An epochal event that will reaffirm the relationship between Nigeria and the United States of America will hold between January 17 and 20 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington DC.
According to Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US Prof. Ade Adefuye, the 24th Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Awards ceremony will witness the recognition of US First Lady Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State and First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as eminent honorees who distinguished themselves in 2014.
A conference on Global Health with special guest of honour, Dr. Kaliru Alhassan and Nigeria’s acting Minister of Health will be one of the high points of the event which will obviously seek to re-affirm a solid relationship between the US and Nigeria.
Both countries had a diplomatic face off following Nigeria’s disappointment that the US was not doing enough to support the war against the terrorist organisation Boko Haram.
The US once a major importer of Nigeria’s crude oil has not too long ago terminated the partnership following self-sufficiency in local production and bright prospects as an export nation.
However this event will help to redefine the relationship on a positive note, a diplomatic atmosphere the ambassador has worked hard to sustain since resuming duty in Washington.
Adefuye who will kick start the conference with dinner in his residence spoke to THISDAY noting there will be a special welcome of eminent honorees from various walks of life “to the MLK, Jr. 2015 as part of the celebration to mark the birthday of the African-American hero.”
The ambassador who is the Honorary Chair of the Martin Luther King Jr Global Health Equity Centre added that Africans and African-Americans alike who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers in the year 2014 will receive the awards.
Adefuye said the Martin Luther King Jr. Third Annual Global Health Equity Summit with the theme: ‘Addressing Emerging Global Health Equity Crisis in Non-Communicable Diseases through Collaboration,’ will bring together the international community in a collaborative venture to address health disparities and recommend modeled education and preventing programmes that are needed in many countries.
According to Tobi Akinsanya, Second Secretary (information) Embassy of Nigeria, “this event under the leadership of the Honorary Chair, Amb. Ade Adefuye will honour Africans and African-Americans alike who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers in the year 2014.”
Apart from Alhassan, the audience that will be populated by distinguished foreign diplomats mostly of black descent will be addressed by Obama, Clinton, Nigeria’s Mr. Igho Sanomi II CEO Televeras Group, amongst others.