The Hallowed Officials Of The High Table, Our Distinguished Guests Of Honour, And The Highly Revered, Ever Resolute Members Of Family Writers Press Worldwide; It is with immeasurable pleasure that the leadership caucus of Family Writers Press International, hereby welcome you all to this historic gathering, which has turned out to be the best ever convention organised by Family Writers Press. We really thank God for our various journey mercies.
It is imperative to roll out drums of praise for the entire members of Family Writers Press, whose doggedness and passionate sacrifices have propelled this noble media group to this enviable height of record breaking successes we have witnessed thus far, despite the little resources at our disposal. We also want to specially hail the leadership of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, who have consistently been a light on the path of Family Writers Press through their unreserved guidance, support and messianic roles. It is important to note at this juncture, that without the prompt intervention of IPOB leadership, Family Writers Press could have lost to death, not less than five influential and renowned correspondents from 2017 till date. This is why the synergy of love and resoluteness between IPOB family worldwide and Family Writers Press remains a powerful bond that can never be broken by a mere mortal. That notwithstanding, there are also prolific individuals whose assistance to this media powerhouse in terms of finance and encouragements can never be swept under the carpet. These iconic figures of Biafra restoration project, amongst other things, are the major reason why we are here today. The gratitude of Family Writers Press to you all knows no bound.
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
In October 2017, the first official convention of Family Writers Press was held in Asaba, Delta state in Biafra land. The convention which turned out to be a huge success has continuously yielded remarkable results for this noble media apparatus, even as we continue to maintain an unshakable position as one of the leading media organization sympathetic to the Biafra restoration project. Our passionate resolve to give a voice to the oppressed and subjugated Biafran populace, has made Family Writers Press a heartthrob to millions of Biafrans worldwide. That notwithstanding, we acknowledge the relentless and passionate efforts of our sister media groups, such as Biafra Writers, Umuchukwu Writers, Biafra Television Crew, The Biafra Post Crew(TBP) and so many others who are also perfectly orchestrating the media wing of the Biafra restoration project, in affiliation with the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
It is a good news to announce that just as the leadership of Family Writers Press promised during our previous convention, we have successfully overseen a 100% completion of our maiden magazine production, thereby setting the record of producing the most anticipated indigenous magazine across Biafra land and beyond. This currently stands out as the most profound achievement of Family Writers Press ever since the body was set up. The impeccable intellectual contents of the magazine and its affordability, simply buttresses the fact that it was not produced with an ulterior motive of extorting the hard earned money of the Biafran populace; rather, it is aimed enhancing to a large extent, the evangelism and enlightenment of the Biafra populace, friends of Biafrans and all lovers of freedom, towards embracing the fact that the restoration of Biafra freedom is long overdue. Through this magazine production which we sincerely wish to make a continuous process, subject to the little financial resources at our disposal, we are aiming at bringing the political, cultural, industrial, academic, sporting and agricultural ingenuity of Biafrans closer to the rest of world. Media is power, they said, and it is an honour that Family Writers Press is at forefront of the noble calling.
THE NEED FOR PATRONS AND MATRONS
In a genuine bid to widen our global outreach, the leadership of Family Writers Press has found it most imperative to scout for a special breed of Biafran intelligentsia whose integrity and passionate services and sacrifices to humanity are indisputable. These carefully selected revered individuals shall be saddled with the responsibility of guidance, inspiration and aide as at when due to Family Writers Press. Should Family Writers Press unavoidably find itself in any form of faceoff with any group or individual, and peaceful negotiation becomes paramount, they shall also act as authorised mediators between Family Writers Press and the
wearing faction. Today, we shall be honouring some rare gems, whom after due nomination, consultations and approval shall be inaugurated officially as renowned PATRONS and MATRONS of Family Writers Press International. This indeed is a thing of joy to the entire FWP crew within Biafra land and Diaspora.
It should be noted that while Family Writers Press has recorded tremendous friendship with millions of Biafrans and friends of Biafrans; there are equally those who feel that the activities of Family Writers Press is a threat to the continued existence of their enterprise. And these are none other than inept politicians of the Nigeria state and their notorious henchmen in the security forces, as well as the civilian population. These has led to the arrest, incarceration, poisoning and enforced disappearances of notable correspondents of Family Writers Press. Good news is that the God who called us into this mission has continued to ensure that we surmount all these trials and state sponsored terrorism of Biafra media outlets and reputable journalists.
Similarly, another aspect of our media activities in which we are facing suppressing challenges is the financing of technological equipment for our hardworking correspondents, who are in dire need of gadgets such as laptops, telephone and other digital equipment meant for ease of event coverage and reportage. We will continue as much as possible to keep this fire burning, even as we continue to hope that men of good conscience will one day spring forth unto assisting us as little as they can.
We are specifically laying a heep of thanks unto all those who have supported Family Writers Press in one way or the other, especially the kind hearted individuals whose outright donations and loans ensured that the production of Family Writers Press maiden magazine is a success. We pray that God will continue to guide, protect and bless you all more abundantly. We will never stop rendering genuine voices to Biafrans all over the world.
GOD BLESS FAMILY WRITERS PRESS!
GOD BLESS IPOB LEADERSHIP!!
GOD BLESS BIAFRANS AND LOVERS OF FREEDOM ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!
Somto Okonkwo—– President/National Leader, Family Writers Press.
Paul Ihechi Alagba——-Vice President/ Deputy National Leader, Family Writers Press.
Emeka Gift———Founder, Family Writers Press.