The Mgbala Agwa community was thrown into mourning last week,the 26th day of september following the death of Chief Mrs.Eunice Ukwu ,Mrs.Ukwu wife of chief Charles C Ukwu the traditional ruler of Mgbala Agwa Autonomous community died after a proctracted sickness at the age of 68
Mrs. Ukwu was an advocate of women Liberation and women empowerment was instrumental to the inclusion of women in decision making body of Mgbala Agwa.She has been described by many of her followers as a focused woman who goes extra miles in meeting the objectives of her project.
She was a dedicated Catholic, christain mother ,one time leader of Agwa women organisation. She worked tirelessly to see that Mgbala Agwa gained her autonomy from the Government of Imo state.She is a woman too many,she offers succour to the less priviledged,she is presently working with the Youths Forum on Family planning issues.
She will be missed by the Youths forum and the entire Mgbala Agwa Community.
She is survived by her husband,Chief Charles C Ukwu and her children.
May her soul rest in perfect peace..
You cant imagine the excitements of the people of Mgbala Agwa when NABUUR invited Mr. Nduka ozor,the local representative and a community leader to participate in an 8 days workshop organised in Kenya to train her local representaives on the management of the Local representative portal in NABUUR's website.The workshop brought together 25 local representatives from around Africa.It was a participatory and action packed workshop.Other issues covered in the workshop included coaching and counseling of local community members.Cluadia took the participants on the management of the website and other intenet operations.She also taught on how to post and respond to facilitators, and other neighour's inquiries using the tools available on the website.
Edmee, in another energy sapping sessions took participants through the activities of NABUUR,their relationships with her local representatives,facilitaors,and volunteers.She informed the participants that it is painful when local representatives do not come online to discuss with their facilitators on issues bothering on their community,this ,she said means unseriousness on the part of the local representatives, and she call for change of atittude if the local representatives will make an impact .Edmee a trained administrator said that for any local representative who knows her onions should led her neighbours,facilitators and even donors by hand into the activities of the community by posting regularly on what is going on in their respectives comunities.
It was a very interesting exercise.Participants called for more of such training ,they also called on NABUUR to help the local representative make practical impact in their community.
The entire programme was financed by NABUUR.
Laptops and digital camera were distributed to the participants by NABUUR to enable them carry on their jobs effectively.
Its good to be the facilitator of Mbala Agwa. There is a lot of action that are needed to be done. But i believe with team work we would move faster and we would be able to get solution.
HIV/AIDS is a serious disease that is destroying Africa. I believe young people have to be educated about the disease and preventive ways. Since the population is big i believe there are more young people. we are supposed to have youth organisation that would volunteer to teach others about the prvention both young and old but also i believe they need to have perior knowledge of the disease and thats the agency of getting a medical expert who would be able to teach few young people to go to the village and spreed the words.
Ozor please tell us about the young people in your village. are they educated? do you have a group of young people that would help you around?
Have a wonderfull day and nice to meet you
Mgbala Agwa has a cordinated youths forum made up of over 45 members that are all on ground to work.As a matter of fact the organisation has been working for over 4 years now educating and informing the community on issues relating to HIV and other reproductive issues.
This we have been doing with the support of the community including the traditional ruler who himself has a fair knowlwdge of the virus.
Neighours and facilitators are assured of the support of our entire community including the youths.
please see more information about the youth forum on
No doubt this is a sad period for
Nigerians, on account of the tragedies over the weekend.
Our hearts go out especially to the
families and loved ones of the passengers on the Bellview flight 210 that
Lisa village in Ogun State on Saturday night.
Particularly, we commiserate with colleagues at ActionAid/Nigeria, who
lost three staff members in the disaster.
We also commiserate with President Olusegun Obasanjo and his family on
the death of the First Lady in a Spanish hospital on Sunday morning.
May the souls of the departed ones rest in piece. And may their families
and the nation recieve comfort and strength to bear and rise above
Accept my condolence for losing your first lady. During this hard time just know that we stand by you through this hard time.
I would try to make my friend to help around with the project because he has experience with in the field.but i believe we would be able to come up with a solution:)
you have a good time and would inform you his opinion.
have a good time
Thank you very much Emily for your kind words .
I am looking forward to getting your friends accepting to come on board to help in our program.
We have talked and he is abit busy right now but he might fix some time before the weekend.
He has accepted to help and give us some few ideas and support where needed.
Will update you on anything.
Mgbala Agwa community has been witnessing torrential rainfall this year.Normally ,this period of the year(oct-Nov.) is supposed to be dry but till date rain is still falling thereby disrupting the social and economic activities in the community.
Whenever it rains every part of the community is covered with flood which stays for few days before they dry up.
Everybody is now praying thatthe rains breaks.
