Thursday, April 22, 2010

His Excellency President Umaru Musa Yar’adua(President Federal Republic of Nigeria)

Our great leader,Nigerians in Vietnam pray for you.We love you and wish you well in the name of ALLAH.

James C. Nwazuoke

Leader by example.

James C. Nwazuoke is the former President Nigerian union in Vietnam(N.U.V)

He was one of the pioneers of this great Union and the leader that was so loved by all Nigerians in Vietnam.He creates positive awareness for all Nigerians in Vietnam and he is a vehement preacher of equal right and justice for all Nigerians resident in Vietnam.

Presently in Switzerland, James C. Nwazuoke serves as the Union President from April 2009 to October 2009.

During his short tenure as the President, he spend much of his time in making sure that Nigerians in Vietnam are well established.

James C. Nwazuoke is an icon among Nigerians that can never be forgotten by all Nigerians in Vietnam.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Worst Leaders: written by Solomon Bamidele Junior(President NUV)

The worst leaders lack energy and enthusiasm
. They see new initiatives as a burden, rarely volunteer, and fear being overwhelmed. One such leader was described as having the ability to “suck all the energy out of any room.”

Accept their own mediocre performance. They overstate the difficulty of reaching targets so that they look good when they achieve them. They live by the mantra “Under promise and over deliver.”

Lack clear vision and direction. They believe their only job is to execute. Like a hiker who sticks close to the trail, they’re fine until they come to a fork

Have poor judgment. They make decisions that colleagues and subordinates consider to be not in the organization’s best interests.

Don’t collaborate. They avoid peers, act independently, and view other leaders as competitors. As a result, they are set adrift by the very people whose insights and support they need.

Don’t walk the talk. They set standards of behavior or expectations of performance and then violate them. They’re perceived as lacking integrity.

Resist new ideas. They reject suggestions from subordinates and peers. Good ideas aren’t implemented, and the organization gets stuck.

Don’t learn from mistakes. They may make no more mistakes than their peers, but they fail to use setbacks as opportunities for improvement, hiding their errors and brooding about them instead

Lack interpersonal skills. They make sins of both commission (they’re abrasive and bullying) and omission (they’re aloof, unavailable, and reluctant to praise).

Fail to develop others. They focus on themselves to the exclusion of developing subordinates, causing individuals and teams to disengage.

Nigerian Union executive and congress members, we are now in a position of a leader, many out there are expecting much from us.The Vietnamese authority, immigration, police and our brothers in Vietnam and beyond count on us. We should all try and make them proud. Let’s live in unity and one voice and at the end we will be able to achieve what we are appointed for. Lets remember always UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL.

The Nigerian Union by Trung Phan. from the word Ho chi minh

For years now, the Nigerian community in Vietnam has been under the magnifying glass for all the wrong reasons. A group of business-minded Nigerians are working to change their image. Words by Trung Phan.

Ho Chi Minh City Nigerian community has never had the best reputation. Visa problems, drug trafficking and money laundering offenses have all been linked to nationals of this African nation that is home to over 154 million citizens.

Tension between Vietnamese authorities and Nigerians came to a head in March of 2009 when Ho Chi Minh City police raided a number of rented houses in the districts of Thu Duc, Tan Phu and district 7 and arrested dozens of Africans, many holding passports from Nigeria. According to the police, the raids were the culmination of a campaign to target illegal residents in an attempt to reduce a wave of crimes committed by “foreigners.”

In response to the police actions, members from the Nigerian Union in Vietnam (NUV) met with the Vietnamese’s authorities to sort through the mess. Somuadina Chuka Emmanuel, the union’s chairman of immigration matters, was one of the key representatives during talks with the authorities.

“Some of those arrested were innocent,” says Emmanuel. “We wanted to work with the local government to allow those law-abiding citizens the right to stay in Vietnam.”

Established in 2007, the NUV was created as an intermediary with the Vietnamese government to create legal rights for Nigerians interested in doing business; not unlike the handful of chambers of commerce (CanCham, EuroCham etc.). An important role for the union, especially after the raids and the nationwide visa crackdown over the past half year, was to ease the immigration process for Nigerians looking to acquire visas, work permits and residential permits.

