PEOPLES CLUB OF NIGERIA ARLINGTON BRANCH HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!
A Successful 4th Induction of New members
The key to the success of any organization is leadership. Arlington branch of Peoples Club of Nigerian International is no different. Led by it’s dynamic and charismatic chairman in the Person of Chief Sir Eddie Chiedozie Osuagwu, Osinigwe Obowo, Oduigbo USA, the question was not whether it will be successful induction. The question was what records will be broken. After all if you hear that the most powerful Nigerian Social club in Dallas Forth Worth metropolitan area is hosting a party at the classy DFW South Marriot Hotel, you want to be in the front row. Besides, Arlington branch of PCNI is well known for throwing impressive induction parties. People in DFW are still talking about their last induction party. And now this.
To understand Peoples Club Arlington, you have to go back eleven years when Arlington branch was chartered under the equally powerful leadership of it’s founding chairman, Chief Sir Emma Okafor (K of C), Ebekue Dike who is now the branch’s chairman emeritus. On that day 11 years ago 30 members were inducted into the great club, setting a record that has never been equaled or broken, thus earning it the first and only award winning international branch.
On this 4th induction, as in the past ones, the attendance was impressive. Led by the National and International President, High Chief Sir Dr. Joseph I. Ilonze, EzeUgonna, Ojoto Who flew in from headquarters to personally conduct the induction. Four Patrons were in attendance: Patron Sir Dr. Ambrose Mgbako (Eze Iddi Na Enugwu-Ukwu/Umu-Nri), Patron Nze Charles Adimora (Atakatagbua) Chinyereugo, Patron Sir Chief Mike Okafor (Ononukpo Na Enugwu-Ukwu/Umu-Nri), Patron Ichie Emeka Uzowulu (Ichie EzeChukwu Na Ihiala) .
National officers include, Professor Emma Opara (Okenze), Assistant National Publicity Secretary/Director of Communications, Hon. Ms. Ruby Nnadi (Ada Zion/Peoples Queen), Assistant Welfare Officer, Lady D. Doris Anyadoh, 2nd National Assistant Secretary
Chairmen Emeriti in attendance include: The man with a brain that works like a Rolex digital clock, Chief Sir Polly Z Ubah -Ugo Eji Eje Mba Na Ishi-Ubomiri – Diaspora Ambassador to UBOM 1 of Ishi-Ubomiri- Chairman Emeritus, Princeton Branch, Dr. Sir Ugo Anusionwu (Akugbawa), Chief Dr. Sir Dan Onyeagba (Ukpaka Nagba Na Udumiri)
Branch Chairmen include: The Lcg chairman of chairmen, and chairman of Atlanta Branch, Chief Wilson Azih (Ide), Chief Obinna Mbachu (Kajas), Chairman of First International Branch, Chief Dr. Mark Onwuka (Omelukaokwulu), Chairman of Washington DC Branch, Ozonkpu Chief Dr. Francis Owoh (Akujuoba Na Enugwu-Ukwu/Umu-Nri), Bro. Augustine Nnamdi Onochie (Kpajie), Chairman of Boston Branch, Dr. Sir Emma O. Okoro (Ebube Agu), Chairman,Philadelphia Branch, Chief Godfrey Rex Ajoku (Odum Na Egbu Agu), Chairman, New York City Branch, Chairman of Los Angeles Branch, Hon. Nze Austin Onwualu, Chief Sir Emmanuel Diala, Chairman Sacramento Branch, Chief Carl Okugo, Chairman North Carolina Branch and CTC Acting chairman of San Antonio branch, HRH Eze Hillary Obi, Chief Dr. Ray I Anukam, First Vice Atlanta.
And many Secretaries Including: Hon. Ichie Sir Bob Ejimofor Nwadije, Secretary, Washington DC Branch, Hon.Emma Mbamalu, Secretary, Princeton Branch, Chief Francis Ibezim, of San Antonio Branch, Hon. Tony Obi (Nwatakwoaka), Secretary, Philadelphia Branch and Dr. Kanu, Secretary, New York City Branch.
Of Course it all started on Thursday night when the Arlington branch executives gathered at the home of the chairman to welcome the National and International President, Chief Sir Dr. Joseph I. Ilonze, Eze Ugonna, na Ojoto. The President came down from a stop in Houston where he was hosted by the Houston branch chairman, Chief Obinna Mbachu, Kajas. Later in the evening Patron Nze Charles Adimora (Atakatagbua) Chinyereugo, joined the Arlington executives at the Chairman’s home.
Osinigwe and his beautiful wife, Chief Lady Amaka Osuagwu entertained everyone with so much to eat and drink.
The President spoke briefly to the executives and then ask for questions. Arlington executive members asked away and the President calmly answered all questions.
FRIDAY WAS FOR PARTYING:
Friday started after 3.00pm. That is when all members of the Arlington branch were supposed to check into the Marriot DFW Hotel with their spouses. Yes, this is part of the induction ceremony. To Arlington branch, induction is not just for new members. It is an opportunity for a weekend getaway for all members and their spouses. The party started about 10 pm as the members and all the guests partied into the wee hours. After that, the party moved to several hospitality suites that Arlington branch provided for it’s guests. There was so much to eat and drink.
The President met with members and took the opportunity to explain the genesis of the current crisis in PCNI. The president also took questions before moving on to the CEC meeting.
LCG had their meeting, led by LCG chairman, Chief Wilson Azih (ide) and took a very firm stand behind reinstatement by the Peace Committee of the National and International President, Chief Sir Dr. Joseph I. Ilonze.
PCNI President taking pictures with newly inducted members
On Saturday, the event kicked off at about 9.15 pm as the master of ceremony, Ogbueshi Steve Nezianya reminded everyone that Arlington Branch always do big things. The hall was packed full and overflowed into the Hotel huge lobby. The atmosphere and ambiance was electric as Arlington branch showcased it’s women uniform, launched its branch club music and inducted 20 new members. 17 members were from Arlington Branch, two from LA Branch, and one from Houston Branch. There was so much fun in the hall as the new inductees were very enthused to belong. Dollar bills rained as each new inductee came on to show their appreciation to Peoples club. The minimum pledge/donation made was $2500 as each new inductee and their supporters donated freely. At about 2AM every one have had enough as the last activity included picture taking sessions with the president, Patrons, National officers and others.
If there was crisis in Peoples Club of Nigeria International, nobody seem to notice or care as everyone had fun.
To say that it was a successful induction will be an under statement. It was a blast!. As one happy chairman from the west coast put it “Arlington is simply fun!”
If I missed your name, please forgive me. I will be adding more names to this post as I remember them. There are just too many attendees to remember them all.
Credit for this success goes to the Arlington Branch Chairman, Osinigwe Obowo, Oduigbo USA, to the Chairman of the organizing committee, Attorney Lui Akwuruoha and to his entire committee and ultimately to the whole branch as everyone performed flawlessly. But it wouldn’t be a success without all the guests who came to enjoy the Arlington hospitality. Guest from all coasts and in between. To all who answered our call, we thank you and wish you safe travel back to your respective destinations as we look forward to seeing you again soon at our 5th induction!
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Report by: Ogbueshi Steve Nezianya
Second vice, Arlington Branch.