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Connecting Cultures: Bipia’s Annual Integration Ceremony 2023 Celebrates ‘Journee des Communautes Abobo’ with ECOWAS Nations in Côte d’Ivoire

Bureau Ivoirien Pour La Promotion De L’ Integration Africaine (Bipia) —  Ivorian bureau for the promotion of african integration on social, cultural and business/trading co-operation between Ivoirians and other african countries residing in Côte d’Ivoire, on 2nd of December 2023, hosted the ECOWAS countries. This event is to mark their usual end of the year integration ceremony with west african countries living in Côte d’Ivoire.

This year 2023 event was hosted in abobo commune. This year’s theme is ‘journee des communautes abobo 2023’

Nigeria community delegates were led by high chief Michael Emeka Onwuchelu the president of the Nigerian community in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Nigerian Community Paid a Courtesy Visit to the New Consul General of Nigeria in Cote d’Ivoire

The end of one era, marks the beginning of another. Familiarization visit to the new Consul General of Nigeria in Cote d’Ivoire Mr. Paul Obi by Nigerian community in Cote d’ Ivoire.

The president of the Nigerian Community in cote d’Ivoire, high chief Michael Emeka Onwuchelu with some commune chairmen and central executives, on 20th November 2023, paid a courtesy visit to the new Consul General of Nigeria in Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Paul obi and his assistant Mrs. Mildred Princewill, at Nigeria embassy Plateau.

The visit was to welcome the new Consul General, pledge loyalty to him and let him know that the Nigerian community under the leadership of high chief Michael Emeka Onwuchelu, is ready to co-operate and work together with him, for the welfare and good of all Nigerians living in cote dI’voire.

Nigerian community entourages were warmly welcomed by the consul, Mr. Paul Obi and his assistant Mrs. Mildred Princewill. He appreciated Nigerian Community kind gesture to pay him a courtesy visit and look forward to good working relationship with the Nigerian community, under the leadership of high chief Michael Emeka Onwuchelu and his executives.

May God be with the new consul, give him and his team, also the Nigerian community, the wisdom, grace and all they need to protect the interests of Nigerians in Cote d’Ivoire. Amen

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God bless Nigerian Embassy Cote d’Ivoire

God bless Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire

God bless Nigeria

God bless us

Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire Rescues Victims of Modernized Human Trafficking

In a remarkable act of compassion and collaboration, the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire under the leadership of High Chief Emeka Onwuchelu, has stepped up to rescue 71 Nigerians who fell victim to a modernized form of human trafficking. This disturbing incident sheds light on the perils of illegal businesses like the Qnet MLM program and underscores the importance of community support and cooperation.

The Rescue Operation

It all began when the Ivorian police arrested 63 men and 8 women, all of Nigerian descent, who had been lured into the Qnet business scheme. This MLM program, operating under the guise of a legitimate enterprise, had ensnared these individuals who had only recently arrived in Cote d’Ivoire. This alarming situation can be seen as a form of modernized human trafficking, where vulnerable individuals are coerced into deceptive business practices.

The Role of the Nigerian Community

The Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire displayed an inspiring demonstration of unity and responsibility. They immediately sprang into action, recognizing the urgency of the situation. Their determination to support their fellow Nigerians in distress was unwavering.

Repatriation and Collaboration

The Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire worked tirelessly in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy and the Ivorian authorities to ensure the safe repatriation of the victims back to Nigeria. This partnership exemplifies the importance of international cooperation in combating human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

A Message of Encouragement

This incident serves as a stern reminder to Nigerians residing in Cote d’Ivoire to be vigilant and law-abiding. Engaging in illegal activities not only jeopardizes their own well-being but also tarnishes the reputation of Nigeria as a whole. It is vital to choose lawful and ethical paths in their pursuit of success and prosperity, thus upholding the good name of their nation.

The Nigerian community’s intervention and the subsequent repatriation of these victims highlight the strength of unity within the diaspora. This compassionate response serves as an inspiring example of how communities can come together to protect their own, even in foreign lands.

In conclusion, the Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire’s efforts to rescue the victims of modernized human trafficking demonstrate the power of collective action and cooperation. Their dedication to repatriating their fellow countrymen and women, as well as their collaboration with authorities, is a testament to the resilience and compassion of the Nigerian diaspora. We should all be reminded of the importance of being law-abiding citizens and upholding our nation’s reputation, no matter where we reside.

