she could decide to come to social media every single day to tell us how stupid we are here. As someone who studied abroad and saw the best of education, she can tell us that we are not going to school here. She could post pictures of her university there and maybe, the hospitals where she had worked and use them to lambast us.
She could call our leaders unprintable names and criticize every single thing we do here.

A few years ago, this woman led her former school mates, the old girls of Ovom Girls High School to raise funds for the building of an ultra modern School Hall.
Ovom Girls is one of the topmost secondary schools in Aba but like most our public institutions, things have been bad. Indeed, the school, like several others in Aba were handed over to churches who owned them originally. Ovom went to the Aba Diocese of the Anglican Church.
This woman didn’t snap pictures of her Alma Mater and use them to abuse and curse our leaders. She didn’t use them to seek social media popularity and become a “crusader for good governance”.
She wanted to be part of the solution. She knew we had a problem but wanted to play her part in solving the problem.

Together with her former school mates from across the world , they raised millions of Naira and built a solid structure, an architectural masterpiece that today serves Ovom Girls High School. Her kids don’t attend the school. She could have kept a straight face. But she didn’t.

This woman agreed to serve under the Ikpeazu administration as Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs. I have been a Special Adviser to the Governor before and I know how much the salary is. It is simply ridiculous to compare it with the salary of a medical doctor here, let alone a Consultant Pharmacist in the US.

This woman took this job and has been doing it with unbelievable passion. She shuttles between the US and Nigeria on a regular basis, maintaining offices in Umuahia and in New Jersey. In the last 3 years, no two months have passed without this woman being here. These trips are substantially self funded.

She has succeeded in creating a platform for progressive minded Abians in the Diaspora to come together and find ways to make contributions to the development of our state.

Through her efforts and other Abians in the Diaspora, a Diaspora Village Project will soon commence where our kith and kin who live abroad can get land and develop an estate. Land has been acquired already by the State Government for this between Umuahia South LGA and Isiala Ngwa North LGA. It’s not a government project. Diapora Abians will drive it .
They are arranging scholarships for our chikdren to go and study abroad. They arrange exchange programs between universities there and ours here.
This woman has, on several occasions, coordinated the donation of medical supplies to Abia State from the US. Currently, 2 out of 4 containers carrying medical equipment worth several millions have already been offloaded at the Government House. The other 2 are on the way. They are to be used for the Specialist Pediatric Hospital being planned by the State Government in conjunction with Diaspora Abians.

Today, Abia is the first state in Nigeria to pass a Diaspora Bill. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu signed it into Law yesterday. We are the first to domesticate the Diaspora Law which is a Federal legislation locally. There is now in place, a full fledged legislative framework for the participation of Abians abroad in the development of our state.
Dr Mrs Erondu worked tirelessly with the State Assembly to ensure that the Bill was crafted, sponsored and passed.

Like her, there are lots of other Abians in the Diaspora who are doing a lot for the sake of home. These Abians understand that home is where the heart is and they try to help.
Few weeks ago, a medical doctor pal of mine who studied at ABSU but it based in the US called me and wanted to know how they can help out at ABSUTH. I linked her to Dr Mrs Erondu and they are talking.
There are many others.
Lots of our guys abroad are desirous and passionate about how they can be part of finding solutions to the challenges facing us here. I am working with a good number of them currently on some things that will benefit our communities.

There are also some Abians whose understanding of living abroad is to come to social media to tell the world how foolish we are.
All they do on a daily basis is to spread bad news about us and our state. They have become more Catholic than the Pope. Some of them attended primary and secondary schools here. They even attended universities here. Maybe their Alma Maters are in dire need of something they can afford easily. Maybe a pack of books or even a First Aid Box. They can even provide a toilet for them. They can deploy 20% of the time they spend on social media to abuse us to coordinate some form of support for their former schools, their villages and communities. But they won’t. They want Government to do every thing and even the little done, they criticize and write them off. They don’t understand that governments come and go but our lands and heritages remain.

But like I always say, life is a choice, and what we do is entirely up to us.
Some of us chose to live here, not because we don’t have what it takes to go abroad and begin to speak from our noses.

Some of us took the decision to leave what we were doing and come here, so we can be part of the solution.

If all of us run abroad, I don’t know who will stay here and fix this place.

Those countries where things work well which these our folks enjoy today were built by people who chose to be part of solution and not just highlighting the problem.

I asked Dr. Mrs Erondu what drives her. She told me it’s passion and love for fatherland. She said she is able to do these because her husband understands her passion and supports her and because we have a Governor who is open to new and progressive ideas.
Even with her intimidating pedigree, she remains incredibly humble. She never talks about herself not her academic and professional accomplishments. She never tells anyone here that she can pay his salary. She treats everyone here with great respect and courtesy. Full vessels make very little noise.

Yesterday while the Governor signed that Bill into Law, I watched Dr. Mrs Erondu closely and I saw fulfillment on her face.

Believe it or not, this is the first time in the history of Abia State that we have this framework in place. Great things will flow from this.

Dr. Mrs Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Daa lei, Dimkpa Nwanyi!
Please take a bow…a well deserved bow, at that!
History shall be kind to you. Posterity shall remember you fondly.

If you check the history of the world, those who are remembered are mostly those who chose to help make the world better and those who were part of the solution. Perpetual fault finders are usually blown away by the winds of history.

Let me end with the immortal words of Wordsworth Longfellow “Lives of great men all teach us that we can make our lives sublime and dying, leave behind us, FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME”, (emphasis mine).

Have a great weekend, y’all.

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