The President’s Welcome Address

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Who are We?

We are from the largest black nation on earth, which boasts a population of 206 million and houses the biggest economy among Africa’s 54 countries. Our citizens are referred to as the “Jews of Africa” because we are literally found in every country of the world and thriving under every fair and foul conditions. We are from a country whose famed economic and military generosity towards our brother African nations have over the years advanced their freedom from apartheid and oppression and promoted peace on the African continent and beyond.

Our medical doctors number slightly more than 26,000 in the United States alone, a country where 77% of all black doctors are origins of our country! Whether in USA, Canada, or UK, we rank among the 1st, 2nd or 3rd most educated immigrant group. This is one reason our academics and scientists are sought after in the most accredited universities and research centres all over the world. The Imafidon Family, from Nigeria, remains the smartest family in Britain. And wait for this: according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the inventor of the world’s fastest computer is Philip Emeagwali – a Nigerian-American who was born and bred in Nigeria! The same publication asserts that the largest church auditorium on earth is the 50,000-seat Faith Tabernacle Chapel located at Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria, which has an overflow capacity to seat 250,000 souls!

We hail from the nation that has given the world its richest black man, Aliko Dangote, and its richest black woman, Folorunsho Alakija . The man who bought and owns London City Airport, Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport is Adebayo Ogunlesi, a British Nigerian! Few even know that Masai Ujiri, the president of the 2019 NBA Champions, Toronto Raptors, is a British-Nigerian.

There is hardly any major soccer league in Europe and America without a team in which a Nigerian is excelling. Our Olympic soccer team have severally won gold, silver, and bronze. Here at home in British Columbia, Daniel Igali, a Nigerian-Canadian of Surrey, BC won a wrestling gold for Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics and another gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of fame in 2012.

We are proud Nigerians.
Welcome home to be with the over 8,500-member strong vibrant community of hard-working and fun-loving Nigerians in British Columbia! Join us and enjoy the joy of serving our people and giving back generously to Canada, the blessed nation that has been so good to us. Our quarterly “Enjoy Canada!” lectures will open a visage of incredibly rich information to you. Our community activities will engage your empathic minds and give you a sense of self-fulfilment in helping others. And while we strive to positively impact the welfare of everyone we encounter, we firmly promise to watch your back and take good care of you.

Welcome!