2017 Anambra State Diaspora Association (ASDA) Youths Symposium

Date: August 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Trafalgar Room, Toronto Plaza Hotel
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2017 ASDA Youths Symposium – Our Culture! Our Values! Our Future!


August 19, 2017, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Trafalgar Room, Toronto Plaza Hotel

1677 Wilson Avenue (Wilson/Jane), Toronto ON, M3L 1A5



Annie Kashamura Zawadi

Annie Kashamura Zawadi is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a Gender Specialist, a Women’s Rights, advocate, writer, speaker, coach and panelist with 15 years of global experience in the fields of gender based violence, women’s political participation and representation, girls’ leadership, women’s economic empowerment and boys and men’s engagement in the search of equality. Through International Annie Kashamura Zawadi Development organizations, she has worked in Ghana, Togo, Canada, France, Tanzania, Swaziland and the DR Congo developing, monitoring and evaluating multi-sectorial partnerships and programs. Her work has been recognized by different Awards.

Advancing Women’s Human Rights and equality in the DR Congo is her passion and thus, she co-founded of The Gender, Democracy & Development Institute in Congo www.igdd-congo.org , an NGO with twofold mission: capacity building through training and gender based programming.   Her recent initiative “The Invictus Project” targets the same objectives with a global vision through sharing of knowledge, opportunities and resources.

Annie is a recipient of a Specialist Degree in Gender & Women’s Studies and a degree in Political Science. Her thesis on violence against women vs. capitalism in the war against the Congo won the best paper on women’s issues in the Global South award and is taught in the Gender and Neo-liberalism course at the University of Toronto.   Public education is Ms. Kashamura’s preferred tool for awareness and resource raising for the ultimately a shift in mindset towards a world free of all forms of inequalities and violence. She uses her writing and public speaking engagements to reach out to the public and policy makers. Her books “I Can Testify” and “Je Peux Témoigner” can be found on Amazon.com. These autobiography books have been used in several countries and in Canada by many women’s organizations as counselling material for women and girls experiencing or survivors of domestic violence. one-on-one with the seminar participants. Your child need to experience this interaction.



Bassey Osagie (99814)


Toronto Police Service

Divisional Policing Support Unit

Bassey will speak about safety, security and how our youths will keep out of trouble. He will discuss real life experiences of lawlessness and its negative implications while emphasizing the great benefits of being law abiding. Bassey is a great role model for our youths. He has been an astute law enforcement officer helping to keep Toronto safe.


Chukwudi Ezemenari


Canadian Armed Forces

Regiment: The Queens Own Rifle of Canada – Canada’s oldest continuously serving regiment.

Chukwudi has served the Canadian Army for 17years. Trained in the US, France & UK as an Infantry soldier, he is the section commander of his regiment. A well-trained officer, qualified machine gunner, leader, basic demolitions qualified and advances small arms instructor.

There is no one better experienced and equipped in our community to explain to our youths, in a language they will understand, what the military service is all about, the challenges and the benefits than our very own Chukwudi. No Youth should miss this.


Barbi Koifman, CPC
Chief Executive Officer

The Employment Solution (TES)

Barbi will be speaking about the present and future job market in North America. She will discuss current great careers that do not have a future, careers of today that have great future and non-existent careers that will shape the future. She will explain the various courses that will get our youths to realize their dreams. We need to better prepare our youths to face the challenges of the 21st century. This is an invaluable information for youths in our community. Knowledge is power. You must bring your child to listen to this information.

Barbi is an experienced award-winning recruiter who is at the helm of affairs at TES, a great recruiting company for fortune 500 companies.

Dele Garber

Dele is a motivational speaker and co-founder of the Fearless Diaspora. The Fearless Diaspora recognizes the incredible number of talented individuals living in, but particularly outside, Africa’s borders, who possess a unique passion for Africa and its future development. Dele’s goal is to keep these people passionate about African progress through the exchange of ideas, information and talents using the organizations web platform.

Chief Uche Ezemenari, Akaniru na Uga

Chief Ezemenari is the current Chairman of the board of directors of ASDA Canada. He is a first-class chief in Uga, Anambra State of Nigeria. Akaniru as he is fondly called, has seen it all and better placed to connect the dots for our children on what it means to be an Igbo person, how our culture, tradition and values has been the success factor for the Igbos. Akaniru has the benefit of the two worlds. He is a core Igbo man and has lived in North America for years. He understands the challenges our youths are facing with their identity and will do justice to this opportunity to bring them back home.



Chris Nwakoby

Nnamenyi na Nkwelle Ezunaka

Chairman, 2017 ASDA Symposium Organizing Committee


Committee Members

Emeka Ferdinand Okafor

Chibuzo Ben Ubah

Georges Ezennia

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