MEET

THE OFFICERS

THE FOUNDERS

HER EXCELLENCY UWA ONYIOHA-OSIMIRI, Ph.D
President and Founder of AWEC, USA
Ambassador to the United States for Women Affairs, Tourism and Economic Development, for Abia State Nigeria

 

Dr. Uwa Osimiri is a Nigerian born international Motivational Speaker and the Founder and President of the African Women Economic Consortium (AWEC). She is an enstooled Chief of the village of Nkporo in Abia State Nigeria. She is one of Africa's Most Senior Spiritual Leaders.  She was featured in the Detroit News as One of Michigan’s Most Influential Women and has lectured at Wayne State University, Oakland University, Michigan State University, University of Phoenix, Emory University and countless secondary schools.  She is also an Advanced Certified Faculty in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Phoenix where she teaches graduate Business and Leadership Courses.

 

She has earned numerous Awards for her work in business, and education. She received an educational citation (Friend of Education, Michigan), several Spirit of Detroit and Wayne County certificates of recognition. She was nominated for Faculty of the Year Award at the University of Phoenix. She is also a certified Senior Grant Writer and served on the Advisory Board for the Women Federation for World Peace. She was a member of the Emerging Minority Businesses Council of the State of Michigan and received a

 

Certificate of Tribute from Governor Jennifer Granholm for her work with the Governor’s small business initiative.
 
Dr. Osimiri is known for her lively motivational speaking events with the Power Speaker and Company.  She has also had speaking engagements for the Chrysler Corporation. Dr. Osimiri has a Doctorate Degree in Natural Theology and has completed her Doctoral academic work in Clinical Psychology. She is married and has two adult daughters, an adult son, a son-in-law and two young grandsons.
ADAEZE, ADAORA ONYIOHA LEWIS
Vice President of AWEC

 

Adaora is a young Nigerian-American business entrepreneur, wife, mom to two beautiful boys (ages 3 and soon to be 4),  advocate for animal rights, Editor-in-Chief/Creative Director of Prysm Magazine, and health coach/advocate.


She has a BS in Business Management from CMU,  a BS in Fashion Retail Management/Minor in Advertising from Arts Institute of Pittsburgh.  She is working toward a BS in Advertising.  She has walked runways in New York City, shared the stage with bands and industrial artists.She is a seasoned speaker at numerous raw vegan circles. 


She has traveled around the world for pleasure and business purposes: Nigeria, Ghana, California, Las Vegas, New York....to name a few places. She is featured in numerous international vegan magazines both as a featured Celebrity Chef and a contributing editor. Since 2014, she and her family call Atlanta, Georgia home.

CHAPTER DIRECTORS

ADAORA OSIMIRI LEWIS.

VICE-PRESIDENT AND

INTERIM CHAPTER DIRECTOR

GREATER ATLANTA CHAPTER. 

DR. SOPHIA BUALA CROCHERON
AWEC CHAPTER DIRECTOR | GHANA

Dr. Sophia Buala Crocheron" is the President & CEO of AFRICAN MADE IN AFRICA International Trade and Corporate Services [also a retired Michigan Civil Servant].Dr. Crocheron moved to Ghana where she received the title of "Buala" which means" We love" because of the exceptional work she has done in the community. She provides training and mentorship unselfishly. Dr. Crocheron who hails from the United States has been embraced and made a full citizen of the Ghanaian community.

DR. ESTHER OSAHON ETENMUGONWA 

Esther a professor at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Nigeria. She is the CEO for Entenmua Women Support organization. Esther is the Chapter Director of the Obioma Chapter in Abia State Nigeria. She has also served as the Chapter Directors Chair for Abia State. 

Esther is from Edo State. 

EDNA AKPAN

Director for AWEC Abuja Interest group.

 NNENNA ALAUKWU

Director for Enugu Chapter

Enugu State.

HAPPINESS ANOSIKE

Director of Nwanne Oma Chapter. .

 NKECHI NNANNA

Director for Adaku Chapter

Abia State. 

AFARI RUTH

Director for Amaoha Chapter

Abia State 

ONYEKACHI GRACE

Director of Umuahia Chapter

Abia State 

CHAPTER DIRECTOR 

for Nne Bu Ihe Co-op Chapter

Abia State 

Nigeria.

IFENYINWA EZURUIKE

Director Omanne Interest Group.

Abia State.

STELLA OGWUMIKE

Director of Eziego Chapter 

Abia State .

NKEIRUKA OKORONKWO

Director  for Ugo Oma  Chapter

Abia State 

MONICA ENYINNAYA

Director  for Uloma Chapter

Abia State Nigeria. 

ATUEGBU  RACHAEL

Director  for Uzodimma Chapter

Abia State 

OJIUGO CHINATU

Director of Ihechi Chapter

Abia State 

DIRECTOR for Uloma Chapter(TBD)

Abia State

CHAPTER DIRECTOR (tbd)

Director of Nmadili Chapter Imo State 

Nigeria.

CHINYERE EGO NNANNA

Director of Oluomachi Chapter

Abia State

Nigeria. 

NWABU AMA EVOH

Director of Umunne Chapter

Abia State

Nigeria. 

