Aba Reunion, a platform floated by three US-based Nigerians for the generation of men and women who grew up in the commercial town in the 1970s to late 1980s is planning a homecoming that will hold in December 2024.
In the post-civil war era, Nigerians of diverse origins flocked to the then Southeast town for work and commercial engagements. The town soon grew to become a melting point for trading, attracting traders from all over the former East Central State and the Midwest to take up residence and grow their families.
Some of those whose parents made Aba their base have now become adults and dispersed to different parts of the globe.
Bishop Ogbonna Ugwuozor of the Church of Anointing in Los Angeles, California, Chuddy Ambassador, a Dallas, Texas-based Entrepreneur, and Chief Okey Ibeneme, who is based in Maryland came together to found a union, named Aba Reunion Group to create a forum for social and business networking among those who had their formative years in Aba, popularly called Enyimba City.
Bishop Ugwuozor explained that in the years ahead, the group would put to use the professional skills and wealth of members to renew the town where they all grew up.
“Over the years, our Aba has lost its lead as a business hub that attracted huge commercial interest from Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
“Aba Reunion has been established to recover the lost commercial and social status of the Aba that we chose to call Enyimba City”, remarked Ugwuozor who has led several intercessory prayers for Nigeria.
Also explaining the roadmap to the 2024 Homecoming of Aba Reunion, the Los Angeles-based clergy disclosed that an inaugural convention is to be held in Dallas in March 2024 to set up the Homecoming Planning Committee.
“We have done a lot of spade work to link up a lot of members in different parts of the world and the last six to seven months have been spent on Membership drive and sensitization”, stated Chuddy, who runs a chain of businesses in Dallas and shuttles Nigeria on business trips.