Monday, January 21, 2019

Legacy Initiative organization: Bridging the cultural divide to achieve political and cultural unity.  
By Chinyere Obinna Onwuchekwa 
 Nigerians in the diaspora may soon breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the formidable wall of bureaucracy, which seemed for years, to separate the Nigerian community from the Nigerian mission to the United States, is about to be transformed into a welcome mat. For years, the major complaint of most Nigerians in the diaspora seemed to be the apparent difficulties that they encountered when trying to access needed services from the consular office that was set up to assist them, and often expressed frustration at finding themselves entangled in a maze of red tape and revolving doors that often led to lost time at work and or expensive hotel bills for the ones that came from out of town.  The sentiments were always negative, and Nigerians viewed their Consular office as the brick wall behind the glass building.  
This may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a collaborative effort between that office and the executive members of Legacy Initiative International Advocacy, an organization that was formed to bridge the gap that divides different factions of the Nigerian community and the Nigerian government. Although Legacy is not a political organization, it is efficiently streamlined to enhance the political process by uniting the stakeholders in the Nigerian political system through dialogue, interfaith prayer meetings and fostering understanding and unity between the leaders of the two principal faith groups in Nigeria.  
On Tuesday the 8th of January 2019, the New York City office of the Nigerian Mission to the United States hosted a delegation of the Legacy Initiative International members in a lively session that facilitated exchange of ideas between the two bodies. The reception was chaired by the Consulate General of the Nigerian Mission to the US in NYC, Mr. Ben Okoyen and several staff members of the Nigerian consular office. 
During the session, the leader of the Legacy Initiative International Dr. Ifem Emmanuel Orji eloquently outlined the goals, the vision and the mission of the organization and pledged the commitment of the organization to work with the consular office to build a stronger relationship between them and the Nigerian community in diaspora that they served.  He outlined the strides that the organization had already made in fostering a stronger relationship between the leaders of the Nigerian religious factions and emphasized the willingness of the organization to help the Nigerian Mission to the United States strengthen their ties to the Nigerian community.  
Dr. Orji emphasized the need to empower the Nigerians in the diaspora, who have been a viable contributor to the growth of the Nigerian economy through their monetary disbursements, exchange of ideas and medical outreaches to Nigeria by making them a part of the political process through diaspora voting to give them a voice in Nigerian presidential elections. In his response, the Nigerian consul to the United States, Mr. stated that such a thing can be achieved but is hampered by the lack of a reliable database of Nigerians who reside in the United states. Dr. Orji and the delegation emphasized that a database of Nigerians can be easily achieved through grassroots and outreach efforts, community bulletins, reaching out to Nigerian businesses and organizations, churches and mosques and word of mouth and that the important. He pledged the willingness of his organization to assist the Nigerian Mission to the United States achieve the goal of creating a database of Nigerians, and that the important thing was to start. He reiterated the willingness of his organization to deploy his members to help the consulate office achieve this mission.  

The meeting ended on a positive note, with Mr. Okoyen emphasizing his approval of the positive and encouraging tone of the organization, which he stated was head and shoulders above other organizations that he had encountered. He also pledged his willingness to assist the organization to reach their goals.  
Other issues that were addressed included the need to make the Mission to the United states more accessible and user-friendly to the Nigerians in diaspora that they serve. The members of the delegation did observe that in recent times, the Nigerian mission has seemed to improve tremendously and commended Mr. Okoyen and his staff on the improved services and accessibility which was echoed by most in the room. The group pledged to make follow up visits to consular office to put into motion the plans that were made at this session. The visit concluded with a tour of the Consular building, provided by the Consulate General Mr. Okoyen.  

God bless you all.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


It is said that some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Evertone the world over can remamber the exact moment and what they were doing when the news broke that michael Jackson was dead. God bless you all.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Coming soon to Our Very Own Place. "Exposing Calling Card Scams

Our upcoming article will examine the various ways that the so called "Calling Card Companies" have been fleecing you and lining their own pockets with your hard-earned money. We will show you different ways that you can keep more of your money in your pocket while staying in touch with your families back home.

