When we met 25 years ago, we never thought of where we would be today. We were motivated by the dream we had when we left Nigeria, to excel in the USA and return to build a formidable healthcare system for Nigeria.
25 years ago Sani Abacha was the Military President of Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed, our Keynote Speakers were Professor Ransome-Kuti and Mr Randall Robinson. We wanted to be part of transforming Nigeria.
Those who came to Anaheim from all across the USA were from every part of Nigeria, from the North to the South. In-spite of the political crises in Nigeria and lack of the capacity of Nigeria to absorb our skills, we did not want to be bystanders or have our potential contributions to our people lost.
We come a long way and have learned a lot. We have weathered a few crises. ANPA has been largely a labor of love of the Nigerian Physicians community. It’s been supported mostly by contributions from members and businesses trying to reach the Nigerian doctors.
In 25 years henceforth, I hope Nigeria won’t send it’s best and brightest abroad for better medical education. Our talents would be home grown. We have the capacity to compete with the best in the world
Acho Emeruwa, MD FACOG
First Executive Director.