BreakingNews 13/11/15 - Masterweb Europe Correspondent Bags Examplary Citizen Award

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Nigeria Masterweb Europe correspondent (Spain), Uchendu Precious Onuoha was on November 7, 2015 given award of honor as Nigeria’s Exemplary Citizen by the Nigerian embassy Spain. The award which was bestowed on him by Her Excellency Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and the deputy head of mission, His Excellency Eric Bell Gam on behalf of the Nigerian embassy Spain, was during a colorful send forth ceremony organized by the embassy and the Nigerian community in Spain for the outgoing Nigerian ambassador in the kingdom of Spain, ambassador Bianca Ojukwu. The event which was held at the prestigious intercontinental hotel in Madrid attracted a cream of African ambassadors, diplomats, Spaniards, and the leaders of the Nigerian community in the kingdom of Spain. The embassy used the occasion to honor two NGO’s and three individuals among them a Dutch national Wendy Van, a friend of the embassy for their contributions to the work of the mission in improving the lot of Nigerians in Spain.


Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu bestowing the award on Uchendu Precious stated that it was in recognition of his spectacular contributions and support to the embassy in implementing the citizenship diplomacy for the welfare of Nigerians. She highlighted that Uchendu as a journalist, author and poet has used his career, talent and position to impact positively the lives of Nigerians in Spain. And through his articles in the press brought to the knowledge of Nigerians both home and in diaspora the activities of the embassy and Nigerians living in Spain. Bianca stated that right from inception of her tenure until completion, the correspondent was very vital in bringing to the attention of the embassy information about the plight of distressed Nigerians living as destitute in Spain, by interacting with them and getting relevant information about them and their families back home. And thereby helping the embassy to establish a link with their families for their proper rehabilitation once they are rescued and taken back to Nigeria. She also commended the correspondent who works at the busy Madrid international airport, where he has daily contact with Nigerian citizens for using his position to help numerous Nigerians who encounter various problems or miss their flights at the airport.


Uchendu, commenting on what the award means to him, said that he consider the award bestowed on him of great significance. Stating that it means a lot to him for his efforts, work and service to be recognized and rewarded by his own people and nation. He said that it would be a symbol for her daughter to always strive to distinguish herself as an exemplary citizen and the star of her generation like Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu.


The occasion witnessed various commendations, encomiums and tributes made by diplomats and members of the Nigerian community eulogizing Bianca Ojukwu for accomplishing great feats in Spain. The deputy head of mission, Eric Bell Gam, praised the ambassador for the record she has set in Spain and promised that the mission will work very hard to maintain the structures she has put in place. Also the Gambian and Kenyan ambassadors commended the outgone ambassador for rendering a great service to her nation and to Africa saying that they would really miss her. Uchendu Precious also rendered a heart touching poem “Hard To Say Goodbye” a poem he dedicated to the ambassador. Also a well-constructed tribute speech was made by Flourish Osmor ray, the former secretary of the Federation of the Nigerian community Spain.


The event featured arrays of Nigerian cultural dances by the Yoruba community, Edo women cultural dance, the Anambra cultural group and the Abiriba war dance by the Abia state union that held the guests spell bound with their wonderful display.


Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, giving her farewell speech thanked and commended the staff of the embassy for working as a team to make her tenure a success. Saying that without their cooperation, the laudable achievements wouldn’t have been possible. She also thanked the leaders of the Nigerian community, the Spanish police and the Spanish government for helping Nigeria in the fight against terrorism. And the various African ambassadors for the support and good relationship that existed during her tenure and urged them to extend the same hand to her successor.


*Photo Caption - Uchendu Precious Onuoha being given the award by Her Excellency Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and to the left is the deputy head of mission, His Excellency Eric Bell Gam.

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