Dr Okwudili Okafor, NIDO Germany’s first President
Promoting the Welfare of Nigerians and the Development of Nigeria
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Germany e.V. is an umbrella body for Nigerians living in Germany. It is a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation.
NIDO Germany is one of the 19 chapters of NIDO Europe, which has its headquarters in London.
NIDO Europe itself is one of the five continental zones of NIDO Worldwide. The other zones are NIDO Africa, NIDO Asia, NIDO Oceania and NIDO Americas.
NIDO is the single representative body recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria as the umbrella organization for Nigerians in the Diaspora.
NIDO was initiated by then President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2000 as a quasi-official body for Nigerian professionals working abroad, which is expected to act as a vehicle to mobilise diaspora human, financial and other resources to support national development efforts.
In September 2000, the Nigerian High Commission in London hosted, on the instruction of the then president, a seminar for Nigerians with recognised professions who were resident in Europe. Over 500 people participated in the forum. The meeting laid the groundwork for the formation of NIDO Europe, which was officially launched in London on 26 October 2002.
NIDO Germany was registered in Germany as a legal entity on 26 February 2004.
The organisation was launched at the prestigious Berlin Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin on 14 May 2005 at a ceremony chaired by the then Ambassador of Nigeria to Germany, Prof Tunde Adeniran.
While NIDO Germany promotes the involvement of the Nigerian diaspora in development activities in Nigeria, it is also committed to addressing the needs of the entire Nigeria community in Germany (including students and recent immigrants).
Moreover, NIDO Germany pursues increased bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Germany in the fields of business, education, culture and politics.