Changes in The Nigerian Foundation since 2015 by Prof. Bedford N. Umez, President, The Nigerian Foundation
Changes in The Nigerian Foundation since 2015
A Special Invitation to Nigerian Day, Oct. 4, 2019
____________The Nigerian Foundation (henceforth, the Foundation) was formed in 1982 by patriotic Nigerians as a nonprofit advocacy group with the mission to represent, defend, and protect the broad interests of all Nigerians in the greater Houston area – varying tribes or tongues, notwithstanding. The noble mission was rooted in the refined idea that all men are created equal and should be treated equally. Unfortunately, with time, that mission suffered serious setbacks as the interests of some functionaries went parochial and self-serving. Consequently, the Foundation lost its reputation and active membership rapidly dwindled. By 2014, the Foundation was at the brink of total collapse, prompting a two-person delegation on behalf of the Foundation to ask for my Presidency – citing my continuous works on transparent government and effective leadership.
On April 11, 2015, I was elected unopposed. At the first monthly meeting I presided in May 2015, I presented a blueprint for the Foundation. The blueprint has its root in the logic of collective action - expanding the original advocacy mission of the Foundation to include, among others, Humanitarian Services, Economic, Social and Political empowerments of all Nigerians in the greater Houston. The rationale for expanding the mission was (and still is) to empower all Nigerians as other immigrants in the United States, e.g., the Latinos, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Philippines, among others (details at the Nigerian Day event, October 4, 2019).
Convinced that leadership is action, not a position, we embarked on the new blueprint immediately. Kindly exercise some patience and consider the following projects – bearing in mind that more are in the pipeline:
1. Dynamic Website Built: Within four days of my Presidency, April 15, 2015, I built and continue to maintain, at no cost, a functional, resourceful website for the Foundation, TheNigerian.Foundation, for the sole benefits of Nigerians within the greater Houston. The Foundation’s website provides vital News for Nigerians. It provides Nigerian Business Directory - projecting the economic power of Nigerians in Houston. The Business Directory is open to all Nigerian professionals, businessmen, and women to advertise their services/businesses on the Foundation’s website - free of charge.
7. Petition to Establish Nigerian Consulate Office in Houston (2018): A petition (signed by over one thousand Nigerians) was mailed to the Nigerian Government on June 8, 2018, to establish Nigerian Consulate in Houston - the energy capital of the world and the host of the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) with the highest population of Nigerians in the United States. A copy of the Petition is available on the Foundation’s website, TheNigerian.Foundation. To this day, the Foundation continues to work toward the success of the Petition – a Nigerian Consulate in Houston.
In summation, the present Nigerian Foundation understands that RELENTLESS pursuit of the logic of collective action is a necessary condition for societal growth, and therefore urges all Nigerians to come together for collective understanding, growth, and empowerment of all of us, like other immigrants in the United States, e.g., the Latinos, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Philippines, among others.
We must work together as Africans. By working together, we discover within ourselves capable, hardworking, and honest Nigerians who are stretching and searching for better solutions that will guarantee us a great success.
You are Cordially Invited to the Nigerian Day event, 2019
Please join us on October 4, 2019, and become a part of our empowerment effort.
May God bless you.