ANPA-Carolinas ended the year 2012 with a grand end of year party on December, 1 2012 at the Ballantyne Resort. In attendance were Yele Aluko (past President ANPA) and Mike Etomi (ANPA President). Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, the Nigerian consul-General in Atlanta also attended. The occasion also marked the handover of leadership to the new executive committee of the chapter.
Dr Etomi, Mrs Ayodele, and Mrs. Ekunsami.
Mrs Ekwonu and Dr Ada Mbadinuju.
ANPA-Carolinas members at the end of year party
Ambassador Teneilabe with Prince Ekunsami (ANPA-Carolinas Chair)
Obi Maduka (Chair New England chapter) with the Ekwonu’s.
Phillip Igbinadolor, DMD the new Chair of ANPA-Carolinas making his acceptance speech.
Mike Etomi and Obi Maduka
Other ANPA-Carolinas activities:
- Summer gathering at The Great Wolf’s Lodge.
The annual summer event is an opportunity for the families to get together. Great effort is made for the children to meet and get to know each other. High school graduates are recognized and given plaques applauding their success and their college destinations are announced.
- Champion Sponsor ($ 5,000) to the “My Hero Gala 2012 Tux and Tennis Charity Fundraiser” On October 27, Charlotte’s most unique fundraiser returned to Time Warner Cable Arena for the 5th Annual My Hero Gala. This black tie and tennis shoes affair brings heroes from the hardwood together with heroes from our community for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and celebration. Whether mingling with Bobcats players, coaches and executives at the exclusive Tip-off Reception or dining and dancing the night away on the arena’s main floor, being a sponsor of the My Hero Gala means being a hero yourself to the thousands of children across the region who need our help. Proceeds from the Gala support two important causes: the Presbyterian Hospital Community Care Cruiser, which delivers quality healthcare to youth in under-served communities across the Charlotte area, and the Cats Care Foundation, with its commitment to education, wellness, and the fight against hunger. Both causes meet the pressing needs of our community. Yele Aluko was one of the heroes recognized at the event and ANPA-Carolinas is proud to be a sponsor.
Yele and Shirley Aluko at the Hero Awards.
ANPA-Carolinas members at the Hero Award.
- ANPA-Carolinas rescued 2 Nigerian students from Homelessness
ANPA-Carolinas members made a contribution of $4,000 to prevent 2 Nigerian students from becoming homeless. They arrived in the USA a few years ago on a promise of a basketball scholarship. Unfortunately, their sponsor abandoned them through the process and they found themselves homeless. Through the campaign and resilience of Dr. Loretta Evivie, ANPA members rallied and raised more than $4,000 to keep them in housing until they got into college.
Dr Ekunsami with Henry Uwadiae and Ikem George Eriobuna
New ANPA-Carolinas executive committee:
Phillip Igbinadolor, DMD: Chair
Adesoji Adelakun, MD: Chair-elect
Ben Ogunwale, MD: Secretary
Jude Onuoha, MD: Treasurer