The Nigerian Friendship Association (NFA) a non-profit organization founded in 1986 originally started as an association of friends coming together to explore the possibility of developing friendship with each other and to be able to look out and support each other in times of need. This group of immigrants came to the United States of America from different cities in Nigeria to pursue their academic ambitions in the United States universities, and finally settling in the Washington DC/Baltimore metropolitan area.
Their main objective of coming together was the desire to forge ahead and make progress in a foreign land. These individuals were not necessarily friends at first, but knew each other and believed in collective action, shared values and common purpose. This togetherness created a forum for them to meet and share a few moments of laughter, and catch up with current affairs and news from home. They finally became friends with a common vision to create a professional Association with core values and purpose. Thus The Friendship Association was born.
Many Associations come and go to the dismay of its members who believe that membership to the organization is a source of inspiration. However, the survival of The Nigerian Friendship Association, Inc. over these years has been due to our guiding principles. They include the continued dedication of our members, promotion of friendship among members, Nigerians, Americans, shared values and common purpose in the Association, companionship, dedication to community work, social and philanthropic activities.
The Association has enabled its members to acquire new friends, and provides forum for intra-group relationships and alliances. Since 1993, the Association organizes Family Day Picnics in one of the State Parks to bring families and friends together. The continued success of this event is attributed to the great organizing skills of all members. In 2006, the Association started organizing annual Golf Outing event as part of our fund raising activity. We continue to gain new dedicated members who will keep the Association strong and viable for the foreseeable future.