Mike Awa Addresses IPAI Members On First Anniversary of The Organization

A message from IPAI Executive President Chief Mike Awa to members on the 1st Anniversary of Igbere Progressive Association International (IPAI).

Happy Anniversary

The great members of Igbere Progressive Association International, Inc (IPAI), elders, brothers and sisters, September 1, 2008 marks the first year anniversary of IPAI.  Life is too short, who could easily believe that a year has passed after our great convention in Atlanta, Georgia last year (September 1-2, 2007).

Thanks for your determination not only to be part of history but also to make positive contribution(s) to Igbere.

Executive Committee members and Board of Directors were elected and inaugurated as provided in the adopted
and ratified IPAI constitution – presented by the members of Caretaker Committee that worked so hard and smart to execute the assignments given to them in Houston during the first Igbere people in Diaspora convention in 2005.

Most of the time it appears easier to create, form, or bring into being than to nurture, maintain, improve or keep the initial spirit level alive and progressive.  The Executive Committee members are fully aware of these difficulties and instead of being discouraged are determined to lay a great foundation. Their result oriented services and contributions have led to the growth of IPAI many ways, some of which are:

  • IPAI has provided an excellent platform for the illustrious sons and daughters of Igbere in Diaspora to interact and rejoice with one another, and comfort each other and maintain that Igbere brotherhood which is the bedrock of Igbere people.
  • The Executive Committee has played important roles in encouraging the formation of local IPAI chapters, collaboration and the growth of the foundation chapters.
  • Now, there are five active chapters in USA (namely: Pacific Coast, Southeast, DC Metro Area, New York and Texas), one chapter in Canada (Toronto), and one chapter in United Kingdom (London).
  • Individual members spread across the world including Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Germany, Finland etc.  More chapters are expected to e created and Igbere person is encouraged to come on board in accordance with IPAI constitution.

I am also using this opportunity to stress that IPAI membership is open to all Igbere sons and daughters in Diaspora as stipulated in the IPAI constitution.  Please you are encouraged to form a local chapter if none exist which you may join and identify with IPAI all in accordance with the IPAI constitution.

Preparation for the first proposed free medical project in Igbere during the Ezumezu 2008, in December by IPAI is in full gear.  It is being planned to take the form of providing some medical supplies (medicine and materials) to the existing four community Health Centers namely in Amaiyi, Okafia, Umuisi and Amaofufe, respectively.  The
second part would be the general medical screening for high blood pressure, diabetes etc.  Members of IPAI in medical profession are encouraged to identify with this project and those that would be at Igbere during the Ezumezu ’08 in December to contact the Chairperson Mrs. Chinyere Johnnson Ikema immediately because time is of essence so that the Project Planning Committee would be able to conclude all the necessary arrangements for the execution of this great important program.  Even if you are not in medical profession but would be in Igbere in December, please contact her.

The preparation for the second IPAI convention scheduled for July 24 – 26, 2009, in the great city of Washington D.C. being hosted by IPAI Washington D.C. – Maryland chapter (also called DC Metro Area Chapter) is in progress under the able Chairmanship of Mr. Lekwa O. Lekwa for the national organizing committee and Chief Daniel Eke
(Onwa I of Igbere) for the local chapter organizing committee.  These individuals are highly committed and respected IPAI members determined to make positive marks in our community.  They are leading two committees (Cultural & Social Committee and Washington DC 2009 Organizing Committee respectively) with members dedicated to IPAI cause and determined to make Ezumezu ’09 to be a great success.  Please let us support them.

IPAI has a great website (www.ipaiinc.org) courtesy of Mr. Ukaegbu Ukaegbu our able Secretary who designed and developed the website. He has continued not only to be innovative and creative on its update but meanwhile maintains the website free.  Latest information, news and events of IPAI are available at this website. It would be
appreciated if members submit articles, photos and video about and relating to Igbere and suitable for publication on the website. Thank you Ukay!

Currently, the IPAI financial status is very encouraging as members (over 80 financial members) have continued to fulfill their financial obligations to IPAI.  Meanwhile, IPAI Chapters such as Pacific Coast, Texas, Southeast, DC Metro Area, New York and Canada have submitted members’ registration dues as required by the IPAI constitution.  I cannot thank each and every one of us enough.  Remember together and with determination we will get things done.  Let us all identify with these good causes in good spirit of our great fore fathers and remain united.  IPAI is bigger than any one of us; it should never be about any individual but about Igbere and Igbere people.  As we came together in Atlanta to light the touch of love and unity may our interest never wane and our determinations never weaken as we match forward to lay an enduring foundation for our children and for posterity.

What we have done so far could not have been possible without the supports and positive contributions of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and all the standing committees’ members.  In closing I will leave you with this quote by Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do”.  Please be a proud member of Igbere Progressive
Association International.  God bless Igbere.

Chief Mike C. K. Awa, P.E.
Omezi Mba I of Igbere
Executive President, IPAI

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