HIMM Establishes Sister City to City Relationship between Owerri West LGA and The City of Tybee Island




Owerri West Sister town

HIMM Establishes Sister City to City
Relationship between Owerri West LGA and The City of Tybee Island

by
Leslie Okere

Horizon International Medical Missions (HIMM), in fulfillment of her
vision of establishing good medical care, peace and socio-economic
development for the people of Owerri West and Imo State, Nigeria,
served as the linking bridge involved in the establishment of a sister
city to city relationship between Owerri-West LGA and the city of Tybee
Island, Georgia, USA. On May 27th, the Mayor and city council of Tybee
voted to proclaim Owerri-West LGA as the Sister City of Tybee Island,
Georgia with a goal to promote socio-economic development in Owerri
West.

The president and founder of HIMM, Dr. Kennedy Okere, who is an
indigene of Ihiagwa, a town in Owerri-West LGA, in his speech to the
people of Tybee Island at the Tybee City council Meeting on May 27th
said, “On behalf of my people of Owerri-West LGA, we offer our hands of
love and peace in this sister city to city relationship. We do hope
this relationship will bring cultural exchange and socio-economic
development.”

In April 2004, HIMM missionaries from the United States, under the
leadership of Dr. Kennedy Okere, stormed Ihiagwa, Obinze and Umuoye
Imerienwe. Details are found in HIMM’s 2004 newsletter.

Julia Pearce, a Tybee Island citizen, was one of the missionaries
that accompanied Dr. Okere on his 2004 mission. Mrs. Pearce shares her
experience going on her first trip to Africa and to Ihiagwa, Imo State,
Nigeria. Please read this interesting story of Julia’s experience.


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The Ihiagwa autonomous community

The town Ihiagwa Autonomous community is organized into eight villages namely; Iriamogu village, Ibuzo village, Nnkaramochie village, Umuezeawula village, Aku/Umuokwo village, Mboke village, Umuelem village and Umuchima village. Ihiagwa is also home to the Federal University of Technology Ihiagwa, Owerri.

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