By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
A GOOD number of well meaning Diaspora nigerians have contributed enormously towards de-emphasising stereotyping of Nigerians in various countries of resident abroad.
Although, there are many thorny issues and challenges Nigerians in the Diaspora face while fighting for survival, it is not enough for some host countries to stereotype Nigerians.
Stories are not short of relating how Diaspora Nigerians have to pull and push on a daily basis to counter stereotyping in different countries of abode abroad, which often leads to several sad experiences.
Speaking at a conference in Beijing, while commending the leadership of the new Ambassador of Nigeria to Guangzhou, China, Ambassador Wali, China-based Nigerian industrialist and philanthropist, Mr. Festus Mbisiogu, expressed satisfaction over the concerted efforts towards de-emphasising stereotyping of Nigerians abroad.
Mbisiogu who spoke via telephone told Vanguard Consular Advisory that Diaspora Nigerians were constantly making remarkable contributions both in the economies of host countries and that of Nigeria, stressing that Diaspora Nigerians contribute more than 60 per cent to host countries’ economies.
Soliciting for stronger bi-national relationship with other foreign countries, where the presence of Nigerians are felt positively, the industrialist, and CEO, Blue Diamond Logistic, who will be bestowed with the prestigious Igbo Person of the Year 2014 award, charged Nigerians with the responsibility of maintaining the ideals of those who work for the greatness of Nigeria.
The award which is in recognition of his immense contributions to ensuring that stereotyping of Nigerians abroad becomes a thing of the past, is a thought seed of Igbo Amaka, a socio-cultural organization that is committed to promoting excellence in the nation’s interest. It is conceptualized to stimulate the spirit of industry, while also acknowledging the sterling achievements made by Nigerian sons and daughters across the universe.
It is worthy of note that the award as the 2014 Igbo Person of the Year, which is scheduled to commence January 23, 2015, in Ikoyi, shall witness the spirit of oneness and patriotism of Nigerians, as former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekueme (GCON) is expected to present the prestigious award as one of the founding fathers who has constantly preached and worked for the oneness of Nigeria.
In line with the aforementioned, Vanguard Consular Advisory gathered from notable Nigerians abroad, especially in Asia, that Mbisiogu is befitting of the award. Many of them applauded his enormous contribution towards the realization of a new consulate in Guangzhou, China, while others are of the view that the worthy son of Ideato South in Imo State and China based industrialist and philanthropist, deserves more than being the 2014 Igbo Person of the Year, for his pivotal role in providing jobs for a large number of Nigerian youths.
Many pointed out that Mbisiogu’s far-reaching measures of goodwill in almost all nooks and crannies of his immediate community and the country as a whole is worthy of emulation. Mbisiogu, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Lagos, UNILAG, in addition to other professional certificates, will join other Nigerian Ambassadors who are passionate about the welfare of Nigerians as he receives the prestigious award of the 2014 Igbo person of the year.