The Anioma association US, Inc., Georgia chapter, is one of the chapters of the national body known as Anioma association, USA, Inc. The Anioma national body was founded in 1997 to mobilize, sensitize, and engage all sons and daughters of Anioma origin, both home and abroad, to unite and get actively involved in projects, programs, efforts and measures aimed at urgently addressing the alarming level of underdevelopment, or lack of it, in the entire Anioma homeland in Nigeria.
Late Dr. Kunirum Osia, the founding president of the national body, led the Anioma national association from 1997 to 2002. There are currently twelve chapters of Anioma association across the United States of America. Prior to the year 2000, the Enuani association, presided over by late Mr. Patrick Efienemokwu, was the rallying point for our people in Atlanta, Georgia. But considering the fact that Enuani is part of Anioma, late Dr. Osia had on prior visits to Atlanta, persuaded our people in Atlanta to form an Anioma association chapter, to no avail. However, the Enuani association decided to subscribe to the Anioma association newsletter, “The Anioma Voice.”
In the year 2000, the Anioma national body brought its summit meeting to Atlanta, Georgia. Quite expectedly, the Enuani association, in collaboration with other Anioma sons and daughters resident in Atlanta, hosted the Anioma summit meeting. But, to their greatest surprise, and in what could rightly be described as the catalyst and bare-faced challenge that led to the formation of the Georgia chapter of Anioma Association, none of the members of the Enuani association, or any of the other sons and daughters of Anioma resident in Atlanta at that time – the entire hosts of the summit, where allowed to participate in the deliberations at the Anioma-Atlanta 2000 summit meeting, because there was no registered chapter of the Anioma association in Georgia at that time, which is a constitutional pre-requisite of the Anioma national body for participating in such summit or convention deliberations. As a result of this denial of a chance to air their views on Anioma issues under discussion at that summit, even though they were the hosts, Ogbueshi Jonny Awodu stood up and promised the Anioma-Atlanta 2000 summit that within three months, the Georgia chapter would be formed. And in less than one month, in collaboration with some other Anioma people in Atlanta, they delivered on that promise, and the Georgia chapter of the Anioma association US, Inc., was born.
On January 15, 2005, Anioma association US, Inc., Georgia chapter, invited the Anioma national body to hold its summit again in Atlanta, at which occasion the Georgia chapter was officially lunched. The association formally registered with the state of Georgia as a non-profit organization in the year 2007. In 2014, the association got its approval from the IRS as a 501C (3) non-profit organization.
We are currently waxing very strong in membership, but we encourage and welcome all Anioma sons and daughters to join hands with us, so that together with our partners-in-progress, donors and sponsors, we can make the Anioma land a better place for all. To quote late Dr. Osia, “The truth remains that Anioma is one of the least developed areas in Nigeria. It is a strange irony that Anioma sons and daughters have served Nigeria with distinction in various fields of human and intellectual endeavors, yet basic amenities are lacking in their homeland.” This is the crux of the matter, and this is why the Anioma association is in existence, with the primary goal of correcting this unacceptable anomaly. We hope you will seize the moment and be a part of this noble effort.