We need your input too. If you have any bad Calling Card experience, please share it with us and we will incorporate your experience in our story. You may email us at or you may click on the comment link below and leave us a comment. God bless you all.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Captiol Hill. January 20th 2009.
The entire world erupted in a symphony of excited jubilation as the 47th president of the United States, President Barack Obama took his oath of office and stepped into the halls of history. The event took place amongst a backdrop of millions of exuberant supporters some of who braved the frigid temperature and stood outside for hours to witness the-once-in a lifetime event. The hopes and dreams as well as the optimism of the change that has come to America was evident on the faces of the teeming masses, whose beaming faces told the story. Many had tears of joy streaming down their faces. The cheering crowds waved the American flag, as well as a new flag, which featured a huge picture of President Obama. Many wore T shirts, and hats festooned with pictures of Obama and Obama buttons. A man in the crowd proudly turned his back to the camera to display his haircut; he had the name Obama etched onto the back of his head. Such was the sense of Obama mania that has swept across the nation.

President Obama took the oath of office, administered by chief Justice John Roberts about five minutes behind schedule, part of which was due to the delay caused by the late arrival of the outgoing Vice President, Chenney, who was ironically incapacitated and in a wheelchair after an injury sustained while making preparations for his move out of the white house. The new president, whose oratory dexterity has placed him amongst oratory giants like Martin Luther king, gave a soaring speech that clearly showed why he is so beloved around the world. It incorporated his strength of character and message of hope and change and clearly told those who seek to destroy America that they will not be tolerated, while also saying that he will work with our allies. "Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed," Obama said. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America." He also promised to work with poor countries and extended a challenge to other well established countries to step out of their comfort zone and give a helping hand to struggling countries.

The Presidential luncheon was marred by the sudden downturn of health for Senator Ted Kennedy, a Democratic political giant, who supported Obama's campaign and who attended the event along with members of congress, celebrities, politicians and dignitaries from around the world. Senator Kennedy recently had brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his brain and h ad to be rushed to the hospital after he experienced seizures brought on by excitement and exertion. He is reportedly doing better.

Outside, on the streets of Washington DC, thousands of jubilant people danced and cheered as they watched the presidential motorcade proceed through the street towards the White House. in a heart-stopping moment, the President and his wife Michelle stepped out of the presidential limo and walked hand-in-hand, making direct contact with the throng of people that surged around him, showing his affinity for the people who put him in the white house. This move was a great test of courage that is characteristic of Obama, who took a calculated risk to show his appreciation and love to the masses. They eventually returned to the limo for the rest of the drive into history.
God bless you all. Chinyere Obinna O.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Obama - The dream realized.

January 19th and 20th 2009 will forever remain etched in the annals of history, irrevocably linked in a way that symbolically transcends mere dates on a calendar . The man that had a dream died but left a legacy that sprang into life through another man whose triumphant destiny will be sealed with that of the nation as he becomes inaugurated the first black president of the United States of America on the day after Martin Luther King's birthday. If posterity had planned this, it couldn't' have turned out any more perfectly.

It is as if Barrack Obama's presidency had been divinely ordered. He came out on top against all the odds that were stacked against him and won the hearts of supporters across the world. As our new President prepares to be inaugurated, Our Very Own Place congratulates him and his cabinet for the bold new step that they are embarking towards a new tomorrow for America. May God bless and protect our new President Obama.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Compliments of the season

Our Very Own Place would like to wish you and yours the very best of the seasons. Hoping that the new year will usher in an era of good tidings in your lives.

God bless you all.

Legacy Initiative organization: Bridging the cultural divide to achieve political and cultural unity.    By Chinyere Obinna Onwuchekwa  ...