Nigerian physicians from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic gathered in Chicago this weekend for the 17th annual Association of Nigerians Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) convention. Thanks to one of North of Lagos’s followers, I received a special invitation to write a story on this high-profile, yet greatly unknown event.
So excited to be surrounded by Nigerians again, I hastily put together a casual, Nigerian fabric influenced outfit and headed to the Swissotel in Chicago on Friday to talk to physicians and hear the speakers. I descended the escalator to see about 100 people dressed in business attire mingling around the coffee. The one or two men dressed in agbadas indicated that this indeed was the ANPA conference. Chris Eze, the physician who invited me, was there to welcome and introduce me to some of the most important players in the Association. Nigerians from every ethnic group are members of the association, so for me the convention was a good test of how well I can discern ethnic groups. It also made me realize I really should learn Igbo.
In the next week I will post stories about the interviews I had and issues that came up. Today, I want to post pictures of the party that ended the weekend–the ANPA gala. I was delighted to attend the party on Saturday night and see how Nigerians in the Americas are still so fashionable in the finest lace. Just because they live in America does not mean they have lost that Naija swagger, especially on the dance floor.
Chris Eze, one of my blog followers and a member of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, invited me to their 17th annual convention in Chicago.
Walking around to take pictures of the event, these ladies stopped me because they heard I spoke Yoruba.
My table mates and their friend. She must be important because her gele is the tallest and shiniest I've ever seen.
The packed dance floor at ANPA's 17th annual convention at the Swissotel in Chicago.
Me with the younger crowd, a couple of medical students in the Distinguished Nigerian Physicians of Tomorrow.
These Yoruba ladies were so nice. They beckoned me over to their table and before it we were all dancing together on the dance floor.
Lace iro and bubas with stiff, shiny head wrappers. Gorgeous!
Oji and I, the president of the Distinguished Nigerian Physicians of Tomorrow.
Aso ebi. Everyone was dressed in their fanciest lace that night.
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