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Nigerian community bids farewell to long-term resident

Nigerian community bids farewell to long-term resident

About 200 people gathered for lavish potluck dinner at the home of Chief Raymond Bob-Ume, one of the founding fathers of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation-Qatar (NIDO-Qatar) on December 13, to wish Jerry Mbakwe farewell, as he hurried to pack his belongings before he had to leave the country to join his family in the United States.
Jerry Mbakwe served as the first chief whip of NIDO-Qatar from 2010 to 2015 and contributed immensely to the growth of the organisation and other community, and cultural groups over the last 11 years in Qatar. He said he was overwhelmed by the show of love and appreciation by friends and members of the community.
Speaking to compatriots at the farewell dinner, he said he was both sad to depart and happy to be headed to the US, where he was educated. “To you all wonderful family and friends, l am short of words to express my innermost thoughts and feelings on the amazing show of love you all showered on me. May the Almighty God bless each and everyone, enrich your pockets million folds and continue to bless you all. Thank you so much and I will keep in touch,” Mbakwe said.
“I’m sad because he’s such a nice person,” said Franka, a Cameroonian business owner.
“He has created an impact and legacy for us to follow,” echoed many of the attendants at the event.
NIDO-Qatar President Victor Ikoli praised Mbakwe for his exemplary lifestyle and contributions to NIDO, including facilitating the opening of the Embassy of Nigeria with other executives in 2013.
Chief Raymond, who was the chairman of the occasion, presented cash gift donations from friends and hoped there would be opportunities to meet him again for the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the US or Nigeria.
Until his departure, he was a senior project manager at New Doha International Airport (for Qatar Civil Aviation Authority), also a director at the Qatar Nigeria Business Council.

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