Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has officially presented a Compendium of over 600 Nigerians abroad with amazing and inspiring success stories to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
The Commission presented the compendium, titled “+600 Diaspora Icons @ 60,” to Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Hon. Minister of State, Foreign Affairs in his office in Abuja.
The Minister said the Compendium will serve as a motivation for deserving Nigerians.
He maintained that it is a thing of pride for the Diaspora Commission to identify well over 600 inspiring stories of successful Nigerians living abroad.
Amb. Dada encouraged the diasporans to see this NiDCOM initiative as a starting point and continue to put in their best in all they do and bring back expertise to the development of their nation.
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, NiDCOM Chairman/CEO, said the aim of the initiative is to celebrate Nigerian icons all over the world.
According to her, “This is our contribution to Nigeria at 60 and we are telling the whole world that we are the best in the world. What we need to do is to get our values, leadership and attitude right”. She added that, “today we formally present to you a production of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, celebrating Nigerians in the Diaspora. We wanted to celebrate 600 Diasporans but we realised that we can’t stop at 600 so we came up with the +600 at 60 Diaspora Icons.”
“First I want to apologise to my brothers and sisters in the diaspora, many names are still not here. This is the first edition, this initiative is a continuous process. There are so many successful stories that we could not accommodate here. We wouldn’t have known about a number of those profiled in this compendium if NiDCOM hadn’t decided to work on this publication to mark our Nation’s 60th anniversary.
‘’This is a book that everybody should be proud of as a Nigerian. When you read through it, you will see how amazing Nigerians are doing all over the world. The challenge is that, if we are succeeding all over the world, how can we work with our home country to build a Nigeria of our dream.”
The Chairman lauded the staff of the Commission for their tireless efforts in making the first edition of the publication reality.
While noting that there were some negative stories about activities of some Nigerians, she said the infinitesimal few do not represent the majority.
Dabiri-Erewa also disclosed that NiDCOM will continue to celebrate Nigerians in the Diaspora as it will be starting her first Nigerian Diaspora Merit Award.