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Many Nigerian Americans of Igbo heritage were drafted in American National Football League (NFL). If you consider the chances of making it into NFL with regards to the percentage of Nigerian Americans population in USA, then you will begin to reckon and recognize how much greatness these young men have accomplished.  NFL is the richest and most image driven sports association in the world.



Germain Ifedi


Ifedi made the first round of the American National Football League (NFL) 2016. He was drafted by Seahawk Seattle.  Ifedi     was born in June 2, 1994 and attended Texas A&M University. with a major in construction management.  In 2013 he earned Freshman All-American honors by The Sporting News and in 2015 he was also  named second team All-SEC by league coaches for his dedicated work.
His parents Ben and Victoria Ifedi are immigrants from Umuoji, Anambra State Nigeria, residing in the southern state of Texas.  Germain Ifedi  put Umuoji his ancestral town in the world map by acknowledging  it. As an  Igbo-American he always identified with his ancestral town of Umuoji and always tell the whole America about Umuoji in Anambra State of Nigeria.





Robert Nkemdichie


The American NFL team Arizona Cardinals selected Robert Nkemdichie in the first round. Nkemdichie was born September 19, 1994 and attended University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).” Nkemdiche was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Nigerian immigrants Beverly and Sunday Nkemdiche. His father, a cardiologist, has reportedly applied for a researcher position at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Nkemdiche's mother, a politician, returned to Nigeria in 2009 and as of September 2011 represents Onitsha South in the Anambra State House of Assembly. His older brother Denzel Nkemdichie plays linebacker for Ole Miss.”




Emmanuel Ogbah


Ogbah was drafted by Cleveland Browns of American NFL. Ogbah was born November 6, 1993 in Nigeria and moved to USA when he was nine years old. He attended Oklahoma State University. His parents Richard and Regina Ogbah live in Houston, Texas.


“Ogbah's family moved from Nigeria to the Houston when he was nine years old, with the hopes of finding a better way of life. The child given the middle name Ikechukwu (which means "God's power") flourished athletically in his new country, eventually becoming a finalist for the greater Houston high school defensive player of the year. He chose Oklahoma State partially due to his appreciation of former OSU offensive tackle Russell Okung, a fellow native of Nigeria who had great success with the Cowboys and in the NFL. Ogbah (AWG-buh) played in every game as a redshirt freshman, tying for the team lead with four sacks. Once inserted into the starting lineup, Ogbah starred, winning the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year with 17 tackles for loss including 11 sacks. He played well again as a junior (17.5 tackles for loss, conference-high 13 sacks), earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this time around, as well as All-American honors from USA Today, the Walter Camp Foundation, and others. The Ted Hendricks Award finalist couldn’t break through against Ole Miss tackles Laremy Tunsil and Fahn Cooper in the team's Sugar Bowl loss, but NFL scouts still see his potential as a top pass rusher at the next level.” (NFL.com)





David Onyemata


Five years ago, Igbo-Nigerian , David Onyemata had never seen an American  football  match or experience the feel of holding a football.
But last Saturday,  the  American  NFL team  “ New Orleans Saints traded up to get Onyemata in the fourth round, making him the first player from the University of Mantioba to be drafted in the NFL.  Onyemata, an international student far away from his home of Nigeria, needed an activity. Football sounded fun. "All I did was go to school and go back home," Onyemata said. "I had so much free time that I needed to do something. I ended up trying out for the team."
What happened over the next five years is so remarkable Dobie got emotional when he spoke to reporters on Saturday. Onyemata transformed from a football neophyte to a sought after NFL defensive lineman prospect." (http://www.nola.com/)

Prince Charles Iworah

Iworah  was drafted by San Francisco 49ers. He schooled at  Western Kentucky University where he played CB position.

“Iworah was a full-time starter for the Hilltoppers for two seasons, 2014-15. In 2015, he had four interceptions and earned honorable mention Conference USA honors. In high school at Father Ryan High in Nashville, Tenn., Iworah was an all-state performer as a running back during his senior season.”



Okwara, Romeo


Okwara is barely 20 years old but he has already graduated with a degree in accounting from Notre Dame University where he also played undergraduate football.  He is an  Igbo American,  his  parents Julius and Melda hailed from Isiekenesi, Imo State. In his own words:

"We'd go to Isiekenesi, which is my family's tribal village, and visit relatives, but that was about it."

“Finding Isiekenesi on a map is even more difficult than trying to pronounce it correctly. Like our country, Nigeria is divided into states. The village is in Anambra, a southern state roughly four times the size of St. Joseph County (IN.) with a population of 4.2 million people. Poverty and illiteracy are widespread.”

"I'm Igbo and there's several other guys on the football team who are also Igbo, which is pretty cool. “

Others including Udochukwu Victor Ochi  and Caleb Azubuike  drafts are not yet finalized .

Udochukwu Victor Ochi

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Caleb Azubuike

As liberalism and leftism grow leaps and bounds with the help of the leftist Senator Bernie Sanders of Democratic Party, we cannot say that is applicable to conservatism of Republican Party in the era of Donald Trump.



The presumptive GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump has never claimed to be grounded in conservative philosophy. Rather he always showcases his political pragmatism and populism   which the conservative Republican grassroots soaked and imbibed. As Trump wins the primary elections in his party with populism and semi-conservative outlines: 



Is good ol’ American conservatism losing steam and momentum? What is the future of conservatism with Trump at helm of affairs?