INTERNATIONAL MATRON

MABEL A. HIGGS
FOUNDER OF FAMILY LIVING CENTERS
AWEC INTERNATIONAL PATRON | USA
 

Mabel Higgs has been involved in the care of persons with Intellectual Disabilities for most of her adult life. She has been a tireless advocate for the rights of those individuals as well as civil rights for all Americans. Born and raised in Falmouth,  Massachusetts,  Mrs. Higgs’ professional journey began in 1949, after graduating from Howard University in Washington D.C., where she was inspired by activists such as eventual U. S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Mrs. Higgs began her career at the U.S. Library of Congress, married her late former husband Dr. Roland Higgs and raised two sons. The Higgs’ family moved across the U.S. during the nineteen sixties and early seventies, living in Chicago IL., Los Angeles, CA., Minneapolis, MN., and in the Detroit MI. suburbs. In each community Mabel became involved in politics and community and religious activism, serving numerous volunteer organizations and committees as well as city oversight boards. In the early nineteen-seventies, in the Detroit area, Mabel began to turn her focus more intensely on the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

She volunteered and worked for the local ARC and began a long friendship with a group home operator, who eventually became a partner for a time

until in 1979, Mrs. Higgs absorbed that facility, founded and incorporated Family Living Center;  a non-profit company dedicated to the housing and care of persons with intellectual disabilities. Over the decades since, Mrs. Higgs has provided the company a strong steady hand and remarkable leadership in both lean and prosperous times.  Her legacy of giving, helping and caring for the clients and staff alike is immeasurable. Many staff members have benefitted from Mrs. Higgs' kindness, vision for them, counsel and generosity. Her reputation with funding agencies, the surrounding counties and the State of Michigan is superb and she has been recognized many times with awards for her support, care, leadership, and longevity within the field.

 

She visited Nigeria with Dr. Osimiri and was inducted into an Age grade in Nkporo in Abia State where she is considered one of their community member.Mrs. Higgs has retired from active day to day service to the company, but remains as an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors and continues to be a valuable consultant to the organization. Mrs. Higgs has long served the entire Oakland County community, not only as a provider, but as a volunteer for numerous organizations, activities, events and as a member of many Boards of Directors; including Michigan Assisted Living Association, The Fowler Center, and MALWC, to name just a few.

 

Family Living Center expects that Mrs. Higgs will continue these good works on behalf of the company and herself long into the future. Mabel has traveled the world, raised her own sons and now takes great pride and joy in the accomplishments of grandchildren and great grandchildren.​

NATIONAL MATRON, NIGERIA

NNEOHA (QUEEN MOTHER) DR. NGOZI ONYIOHA 

 

Born in Dec. 17, 1930, to Ichie Obi Nwosa of Umuda village in Umuaji, Asaba, and Nwugo Nwagboso of Umuahia in Abia State of Nigeria, was a girl Ngozi Nwosa. She grew and matured into adulthood under the colonial era of British imperialism in Nigeria. During the turbulent years of the anti-colonial struggle, she was actively involved with Nigerian women political activists like Chief (Mrs) Margaret Ekpo, Chief (Mrs) Ransom Kuti, etc. It was at this point in her life that she met and married Ahanyi, Ogbaja (Prophet) Kama Onu Kama Onyioha. Since their holy union, she stood beside her husband in the crusade for the spiritual, political and economic emancipation of all people.

 

She is the Odu Ahanyi, i.e., the supporting pillar of  The Ahanyi, and also the Nneoha (Queen Mother), and the Grand Lady of AWEC.

Nneoha has created a legacy for women to aspire to go beyond the realms of the limit set by societal expectations. She has over the years achieved self actualization by embracing her unlimited spirit, and a champion for all women to experience the triumph of an indomitable spirit. She has dared to be an uncommon woman within her race, where women of the black race are no longer able to inspire the men to break out of the chains of spiritual, political and economic bondage. She believed that "If we had dared to continue to be original in thinking and actions, instead of borrowers and followers as we now are, we would have been in a better position to bequeath a lasting legacy and a solid foundation to our children."

 

Her inspiration and motivation in life has always been to tell people of Africa that African women must inspire and motivate the men, and vice versa, for us to contribute towards the enrichment and diversification of the totality of human culture.

Nneoha has dedicated her life to show that a person is truly remembered by deeds, not words alone or by the transparent prestige of worldly goods. She is, and will continue to be an inspiration, and a force to be reckoned with now and for years to come.

 

NATIONAL PATRON, NIGERIA

AMBASSADOR EMPIRE KANU
AWEC NATIONAL PATRON | NIGERIA

Ambassador Empire Kanu is a highly focused Progressive Patriot for sustainable advancement of men and Society. An expository administrator, industrialist, business mogul and astute politician, he has through hard work and service to humanity constructed an important Network that works globally. The revered Ambassador, before serving as an elected honorable member of the federal House of Representatives from 1979 to 1983 received an MBA from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Some of the numerous board positions held by him in multinational companies include Berger Paints Limited, UK cable & Wireless limited UK and GB Ollivant.

 

He has been president of the Nigerian Association of Carpet Manufacturers of Nigeria, member of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Management, and is still a member of the Board of Directors in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. As a philanthropist, many that have benefited from his scholarship on economic empowerment,  are lawyers, doctors, academicians, businessmen, and unskilled laborers.  He was recently honored with the highest title of Ikoro Ohuhu in appreciation of his positive contributions.

 

He was the Nigerian Ambassador to Argentina concurrent to Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, Chairman, and CEO of Empire plastic packaging industry Board for the resuscitation of all state-owned Moribund Industries.  He's was recently honored with the highest title of Ikoro Ohuhu in appreciation of his positive contributions. Married with Children Empire Kanu’s aspirations include using his cumulated experiences and opportunities to contribute in any meaningful way to make Nigeria one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020.

© 2018 by African Women Economic Consortium. Website designed by NDG | Nativ Design Group

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon