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ADAH EDACHE OBEKPA, MD

Adah Edache Obekpa, MD (born September 13th,1974), is a United States- based, Nigerian medical doctor, who is the founder and President of Renaissance Network Africa (RNA), the grassroots-based ideological and reform movement, and a member of African Renaissance Party on which platform he is contesting for the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the April 2011 elections.

He is also the founder of three medical-oriented organizations based in the United States of America: Hospitalist Consulting, Practice Virtual, and Doctors Charity.

A native of Otukpa in Benue State, Obekpa is a scion of the ruling house of the Och’Idoma of Idoma land. His father Elias Ikoyi Obekpa Och’ Idoma IV ascended the throne in 1996.

Obekpa is a graduate of the University of Ibadan (1998) and Kaplan University (2002), where he passed the UCLMS Step 1 & 2, and the CSA, at first attempt. He trained as a resident doctor at the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn between 2003 and 2006.

In September 2006, he took the Board examinations and became certified in Internal Medicine. Obekpa served out his housemanship at Military Hospital, Yaba, from 1998 to 1999. Between 1999 and 2000, he was enrolled in the one-year National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, which he served out at a primary health care centre in Lagos.

After the NYSC, he worked as an Accident and Emergency officer in the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi, Benue State, for three months before relocating to the United States for post doctoral training in medicine.

Obekpa does not use the word, but he is actually calling for a revolution of sorts, to uproot the decadent and inept leadership in Nigeria, and to replace it with a crop of new, young and vibrant leaders untainted by corruption and the negative values of tribalism.

He emphasizes that Nigeria’s progress lies on the youth, and that the solutions to its problems can be found in the culture and traditions of the people. Obekpa is calling for a political coup d’état, but not of the military sort.
He is calling for a civilian-engineered coup d’état at the ballot box, to sweep away the present political oligarchy, and to replace them with a new crop of young Nigerians, and a new value system that promotes truth and justice as against falsehood and injustice, and that rewards hard work and punishes crime.

Obekpa’s weapon of choice is the power of ideas, and his platform is the Renaissance Network Africa, a grassroots movement he founded during his National Youth Service Corps program in Lagos in 1999, to foster in Nigerians the realization that the solution to the country’s problems can be found in the culture and traditions of the people.

The values of truth, honesty, hard work, creativity, love of neighbor, respect of our elders, zero tolerance of laziness and crime, and the pursuit of excellence. Obekpa is a traditionalist with revolutionary bent, for he speaks of preserving the traditional values of our ancestors, of our traditional institutions on the one hand, while on the other hand, he believes that only the uprooting of the discredited political leadership and its replacement by a new cadre of young and vibrant, corruption-free Nigerians can help to change the course of the country from one of pessimism, to one of hope.

He walks a fine line between his belief in the sanctity of our culture and traditions on the one hand, and on the other in his avowal that Nigeria’s political leadership have failed the people and must be replaced with a new cast of politicians of a new breed.

Obekpa is one of the new generation of young and self-driven Nigerians who have excelled in their professions and want to give back to their country. A doctor who saves lives, now the prince of Idoma land wants to save his country.

For many years he has run charitable causes, using his own funds and donations from Good Samaritans in the United States to help the poor and the needy back in Nigeria. But faced by the pervasive corruption in Nigeria which has defeated the efforts of well-meaning Nigerians abroad to give back to their fatherland, Obekpa has quickly realized that effective change is only possible if the would-be change agent has control of political power.

That is the reason he has chosen to run for the presidency of Nigeria in the elections of April 2011. He is also partly motivated by the desire to challenge the erroneous impression and belief, held even by people who should know otherwise, that a young man of 36 cannot become the President of Nigeria.

By deciding to run for the presidency, Obekpa is up against a powerful political elite which wants to make legislation to bar young people under age 40 from contesting for the presidency, in the erroneous notion that they do not have the leadership qualities to do so. Going against the establishment is an uphill task in any society, but Obekpa is a man who has always strived to break new grounds, and to prove as he says that “if you can dream it and you believe it, then you can achieve it.” Download biography.....

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