Happy New Year to all and many blessings for you all year~
My college Purdue (in Indiana) is helping the fight against AIDS, (posted 1-16-2006)
They had a link on their homepage:
Good news~ Brian
I sent an email to the staff of NABUUR basically saying that it would help the online volunteers (in my opinion) if we could get more facts about each village. Almanacs give good facts about the countries, yet what I believe each site here needs is just facts about the village itself. If the online volunteers and the Facilitator and LR had more information about the village(s) then I believe they could write more informative letters to the organizations they are seeking help from. ~ Just something I feel that NABUUR can do for each village or volunteer. ~ Good day ~ Brian ~
Information on Mgbala Agwa:
I did some non-fruitful searching on the internet for further information about Mgbala Agwa, I just guess not much has been out online yet?
The best source of information was Nduka Ozor's MAYF Website (Youth Forum's Website) available at Nduka's profile. Here is what I gathered in a nutshell:
Mgbala Agwa is a village in the Imo State of Nigeria. The MAYF website says that the Mgbala Agwa village rural population is somewhere around 100,000 people. It has 3 small schools in which 600 children attend.
Be sure to read up on the news and other events on the MAYF website. Here is a link:
[ 1] Just my opinion. As I look into finding shipment costs for the shipping of 20 PCs to Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum, the more I believe we need to add that to the village's "Issues", this important goal. Here is why: I believe that we will need a volunteer to write a "grant proposal" that tells the importance of the Cyber Cafe, write a Technology Grant Proposal. Also by doing the "grant proposal" I believe the volunteer will find some additional expenses in addition to shipping. There may be expenses for adding Operating Systems, Networking the Systems together, and other costs that might require a paid IT Professional to set up the Cyber Cafe.
[ 2 ] I may pay for the shipment of a Laptop for Nduka Ozor- if it is a tax write-off for me. The approximate shipping cost from the USA to Nigeria for a Laptop I estimated at $250.00 from the UPS website. "Computer Corps" has a free one. I feel he'll better be able to "track" thoughts, ideas, goals, tasks, and notes about the village and it's "Issues". If anyone (volunteers) of you would like to help donate funds to ship the laptop, please email me pretty soon.
[ 3 ] Nduka Ozor also needs a back-up system, a regular desktop computer. "Computer Corps" has a free one also. Shipping is again the hurdle/problem. So for the desktop we may also need a volunteer to write a "Technology Grant Proposal" so a charity or foundation will acknowledge the "need" and pay our shipment and any software issues.
Again- if anyone knows were to easily get shipment funds for computers - email me. As far as I have researched online, what the MAYF needs is a grant writer (here online) to prepare a grant proposal.
Profile of Mr.Nduka Ozor
Nduka Ozor, 39 was born to the Family of Nze Ozor Anyadioha of Mgbala Agwa, Oguta Local government Area of Imo State.
He has a B.A. mass communication, an insightful, philosophical person with sense of humility and passion for services to humanity. He is the coordinator of Mgbala Agwa Youths Forum, a HIV/AIDS community based service organization that came into being in response to the growing incidence of “unexplained” deaths in the community of Mgbala Agwa,(a community of about 100,000 people.)
Mr.Ozor leapt into community education on HIV through the collaboration of united nation Volunteer services, which helped him source for resources with which he began his community enlightenment campaign program. He formed the youth organization because of his contemplative proclivity, having known the upbeat of the youths in that type of assignment. Indeed, that idea paid-off when from over 450,000 miles away in Istanbul Turkey, Miss Gunay assisted the organization to source for over 20,000 books on HIV/AIDS in prints and CD, which today accounts for over 40 percent of the resources in the community library and its extended services in Lagos Nigeria.
Mr. Ozor coordinated over 20 united nation online volunteers, in search for books, Library equipments and funds for the youth organization.
Mr. Ozor has received several awards in recognition of his services to humanity, one of which came from a National Student Union of Agwa Students Union, International Peace award, Golden Youths organisation Mgbala Agwa, potter Cares, Oguta Students Association, University of Nigeria chapter.
Overwhelmed by the munificence in the virtual community and the contribution it has elicited, Mr. Ozor registered another Non-Governmental organization called, CENTRE FOR HIV/AIDS AND STD RESEARCH. (CHISTRE), CHISTRE came to fill in the gap created by other polity mass media organization in the dissemination of HIV/AIDS information in Nigeria. At that time, there was no specialized magazine on HIV and sexual health, this, CHISTRE observed and came up with all purposeful, congruent and apposite magazine called ‘POSITIVE NATION’.
Positive Nation today is Nigeria’s first and only HIV and sexual health magazine distributed free of charge to over 5000 sub scribers nationwide.Mr.Ozor is the project director of the centre and the sub-editor of the magazine. The magazine has touched many lives especially people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).It is due to its versatility in the area of HIV and other sexuality reporting that, MTN,the communication giant in Nigeria is partnering with CHISTRE to make the magazine available to more Nigerians at no cost…everywhere you go.
Mr. Nduka Ozor has impacted immensely even in his immediate clan Agwa, he has sponsored over 20 youths for computer training through partnership with YTF in owerri Imo State.
As a young businessman, he awarded scholarship to the first girl in his community who gained admission to read law; the idea is to balance gender equity in the belated academic attendance in the rural clan of Agwa.
Mr. Ozor is happily married.
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