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Kent State Hosts African Community Association Scholarship Dinner

Posted Nov, 3, 2009

The African Community Association (ACA), an organization whose members are businesspersons, academicians and professionals of African descent, will hold the 15th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Kent State University.

ACA provides scholarships to African students attending college and universities in Northeast Ohio. This year’s event will be headlined by Her Excellency Dr. Joy Uche Ogwu, Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, who has been elected to a seat in the upcoming Security Council. Her Excellency will explore the implications of China’s increasing presence in Africa, in what will be an exciting and informative evening.

The event will be held at the Kent State University Student Center Ballroom, starting with a social hour at 6 p.m. and followed by dinner and an elaborate gala at 7 p.m.

For tickets and more information, please contact O. Felix Offodile at 330-554-2857, Charles Mbanefo at 216-368-5687 or Peter Wairegi at 216- 225-8981.    

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Dr. Joy Uche Ogwu
Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations

Her Excellency, Dr. Joy Uche Ogwu, is a former Foreign Minister of Nigeria. She was the second woman to hold the post in the history of Nigeria. Prior to her ministerial career, Dr. Ogwu, who is from Delta State, served as Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

She has advised the United Nations on disarmament issues and has published books promoting more African ties to Latin America. She is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). In 2006, she was appointed Foreign Minister by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Dr. Ogwu is currently The Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations.

Dr. Ogwu obtained her BA and MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. She later received her Ph.D. from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. While obtaining her Ph.D. in 1977, she joined the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Lagos.

Dr. Ogwu started her career as an assistant lecturer at the Nigerian National War College and the Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). She subsequently joined the NIIA as a lecturer, obtaining a research fellowship during which she authored her first book, Nigerian Foreign Policy: Alternative Futures (Macmillan, 1986). She eventually headed the research department in International Politics, leading on to her role as the first female Director General, and her investigation into the possibilities of a proficient South-South relationship between Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In this capacity she held a visiting fellowship at the University of London’s Institute of Latin American Studies and has been published extensively in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Croatian. As an expert on security issues, she serves on the United nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

As a woman in a foremost position in her distinguished career specialization, Dr. Ogwu has become a voice for women’s development and human rights. In this subject, her perspective spans Asia Pacific, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa with prolific publications on regional aspects of the subject. Her participation in the government under the auspices of NIIA and the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations enabled positive contribution to a practical government policy such as the construct of the Nigeria-South America relationship on a macro level and the United Nations educational Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) funded program for teaching human rights in Nigerian Schools on a micro level. Furthermore, her continual role on the Nigerian National Delegation to UN General Assembly exhibits her contribution as an influential figure in the formation of Nigeria’s relationship with the rest of the world.

Media Contacts:
O. Felix Offodile, 330-554-2857
Charles Mbanefo, 216-368-5687
Peter Wairegi, 216-225-8981