As the leadership of the Council of Igbo States in America, CISA, changes hand from this year, here is a New Year message, farewell address, and short review of the organization’s activities during the tenure of the outgoing leader, Chudi Asidianya, BA, MA, LSC, IEO, President, Council of Igbo States in Americas (Canada/USA), 2014-2015.

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Happy New Year

As we say goodbye to 2015, and as we close the curtain on my leadership as the President of the Council of Igbo States in Americas, I want take the liberty to thank the membership; the executive Council, Board of Presidents, the DSGs, the Governing Council, the Frontier Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA and our entire alliance of the willing apex Igbo communities from across the globe that have assisted in making our gains over the past two years possible. Thank you! It has been an honour and an esteem privilege to serve at your pleasure.

I have always believed in “Teamwork” as such, I have always supposed that there is no “I” in a “Team” regardless ones effort at spelling it. In fact, “Teamwork” is defined as the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives and the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

For the record, here are “our” gains from 2014 -2016, thanks to you all:

1. Increased visibility; We brought in individuals, organization and group whose efforts have made a difference to the Igbo communities in the Americas, from the United States ,Canada, South Africa, Liberia, Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria etc .

2. Enhanced human capital development; youth development and women’s empowerment in the arts, culture, heritage and language.

3. Contributions to Igboism; began conversation on the age old articulation of “Igbo Agenda” through festival symposium

4. Increased accountability; ensuring that Council of Igbo States in Americas(CISA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization that is accountable to the American government and charitable donors

5. Working towards creating CISA foundation account; designed to fundraise for the upkeep of the Frontier Museum Igbo Village as a way to continue to write our narrative and those of our brethren of Igbos heritage who were brought to colonial America in 1600 and 1700s to serve as enslaved agricultural workers, domestic servants, and artisans as we remind the mainstream Americas of their contributions on the Americas landscape.

6. Working collaboratively with the Commonwealth of Virginia (American government); for improved synergy to promulgate our rich heritage , write our narrative in the area of our value added to the landscape

7. Enhanced Contribution through public awareness Igbo heritage through National and International promulgation of Igbo Arts, Culture, Heritage and Language

8. Also, built an interactive website; www.cisandiigbo.org that brought our awareness campaign world-wide with just a click. Our events can now be registered and paid for online. Donations can also, now be done online at www.cisandiigbo.org or for event registration through http://www.frontiermuseum.org/exhibits/1700s-west-africa/.

9. You know that you have made an inroad in your efforts when you have your signature music/anthem. Yes! You guessed it; Council of Igbo States in Americas has its museum quality, collectible high-life, danceable theme song. To get your hand on the music/anthem contact our very own DSG Economic Development and Imo State representative and the unsung hero of CISA Mazi Amadiebube R. Mbama at amadiebube@gmail.com or amadiebube@yahoo.com

10. Finally, with the new administration, we will continue to streamline our method of operation in keeping with our 501©3 designation and in order to serve our worldwide audience better and to preserve our gains over the years. We will continue to adjust and realign to better utilize our human capital.

I have had the good fortune of serving the Council of Igbo States in Americas as its President from 2014-2016 (January). Good thing also, comes to an end. Leadership of CISA rotates in alphabetical order among the Igbo speaking states that are made up of the Council of Igbo States in Americas. We have come full circle, from Abia, Anambra, Anioma, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Rivers, etc. over the years. And in those years, for logistics reasons Ebonyi State has never had the privilege to hold leadership role at the Council we are pleased to announce that Ebonyi State has elected Dr. Edward Nwachi as the incoming President to steer CISA to the next stratospheres effective January 2015.

Please join me in congratulating and in welcoming Dr. Edward Nwachi from Ebonyi State to the noble call to duty as the next President of CISA. On behalf CISA I extend a collective hand of fellowship and of working together through ethical leadership, co-operation and accountability to meet the needs of our community in CISA tradition; no bias! No politics!!
Join us, July 28- 30, 2016 in celebration of 3nd World-wide Festival of Arts and Culture.

ROAD MAP TO 2016 3RD ANNUAL IGBO WORLDWIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE:

FESTIVAL DATES: July 28, 29 , 30, 2016.

FESTIVAL THEME: Capacity Building, “investing in Igbo Language, Culture, and Human Capital to build stronger communities.

SUB-THEME: Sustainable Development, Education (SDE): On clashes of the dynamism of the opposite cultures; impacts of the host diaspora “Cultures/Concept” of family on the Igbo family, culture, language and values.
Best regards in the New Year ,

Chudi Asidianya, BA, MA, LSC, IEO

President, Council of Igbo States in Americas (Canada/USA), 2014-2015