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Jonathan to Attend Award Ceremony for Top Ten Nigerians in USA

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Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

Winners of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN have emerged after a rigorous search, scrutiny and selection process, a statement signed by Mr Laolu Akande, an Executive Director of the association has said

The CANAN TOP TEN winners who would be honored on Sunday evening  Sept 22 at Marriot Hotel, LaGuardia New York at an event to which the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been invited.

The winners and their categories of award are:

LAW-Judge Bunmi Awoniyi-the first Nigerian to become a Superior Court Judge in California and possibly the highest-ranking Nigerian-American holding the judgeship of a state high court anywhere in the United States. Awoniyi is based in California

ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY-Dr. Augustine Esogbue-the first African to become a member of NASA’s Safety Advisory Board. Esogbue is based in Atlanta

YOUTH-Mr. Emmanuel Ohuabunwa-the Nigerian student who became the first black man to emerge as the best graduating student in John Hopkins with a 3.98 GPA. He is currently an MD candidate in Yale

MEDICINE-Ola Akinboboye-the New York based award winning nuclear cardiologist who is also the leader of black cardiologists in the US

ACADEMICS-Professor Toyin Falola, by far among the most decorated Nigerian scholar in the US, who is a History teacher at the University of Texas, Austin

BUSINESS-Chief Usua Amanam, the California-based Nigerian business owner who built the first private refinery in Nigeria

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE-Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, the NY-based Nigerian diplomat who served the United Nations in some of the toughest diplomatic spots in the world, including Darfur, where he led the largest UN and international peacekeeping mission ever.

COMMUNITY SERVICE-Association of Nigerian Pharmacists, Tampa Bay Area, Florida, which has earned professional and government authority to grant certification to practicing pharmacists.

CANAN is postponing two categories of award for this year due to logistics and planning constraints. These are SPORTS AND PROFESSIONS

THE SELECTION PANEL AS PART OF ITS EXCLUSION POLICY DECIDED NOT TO CONSIDER ANY PASTOR FOR THIS YEAR’S AWARD.

However, CANAN would also be honoring two special categories on Sunday: DISTINGUISHED AMBASSADOR AWARD-for Professor Ade Adefuye, in recognition of his outstanding performance as Nigeria’s Envoy to the US.

FRIEND OF NIGERIA AWARD-for Congressman Peter King Also, PROFESSOR BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN, the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, and a former Nigerian Health Minister who often spoke out for the voiceless would be delivering the keynote remarks at the Gala and Awards Dinner.

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