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A Look Back at the Southwest Association Of Nigerian Physicians 2018 Gala: What an Event It Was!

The 2nd Annual Giving Back to the Community Gala

The 2018 Giving Back to the Community Gala took place on November 10th at the El Paso Marriott. It began with the simple yet profound message of the importance of support. “We’re all products of support,” said the President of the Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians.

There was a strong sense of unity and support at the event from the very beginning. We came together to support a cause while having fun and making a difference in the lives of people. The evening included a speech by Professor Wole Soyinka, entertainment by Nigerian violinist Demola, traditional Yorubaland dancing, and the presence of so many accomplished local organizations and individuals in the medical field, as well as our own members.   

Guest Speak: Professor Wole Soyinka, Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986

Professor Wole Soyinka speaking at the 2018 gala.

We had the privilege of having Nigerian political activist and playwright Wole Soyinka as the guest speaker. Soyinka is the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and holds an extensive list of lifetime accomplishments including the Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, which honors individuals who’ve made a profound contribution in the fields of science, the arts, public service, sports, and industry.

In his gala speech, Soyinka began by sharing his experience at the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United Nations. This led way to his main message, which was for doctors and the entire medical field to consider the power they hold as members of the field.

“Power is a toxin that I would like doctors to consider,” Soyinka said. He explained that the abilities of doctors to tackle death is what sets doctors apart.

He also asked us the entire audience to look at how epidemics start. “Go backwards and ask yourself could there be a precedence for it?” Soyinka asked.

“It begins with individuals and ends up with an epidemic,” he explained as he gave examples of how those in power have said that the laws don’t apply to them because of their position.

Soyinka asked the entire audience, not just doctors, to focus on power as the root of the majority of conflict. “Is it possible that humanity is relativity?” he possed to the audience. Explaining how doctors play a unique role in life, playing God so to speak.

The thought-provoking speech ended with Soyinka leaving doctors to spend time examining justice, humanity, and their unique role in the preservation of life.             

Working Together to Make a Difference: Our Extended Thank Yous

Your continued support is what keeps us going! We’d like to thank the following organizations and people for your contribution and support:  

  • El Paso Diagnostic Outpatient Imaging
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Southwest Eye Institute
  • Sun Neuro PA
  • El Paso Sales Company
  • Southwest Brain and Spine
  • Advanced  Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico
  • El Paso Neurological Institute
  • El Paso Health
  • Jordan Health Services
  • WellMed
  • St. Teresa Nursing and Rehab Center
  • El Paso Ltac Partners
  • Lasik, Cornea & Cataract Specialty Center
  • The Hospitals of Providence
  • Dr. Shahinian and his new partner
  • El Paso Pulmonary Association

And everyone in attendance!

We Look Forward to Seeing You at the 2019 Gala

Although we are months away, we are already excited and looking forward to our next gala! If you weren’t able to make this one, you won’t want to miss our next one. It will be taking place on November 2nd, 2019. Connect with us today more information and how you can help give back all throughout the year.  


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