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Abonnema Convention 2015 (Overview)
Annually, members and supporters convene from around the globe for the singular purpose of Mobilizing Resources to improve the lives of the Abonnema people. We review scorecard for the past year and generate new ideas through dialogue and ideation, this becomes the inspiration to do more for the years ahead
Driven by the spirit of our ancestors, need and the sacred desire to build a lasting legacy; we possess an unwavering passion to better the lives of our people and thus pledge to make a difference
An integral part of the annual convention is the fund raising gala on Saturday, September 5, at 7PM. During the gala – there will be a Kalabari masquerade display and the Iria dance. This occasion highlights the richness, grace and the exquisite cultural heritage of the Abonnema/Kalabari people
The annual convention is the primary venue for fundraising, therefore its success is intrinsically tied to the Foundations ability to execute projects.
Abonnema Foundation, Inc. desires to generate support and goodwill with the aim to build capacity and enhance the organization’s ability to execute people oriented projects and impact our core mission of Philanthropy.
Abonnema Foundation (AF) will hold its twelfth annual convention in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Date: Friday, September 4th thru Sunday, September 6th 2015.
Venue: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Address: 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609, USA.
Abonnema is a picturesque island community in the Niger delta region of Nigeria with a population of about 100, 000 inhabitants. The town is also called NYEMONI – (meaning “Covet your own” in the Kalabari language) and also fondly called “York City” because of the optimism and social disposition of the people. Abonnema sits on the Sombrero River (an outlet of the River Niger) and was founded about 1882 and inhabited by people of IJAW descent.
Abonnema was a flourishing major Nigerian seaport and traditional market center. The town became a major exporter of palm oil and kernels after the decline of the slave trade. Abonnema was also host to many European companies during the colonial era. The people of Abonnema are hardworking, industrious and resilient by nature despite the myriad of social and economic plagues that are endemic to most African societies. Majority of the work force is either employed by Government or are involved in small scale fishing and farming.
We take pride in preserving our culture, our ancestral heritage, values and way of life.
Friday September 4th, 2015 (7:00PM – 12AM)
MEET & GREET
- WELCOME RECEPTION
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
BOARD MEETING & GALA
- MORNING SESSION 9:00AM – 2:00PM
- SATURDAY EVENING – GALA NIGHT 7:00PM – 1:30 AM
Sunday – September 6th, 2015 (Morning Session – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)