Nigerians in Cambodia Celebrates Country’s Independence



The Nigerians in Cambodia celebrated their Country’s 52nd Independence Anniversary on Monday October 1st with Pomp and pageantry at a Ceremony Held at the Lucky Star Hotel (Hall A)Phnom Penh.

The Ceremony was graced by the Nigerian Ambassadors to the Philippines H.E Akinyemi Bamidele Farounbi  and  Deputy Head of Mission, H.E Buba Tekune who are in Cambodia for an official visit to the King and the Royal government following their recent appointment. Both Ambassadors were accompanied by their spouses and the Head of Chancery Mr. Murtala Jimoh

In His welcome Address, the President of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organization in Cambodia Mr. Austin Koledoye lauded the Nigerians Ambassadors for taking their time to attend the Independence Celebration in Cambodia and highlighted the roles Nigerians in Cambodia have continued to play in the development of Cambodia as well as improving the image of the Country.

In his Independence speech, Ambassador H.E Akinyemi Bamidele Farounbi commended the Nigerians in Cambodia for comporting themselves in a good manner, he went on to highlight the recent efforts by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria led by President Goodluck Jonathan to make Nigeria a better country.

The Ambassador noted that the Government is fighting against corruption and Nigeria’s GDP with a population of about 170million has risen by 7.5% in recent years. 

He highlighted efforts being made to increase Power supply, and other sectors of the economy.

“A country that cannot feed itself cannot claim to be independent” H.E Farounbi Stated. “The Government is making efforts to ensure that Nigeria’s Agricultural sector is as dominant as it used to be in the past” He said.

The Ambassador noted further that Nigeria is opening up to attract more tourists to the World’s Most Populous Black nation. 

“The Government is making efforts to develop the immense Human, Natural, Mineral and Agricultural resources” he assured.

Ambassador Farounbi then called for Direct Foreign Investment to help to further the development of the country and urged the Nigerians in Cambodia to continue to comport themselves in good ways to attract foreign investors to Nigeria. “It is through the way you Project yourself and your country that will attract the foreign direct Investment” he pointed out.

The Ambassador and his entourage, joined by other distinguished guest went on to cut the independence anniversary cake followed by merriment and celebration by all present.


NIDO Executives Inaugurated

The Executives of the Nigeria in Diaspora Organization in Cambodia (NIDO CAM) were on Monday October 1st Inaugurated by H.E Akinyemi Bamidele Farounbi, the Ambassador to the Embassy of Nigeria in Philippines.


The Ambassador, H.E Akinyemi Bamidele Farounbi accompanied by his Deputy Head of Mission, H.E Buba Tekune used the occasion to mark the country’s 52nd Independence Anniversary to Inaugurate the executive’s member and the Board of Trustees of NIDO Cambodia.


Members of the Executives Inaugurated were Mr. Austin Koledoye, President, Ms Joy Ndukwe, Vice President, Mr Aniche Chijioke Chidubem, General Secretary, Mr. Princewill Nwaiwu, Treasurer, Mr. Etumni Chibuzor, Public Relation officer and Mr Amandi Uzoezie, Protocol/welfare/Provost Officer.


Following the Inauguration of the Executives, the Ambassador also went on to inaugurate the Board of Trustees led by Erstwhile President of Nigerian Community Services Cambodia, Dr. Ken Gadaffi, erstwhile Nigerian Community Services Cambodia adviser Prof. Bede Uwalaka, Engr. David Ijemuan, Mr. Ezekiel Princewill Okezie, Mr. Sunday E. Daniel. Two of the BOT members were unavoidably absent in the person of Mr. Andrew Roberts and Chief Ike Okoro.


In his Inauguration Speech, H.E Akinyemi Bamidele Farounbi commended NIDO in Cambodia for the way they have handled the affairs of Nigerians in Cambodia and pledged the Embassy’s continued support for the organization noting that the aim of NIDO is to create a platform for Nigerians in Diaspora to interact with the Government and not only for the welfare of its members. He encouraged the Nigerians in Cambodia to be Law abiding and project themselves in good light to the Host community and noted that through their actions, they can attract Direct Foreign Investment to Nigeria. He also pointed out that a Cambodia-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce is a possibility in the future if driven by the Private Sector of both countries.


The Ambassador also used the occasion to assure Nigerians in Cambodia who require the new E passport that efforts are being made to bring Nigerian Immigration to Cambodia to conduct the exercise and urged those that need the E – Passport to get all the required documents ready.