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Countdown Till Gala 2019


November 2nd, 2019



Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and was until January 2018, the Acting Director of the Regional Centre for Disease Control for West Africa.

Dr Ihekweazu trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has over 20 years’ experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several National Public Health Institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Dr Ihekweazu has led several short-term engagements for the World Health Organization (WHO), mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world.

Dr Ihekweazu is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria and has a master’s in public health (MPH) from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany. In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship for the European Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) and subsequently completed his Public Health specialization in the UK. He is widely published in medical peer review journals.

In 2011, Dr. Ihekweazue co-founder EpiAfric a health-care company that consults for organizations across Africa. He is a founding member and an organizer of TEDxEuston. His leadership in healthcare was recognized with a profile of him published in Nature in February 2019 aptly titled ‘This Nigerian doctor might just prevent the next deadly pandemic'.

The Jas Sound – Singer/Performer

The Jas Sound is an opera trained singer specialized in delivering soulful and captivating performance in various genres such as gospel, opera, jazz and contemporary music. As a Florida native, she has participated in multiple operas including South Florida Symphony’s “Porgy and Bess.”

In 2018, The Jas Sound released her first single, “The Voice Words” which was the debut of her Sound to the world. The Jas Sound relishes in performing at special events due to the intimate. While using music to capture unforgettable moments, Jas aims to bring healing, hope and inspire love through her soulful and truly unique renditions.

Ofili Designs - Caricature Artist

Ofili designs is an art inspired illustration of Afrocentric culture launched by Chukwunonso Ofili, an artist, a product designer, and entertainer based in Houston, Texas. Chukwunonso is also the CEO of Wahala clothing and Co-owner of WowoBoyz Entertainment; a comedy collective which has become a force within the entertainment industry. His Wahala clothing brand boasts of well renowned designs such as “JUST DO AM”, “U sabi pidgin?”, “Respect My Hustle” as well as the widely loved “Gele Girls coloring book” and much more.

In July 2018, he was one of the featured artists at an African Art Exhibit during Afro Culture Weekend. Ofili The Artist, aims to showcase the relevance, progressiveness, and originality of African Visual Arts and bring awareness and inspiration to up and coming visual artists.

See his work here
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Mission and Goals

The Mission ofthe Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians is to promote:

  • Care
  • Community
  • Scholarship

We work to unite Nigerian physicians of all backgrounds to celebrate the education physicians undertake to achieve their goals, commemorate Nigerian culture, and provide a safe, inviting environment for Nigerian physicians to create a social connection with one another.


Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians

The Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians welcomes doctors from throughout the Southwest region of the United States to come together to encourage and support each other, share goals and ideas, and celebrate Nigerian culture.

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