“We presented our union’s constitution to the Vietnamese government,” he explains. “As our guidelines coincided with Vietnam’s rules of law, the officials recognize us and then agreed to work together to determine who is legible to live in Vietnam.”

Becoming a Member

A significant fallout from March’s incident is that the number of Nigerians living in Saigon has now decreased. The union’s congress president, Nzeogu Gabriel Ikechukwu, estimates that the Nigerian expat population nearly tripled from 300, when he first arrived in 2007, to 800 before the raids.

“About 250 of our brothers voluntarily received tickets from Vietnam’s government to go home while another 200 went home on their own means,” Nzeogu says. “Now, there are probably 200 Nigerians living in Ho Chi Minh City and 180 of them are members of the union.”

With recognition from all the right people, membership in the union has effectively become a pre-requisite for Nigerians interested in moving to Vietnam and doing business here. To ensure its reputation and maintain good relations with authorities, strict standards have to be met to join the union.

“If you want to join, we must inspect your business activities, travel history and criminal record,” explains the union’s current president, Solomon Bamidele Junior. “You must also agree to our constitution which lays out the principles for conducting one’s self in Vietnam. Our screening process is very stringent and while it may be difficult to ask one of our brothers to leave the country, we will if they have committed a crime.”

The efforts of the NUV have yielded largely positive results. Even though the community has thinned, the new standards have given those remaining an opportunity to conclude their marriage program, seek jobs and establish legal companies in Vietnam; all with the blessing of the government.

Staying Positive
To further aid business-minded Nigerians, the union is in talks with government officials to fully register the NUV. If granted, the members of the NUV will have increased legal rights in regards to conducting business here. Currently, most Nigerians in Vietnam play with football clubs, work as teachers or are involved in the purchase of excess stocks from textile manufacturers which are then sent back to Africa and other continents. Going forward, any party from Nigeria interested in coming here can only do so under a business pretense as tourist visas are no longer granted.

“If registered, we could legally represent any of our brothers if there are issues with Vietnamese’s and other foreign citizens in the future,” says Solomon.

The NUV has worked closely with the Nigerian Embassy in Hanoi and will continue to do so in the future on behalf of not only Nigerians but all Africans including those from Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa.A special appreciation goes to the Nigerian Ambassador to Vietnam Alhaji Sani Bako

“Our reputation has changed tremendously in the past six months,” says Solomon. “In the past, some so-called Nigerians decided to spoil the image of our beloved country through sheer arrogance and selfish acts but with the assistance of the Vietnamese authorities we are able to let the whole world know that not all Nigerians in Vietnam are bad.There are many reasonable and professional Nigerians living and working in Vietnam”.

Some officers of the N.U.V

from left up...Mr Ezeneche Jerome(Treasurer NUV,)Mr Ifeayin Oriego(Member NUV),HOnourble Nzeogu Gabriel(Congress President NUV),Mr Solomon Bamidele Junior(President NUV),Mr Robin(Representative of the Vietnamese government),Mr Jide Majekodunmi,Mr Solomon Nwabueze a.k.a Lar(Legal officer NUV),Mr Collins Nwanesi(Financial secretary NUV)

from left down...Mr Somuadina Emmanuel Chuks(CIM NUV),Mr Vinh((Representative of the Vietnamese government),Honorable Ernest Ike(Congress member)and Honorable Ojiako Macdon(Congress Clark)

Faces of some Nigerians residing in Vietnam

from left...Mr Jide Majekodunmi,Mr Solomon Bamidele Junior(President NUV)Mr Otitteh Iyke and Papa Tim.

Faces of some Nigerians residing in Vietnam

from left..Mr Mikel Obodo,his friend and Mr Samson Chikelu

Tresurer Nigerian Union in Vietnam(NUV) Mr Ezeneche Uzochukwu Jerome(Blessed 10-10)Chief Representative officer of STK Industries Limited in Vietnam

QUOTE..We are here for change

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010



1. One passport-sized photograph
2. completed passport renewal form
3. an application letter
4. the original passport to be renewed
5. copy of valid resident permit


The certificates have to be forwarded to the ministry of foreign affairs in Abuja for onward transmission to the respective institutions in Nigeria with a view to ascertaining the authenticity/genuineness of the certificate before the Embassy could affix the necessary stamps on the documents.


