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Moving to an Interactive Website
www.friendsofnigeria.org

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We talk to you, you talk to us, we all talk to each other
Today users can only passively read the site

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Goals
Early release of Newsletter Articles
Comments, dialogue on Newsletter Articles
Online registration for events (like this meeting)
Online payment for events, dues, donations
Direct entry of address, telephone, email changes
Expanded query capability

We can talk back
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A Login Capability
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Newsletter Articles before they’re printed
THINGS COME TOGETHER
By David L. Koren (09) 63-66
 
In July, 2012 Dr. Ejikeme Obasi invited me to Amandigbo, a conference in Chicago. In 1968, at the age of ten, he was one of the starving children of Biafra, the children who aroused the sympathy of the world during the Nigeria-Biafra war. Obasi had watched many of his family and friends slowly starve to death, and he himself was alive only because of the relief food smuggled into Biafra by the church-operated Biafran Airlift. I had worked on the Biafran Airlift as a cargo master and a mechanic.

In a partial example of one of the poems, “Refugee Mother and Child,” Achebe writes:
…She had bathed him
And rubbed him down with bare palms.
She took from the bundle of their possessions
A broken comb and combed
The rust-colored hair left on his skull
And then – humming in her eyes – began carefully to part it.
In their former life this was perhaps
A little daily act of no consequence
Before his breakfast and school; now she did it
Like putting flowers on a tiny grave.
 
In Far Away in the Sky, I related how, after unloading our cargo of food at Uli airstrip, we sometimes evacuated small children in the last stages of starvation. The children, not orphans, were clean and well dressed. “Imagine,” I wrote, “ what their parents felt when they bathed them and dressed them in their best little clothes and sent them far away in the sky with strangers.”
Months later those children were returned to their parents, healthy and safe. They grew up to have children of their own, and some sent their children away to college…
It is a sad thing for Nigeria and Africa that so many Biafran children died and that Biafra died as a child among nations. But the world is enriched by the fusion of cultures forged in Biafra and brought together in the life and writings of Chinua Achebe.

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THINGS COME TOGETHER
By David L. Koren (09) 63-66
 In July, 2012 Dr. Ejikeme Obasi invited me to Amandigbo, a conference in Chicago. In 1968, at the age of ten, he was one of the starving children of Biafra, the children who aroused the sympathy of the world during the Nigeria-Biafra war. …
It is a sad thing for Nigeria and Africa that so many Biafran children died and that Biafra died as a child among nations. But the world is enriched by the fusion of cultures forged in Biafra and brought together in the life and writings of Chinua Achebe.

Enter Your Comments (Greg Jones (22) 66-68)
Great article, David. We who were in the North never came close to the conflict. Our biggest issue was when expressing sympathy for the victims of the war we would be accused of disloyalty to the Federal cause.

…And you’ll see all comments together with the article
THINGS COME TOGETHER
By David L. Koren (09) 63-66
 In July, 2012 Dr. Ejikeme Obasi invited me to Amandigbo, a conference in Chicago. In 1968, at the age of ten, he was one of the starving children of Biafra, the children who aroused the sympathy of the world during the Nigeria-Biafra war. …
It is a sad thing for Nigeria and Africa that so many Biafran children died and that Biafra died as a child among nations. But the world is enriched by the fusion of cultures forged in Biafra and brought together in the life and writings of Chinua Achebe.

Comments
 Larry Lesser (09) 63-65
My then-wife and I (Nigeria 9 -- like David Koren) were teachers in Enugu and completed our PC tour a few weeks before the first military coup that began Nigeria's slide into its present state. You'll recall that in those first five-or-so years after independence political scientists flocked to Nigeria and hailed it as the model of how post-colonial political development should go. That proved to be naive. There were of course a number of reasons why the breakaway state of Biafra was strangled in its cradle. David Koren writes poignantly about how that Igbo national movement was crushed. Koren's sympathy for the Igbo people and their movement was shared by most of the PCVs who served in Eastern Nigeria
Bob Bennett (07) 63-65 Leicester, England
May I commend to FON readers a brief but most informative book by a tennis playing colleague of mine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in the mid-60s, Nwabuisi Iroaga (What Grandpa Did, Epic Press, 2014). It is a most readable account of a male child's growing up in an Igbo village, and now I have in print the four days of the Igbo village market week! I last saw Nwabuisi in Connecticut at the end of 1967 where he was studying for a further degree. His wife and daughter were in an increasingly isolated and war-torn Biafra.

Current Joining Page
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You can’t answer!What you see is all you get
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Additional features: editing personal info, adding info about lost friends, querying the database.

Personal Information Update
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Sample. FON update will look different.

Search of Member Database
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Imagine these fields are Training Group, Years served, Location served, type of service (teaching, ag, business development, …), current location, current zip code, maiden name, …

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See the schedule AND make suggestions
Need to find out who can share a ride from the airport? Just ask on the comment section.

Registration: Login and your info is already there…well, it will be soon
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This has personal information. That should already be filled in from your member information. Any change would presumably update your member info. Additional slots for registration information about what sub-events you want to participate in, comments on what you think should be different, etc.

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Note: this church has fewer members than FON, only half of which are tech savvy enough to use this feature. Still, it was worth the church’s while to provide online payments.
This is a Donation setup. Could be membership renewal or event payment.
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