Moving Nigerian Foundation of Michigan Forward with Chief Titus Amadi

Chief Titus Nwunne Amadi is the current President and CEO of Nigerian Foundation of Michigan (NFOM), the umbrella body of all Nigerian provincial organizations in Michigan. He is an educationist of repute, a distinguished community leader, business man and philanthropist. He arrived in the United States with the desire to study law, but he later opted to study education instead. According to him, his choice of career was influenced by the need to help by molding the lives of the youth who are known as leaders in waiting. He obtained a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Wayne State University and a master’s in education curriculum and instruction from University of Detroit Mercy. Upon graduation, he obtained employment with the Detroit Public Schools System, where he served for twenty-three years before going into private business.

Since becoming the president of NFOM, he has been able to build on the foundation laid by his immediate predecessor, Prince (Dr.) Ade Adeleke and other past presidents. Some of Amadi’s achievements include involvement of all provincial organizations in the foundation’s program through the inauguration of Council of Nigerian Presidents, which plays a prominent role in helping the foundation to achieve its overall goals; improved passport renewal and processing; the Nigerian Calendar Program which showcases community news, events, organizations and leaders; and the introduction of the online Nigerian news bulletin, which is published monthly to disseminate information about the foundation and the community at large.

The organizations latest accomplishment is the resuscitation of the Nigerian Community Health Center, which provides basic health services for the insured, uninsured and underinsured. The services provided by the clinic include basic physical exams, prescriptions, physical and occupational therapy, and chiropractic services, just to mention a few. Headed by Dr. Tho Ulinfun and coordinated by Mr. Bernard Onwuemelie, who is also the Chairman of the Medical/Social Welfare Committee, the clinic is open to the public every other Saturday from 10am-2pm at 17500 Northland Park Ct., Southfield, MI 48075. Other members of the clinic administration team are qualified health professional that work on a voluntary basis.

Amadi’s expressed his desire to seek a second term as president running on two main agenda. The first is facilitation of the Nigerian Community Center, which will unite all Nigerians. With the second being the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce in Michigan, which, according to him, will foster unity and cooperation among Nigerian businesses and entrepreneurs with their counterparts in United States of America and other parts of Africa.

When asked to share some words of wisdom, Amadi had this to say, “Never take no for an answer. Be resilient, consistent, innovative, and relentless in the pursuit of your dreams. Whatever you do, do it well while you use your challenges as motivation. Interaction enhances learning and growth, so never shy away from being involved in community affairs.”

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