Good Evening Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the executive board of the United Nigeria Association of Tulsa, I would like to welcome you all to our 19th Annual Cultural Celebration and Nigeria's 54th Independence Anniversary.
I would also like to thank our sister Organizations from neighboring cities and states as well as our African brothers and sisters from African countries, and the Caribbean for honoring our invitation. I urge you to continue to support and make positive impact in your various communities here and please do not forget those you left behind back home.
The theme of our event this year is "UNITY", as in United We Stand. Our goal as an association is to continue to unite all Nigerians in Tulsa and its environs because UNITED WE STAND and DIVIDED WE FALL. Here in the United States; Tulsa is one of the few cities in the country that have one organization that brings all Nigerians under one umbrella and we're very proud of that. I will like to encourage each and every one of you here today to help in every little way you can towards achieving that goal. To the few Nigeria businesses here in Tulsa that have supported us financially to ensure that this one event that brings every Nigerian together once a year is not interrupted; on behalf of the United Nigeria Association of Tulsa, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Looking back on the year, there have been obstacles along the way, but we continue to overcome them and move forward as a community. Some of the activities UNAT board set out to accomplish this year included; The Martin Luther King's Parade; Group Life Insurance for our members; Monthly Speaker's Forum; Our Summer Picnic; the 2014 Kids' World International Festival organized by the Tulsa Global Alliance.; Continue new membership drive and fund raising for the "Nigerian House" Project. Today, I must say that we have accomplished most of what we set out for 2014.
For 2015, we will kick-off the year with The Martin Luther King's Parade; Monthly Speaker's Forum; Summer Picnic; Children's Day (in the summer); Two Gala Nights (Black Tie Dinner); Continue new membership drive and fund raising for the "Nigerian House" Project.
To the UNAT members, an organization is only as effective as the time invested in it by the members. Thank you for what you have done so far, and I encourage each of you to continue to contribute your time and resources towards making our organization stronger and a continued success.
Long Live The Federal Republic of Nigeria! Long Live the United States of America!
Chief Larry Ololo,
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