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SEND-FORTH PARTY FOR CONSUL MR. DAMILOLA ABIKOYE OLUFEMI HELD ON 15TH SEPT. 2023 PHOTOS

IT IS SAID THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAS A BEGINNING MUST HAVE AN END. IT’S TIME TO SAY  GOODBYE TO OUR AMIABLE AND OUTSTANDING CONSUL, MR. DAMILOLA ABIKOYE OLUFEMI, IS DEPARTING FOR NIGERIA AFTER HIS WORKING STAY IN THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY IN COTE D’ IVOIRE.  

THE NIGERIAN COMMUNITY IN COTE D’ IVOIRE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN COMMUNITY IN COTE D’ IVOIRE, HIGH CHIEF MICHAEL EMEKA ONWUCHELU ON FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER, 2023 ORGANISED A LOW-KEY SEND-OFF PARTY FOR CONSUL MR. DAMILOLA ABIKOYE OLUFEMI, IS LEAVING COTE D’ IVOIRE BACK TO NIGERIA AT THE END OF HIS 3-YEAR WORKING AT NIGERIA EMBASSY COTE D’ IVOIRE AS THE CONSULAR.

MR. DAMILOLA ABIKOYE OLUFEMI, WE CHERISH YOUR COOPERATION WITH THE NIGERIA COMMUNITY COTE D’ IVOIRE. DESPITE THE PRESSURE AND MALICIOUS ATTACKS FROM VERY SMALL NUMBERS OF ‘HINDERS OF GOOD CHANGE’.  DUE TO THEIR SELFISH INTERESTS, THEY ARE AGAINST YOUR SUPPORT FOR GOOD CHANGE IN THE NIGERIAN COMMUNITY, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN COMMUNITY IN COTE D’ IVOIRE HIGH CHIEF MICHAEL EMEKA ONWUCHELU.

IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR ATTACKS AND FALSE PETITIONS, YOU REMAIN RESILIENCE AND FOCUS ON MAKING SURE THE RIGHT THING IS DONE FOR THE GOOD WELFARE OF NIGERIANS IN COTE D’ IVOIRE. WE SALUTE YOUR COURAGE AND WILL TO STAND BY THE TRUTH.

Addressing the Menace of Human Trafficking: Preserving Nigeria’s National Image

Human trafficking is a grave global issue that not only threatens the fundamental rights and dignity of individuals but also tarnishes the reputation of nations involved. As a Nigerian community residing in Cote d’Ivoire, it is our responsibility to educate our fellow Nigerians about the harrowing impacts of human trafficking and its adverse effects on the positive image of Nigeria as a nation. In this article, we delve into the multifaceted dimensions of human trafficking and emphasize the need for collective efforts to combat this menace and restore Nigeria’s reputation.

Understanding Human Trafficking

Human trafficking refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons through force, coercion, or deception for the purpose of exploitation. It is a criminal act that strips individuals of their freedom, subjecting them to forced labor, sexual exploitation, and other forms of abuse. Traffickers often prey on vulnerable populations, including women, children, migrants, and refugees, exploiting their dire circumstances for financial gain.

The Devastating Consequences

  1. Violation of Human Rights: Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights, denying victims their basic freedoms and subjecting them to inhumane treatment.
  2. Physical and Psychological Trauma: Survivors of trafficking experience severe physical and psychological trauma, leaving lasting scars on their well-being.
  3. Economic Burden: Trafficking perpetuates a cycle of poverty by exploiting individuals who are often seeking better economic opportunities. However, instead of improving their lives, victims end up trapped in exploitative situations.
  4. Undermining National Image: The involvement of a nation’s citizens in human trafficking tarnishes the nation’s reputation on the global stage. It fosters negative stereotypes and erodes trust in the country’s governance and rule of law.

