Countdown To ANPA @ 25

“ANPA represents the professional interests of 4,000 plus physicians, dentists and allied health professionals of Nigerian birth, ethnicity or empathy in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean providing a platform for medical and scientific dialogue, on issues of health within North America, the Caribbean, and Africa, pertinent to persons of descent from the Nigerian Diaspora.”
The word Diaspora is in the ANPA mission quoted above. Diaspora is defined as “a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have since moved out to places all over the world.”
As ANPA celebrates its 25th-anniversary social media and smartphones have transformed the world into a global village. It seems to me that the word Diaspora has become obsolete. Events that happened in any part of the world can be shared instantly on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter or Instagram to name a few. Nigerians have a huge social media presence and is something ANPA should exploit in our pursuit for a healthier and wealthier Nigeria.
I urge members to help us share our mission and vision by visiting the website, We also have a Facebook page and Twitter account.
We are no longer in the Diaspora. Let’s join the global village.
Tagbo Ekwonu, MD
Chair, IT Committee.

1 Comment

  • Preston Ukoli, MD, June 22, 2019 @ 5:11 am

    Tagbo, I have been impressed by your performance in the IT sector of ANPA. In my opinion, the general ANPA membership has a lot to be grateful to you for. I remember, in the old days, posting of pics documenting ANPA activities was assigned to no single individual or group, and for that reason, no one could predict whether pics will be posted documenting any event(s), and if so, when. I was one of those members posting occasional pics at the time, and I remember doing so from my own perspective, reveling in close-ups and candid pics in particular. In the process, many important activities and personalities were not adequately covered. However, when you took over this role years ago, we have had the pleasure of prompt (sometimes live) and comprehensive documentation of ANPA activities. For this, we are grateful.

    I should mention also that over the years, you have never failed to help those of us plagued by “disappearing messages”, which actually never disappeared in reality.

    Please keep up the good work.

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