NIDO Germany discusses diaspora role in attaining the SDGs in Nigeria

Special Guest Speaker:  HE Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany
Moderator: Ms Michelle Olufeso
Date and time: Saturday, 4 December 2021, 10am – 1pm
Venue: Online via Zoom

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Germany e.V. will hold its First Development Roundtable, a virtual event, on 4 December 2021. Themed “Driving diaspora engagement towards the realisation of the SDGs in Nigeria”, the online conference brings together practitioners who will talk about how to refocus diaspora engagement on the sustainable eradication of poverty and the improvement of the living condition of the people, contributing to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.


Dr Austin Ezejiofor is the Abuja-based Programme Coordinator for ‘Programme Migration & Diaspora – PMD’ at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The Programme supports people who wish to put the knowledge they have acquired in Germany to good use in their countries of origin – for example, by working as returning experts, diaspora experts or starting their own businesses. GIZ believes that with their knowledge, experience and contacts, the diaspora can trigger important changes and contribute to ensuring a sustainable future in their home countries.

Ms Abosede Mary Otukpe is the founder and CEO of Denny Social Welfare (DSW) Hub, a not-for-profit social service organisation based in Lagos. DSW Hub promotes the health and welfare of children and families. The organisation also works with returned migrants, especially single parents and children, to improve their reintegration experience and prevent re-trafficking.

Mr Mary-Martin Falana is the CEO of Kids and Teens Resource Centre, Akure. An activist, Martin-Mary advocates for children and young people, particularly on the issues of adolescent reproductive health and sexual rights. He has also fought for the provision of youth-friendly healthcare services for young people in Ondo State. Martin-Mary has served as a consultant for capacity development and project management for various civil society networks in Sub-Saharan Africa on malaria, AIDS and TB issues. He believes that “Collective responsibility is the key to sustainable development that is culture sensitive and gender inclusive”.

Mr Tobias Ugo Nwokocha (Knight of St. Mulumba, KSM) is the Director for Programmes Development at The Strivad Foundation (TSF), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation founded by Chief (Dr) Uche Iro, a Germany-based entrepreneur.

TSF was founded in 2003 to channel Dr Iro’s philanthropic activities towards the development of Ezinihitte Mbaise, a local Government Area in Imo State, where he hails from.

Mr Nwokocha taught in many primary, secondary and tertiary institutions before he retired meritoriously in 2009. A registered Educational and Business Consultant with vast experience in youth and women empowerment, community development and capacity building, he directs the process of formulating, improving and expanding the Foundation’s initiatives and programs.

Therefore, Mr Nwokocha identifies the areas most needing of the intervention of TSF and develops initiatives and projects to address the identified needs and carry out the evaluation of their impact.

Caius Eze is the founder and director of the Munich-based Elite Leadership Foundation, whose vision is ‘to raise and equip leaders that will teach other leaders’. A leadership trainer and youth empowerment resource person, he has been actively involved in mentoring and mobilising youth in Nigeria for more than a decade. Caius, who is also the Assistant General Secretary of NIDO Germany, is “a fan of education, causes and volunteering” while he is also interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Femi Awoniyi is the President of NIDO Germany. A practising journalist who has been reporting on the African diaspora and development for more than two decades, Femi will deliver the keynote, highlighting the new thinking on how to bring about a more impactful diaspora engagement on homeland development.

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About NIDO Germany

NIDO Germany is the German chapter of the global Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO).  The mandate of NIDO is to promote the welfare of the Nigerian diaspora and pursue national development through advocacy, networking, partnerships and bilateral cooperation.

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) is the continental umbrella organisation of all NIDO chapters in Europe with headquarters at the Nigerian High Commission in London.

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