Impact on Nigeria’s National Image

Nigeria, a nation with a rich cultural heritage and immense potential, suffers significant damage to its image due to its association with human trafficking:

  1. Media Sensationalism: International media often highlights cases involving Nigerian traffickers, leading to a skewed perception that all Nigerians are involved in such activities. This portrayal fails to acknowledge the vast majority of Nigerians who contribute positively to society.
  2. Diminished Trust: Human trafficking erodes trust in Nigeria’s ability to effectively address crime and protect its citizens. It can lead to reduced foreign investments and tourism, affecting economic growth.
  3. Diplomatic Strain: Nations where trafficking victims are exploited or transported may view Nigeria unfavorably, straining diplomatic relations and collaboration efforts.
  4. Stifling Development: The negative image associated with human trafficking can hinder Nigeria’s development prospects by deterring partnerships and collaborations with other nations.

Taking Action As Nigerian Community Administration In Cote d’Ivoire

  1. Raising Awareness: Educate fellow Nigerians about the dangers of human trafficking through workshops, seminars, and community events. Empower individuals to recognize the signs and report suspicious activities.
  2. Supporting Survivors: Collaborate with organizations that provide assistance to trafficking survivors. Offering vocational training, psychological support, and legal aid can aid in their recovery and reintegration into society.
  3. Strengthening Legislation: Advocate for stronger anti-trafficking laws and their effective enforcement. Stricter penalties for traffickers and improved protection for victims are essential.
  4. Empowering Youth: Equip young Nigerians with skills and education to minimize their vulnerability to traffickers. Promote programs that offer viable opportunities within the country.

Conclusion

Human trafficking is a reprehensible crime that not only inflicts immeasurable suffering on its victims but also severely damages Nigeria’s national image. As a Nigerian community in Cote d’Ivoire, it is our duty to combat human trafficking by educating our fellow citizens, raising awareness about its devastating consequences, and actively participating in initiatives that prevent and address trafficking. By doing so, we can contribute to restoring Nigeria’s positive reputation and fostering a society that values the dignity and rights of every individual.

Courtesy Visit: Ivorian Government Officials Meet Executives of Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire

Coted’ivoire government officials (BIPIA) BUREAU IVOIRIEN POUR LA PROMOTION DE L’INTEGRATION AFRICAINE, led by the Director Oumar Ndiaye Syillah, meet Nigeria Community in Cote d’ivoire led by High Chief Michael Emeka Onwuchelu, at the Nigerian community house in Treichville, Abidjan on 11th October 2022.

The President of Nigeria Community in Cote d’Ivoire, High Chief Michael Emeka Onwuchelu, and his Executives received the delegates at the office. His Excellency, Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Martin Adamu, was represented by Consul Olufemi Damilola Abikoye

The visit was to identify with the officially recognized president of Nigeria Community in Cote d’Ivoire, High Chief Michael Emeka Onwuchelu, and his Executives. How to work together for better integration of Nigerians and other African countries in Cote d’Ivoire. That will lead the countries to unite in a regional framework, in criteria such as promotion of trade, culture, protection of human rights, environment, and other programs that will benefit the countries.

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The Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire has rejected calls for the recall of the Consular Officer

The Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire has rejected calls for the recall of the Nigerian Consular Officer in the country’s capital, Abidjan, Mr Damilola Olufemi Abikoye.
The Consular Officer, Mr Damilola Olufemi Abikoye is a man of integrity who has been working assiduously and should be commended for his unalloyed cooperation with the current administration of the Nigerian Community.
The allegations against Abikoye were unfounded and poorly thought out, the community claimed in a statement signed by its President, Chief Emeka Onwuchelu, and Secretary, Izuchukwu Dike-Ononiwu.
“On Consular Identity Card, it is the responsibility of the Nigerian Embassy to dictate the mode of identification for its citizens in Cote d’Ivoire, the decision to change from an analogue to a biometric one lies solely with the Embassy,

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Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire Condemned the post on thisdaylive.com

It has come to the notice of Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivore,  the article published on thisdaylive.com, by Hammed Shittu in Ilorin concerning an accusation levelled against Nigeria Consular Officer in Abidjan, Mr. Damilola Olufemi Abikoye, over alleged threat to diplomatic relations and abuse of office. 

Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire denounced this news and regarded as blackmailing of our noble consular officer Mr. Damilola Olufemi Abikoye.

To this effect Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire has written a letter to the editorial department of thisdaylive.com magazine for the removal of this misleading post.

War Against Child Trafficking

Press Conference of the fight against Human Trafficking and forced prostitution by the Nigerian Community in Côte d’Ivoire under the leadership of Chief Onwuchelu Michael Emeka .