The applicant must have residence permit, valid passport and a valid Vietnamese business visa along with the requirements in the attached ‘Guidelines of Nigerians proposing marriage to non –Nigerians in Vietnam’

President Nigerian Union in Vietnam

Nigerians are principled. Let's come together to make Nigeria proud.
In God we trust


The congress president,

The executive members,

The honorable congress members,

The chairman planning committee,

Distinguished guest,

Ladies and Gentlemen

First and foremost, I would like to thank almighty God for making today possible for us all to witness this great event and bringing us together with smiles on our faces.

May I also take this opportunity to welcome you all, and to extend a further word of welcome to everyone here this evening for our end of the year party

This year end of the year party of Nigerian union in Vietnam is certainly a moment that we should all savor and enjoy. If you take a quick look around you, I'm sure you will all agree that our Nigerian union in Vietnam has come a long way in the last few months

I am using this medium to extend my gratitude to the chairman planning committee of this event Mr. Jerome ezeneche (Blessed 10-10) and his team for their role to make it possible for this event to become a reality

It all started as a dream. Nigerian union in Vietnam envisioned the dream of establishing a world class union that will be an example to all Nigerians and Africans in Vietnam and would mold and guide future generations of enlightened minds.

As the officers of the union began work through our selfless service, it faced a quandary: there was very little support. There was no published analysis. Different stakeholders and interest groups did not pronounce publicly that they are part of the union because they were not well informed about the aims and goals of the union. We knew from our faith that it is fundamental to who we are, individually and as a body, but there were no markers or measures to guide us as we applied our minds to the challenge of enhancing welfare for all Nigerians in Vietnam. So we began this serious task by making sure there is discipline among Nigerians in Vietnam and preaching the good news to all Nigerians that if want peace to rain among us all, we must savor first for equal right and justice. The extent of this work became far more than we initially contemplated.

Within the last 4months and with the help of all Nigerian union executive members, the honorable congress member’s, stakeholders and well behaved Nigerians we are able to achieve what many never expect within the short period.

We all know what we passed through the first quarter of this year when many of us run to the seas but the seas were boiling, when we ran to the rocks and the rocks are melting, where many of our brothers were arrested and deported, were some so called Nigerians decided to spoil the image of our beloved country through their arrogant and selfish act but with the assistance's of the Vietnamese’s authorities and the way the officers of the union organize ourselves we are able to let the whole world know that not all Nigerians in Vietnam are bad.

With this and with the help of God, we are able to plead and convince the Vietnamese authorities to stop the massive arrest and also granting visas to many Nigerians to legalize their stay in Vietnam.

Within the last 4months, many Nigerians have been issue visas; many have secured their wok permit, and many more with their residential permit.

Many Nigerians have use this great opportunity to conclude their marriage rite’s, seeking for jobs and also becoming a director of their own by establishing a legal company in Vietnam.

My beloved brothers, year 2010 will be a great and year of fulfillment when we will go beyond all this and establish our union to be one of the best Nigerian union in the Diaspora.

Our goals for 2010 includes the following

1. Registration of the union

2. Ensuring total discipline among Nigerians in Vietnam

3. Assist in creating an enable and conducive environ for all Nigerians that are coming for business activities

4. Making sure visa policies will be more flexible to all Nigerians

5. Creating awareness through publication of Nigerian union magazine and visiting media houses across the country

6. Making sure that all the homeless amongst all Nigerians are accommodated and assisted with job opportunities.

7. Making use of the constitution of the Nigerian union in Vietnam to guide the image and reputation of all Nigerians in all areas.

For us to achieve all this, we shall need the help of all stakeholders among Nigerians, men of integrity and unity among ourselves with love and understanding.

We all know that nobody expect a Blackman with his trace from Africa to become the president of the strongest nation in the world but today His Excellence Barracks Obama the first black president of the united state of America have lay a milestone of artistic excellence for all of us to emulate.

In our daily taught, we should remember people like Nelson Mandela who fought for Africa freedom, Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his word on peace and our own Professor Wole Soyinka for his canvass for equal right and justice so that we can achieve great success in a short while.

Lastly I welcome you all once again to this great event and I thank our well wishers for coming to grace this occasion because of their love for Nigerians in general.

We should all feel free and enjoy a wonderful end of the year party because what the lord have done for us, we cannot tell it all.

May God bless us all

Thank you

Cam on.