Since the days of Barry Goldwater and President Ronald Reagan, conservatives have managed to silence moderates in Republican Party while ideology of rightism has been identified as the gospel of GOP. Any serious candidate who aspires for GOP presidential nomination must make sure that his conservative credential is impeccable, credible and unquestionable.




But after two terms of President Obama, it is beginning to appear that majority of conservative voters have decided to forget or eclipse their old standing conservative values for a Whitehouse victory. With anything or anybody for victory, they are willing to trade and bend their values for the defeat of Obama and Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party. This is how Trump emerged because the yearning desire for victory has come to supersede their right-wing leanings. 




Sometime it is difficult to distinguish between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  When the later speaks on trade and foreign policy, he echoed same values and proposals like Trump.   Senator Sanders standing on trade is not a surprise because the left has been known for not being wholly acceptable of free trade. 





The left inclination to hinder free trade for protection of working class jobs have always been their currency of international commerce negotiation. But that cannot be said of GOP that holds the view that open and free trade is good for everybody. 



Republican Party standing on free trade and  comparative advantage of nations is unquestionable for with fewer tariffs and more trade, nations become richer, closer and their diplomatic relationship solidify and consolidate. While Democratic Party seems to uphold that trade protectionism and higher tariffs on foreign goods are tools to build a bulwark against dumping and safeguarding home jobs from moving to nations where lax environmental regulations and cheap labor are ubiquitous. 



On foreign policy, Trump is not comfortable with old alliances that America invested heavily with sweat and money like NATO. He rather questions its benefit at the end of cold war. This makes him sound more like a left winger than a Republican right-centric that believes in building and spending money on foreign alliances like NATO.



So what is the future of conservatism?   The answer lies in the future, only time will tell. But one thing for sure, this is not the best of time for conservative principles. But it is pre-mature to declare its defeat. Not yet, as Great Chinua Achebe used to say, “It is still a morning time in creation.”



Image result for emeka chiakweluEmeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including tagteam Harvard Education. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it       www.afripol.org

 

Press Statement
NAL Council, Washington, DC
Contact: C. Goldie, Media Relations
Tel: 202 379-2848, Ext. 101, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Fulani Herdsmen Killings in Enugu: Crossing the Line of No Return

April 27, 2016



A Statement from NAL Council, Washington, DC (web: www.nalcouncil.org)
Nigerian-American Leadership Council, Washington, DC



On Monday April 25th 2016, the NAL Council offices in Washington received a report of horrific proportions, pursuant to the latest atrocious act of a band of Fulani herdsmen, who had just engaged in an unprovoked and unjustifiable lethal attack, and massacre of innocent citizens of Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani council of Enugu State.




While the exact number of fatalities is still been tallied at press time, the number of deceased persons may ultimately be close to 100 persons or more.




This attack was carried on via the use of assault weapons, including AK47 rifles, which has become the weapon of choice for the Fulani herdsmen militia.  This Council also notes that this attack is closely following a similar attack in Agatu Benue State, where the death toll is yet to be fully tallied.





This Council hereby condemns this horrific and unprovoked attack in the strongest terms.  This Council also notes the tacit silence of the federal government of Nigeria in this matter, and the ominous peril that the silence portends for the entire Republic of Nigeria.




We will be unequivocal in stating that the Fulani herdsmen may have crossed a line of no return in this matter; indeed a Rubicon that might be difficult, if not impossible to reset by the authorities in Nigeria.





A series of very vital trust, between communities in Nigeria have been breached by these dastardly actions, starting from Plateau State, and working its way southward to Benue, and Enugu, and Delta states, and including the murder of a monarch in Delta state.





It is clear to us that if this matter is not addressed in the strongest and most aggressive manner immediately, that the same herdsmen will repeat this horrific act in the remaining southern states of Nigeria.  It is matter of when.





It is not rocket science for us to see where this bloodletting is headed-a full inter-community war in Nigeria in the near future, which may make the Boko Haram insurrection look like child’s-play.  The hate and strife existing in Nigeria now, makes it fairly obvious, that Nigeria may not survive a second civil war.





Therefore, at this time, we call and expect Nigeria’s federal authorities to embark on the following actions:



A very aggressive investigation, to unearth the culprits of this heinous crime, and bring them to book immediately. A complete disarming of all herdsmen in Nigeria, and severe sanctions where persons refuse to disarm. An aggressive investigation of the purveyors of assault weapons, which are ultimately used to commit atrocious organized massacres of Nigerian citizens, by citizen militias in Nigeria.


Any other actions the federal government, security or law enforcement authorities deem necessary, pursuant to their intelligence or findings on the ground in Nigeria. Actions that fall below the above threshold will signal encouragement for citizen militias across Nigeria; this will surely make the Republic of Nigeria ungovernable in the near-term.  We can assure the current government that this matter could eclipse Boko Haram, and will gradually begin the process of the dissolution of the federal Republic of Nigeria as we know it today.

The world is watching.

C. Goldie, Media Relations
NAL Council Washington, DC (Nigerian-American Leadership Council) Web: www.nalcouncil.org
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: 202 379-2848, Ext. 101

About the NAL Council:                                                                                                                                                        
The NAL Council is the pre-eminent Washington think-tank and policy advisory center that is focused on Nigeria and US-Nigeria relations.  The Council maintains an international advisory board of US and Nigeria experts, with substantial background in US Policy toward Africa.  The Council has been frequently featured at the US Congress, and various US and worldwide media.  The Council was adjudged a “powerful voice” on Nigerian affairs by US media giant MSNBC (February 14, 2015).

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