ANPA 2013 Convention in Charlotte: Presidents Summary

Dear All,

On behalf of the Executive committee and ANPA board, I say a big THANK YOU to all who made it to Charlotte for our 19th annual convention and thank God for journey mercies back to your destinations. No matter how well planned a convention is, it never achieves its fullest impact without a robust participation. The over 350 attendees-a record for ANPA-made the most of the three days of Scientific presentations, the economic/healthcare forum, optional activities finally capped by our gala banquet filled with laughter and delicious cuisine. Our hosts-ANPA Carolinas-were at their best, with the able chairman Dr. Phillip Igbinadolor aided by his executive team and ANPA-C board members, taking care of business.

Guests were heralded to a warm welcome on Wednesday evening-‘Meet & Greet’ anchored by a Wine tasting session by Dr. Idango Adoki which was simply great.
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Zumba,  now a staple of our conventions- kicked off the mornings with our fitness guru Dr. Shirley Aluko:
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The Scientific sessions were brilliant, engaging and again guided by our program chair, Prof Scott-Emuakpor.The Educational program was rich and diverse despite the focus on surgery in primary care/public health. The speakers from the US,UK, Nigeria and Canada were excellent and we extend a huge thanks to them all.
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The Thursday night healthcare panel discussion was one of the highlights of the convention. With proven professionals including the Governor of Central Bank(Lamido Sanusi), Chairman of Etisalat(Hakeem Belo-Osagie); Pioneer Chairman, Section of Business Law of the NBA(George Etomi); Chairman, Stanbic Bank(Atedo Peterside); Former Foreign Affairs Minister(Odein Ajumogobia)  and Director, Nigeria Institute of Medical Research(Prof Innocent Ujah),the exchanges provoked so much emotions/take-home points that ANPA will need to develop on. The session went on for 4 hours with about 250 participants in the hall:
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                                                         Hakeem Belo-Osagie
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                                                        Odein Ajumogobia
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                                                                Atedo Peterside
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                                                                George Etomi
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                                                            Lamido Sanusi
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                                                          Professor Innocent Ujah
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                                               Question and Answer Session with ANPA members
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The Alumni meetings were well attended on Friday evening. The provosts of Colleges of Medicine of Ibadan and Nsukka( Professors Akinyinka and Onwubere respectively) were present. IFEMED,MEDILAG,MEDIBEN were there.
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                                                              UNN Alumni Meeting
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                                                                       UNN Alumni Meeting
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                                                               UNN Alumni Meeting
 The Saturday family picnic was such fun for children and adults alike. Thanks to ANPA-Carolinas for sponsoring this event.DSC_0372
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The 3rd ANPA Charity Golf Classic was a big success and thanks again to Dr. Obi Maduka (and sponsors) as over $9,000 was raised. FIRST place went to the ANPA Carolinas team (even though some of her best golfers did not play)!
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The Saturday morning HAT and TEA gathering was a big hit with our women:
zumba14 zumba13 zumba12 zumba11 zumba9 Our spouses, children and guests were able to visit Carowinds Theme Park, Concord Mills shopping mall and engaged in other various activities. Thanks to ANPA-C event planners-T-Consulting (Tammi Hamilton and Melissa Small).
Thanks to our Chapter Chairs and Committee Chairs for their updates. Our numbers continue to grow.
The Gala banquet was preceded by a silent auction and thanks to the efforts of Dr. Tokunbo Etomi and others as over $20,000 was realized. The banquet was attended by almost 500 members and their guests and was a beautiful night to remember. The comedian was hilarious!
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Other Notes.
Prof Innocent Ujah represented the Federal Minister of Health.
The Presidents of the MANSAG -UK (Dr. Jacob Akoh),Nigerian Medical Association (Dr. Osahon Enabulele) were present. Also the founder of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America(NANNNA)-Sandra Anyaoha was present.
The Governors of Lagos, Ondo and Delta states were represented by their Commissioners of Health-Dr. Jide Idris, Dr.  Adeyanju and Dr. Joseph Otumara respectively.
Sponsorship was quite good with Novant Health and Gilead Sciences as Platinum sponsors.  Also we had 3 Gold plus; 3 Gold ;several silver and many booth sponsors. I am sure our treasurer Dr. Johnson Adeyanju will be proud of his report at our Winter Board retreat in NYC. I thank the NY chapter chair-Dr. Wale Okunola) for graciously accepting to be our hosts.
Channels TV provided coverage that was beamed to Nigeria to which we have been receiving very positive reviews as we seek to increase our exposure ANPA message in Nigeria.
Our upcoming colleagues DNPT and our IMGs were represented in record numbers. The DNPT project presentations were precepted by Drs. Ben Nwomeh and Eche Ezeanolue (Education Committee). The President-elect Dr. Nkem Ckukwumerije, initiated a welcome session for new members to ANPA.
 Dr. Peju Simoyan gave beautiful renditions of the Nigerian and US national anthems.
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Thanks to our IT chair, Dr. Tagbo Ekwonu who has been sharing memories of this convention with our members.
Special thanks to our Secretariat (Nonie Lowry-Director), Denise Higgs, Heather Roderick, Jill Kawulok, Chris Sherman) for an outstanding job.
As we continue to pursue our mission, please reflect on lessons learned from this convention and do not hesitate to get in touch with the executive with constructive suggestions to advance our goals. We must keep the momentum .
The next convention is in Disneyland Anaheim, California from July 17-20,2014. Please plan early .We hope to see those members who could not make it to Charlotte and ask those who made it to come back.
Michael Etomi,MD,FASN
President ANPA

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