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.
ADAORA OSIMIRI LEWIS.
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.
Director for AWEC Abuja Interest group.
Director for Enugu Chapter
Director of Nwanne Oma Chapter. .
Director for Adaku Chapter
Director for Amaoha Chapter
Director of Umuahia Chapter
for Nne Bu Ihe Co-op Chapter
Director Omanne Interest Group.
Director of Eziego Chapter
Abia State .
Director for Ugo Oma Chapter
Director for Uloma Chapter
Abia State Nigeria.
Director for Uzodimma Chapter
Director of Ihechi Chapter
DIRECTOR for Uloma Chapter(TBD)
CHAPTER DIRECTOR (tbd)
Director of Nmadili Chapter Imo State
CHINYERE EGO NNANNA
Director of Oluomachi Chapter
NWABU AMA EVOH
Director of Umunne Chapter
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.