Image description: Chidi Topaz is elected Vice President, West Africa regional representative of ADI. Here, the glowing complexioned President of NNAD wears a black native suit with trademark red cap against a green backdrop in white background. At the upper left corner is the emblem of ADI: two close knit circles, one brown, the other green embeds a brown map of Africa. Nested in the map is a burning candle light. Right below this, the initials ADI is finger spelled and at the bottom in thick letters. At the top of the circles, running halfway the circumference in bold black are the words "African Deaf Initiative" in arched formation.

African Deaf Initiative has elected Nigeria National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) President-Elect, Chidi Olujie as the Vice President of West African Regional Representative for African Deaf Initiative (ADI).

This is coming weeks after Chidi Olujie was elected as the new Nigeria National Association of the Deaf, President.

Olujie, in an interview with Inclusive News Network, INN said that he has been a member of the African Deaf initiative along with other Deaf leaders across Africa whose common goal is to advance the rights and unite African Deaf communities.

“It’s through my membership and participating in their activities that my fellow Deaf leaders saw me worthy of being elected the Regional Representative for West Africa . I won the post without any opposition.”

He explained that his responsibility as the representative is to assist the President of ADI on the affairs of West Africa region as spelled out in ADI constitution.

The Executives have the mandate of organizing Deaf events in Africa, workshops, conferences, capacity building and also Sign Language training, promoting Gender Equality which shall be beneficial to all Deaf Citizens & countries in West Africa and beyond that will attract development and partnership from other neighbouring countries.

Olujie while thanking Deaf Citizens for trusting him with the mandates, said “I will continue to try to prove myself worthy in this new position and to deliver on the goals.”

“Don’t stop pushing for success at your end. See you at the top” he urged.

Meanwhile, Olujie was not the only elected executive from Nigeria in ADI. NNAD, National Secretary General elect, Engr.Timothy Adejumo was also elected into the post of Continental Secretary General, African Deaf Initiative.

Julius Shemeng of blessed memory was the founding member and the Executive Interim Secretary of the African Deaf Initiative (ADI).

ADI is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) established in 2015 and registered under the Laws of the Republic of Zambia and headquartered in Kitwe, Zambia. ADI exists to advocate for Deaf people human rights and inclusion in Africa.


  1. May God bless and protect him May God use him in many ways to impact the life of people with disabilities may God give him the grace to make the voice of the voiceless heard all over the world


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